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Hostel Kinkaju

2.0 out of 5.0

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Pretty nice hostel in the center of puerto viejo. It was low season and quite what I enjoyed. Super friendly staff and had a few good "conversations" :-) with the staff as well. You can cook in the hostel what was cool and it was always clean. We rented a bike and checked out the nearest beaches. Great time!!!!

Pros: Lovely, helpful staff that made me feel welcome and helped me with bus times and restaurant recommendations. Felt safe. Nice fresh decor. Clean bed linen. Clean bathroom. Communal hand towel changed daily. Access to kitchen facilities. Hammocks and cute garden for chilling in. Location: 5 min walk or less from bus stop, cash machine, supermarket, main strip of restaurants/bars etc. Cons: stained towel, loose plug socket, no air con (I didn't mind but note if you require that as essential), two shared bathrooms to serve everyone, only cold showers (being the Caribbean coast it's never really that cold but mildly disappointing if you've been looking forward to a nice hot shower). However the location and staff meant I extended my stay by another night and would stay again. Thank you.

absolutely no recommendation charged my card for 3 nights, although I arrived one night earlier and the hostel owner/worker told me there is no problem of cancelling and no cancellation fee will be charged. I paid 30 Bucks for absoutely nothing. communication was a stupid joke - no help - no understand - absolutely unfriendly besides this: far away from the main street, rooms were very hot (we walked through the hostel)

As a whole, this hostel was fine. It was clean, had kitchen access, beds were fine. But having stayed elsewhere I can only now make a comparison - I didn't choose to stay here again at the end of my trip but it was fine for the first 3 days. Pros - Hector and Mary (owners) were very nice and helpful, who greeted me on my arrival. But this was the only time I saw them. The other staff were also helpful and nice. - Quiet safe location 5 min walk max to anything in town - Bike rental ($6 per day - although cheaper is available in town). - 2 x kitchens - lots of space. - Good Wifi. Cons - Most nights it was so hot I couldn't sleep - there are two fans in the room for 4 beds but they only point at two beds - I advise sleeping next to the fan if possible. I know the climate is hot but I had less of a problem elsewhere. - Atmosphere was okay, but not much happening. - Shower was downstairs & outside. - Expensive for what it is - you can find better for cheaper (+ no free towel) - No water cooler/free drinkable water (around $2 for a 1.5L bottle in town and you need at least 1 per day if doing activities)

There is nothing terrible about this place, just lots of small things that contribute to an uncomfortable stay. During our trip the toilet and shower didn't work the whole time so we had to use the ones outside which clearly weren't cleaned regularly. The staff that work at the weekends are grumpy and quite rude. The wifi doesn't really work in the rooms. The kitchen lacks useful equipment. This is the most expensive hostel we stayed in in Costa Rica and it was the only one not to provide free towels or make the beds each day. This isn't necessarily needed but if these services aren't provided it should be reflected in the price. The hostel just generally feels a bit dirty and gross and there was a sewage smell entering our room from outside. We booked and paid for a shuttle bus the day before we left and when it arrived the driver wasn't expecting us and tried not to let us on. Not sure if this is a problem with the hostel or the bus company but clearly a communication issue between the two. Positive points are the good location and the friendly owners who we didn't get to meet until our last night as they seem to only work weekdays and leave guests with the other staff on weekends and evenings.

The location of this hostel is its best feature: close enough to have everything on walking distance, far enough from the noisy party beachfront to have a good night's sleep. Mary and Hector are great and warm guests. The kitchen is completely equipped, including a toaster that I missed at other hostels here. The wifi is consistent and fast. The main downside for me is that the rooms are fan-cooled and that there is no A/C. Also no swimming pool.

This hostel has 3 private room (shared bathroom) and 2 dorms, two kitchens very well equipped and 3 bathrooms. The owner is very helpful and friendly, he can tell you the best place in the area. Is in the centre of Puerto Viejo, safe to come back during night. They offer a bike rental, laundry and there's a nice big garden. In the place there are mosquitos so bring your spray.

This hostel is fine if you've come from Bocas and need to detox. If your plan for Puerto Viejo is activity-focused, e.g. surfing and excursions during the day, and you need to relax at night, it's an alright place. However there is zero social vibe and certainly no 'organized fun'. The bathrooms leave a lot to be desired. They are dirty and, at least on the first floor there is only one for TWO entire dorms. I.e. one shower and one toilet (in the same room) so be prepared to delay your shower if someone is taking a poo. Also during my stay there was no toilet paper or hand soap for one full day. I was not offered a towel to rent. Pros - the owner is super friendly. Good location (though not a particularly difficult thing to achieve in such a small town). Negatives - shower situation as discussed above. There is effectively no reception, just a table where the staff bring a laptop between 8am -8pm - so you better hope the last guy who comes back drunk locks the gate otherwise anyone could stroll into this hostel at night.

Great kitchen facilities. However. There is only 1 bathroom upstairs to share between 12 people. Clean place. Small bedroom and beds not the comfiest. Staff were helpful, however they leave the hostel at night time. I didn't like this.

The Kinkaju is one of my favourite hostels. It's advertised as a boutique hostel, as its relatively small and feels more like a shared residence. There are only a few rooms, with lots of locker/storage space per person, and two different kitchen/eating/common areas to share. It's close to everything, but off the main road and therefore nice and quiet and relaxed. The staff were incredibly kind and helpful with whatever you needed, whether that was finding a place to eat or detailed directions to your next destination. They had bikes for rent, hammocks to chill in, and two sweet pups to hang out with. If you're considering the Kinkaju, definitely book!

Room options

Comfort Triple Room, Accessible

Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Comfort Quadruple Room

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Economy Shared Dormitory

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Deluxe Penthouse, City View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

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Trip Advisor aggregated rating

90% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 121 reviews