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“Great modern home in a tropical beach town”
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Mermaid House Living Room Deck from first floor
Deck off Master Bedroom
Living Room Interior
Playa Chiquta
Master Bedroom looking to Bedroom deck above the compound.
Mommy and baby sloth passing thru on front drive
Outside Patio off Downstairs Bedroom and Bath
Master Bath - Upstairs
Living Room Couches ~ Upstairs
Kitchen ~ Mermaid House
Downstairs Bathroom
Dining Area Night ~ Mermaid House
Master Bedroom ~ Mermaid House
Dinning Area Day
Road In Front of Main Gate
Deck Outside Master Bedroom
Jungle Off Of Living Room Deck
main gate from inside compound
Toucan Paying Visit
master bedroom closet
downstairs bedroom. cozy and quiet as not in canopy.
Playa Chiquita Evening
Monkeys Passing Thru Property
Mermaid House from backyard
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Province of Limon

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Reviewed 22 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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My family of 4 stayed at the Mermaid House for 3 nights in March. We arrived late at night and had a hard time finding the place as there are no signs or lights around there. We also couldn't get a hold of the caretaker who was supposed to be expecting us, or of the owner who lives in the States. When we finally found it, there was a 12 year old girl waiting for us( the caretaker's daughter), she showed us the house. Well, the first bedroom is downstairs , completely separate from the rest of the house, as is the first bathroom. You need a key to get into each. We ended up not using them, since we didn't want to leave the kids by themselves at night. They slept on the couches in the living room. Even though there are screens on the windows, we saw a few lizards, flys and bugs inside the house. Now to the jewel of this property - THE JACUZZI ! Guess what? You can't use it! That was the first thing the little girl told us! When we tried to take a shower, we knew why- the water pressure was so low, it would take whole day to feel it up! So, while the tub looks nice, it's all it is for- looking at. We actually had to hose each other down outside a few times, as it was impossible to shower because of the water pressure. Also, the beach is not close at all, we had to drive and then walk for about 15 min. Overall, the info provided was very misleading, I would not have gotten this house if I knew the truth about it. We liked Punta Uva, but will stay some place else if we go back.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
30 Apr 2015
The Mermaid House has received over a dozen reviews from Flip Key and AirBnB clients and all have been glowing except this one. The house is in fact less that 150 meters from a beautiful private beach. They are two trails off the main road and both less than a five minute walk to the beach. I make a point of telling clients that although the Jacuzzi function of the tree lined master bath tub doesn't work, the shower and the tub itself are spectacular and in perfect working order.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great modern home in a tropical beach town”
Reviewed 11 December 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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This is a great vacation home in a jungle setting. It is right across the street from the tropical beach – with many more walking or biking distance. The house is a solid modern home while at the same time retaining that jungle tree house feel. That bathtub was amazing! As was the size of the bedroom. Not sure the photos really do it justice.
The on-site caretaker was most helpful, check-in and check-out was effortless and efficient, although communicating required some rudimentary Spanish skills.
Playa-Chiquita is laid back with a Caribbean vibe and offers many quality outdoor restaurants and shops a few minutes walk. We had a hard time deciding where to eat as many places looked delightful. A few years ago we had stayed in Puerto Viejo but were looking for something more quiet and natural, but still within the beaten path. Playa Chiquita fits the bill.
The beaches we saw were almost void of people and had pretty fine sand, warm water and good waves. The beach is very natural – truly tropical - which we liked. We snorkeled and just played in the waves. There were quite a few surfers who seemed to catch good waves that day.
Unfortunately we were only able to stay one night (the owner was very flexible and helpful) but I would definitely want to come back to this location and home.

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Liked best: The combination of modern home in a laid-back natural beach town
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
18 Dec 2014
Hi Tina, Thanks so much for the review. David Thoreau
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