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Playa Negra Guesthouse

Metre North Of the Football Field 100 Playa Negra, Cahuita 70403 Costa Rica
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Playa Negra Guesthouse is a small beach front hotel located on Playa Negra of Cahuita, on the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, one kilometer north of the centre of the town of Cahuita. Opened in December 2008, the hotel offers upper scale accommodation consisting of three lovely, fully equipped Caribbean style cottages, three tastefully decorated guest rooms, swimming pool and pool house. The cottages and rooms overlook lush, carefully maintained gardens. Some unit have A/C.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Beach
Bicycle rental
Taxi service
BBQ facilities
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Outdoor dining area
Horseback riding
Snorkeling
Fishing
Patio
Walking tours
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Soundproof rooms
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Bath / shower
Clothes rack
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Landmark view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
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Amandas77777 wrote a review Yesterday
Netherlands104 contributions145 helpful votes
Agree with some of the other reviews here: why this property got such good reviews is beyond me. The rooms are basic, dark and have bugs. There is nothing really special here. Would not recommend. The hosts seem to be mad at their guests. There are nice animals to see around the property though.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled solo
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AB333 wrote a review Jan 2024
Chicago, Illinois50 contributions19 helpful votes
My family just completed our fourth stay at Playa Negra Guesthouse. We first came here when our kids were young and they still love coming to PNG as adults. The hosts, Marise and Pierre, are lovely and consistently go above and beyond to make your stay extra special. Over the years Marise has arranged zip-lining, white water rafting, hikes in the Cahuita National Park, snorkeling, transpo to/from San Jose, transpo to/from the Cahuita bus terminal, etc. for us. She works with trusted local operators who they know, having owned PNG for many years. You pay the tour operator, taxi service, etc. directly. It’s always a reasonable price. PNG is not earning any commission - they are simply being helpful. All that being said, we now stay at PNG for the tranquility of it and not the excursions. The grounds are a jungle paradise with geckos, sloths, poison dart frogs, birds and more galore. The pool is gorgeous and there’s a well-stocked honor bar that also includes soft drinks, water, juice, etc. The rooms and bungalows are spacious and clean. Just across the street is the Caribbean beach. PNG is a short walk into town where there are plenty of dining options, shops, a large supermarket, and the Cahuita National Park. There are also great dining options within steps of PNG. We highly recommend Playa Negra Guesthouse and can’t wait to return again.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Danielle M wrote a review Dec 2023
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This was our second visit to the Playa Negra Guesthouse and it was just as magical as we remembered. We will be back! Marise and Pierre are the best hosts and maintain the grounds and accomodations beautifully. While relaxing at the pool we saw sloths and iguanas just doing their thing in the trees above. So cool! The beach is easily accessible across a quiet little street. Bars and restaurants can be found with just a short walk in either direction. The entrance to Cahuita National Park is about a 15 minute walk. We did not have a car, so we rented bikes from a souvenir store in town and got around Cahuita that way. There are shuttles/taxis available if needed for further exploration. Whenever we had questions about the area, things to do or where to eat, Marise always had answers and was happy to help. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Lin116 wrote a review Oct 2023
San Francisco, CA266 contributions86 helpful votes
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This is a lovely property with beautiful grounds, spacious room and welcoming owners. We stayed 6 nights and really appreciated the pool, gardens and convenience of being right across the road from the beach. We stayed in room 1 and we’re so happy we chose one with a/c as it really got toasty during the day. It’s a 10-15 min walk to the village center for restaurants and small groceries. We saw sloths & toucans on the property as well as countless birds. Book it and you’ll be as happy as we were!
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Rebecca Long wrote a review Jul 2023
Albany, California2 contributions1 helpful vote
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This is a lovely small guest house right next to Playa Negra beach in Cahuita and a perfect base for exploring the South Caribbean coast- only a 20-25 minute drive to puerto viejo and nearby beaches, Cocles and Punta Uva- but much more chill. The hosts are very friendly and helpful and full of enthusiasm for the wildlife in their garden and all around. Perfect for families with kids with a nice pool to relax and lots of grounds to explore with birds, agoutis, sloths, and amazing tree frogs.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Albert W wrote a review May 2023
6 contributions2 helpful votes
Truly the best place on earth. What a Gem. It’s worth every penny. Friendly owners, trustworthy staff, clean, great price. Seen all of the monkeys and sloths and frogs. All of Costa Rican experience in one place.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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OliveGloucester wrote a review Apr 2023
Gloucester, United Kingdom37 contributions56 helpful votes
After spending two weeks on a full on tour of Costa Rica we decided a six night break in Cahuita was just what we needed - we were so right. The Playa Negra guesthouse is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The setting is just beautiful, lovely garden, wonderful staff and a much needed pool after a walk in the heat. We had the smallest room (wished I had booked a larger one) but it was absolutely fine - cleaned every day and we had our own little private patio - just the thing for a glass of wine and a beer at the end of an exhausting day reading! Staff were really lovely and helpful. Honesty fridge was useful. Meet some lovely people. You literally just had to walk across the road to the beach. Plenty of eating/drinking places in Cahuita its self - we could walk there in 10/15 mins. Regga Bar is about 2 mins walk good for a beer and their sandwiches were really good.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Room Tip: Our room didn't have air-con - we did have ceiling and floor fans - but it still got quite hot at...
