El Diablo Tranquilo
Lonely Planet review
One of South America’s most appealing hostels, this exceptionally well-designed place is the brainchild of expat American Brian Meissner. Follow the devilish red glow through the entryway, past the animated crowd on the circular fireside couch, and you’ll find a mix of dorms and cushy doubles with endless perks. Along with wi-fi, high-speed computers, hammocks, a guest kitchen and laundry service, there are Paypal cash advances, bike and surfboard rentals, yoga and language classes and horseback excursions. Unsurprisingly, the average guest stay is nearly a week, and things can book up even in winter.
Two blocks downhill, right beside the beach, is EDT Playa Suites, Diablo Tranquilo’s even cushier sister hostel. The best rooms upstairs have fireplaces, full-on ocean views and great sound systems, while the raucous bar-restaurant downstairs offers reasonably priced food (UR$160 to UR$220), beach service, and a party scene lasting late into the night. Undecided about what to drink? Spin the wheel of fate, and hope you don’t land on the ‘bartender’s choice’ – it’s been the genesis of some pretty scary concoctions.
Our independent authors have visited El Diablo Tranquilo and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Punta del Diablo.
Services & facilities
- Internet access
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