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Arenal Backpackers Resort Reviews

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

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86%

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1083 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 90%Security
  • 87%Location
  • 76%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 89%Cleanliness
  • 87%Facilities

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91%

We greatly enjoyed our stay at Arenal Backpackers. The staff helped us everyday to find local spots and get information for us.


77%

Very clean and the pool is really nice. Main complaint is that there is loud music playing all day long until 10pm. Also the AC only turns on from 10pm-10am and turned our room into a refrigerator even when we adjusted the temperature to as warm as possible. This is not a hostel for travelers who like to go to bed early.


91%

I stayed only one night but the atmosphere during the evening was great. I would strongly recommend this hostel for the cleanliness, value for money, location and security. The only downside is the lack of enthousiasm of the staff (one guy at the front desk).

  • 30th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


89%

Nice hostel and welcoming employees. It's clean and cute.

  • 23rd May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

Love your place. This was our second visit and the atmosphere is perfect for making friends and relaxing. Love the tents.

  • 20th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


74%

It was simple dorm style rooming. Large lively complex. Restaurant is convenient, but expensive for Costa Rica. The whole town is this way though.


100%

Great location in town and view of volcano. Big hostel, nice green lawn, pool, and hammocks. Staff very helpful. The tents are roomy and comfortable, a great deal if you don't mind the noise of not being in a room. Only downside is no kitchen to cook but their restaurant is affordable and delicious :)


91%

This was a great hostel for cleanliness! Nice pool, bar, and lounge area. Very secure place as well. Showers and dorm rooms were spotless and there was air conditioning! Highly recommend. I only stayed one night and had very little time but it seemed like a great place to meet others, party, and be social.


89%

Overall the hostel was great. Good Atmosphere and facilities. Only complaint is that it can get quite loud at night. Also the price for a tent seems a little high.


94%

Very nice place, extra safe, super clean, a/c at night in the dorms is really welcomed. There is no kitchen, you have a mini restaurant/bar in the shared area. Big pool and hammocks.


94%

You can stay at the Backpackers Resort for the cost of a hostel! I was so impressed with the value for money here - one of the cleanest and nicest hostels I've ever seen. Definitely the nicest hostel in Arenal, and I would 100% recommend staying here. The staff can be a bit slow to help you at the reception, and the night time music is a bit obnoxious (repetitive), but the pool is amazing and it was easy to meet people hanging out in the lounge area.

  • 2nd May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • All Female Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


94%

Great hostel. Location and lay out was brilliant, as was the restaurant/bar in the main area. Grounds were lovely and security made us feel safe to leave our car in the parking area. Rooms were clean and the beds the most comfortable I've ever had in a hostel. Would certainly recommend this hostel to anyone.


80%

It was social and busy, but the nonstop very loud music on a loop got a bit much to have to come back to every afternoon or night. There were lockers but the dorm rooms were left completely open during the day and often didn't even shut properly at all. The onsite bar and restaurant is very expensive but you are able to bring in your own food and drinks. The hostel advertises one tour company and people seemed to be happy about those tours.


89%

Great spot, THE place to be in Arenal if you are backpacking. Pool is nice. Bar has great food but be prepared to pay more. Staff could be a little more knowledgeable about tours -> they only work with 1 company and will not give unbiased reviews about other places. Also be prepared to wait at reception a lot. I had trouble getting the garage door to open because the staff didn't see me. But once inside it is very safe and secure place to park.


91%

Great location for weather, lots of interesting people come through, great music. Breakfast not included, but $7 per breakfast. Food served is descent, cleaning ladies at on top of it and keep place impeccable (constantly emptying trash receptacles, as they ask you throw toilet paper in garbage). Laundry on site for a fee. Good looking staff during week.


86%

Great facilities and location. One of the nicest hostel grounds Ive ever stayed at. The majority of the staff are wonderful, but like another reviewer said, some staff seriously need to check their attitudes. For example, the keycard to my room stopped working late in the night, and reception was closed so I had to figure out other sleep arrangements until morning. Got tons of attitude from the receptionist when i told him. No apology whatsoever, just snarky excuses.


80%

Nice property. Checkin staff was kinda rude. Place was dead and we were hoping for a little more action.

  • 14th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


100%

Stayed in private room which was basically just a hotel room. Remote controlled AC, spacious bathroom and shower and room. Little more expensive than staying in shared but it was a good choice for that piece of the trip. Very close to town. Nice pool and bar area for socializing. Beers were well priced ($2). Only had one issue in which I added a night and paid cash and they didn't have record of it so my room wouldn't open. They corrected the issue though which was good.


97%

Great hostel, great atmosphere and friendly/helpful staff. The pool was a huge bonus / good way to cool off after a day of hiking / tours. Location was really good. Tours booked through the hostel were expensive compared to what we saw down the road at the various tour companies but everyone that went on one seemed to enjoy it. Food was pricey but local sodas/restaurants close by (~5-10min walk).

  • 11th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


69%

beds in 3 person tent was uncomfortable, literally a thin mattress on the floor. food was not good. $2 beers from 6-9pm. nice, clean facilities.

  • 11th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • All Male Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


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