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“Excellent value for money + friendly hostel”
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Tucan Hotel
Ranked #3 of 41 Speciality Lodging in Uvita
Certificate of Excellence
UK
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Excellent value for money + friendly hostel”
Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

Tucan Hotel is a very friendly, family run hostel with a lot of character. We stayed in a private room (we are a couple but it could have slept 5!) with AC and a private bathroom. It was comfortable and the fittings were fine with a hot(ish) shower. The rooms are organised around a nice central area with hammocks and tables, and there is a basic kitchen. The owners are extremely friendly and were happy to give advice or book tours and they loan all sorts of surf and snorkeling equipment. Breakfast and dinner are extra and seem good, but we didn't use so can't comment. At $34 per night it was excellent value for money.

I am giving 4 stars, not 5, because of the location. It is located near the main road, and not near the beach (a good 45min walk, or a free morning shuttle from the hotel). Other local sites (such as a waterfall and river swimming hole) are 20-30mins walk away. It is close to the supermarket and transport links, but if you are staying longer than the two nights that we did then you might struggle to find enough close by to do without paying for tours and transport.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
245 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2013 via mobile

The double rooms with private bathroom are basic and rather pricey as we have found throughout Costa Rica ($35 a night) but the hostel is beautiful overall!

The hammocks, pool table and other seating areas make this the perfect place to chill out and relax. The hostel is large and you have space to relax on your own or socialise with other travellers as you wish.

The staff are friendly and helpful and the food and drinks are great too. A great place to relax for a couple of a days!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Paris
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2013

Well designed hostel, confortable beds, casual atmosphere with a lot of hammocks and a pool table!!!!
The manager is really good, helpful, and she speaks 5 languages (spanish, english, italian, french, german and maybe others :-))
The homemade food is really good especially the pasta but not enough.
To go to the beach it's better to have your own car but there is also a shuttle service and there is a nice watefall (Entrance fee 1 dollar) only 15 minutes away (walking distance) from the hostel.
One of our favorite hostels in Costa Rica!!!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Boulder, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2013

We stayed here earlier this year while attending a music festival. We had been told by someone who had been the previous year that camping in the Costa Rican heat was absolutely not an option, so we looked up hostels and decided on the Tucan, as they "have A/C". I reserved the room about 6 months before the festival to ensure that there would be no issues with the booking. We arrived at about 10am on a Thursday after having been on a flight from the states since midnight. All we wanted to do was take a nice short nap in our room before we went off to see the beautiful surrounding beaches. When we arrived we were told that our room was ready, but that the A/C unit in the room was broken, but that it would be fixed by the evening. When I asked if it was certain that they would have it fixed, the guy (I don't remember his name) replied, "This is Costa Rica. Nothing is certain". Even if nothing is certain in Costa Rica, that is not what we wanted to hear. In their defense, they did have it repaired that evening, but it broke again the next day. The worst part about the whole deal is that when there is no A/C unit in the room there is just a big hole in below the window for hot air and bugs to sweep through. How do you not keep one additional A/C unit on hand for situations like this?

Though this was quite annoying, we did find the rest of our stay very enjoyable. The outdoor seating area is a lot of fun in the evenings, if there are enough people staying at the hostel. The area is covered, and is extremely peaceful to sit in during a rainstorm. The breakfast is also highly recommended. Order the Tico, if you want my opinion. Though we will most likely rent a house next time, this is a good option.

Room Tip: Make sure your A/C unit works before arriving.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2013

What an excellent experience! This hotel really embodies the slogan Pura Vida (Pure Life)! There are hammocks,drink bars, billiards, accessibility to excursions, Rooms with cool hip posters inside, Ours had posters of Bob Dylan! It also had a very universal feeling with welcome put in many different languages! Its like a mini paradise. Oh the Food is also Excellent and is high quality! The service is splendid! It is so cool and laid back! It is really highly recommended for any traveler that heads to Uvita!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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Escazu, Costa Rica
1 review
Reviewed 10 August 2013

I was a bit nervous about staying a hostel, but at the Tucan Hotel, all my worries were put to rest. Alex and Carla, the managers, were incredibly nice, easy to talk to, and very helpful. Answered any and all questions I had and were a delight to be around. Despite the very open atmosphere, I felt very safe! I stayed two nights with a friend and we didn't cook our own meals, but that was nice to have that option. We had some nearby restaurant choices, which were delicious. We enjoyed a tour where the bus picked us up right from the hostel and brought us back home after a day at the beach. We also were able to walk to some beautiful waterfalls in the morning! It was a very pleasurable first experience!! I would highly recommend this hostel!

Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2013

One of the best hostels in Costa Rica! My friend and I are both ladies, traveling alone and the staff and atmosphere made us feel so at home and safe! Alex, one of the guys who works there is the sweetest and will help you out with learning spanish.

In my opinion it is the only hostel to stay at in Uvita!

Room Tip: You should try and sleep in the tree house for a night, so fun!
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Tucan Hotel
Address: 100 mtrs east of Banco de Costa Rica | Uvita de Osa, Uvita 60504, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
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Ranked #3 of 41 Speciality Lodging in Uvita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Tucan Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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