If you're looking for an affordable place to stay in Tortuguero, this is a great spot. My room was by no means luxurious, but it was comfortable and secure. Since the whole village is rather small, you can walk anywhere from Cabinas, and it's very close to the supermarket, a frutería, and several restaurants. The hosts were very nice people, and I went on a fun canoe tour with the husband my second day there. His wife made me breakfast afterward, which was tasty and filling. I had to take the 5am boat back to La Pavona, but they were accommodating and allowed me to simply leave my key in the door to checkout. Overall, I had a great stay and would recommend it to others who are going to stay in Tortuguero.
This place obviously got all the good reviews for the owner's great personality and effort. We also had a okay-stay only, because the owner's were not there. The place itself is VERY basic, no fan, no hot water in our room. The room was spacious and ok-clean. Towels never got changed, floors never cleaned during our stay, trash cans not emptied. We found one cockroach in the room. Luckily it was the only one. The first night was horrible! Party music til 3am. We felt like we landes in Cancún and not in Tortuguero at the end of the world... But this seems to be a weekend thing. The following nights were quite! The place is in the middle of everything in Tortuguero, which is nice. Many restaurants and shops close by. The nephew of the owner was present during our stay and tried, but communication was not that great. He gave advice about tours that we could book with his uncle, but it's the same as all the other tours in Tortuguero. They told us that we cannot walk in the national park without a guide, so we booked a walk with the uncle. Turns out, you can of course walk there without a guide! Same as in all the other NP in Costa Rica! Of course you have to be careful with snakes, but if you wear closed shoes, it's completely fine. The tour was ok, but we didn't feel like it was worth $70 for 2 persons ($15 is entrance fee for the park, everyday!). We wouldn't recommend Tortuguero in general. It's a tourist rip off. The town is cute and most people are friendly, but it's not worth the long journey in our opinion. Rather go to Cahuita instead!
Beaty and her husband Alphonso are truly wonderful hosts. We enjoyed spending time with them and learning about the local culture. Beaty made a wonderful breakfast for us every morning and Alphonso was our guide for five amazing nature tours. The lodging is simple just like the village of Tortuguero.
A wonderful stay, was looked after like going home!!! Beyette and Alonzo are totally layed back, with all the knowledge you would need on your stay. No need to book tours anywhere else!! they accommodate any whims and wishes! Not to forget Beyettes lovely cooking!!! she looked after my kids as her own. In short, just an amazing stay, planning already to go back!!