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Paradise Island Lodge
Pinole, California
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“The best hotel/Inn on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.”
Reviewed 28 September 2010

This hotel/Inn offered just what we needed while staying on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. We wanted to be able to walk/bike to and from the little town of Puerto Viejo. Be directly across from the beach and have meals, drinks, air conditioning, a clean pool, TV and night security. When we booked our trip we were booked at one on the best places to stay so the tour guide said. (1 of the top 5) Well we found out it was not the best for us. We are active senior citizens and being from the San Francisco bay area, we needed a little comfort. After viewing our $87.50 American money, per night, dirty bungalow with an over head fan (that clanged), 3 large windows only 2 covered with screens, two netted beds and nothing to place the luggage on or sit other then the beds. We were beside ourselves. It did offer a restaurant and bar but not across from the beach and to far from town. (for walking) We immediately decided to look for another place to stay. On the way to town checking all the hotels we were very lucky to find an opening at the La Isla Inn. It was much closer to town and the price was much lower plus they offered everything we wanted. We had to stay the night in the sticky bug buzzing bungalow and after talking and talking to the tour agency and our first day there taking a cab to the other side of town to the agency we finely got the money transferred as we paid in advance to the tour company. (I do not know just why they booked that lodging for us because all of the other hotels/lodging were wonderful. You might have thought it was because we stayed at a bungalow well we stayed in a beautiful bungalow at Lomas del Volcan in the La Fatuna area. We could see the volcano from our back patio, with a beautiful full stocked bar and restaurant, air and TV for only $85.00 American money per night)
In the Puerto Viejo area you NEED insect repellent and air conditioning if you do not come from a humid area.
Petra, the owner of La Isla Inn was very nice and helped us with local tours and using their telephone. Breakfast was included with the 5 night stay and we totally enjoyed being across from the beach (the water is so blue and very warm) so we could not only hear the ocean but have a Imperial (the local beer) in the early evening and watch the waves...... .
If you would like some other information about our 2 week holiday in Costa Rico email us and we will give you some other good pointers...... We will post pictures when we get'em downloaded.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2010

Went up and down from Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo few times, avoided at first to even go and ask for availability and price, because its on such a good spot. Beach is literally 10 steps away, breakfast is fabulous and staff, especially Petra,the owner, are so lovely. Beach has 3-4 surf schools, so there is plenty of entertainment . Village Puerto Viejo is few dollars (taxi ride) away for night life, if you haven't already rented a car or a bike. Jaguar rescue center where you can interact with animals and waterfalls are 5-10 mins distance. Free wifi. Big parking lot. You wont make a mistake if you choose it, budget permitting, ofcourse.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 August 2010

This was the best place in Puerto Viejo...I really did a lot of research on Trip Advisor and other sites. I can't understand why there are any negative reviews. Both Petra, Jose and their staff do everything to make sure you have a great time.
1. They never stop cleaning
2. The security guards are great
3. Coffee and free breakfast are the BEST
This was one of our very best vacations ever..our kids (19,17,20) did not want to leave. We can't wait to return...my daughter's miss the dogs and cat. The dogs will greet you and walk to the beach with you. The pool is perfect as is the showers to rinse off after the beach. We had the large apartment and it was awesome. They have cold beer waiting on you and great lunch next to the pool. We watched the world cup with Petra (GO GERMANY) and Jose. Petra was always ready to call a taxi or give us advice about local food. I really miss the breakfast and great company they provided each day. One day we bought lobsters from a vendor and Petra helped me pick them out and had her great cook get them ready for us for lunch. make sure you get with Andreas on the beach...great photographer. Surf lessons from "Togo" right in front of the hotel. Get a massage from the spa "Chocolate massge" heaven!! and you smell like chocolate all day. I bought a pineapple at the market and on our last day the staff cut it up and made a really cool presentation out of it for us to enjoy as a snack. Can't say enough good things!

You can't go wrong here....ENJOY and take me with you!!!

-Shayne

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 2 August 2010

Positives: Great location across from the beach. Quiet and the people here are very nice. The breakfast was very good and they really take care of you. A lot of the positive reviews on this website are spot on.

Negatives: It just so happened that we came at the worst time. Someone flooded their toilet and used up all the water pressure. We didn't have water during our stay here consistently. Only in the mornings. This prevented us from being able to enjoy the beach because we couldn't take a shower afterwards.

Also, we thought that the walk into town was quite far. We highly recommend a taxi.

Conclusion: I think judging from the reviews that the lack of water was an anomaly. It's just unfortunate that this was our first impression of the place, otherwise, we'd probably give it 5 stars, but for no.. it's more like 3 1/2 stars.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 7 July 2010

We booked this thru Maythe at geckotrail.com (very helpful and recommended) after some other options were not right or available. Could not have made a better choice. Great location on Cocles Beach, though 20 mins walk from PV which was great. Beach was across street, and often the resident German Shepards walked across with you (luv dogs). The dogs are really nice and love to fetch and play.

Rooms are basic but nice. We were a couple who needed one bed, but had a room with three beds, and open shared balcony area looking out thru trees at beach. If you were traveling with many friends on a budget with friends, some of the rooms would be great because of all the beds (I saw another with four beds). They must be great for families. We did not opt for the a/c rooms. Our room was stuffy, but after a while with door open and fans it was fine. No problem sleeping. Beds were surprisingly comfortable, no complaints. Rooms are basic but perfectly fine for the price and CR.

Grounds are nice, with drinks available for purchase by day and nice complimentary breakfast each morning. The menu had a couple options and the food was good. The pool was the nicest thing. Large and open. We really wanted a pool and this was a deciding factor.

The owners, I think there is two, were there on different days. Petra was a delight and very funny and nice to talk to. She was present the second half of our stay. In fact our only complaint was Jose who was there the first half. In fact had he been there the whole time, or rather Petra not saved the day, my rating might be different. With him we felt like intruders. He couldn't smile or even acknowledge our presence. Total jerk really. We were so glad when Petra was there. She helped us with restaurants and taxis, and was just a delight. Just try and stay there on her watch.

Overall very pleased and would definitely stay again. Thank you Petra.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Paradise Island Lodge

Property: Paradise Island Lodge
Address: Playa Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70403, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel La Isla Inn)
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,909 - ₹ 8,332
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paradise Island hotel is in front of the beautiful Playa Cocles and near the forest, with capacity for 45 people in 11 fully equipped rooms as well as tours and restaurant service to make your stay in the Caribbean Paradise unforgettable. Paradise Island has room for all kinds of groups, 10 are standard rooms with A /C, satellite TV and amenities. We also have an apartment equipped with kitchen, refrigerator, sofa bed, a small balcony and table, special for families or groups of friends of more than 4 people. All rooms and the hotel includes: -WIFI -Terraces Or balconies -Hammocks or rocking chairs -Book exchange -The Rooms have air conditioning -the showers have hot water -Service Breakfast a la carte (or bed) -Parking -Security 24/7 -Towels And sheets -Information of tours in the area -Swimming pool Additional services: -Beach lifeguard in Cocles -Rent of bicycles and snorkeling equipment -We spoke English and Spanish -Restaurant service * Children under 7 years free lodging * Children under 12 pay half Reception is open from 7am to 9pm Restaurant is open from 7:30am to 2pm There is no restriction of age for children Pets are allowed in our hotel with previous request by mail or telephone. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel La Isla Puerto Viejo
Paradise Island Lodge Costa Rica/Limon

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