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We'll Never Go Back...
19 Dec 2013

Travelling involves a wide range of experiences from the best to the worst. These are the entries from places we’ve been to and will never go back and the food we’ve eaten that made us go “blegh!”.

Hostal Diamond

Sunday, November 17, 2013 12:00

Dingy and dark.


Vista Verde

Monday, November 25, 2013 12:00

$25 for a private room. We had a bug net around the bed but still had tons of bugs.


Monday, November 25, 2013 12:05

When we first arrived in Puerto Viejo we set off for some lunch and Veronica’s caught our eye with its vegan offerings (I’m not vegan, but vegan food is often delicious).

I ordered the casado (rice, stir-fried vegetables, beans and a salad) and energy shake. The casado was just ok, didn’t have much flavor and I was left hungry. On top of that you can get the same plate for half the price at one of the sodas, so I don’t recommend getting that here.

They did have dynamite home-made hot sauce though.

Final bill: $23 for two plates and two shakes.

Dinner at Lava Rocks Cafe

Saturday, November 30, 2013 18:58

Make sure to ask for the bocas menu. Much cheaper food but small portions, so you might want to order multiple plates or just get a casado.

Banquete Chilero Salsa Picante

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 14:16

Wasn’t very good and was really gooey. Barely had a taste.

Bar y Restaurante Amigos

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 21:26

Incredibly slow service. We ordered two burgers (I ordered a super burger for $6) and the wait was more than twenty minutes. The burgers weren’t very good either and the fries tasted like they were from a bag.

This place does have a huge dance floor though so it’s probably a much better bar than restaurant :)

Las Mariposas Hostel

Saturday, December 07, 2013 17:17
  • $35/night for a private room. Apparently the rooms are normally $38 though.
  • Ants all around our room.
  • Bed is crazy uncomfortable.
  • No safe.
  • They start running a lawn-mower at 8am.
  • A few blocks from the main street.

This place was over-priced given what it was and compared to similar places in Costa Rica, but the other hostels were full so we camped here for one night.

The staff and people here were incredibly friendly backpackers and we ran into many of them throughout our entire stay in Sámara. Can’t recommend sleeping here due to the cost but it’s a great place to meet people!

La Mulata

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 15:20

Fish doesn’t taste very good and the rice is dry. For cheaper we’ve had way tastier similar plates, so we were pretty disappointed. Tasty chicken soup though.

Isabella's Coffee

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 18:50

Dropped in here to grab a coffee and take a break from our long walk. I ordered a white chocolate mocha that tasted pretty gross and Laurence’s mandarin juice tasted like they hadn’t cleaned the blender between drinks.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013 20:40

This is my tripadvisor review:

This place is hardly worth the time to go to, much less write a review, but I felt it necessary to attempt to further this establishment’s drunken stumble down to tripadvisor’s gutters.

First off, this place doesn’t serve Thai food other than by name. Any of the traditional flavors you’re used to expecting from Thai food are conspicuously missing from every plate. To top it off, the flavors they DO have make you want to vomit during, immediately after, and for the duration of the evening following.

This terrible experience is compounded by the miserable staff. Don’t expect to get any service while you’re here without flagging someone down, and, when you do get it, don’t expect them to listen to any complaints about the quality of their food. Our waitress, upon being informed of the meat tasting like gutter, simply nodded and walked away.

Don’t waste your time or money on this place.

Monterey Mall

Thursday, December 19, 2013 20:11

Wtf this entire mall is composed of shitty electronic stores. Went with low expectations of finding Jambox, left feeling overwhelmed by electronics for the first time evar.

El Centro is Crazytown

Friday, December 20, 2013 15:41

We spent the afternoon in El Centro. It seems like every thing is available in bountiful excess. You like hats? There’s a stand with hundreds of hats, and an identical stand next to that, and another, and another.


Monday, December 23, 2013 21:19

Really bad gyro with liquid tzatziki. The two for one happy hour drinks were pretty weak as well.

Casa Blanca

Saturday, December 28, 2013 12:00

A hostel off the beaten track. Half-decent rooms that get incredibly warm at night. Filthy showers with no hot water.

My tripadvisor review:

We (three) stayed here for two nights in one of the private rooms. The staff were generally nice when we checked in and throughout our stay. We chose the private room upstairs because it had a lot of light and a big window.

The room had A/C though it would have been fine to have a fan in the room.

The showers were advertised to have hot water but any time we took a shower the water was glacier cold. Turns out there is one shower that has hot water, but any time we used it the hot water would disappear within seconds. The bathrooms were also completely filthy any time we used them. Asking the staff about this we were told simply that we should “use the shower with hot water in it”. This proved quite difficult given that this hostel can have 30 people in it and only one working shower.

The location is also far from the more happening streets in the city, so be prepared for a walk or cab to any clubs or restaurants.

Malibu Frozen + Cocktails

Sunday, December 29, 2013 23:30

Grabbing drinks before heading out dancing.

El Chocolate

Monday, January 06, 2014 19:26

Had carbonara spaghetti and a weird tasting piña colada. The food was not super good for the price.

Hostal La Florida

Friday, February 21, 2014 22:49

We stayed here for the rest of our time in San Pedro at 10,000 CLP a night in dorms.

Castillo de Molina

Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:02

Cafe near the plaza.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014 22:21

Grabbing some burgers while we wait.

La Escalera

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 16:26

Grabbing quick food before we have to buy our Burning Man tickets.