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Don Jon's Lodge and Restaurante
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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Surf Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

If you are trying to surf your brains out, then this is the place to be. The hotel is located within a block from the beach access to a great beach break. Don Jon's has a unique, tree house feel. All the workers are helpful and very relaxed. The rooms are clean and simple. No hot water. This hotel is amazing, and I highly recommend it for the 20 and 30 year old surfer/backpacker travelers. Don was not there at the time, but Alejandro did a great job running the place.
My group of three traveled to Santa Teresa in the middle of October. Despite "green season", the weather was beautiful, and the surf was still clean and head high. Santa Teresa was somewhat of a ghost town, not many American travelers around during this time. Many hotels and stores were closed for the month of October. Santa Teresa is a cool surf town, and I always felt safe, until the moment we were robbed at knifepoint in the middle of the day, on the beach. We were only about two blocks away from Don Jon's. It was a tico looking guy, and he robbed us of an iphone and cash. The problem in Santa Teresa, is that there was no police presence. I was told i had to travel 1/2 hour away to report the robbery, and I was extremely upset so it never was reported. I learned a few days later that a man was robbed at gunpoint in the middle of the day on the beach in Santa Teresa, close to where we were robbed. I highly recommend never carrying any type of valuables with you while walking around Santa Teresa.
Despite that, Don Jon's is awesome! and super safe, they have a night guard to make sure no one breaks in.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

The accommodations were great, the food was delicious, and in a great location right by the beach. Not to mention good company :) Don Jon's is 100% the place to go if you want a fun/chill holiday! I loved all the hammocks that were hung just about everywhere- such a fun/novel amenity. Also, ask for some "morning drinks"- they're Jon's version of a tropical bloody Mary.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Escazu, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

Whether you are traveling to Santa Teresa for the night or for a month, Don Jon's is the place to stay. It is located just across the street from the beach, with many different lodging options for a great price. Jon will make you feel right at home while you relax in the many hammocks, enjoy his amazing burritos and get to know all of the locals and adventurers. Make sure to ask him for one of his amazing cocktails! I'll definitely be back!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Salt Lake City, Utah
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

Often I look at the amenities listed for a hotel, and Don Jon's has the standard including location, wifi, housekeeping, secure rooms, outdoor showers for after the beach, and kitchens. They do not have things like iPod stereo systems, soaps, hair dryers, or the like. But, the most important amenity that Don Jon's does have is happiness. It shows in the people who visit, the food they serve (our fav is fish tacos w/plantains and coffee/banana smoothie), and the people who work there. I'll take those things over a hair dryer any day! And you can always buy soap at Super Ronny's a few doors down.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013 via mobile

Don Jon's was the best place I stayed during my time in Costa Rica. Don Jon and staff were the most accommodating and friendliest. The food was amazing the beer ice cold! If your ever in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica stay at Don Joh's priced right for ant budget. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

Don Jon's deserves all these 5 star reviews. My girlfriend and I have stayed there twice and can't wait for our third visit. I first have to mention Don Jon and his amazing team. They are so friendly and helpful making it easy for guests to "relax to the max". Jon, Alejandro, and Carla make it feel like a home away from home that you never want to leave. They also serve excellent breakfast and lunch. The location is great. It's very close to the beach, market, restaurants, bakeries, surf shops, etc. I also really like the layout of Don Jon's. Restaurant, Lobby, and 2 dorm rooms up front with 2 types of private rooms in the back. Hammocks everywhere! We have stayed in both types of private rooms and were very happy with both. It's nice to have some privacy in the back and go up front when you want to hang out and meet some new people.

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

Because of a friends recommendation, I stayed here with a friend of mine and we absolutely loved it! Aside from all the awesome travelers that we met, the staff is super welcoming! Really great location that is close to some markets, restaurants, the beach, and surf shops. The breakfast burrito was so amazing that it became our daily breakfast during our stay. The room we stayed in was really clean and well stocked. Amazing hammocks all over the place and an adult treehouse to enjoy the rain and some company! Wish I had more time to relax to the max here, but I will definitely be back. If you have the pleasure of passing through Santa Teresa, this place is a must!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Don Jon's Lodge and Restaurante

Property: Don Jon's Lodge and Restaurante
Address: 150 meters north from soccer plaza, Santa Teresa 1, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 62 Speciality Lodging in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Don Jon*s has a variety of accomodations, great restaurante, and is conviniently located. Dorm rooms for backpackers, modern apartments with AC for groups, and rustic cabins with private rooms all made from teak wood and very one of a kind. A restaurante serving the freshest fish tacos, burritos, sandwiches and salads all ways, always. Only 100 meters walk to Santa Teresa beach with consistent surf year round and in the center of the village near markets, reataurantes, and soccer plaza. A family run establishment where the service is personalized and with gusto. See you soon! Pura Vida! ... more   less 
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Don Jon`s Hostel And Restaurante Hotel Santa Teresa
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