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Arenal Backpackers Resort Reviews

350 meters west of central park, towards volcano, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

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88%

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832 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 92%Security
  • 89%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 89%Cleanliness
  • 90%Facilities

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80%

Small room with bad beds:(


89%

Overall it was a great place to stay. The room was clean enough, the shared bathrooms were extremely clean. The common area was a very comfortable place to hang out with comfortable couches, strong wi-fi and a little place to get food and drinks (definitely expensive, but very convenient and very good). The only negative was that i booked a room and several days later they said that type was overbooked and not available, so to still get a private room i had to upgrade, but would stay here again.


100%

Good vibes all around:)

  • 3rd Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


89%

nice clean hostel. Private rooms totally worth the extra coin. Lots of outlets. Cleaning staff always on the go. No kitchen but the food was really good at the bar. Pool was clean and the grounds very decent. The entire grounds are fenced with buzz in to gain access after hours and all night security guard. Close to all the shops and eateries. I'd recommend it again


86%

A bit expensive indeed.


80%

Very noisy at night..... Definitely a party backpackers...on the nigh to was there anyway! My private room was on the ground floor near the bar, so not the best location, however it was spotlessly clean and a very comfortable bed!


63%

Pros: *The pool was nice; most hostels don't offer a pool as an amenity *Food was quick and cheap *In the heart of La Fortuna - easy walk to restaurants and shops Cons: *Our room was incredibly musty *We didn't have hot (even warm) water the entire time we were there *The majority of the staff was not great (vague responses, attitudes, not helpful) *Sheets were thin and stained *We were only provided one towel for two people in a private room

  • 28th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


94%

La fortuna is beautiful and the backpackers resort really added to our visit nicely. It is on the edge of town but not isolated and the common area is an excellent and inviting spot to meet fellow guests. We booked a number of tours and transportation through the front desk and never had a problem.

  • 27th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


97%

Slacklines, trampoline, several restrooms, hot showers, daily lounge activities, friendly atmosphere, great pool, good music. You'd be Backwards not to stay here

  • 23rd Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


91%

Its an amazing hostel to stay.. Best value for money I have ever experienced, so clean, just great! Will recommend it to everyone who travels to la fortuna ;)


80%

Very nice hostel, they should include breakfast in the rate though, at least for private rooms.


89%

Great location with an epic pool surrounded by palm trees. Food and drinks at the bar/restaurant were really pricey, had to go in town for cheap breakfast. Overall vibe was great in the common areas.


97%

Very good hostel. Came just as advertised! Staff were very friendly and helpful. Will definitely come back stay here on my next costa rica trip.

  • 18th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


97%

The wi-fi connection was a bit poor. It didn't work in our rooms and somethimes in the bar. Besides that i recomend it for it's facilities and location.


83%

We stayed in a double room and it had excellent views of the volcano. Really chilled out nice pool and communal area. Staff were lovely and helpful. The pizza place a few doors down was delicious and we did the Bahai spa which was worth doing so thanks for the recommendation


100%

Just an amazing place to stay. Everything from the facilities, the grounds and especially the of the volcano were fantastic. The most impressive part is the staff who make you feel at home the moment you arrive until the second you leave. They were all wonderful , friendly and knowledgable people.

  • 5th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


63%

Im not sure if it was the time of the year, but this hostel has the potential to be one of the greatest and it was a big flop. There was no helpful staff, they worked very selective hours. Secondly, the atmosphere was very poor. But the time of visit was late october, not exactly prime season, but still I thought the atmosphere would have at least ok. it was so quiet, too quiet.


100%

air conditioner worked incredibly well and cooled the room down very quickly. just a warning (not a complaint), there were ants in the room but they stay away unless you have unsealed food...a bit of a learning curve since we're not used to that up north, so just make sure your food is all sealed and you'll be fine. great hostel!


94%

Really nice hostel, stayed in one of the tents which was cheap but very small. Wouldn't recommend staying in a tent for more than one night, novelty wore off pretty quickly!


100%

It was a great hostel! Perfect location, relaxing atmosphere, awesome friendly staff, delicious breakfasts and convenient facilities! I would go back and stay there again! It was recommended to me to stay in and I would continue to recommend it to others :)

  • 26th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


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