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Geoff wrote a review Apr 2023
Barnet, United Kingdom28 contributions3 helpful votes
Cahuita was our first main stop in our Costa Rica itinerary, and this accommodation was delightful. In contrast to some of the brash hotels we stayed in at other locations in Costa Rica - the Playa Negra Guesthouse cottage really blended in with the beautiful tropical Caribbean environment, but also had the necessary comforts of clean serviced accommodation, pool, and attractive grounds. We ate our meals on our cottage's private terrace, and the kitchen had the basic essentials needed. Our accommodation had ceiling fans rather than AC and this kept us adequately cool. Lovely to be so up close to see and hear wildlife, and just across the road from beach. Short stroll into the main part of Cahuita. The guesthouse complex was quite secure including car parking.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Room Tip: None to think of!!
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Douglas Bartholomew-Saunders wrote a review Jan 2023
Cambridge, Canada325 contributions181 helpful votes
Marise and Pierre have been the innkeepers at Playa Negra for 15 years, since moving from Quebec, Canada to follow their Costa Rican dream. They epitomize customer service, warmth, friendliness and are always available to help with ideas for exploring and/or things to see/do. We've been to Playa Negra on 3 separate occasions and plan to return in the future. The guesthouse has three stand along cottages ... the "Blue", "Yellow" and "Green" cottages. The green cottage is a studio complete with full kitchen, dining area and sleeping area. It has a large bathroom. There is also a very private, covered patio/lanai that we used as the "living room" for watching Netflix on the computer in the evening before bed. We have stayed in this cottage on two of our three stays. The yellow and blue cottages have two bedrooms each and are otherwise fully equipped like the green cottage. We've not seen the inside of either cottage but have no doubt they are well kept inside. The guesthouse also have 5 rooms in the main building. They vary in size but are sufficiently large to be comfortable for two people. Each has a bar fridge and microwave oven along with their own private bathrooms. The rooms are quiet (as are the cottages). We have stayed in two of the rooms and found them to be more than sufficient for our needs. Common areas, other than the grounds, include the pool with is located centrally. It is always clean and surrounded by comfortable lounging chairs. Beside the pool is an "honour bar" ... the sort where you serve yourself from the variety of drinks in the fridge, record them on the log and they will be charged to your room. This is a very trusting system that seems to work well. If you're there for a more extended duration, talk to Marise when you're running out of clean underwear or other clothing. Give her your laundry in the morning and the staff will have it back to you cleaned, dried and folded by late afternoon. Pierre is an expert on the flora a fauna of the area. If you're really lucky, you might get to go walking in the Cahuita National Forest with Pierre. You'll be treated to sights of animals, reptiles and plants that Pierre will gladly spot and explain to you. If you haven't noticed, we are very fond of Playa Negra Guesthouse, Marise and Pierre. They are a lovely couple who aim to please. We highly recommend this property. You won't be disappointed if you go there.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Room Tip: The "Green Cottage" is ideal for a couple looking for privacy and comfort.
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1streetover wrote a review Dec 2022
East Lansing, Michigan653 contributions199 helpful votes
We loved Playa Negra Guest House in Cahuita. The grounds are beautiful and there’s lots of wildlife to see, which the hosts will happily point out to you. We had the least expensive room and it was still nice. We thought we might miss having air conditioning but with the ceiling fan and auxiliary standing fan it was fine. Each room has its own personal outdoor space and there’s a common area near the pool also. It’s about a mile from the village itself but there are a handful of restaurants and bars closer than that.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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₱4,544 - ₱6,620 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Playa Negra Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to Playa Negra Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Jungle Night Walk (0.7 km), Playa Negra (0.4 km), and Marco's Tours (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Playa Negra Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Playa Negra Guesthouse?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at Playa Negra Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities, free instant coffee, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at Playa Negra Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Playa Negra Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurante Éwa & Lounge Bar, Rincón del Amor, and Restaurante Las Olas.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Playa Negra Guesthouse?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Playa Negra Guesthouse?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.