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Hostel Kinkaju

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We spent three days in Kinkaju. The hostel has a nice garden and the volunteers are adorable. The dorms are rather small and we weren't allowed to get our bags inside. There are very few electrical outlets, but the common areas are comfortable. The bathroom was not very clean and always busy (as there is only one bathroom for 12 people upstairs). The big negative point of our stay was the bike rental. The owners forced us to pay for broken bikes. The tires were deflated or punctured, and the chain was constantly derailing. In the end, we spent our day walking under the sun, to find someone who could replace the tires. The owners did not even bother to reimburse us for the repairs and accused us of damaging the bikes ourselves (while other guests complained about the poor condition of the bikes). Renting bikes in this state is utterly irresponsible coming from so-called professionals.

Only 3 blocks from downtown Puerto VIejo, we found this location to be perfect for us. We had the cutest private room at the top of the building with 360-degree windows with a view. A spiral staircase led up to the room that was a bit unnerving going up and down, so be careful if you choose to get intoxicated. No A/C, but there was a fan and a ceiling fan. The room included a full bed, desk, a mini fridge, TV, and lock box. There are two kitchens and 3 bathrooms which was sufficient for the amount of people where there. There's also an outside shower to wash off sand and mud from the beach. The hosts were helpful and friendly, and I saw them cleaning the hostel every day. They offered bike rentals but we found The Tiger Shop down the road offered $5 a day. The outside patio area is well maintained and has nice mood lighting. Overall, I'd recommend Hostel Kinkaju to anyone going to Puerto Viejo for it's superb location, cleanliness, and overall eclectic vibe.

Stayed here for 3 nights. Can't say I was very impressed, the staff were a bit rude and not as helpful as in other hostels I've stayed in. The kitchen was not as clean as I would like. But the towels were really nice and they mopped the floor quite often!

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.

Avenida 67, Calles 217 y 219 Puerto Viejo Limón

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Bar/lounge
  • Laundry facilities

Hostel Kinkaju places you next to Talamanca Family Art and within a 15-minute walk of Black Sand Beach. This hostel has 6 rooms and welcomes guests with conveniences like a bar/lounge, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Also close to this Puerto Viejo de Talamanca hostel are Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center and Playa Cocles.


At the end of the day, the bar/lounge is a great place to grab a drink.


All 6 rooms provide ceiling fans. Flat-screen TVs come with cable channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms are shared.

Property features

Hostel Kinkaju features free WiFi in public areas, a terrace, and laundry facilities. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle for a fee (available 24 hours). Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a garden, barbecue grills, and a picnic area.

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

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 126 reviews