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La Ruka Hostel

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I've been on the road for nearly 5 months, come through 3 countries and hands down La Ruka is my favourite place to stay so far. The atmosphere is so incredibly friendly, everyone is happy to chat and you'll make new friends easily. Super chilled, you can easily spend days doing nothing or you can rent a bike from the...

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Reviewed 5 January 2017

I spent a lot of time walking around Puerto Viejo before deciding on a hostel. Less than a 10 minute walk from downtown (or 3 minute bike ride), La Ruka's tagline of "home away from home" was what drew me in. I wasn't looking for a loud party hostel and I wanted to be near downtown but not fully in...

Thank IHeartSD
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Mixed feelings about this one. On one hand I enjoyed a relaxed vibe, well equipped kitchen, communal area room and dorms with an en suite bathroom. But it was well overpriced for the New Year's Eve period, and with that no breakfast included, not even a coffee, also long walk to the centre. Overall really cosy and welcoming, super friendly...

Thank Atitlana7
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

We actually stayed at another hostel close by and decided to change for this hostel. The staff are really nice and comfortable to be around. Beds are comfy, and the outside area is very nice and relaxed. We really enjoyed staying here even though one of us where sick. Hot (shared with one room) shower, and a fan at the...

Thank Bananas1988
Reviewed 4 December 2016

I love this place! Only stayed here a couple nights but it felt so much like home. The staff is incredible - so friendly and caring going out of their way to help us! There were giant lockers in our dorm where we could fit our whole backpacks, it was great. The kitchen is seriously amazing! Best hostel kitchen I've...

Thank Summer O
Reviewed 27 November 2016

What you get is only good vibes. I stayed quite a many weeks, and everything was just great. It's a nice and relaxed place. Owners are really sweet, and they make sure, that their crew (volunteers, workers etc) are the best as well, to make sure you have wonderful time while staying with them. Rooms are clean and tidy. They...

Thank Kadri J
Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

I stood in La Ruka 3 nights and really enjoyed this hostel. The owners and their volunteers are very cool and happy to help woth everything. Rooms and common areas are kept clean and tidy. It is fairly quiet hostel which makes it good for a goodnight sleep. Kitchen has all the utilities to cook right there. Also, many shops...

Thank Kärt L
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Depending on what you're looking for ... this place is very relaxed and is not a party hostel. I booked a private room with my girlfriend for 30$ a night. Felt safe and the staff was really friendly. Very close walk to everything in town and about a 10 minute walk to Playa Cocles (best beach in area). It's honestly...

Thank AJ B
Reviewed 13 September 2016

A 2 minute bike ride to town and to the most beautiful beach,We stayed in a dorm, it had 4 bunks, 2 with double beds on the bottom bunk, huge shower with hot water ! Great outdoor kitchen with very well thought out organization system ( labelled bins with bunk number ) Dani at the front desk was so helpful...

Thank Darius H
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

La ruka is located outside of puerto viejo and unfortunally it is not worth to walk the distance. We had a really dirty 8-bed dorm - don't have a look under your bed! The bath was ensuite, but it looked like it had not been cleened in weeks. Same with the kitchen. The people were nice but unfortunally they couldn't...

Thank Verena R

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Our hostel has two buildings that are surrounded by tropical jungle filled with flora, fauna & fruit trees. When you arrive you’ll probably be greeted by one (or both!) of our friendly dogs Ruka and Moo Moo and, if you’re lucky, our kitten, Sirena. You’ll find us at the reception in our octagon lounge where you can relax after your journey, grab a brownie & a beer, peruse some used clothing, swap some books at our book exchange and use the free WiFi which available across the property. Upstairs you’ll find our two private double rooms and at the back is our outdoor guest kitchen. Our second building has three separate 6 or 8 bed dorm rooms all with private bathrooms. We have hammocks around for lazy days and also offer snorkel + fin rentals as well as surf lessons and board hire when you’re ready to take in the incredible water, waves and sands of Black Beach, Salsa Brava, Cocles beach and many more ... more   less 

Additional Information about La Ruka Hostel

Address: Box 297-7304 | correo pto Viejo, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 231-7304, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range: $13 - $40 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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La Ruka Hostel Costa Rica/Limon
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“My favorite bed is 7B (bottom bunk in wifi range)”
 of 5 bubbles IHeartSD, 5 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Room 2 is huge and airy but has a bit of road noise”
 of 5 bubbles SpokeyDokeys, 5 May 2016 | Read review
“Arrive early as they don't accept previous booking... first come first served! Dorm 7is nice!”
 of 5 bubbles 581ilianaj, 12 Apr 2016 | Read review
“I found dorm room number 6 to be the coolest temperature for sleeping. Private dorms above the reception area are rad as well.”
 of 5 bubbles Maddi1113, 2 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Dorms are great”
 of 5 bubbles devind2016, 1 Jan 2016 | Read review
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