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“Shabby but laid-back and relaxing.”

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Playa Chiquita Lodge
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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“Shabby but laid-back and relaxing.”
Reviewed 16 December 2011

Recently spent 5 nights here and on the whole had a good experience. Rooms are shabby but adequate. Find out when the property's well will be pumping for a good shower - otherwise it's a dribble, thanks to the drought! Wolle was friendly and helpful when he was there, but he went to SJ for a few days, upon which the non-paying residents took over everything and it became very noisy and we couldn't use the beautiful dining/living room and felt generally unwelcome. Jorge, who does the breakfast most days as well as the laundry and cleaning, was kind and helpful, but he speaks no English. There is family-style dinner, but it wasn't explained to us when it would be available and if it really is open to all guests. Also not explained was that one of the resident dogs, unlike practically all the area dogs, is aggressive and has been known to bite! The beach, a sort jungle walk away, is nice, but small and not private as people and dogs walk along there, which is fine, but watch for dog poop! All in all, with Wolle there to keep a handle on things, the atmosphere is laid-back, easy going, relaxing, all that you could want in a modest cost, low-key vacation.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Clarkston, Michigan
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

Really enjoyed my stay at the Playa Chiquita. Everyone very friendly. The room was comfortable. Good breakfast. The beach was one of the most beautiful and private beaches I have ever seen. Lot's of night noises beware if you are a light sleeper. Great overall experience.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 19 May 2011

We loved our stay at Playa Chiquita. The cabanas were comfortable and the bathrooms nice. Waking to the sound of the monkeys in the trees outside our room was such an amazing experience. Each morning, we would travel down the little path through what feels like rainforest onto the most gorgeous beach. Wanda Patterson arranged all our food which was off-the-chart delicious, fresh and healthy. Wanda also arranged a guided tour through the rainforest which was a lifetime high for many of the people in our group. Great vibe. Great people.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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mount vernon, WA
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Reviewed 11 April 2011

My family and I stumbed upon Playa Chiquita 2 years ago and stayed there for 4 nights in 2009. We were amazed by the beautiful beach, the warm atmosphere and the kind and friendly owners, Wolf and Wanda. We loved it there SO MUCH that we saved for 2 years to be able to go backin April 2011; this time for 7 nights and 8 days. The breakfast each morning was delicious; eggs, fruit, fresh coffee and juice. The rooms are small but clean and quaint; hammocks were a popular place for my husband and kids to read and relax! We loved relaxing on the perfect quiet beach and plan to make Playa Chiquita our regular vacation place for years to come! Wolf and Wanda always made us feel at home and were happy tohelp us find the best waterfall hikes and recommend places to go and places to eat. This is not for those who want a resort atmosphere; it is in nature and surrounded by animals and flowers and the sounds of nature. It was perfect for us!!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 4 April 2011

it is a good and beautiful place, to stay calm, exercise, and have a swim in the atlantic ocean, organic food, and relaxed athmosphere

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Playa Chiquita Lodge

Property: Playa Chiquita Lodge
Address: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #64 of 103 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price range (per night): $61 - $93
Hotel Class:3 star — Playa Chiquita Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wolf personally oversaw the planning, construction and design of the lodge. He draws his inspiration on the simplicity of the local architecture. – Wolf’s idea was to maintained the simplicity of the local life style and live in harmony with the surrounding nature, so us to destroy as little as possible the original flora hence its habitat – Wolf’s long standing relationship with and commitment to Playa Chiquita community is reflected in all aspects of the property. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Playa Chiquita Hotel Puerto Viejo
Playa Chiquita Lodge Costa Rica/Limon

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