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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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946 Total Reviews
  • 83%Value For Money
  • 93%Security
  • 87%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 87%Facilities

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94%

A great spot! Awesome security and staff. Parking was a nice bonus. The pool was nice to have and the staff were very informative on activities to do in down.


83%

No kitchen available

  • 30th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Poland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


89%

A really pleasant and luxurious hostel. The hot water is HOT which was a lovely surprise after suicide showers and cold water elsewhere in the country. The room windows needed to be left open to air out the rooms so I was careful to not leave items of value out in the room. That said, the front gate kept things secure and my fellow dorm mates were great.


66%

We stayed in the private room (#23 I think?) at the very back of the property. It was secluded and quiet, but very very dark and awkwardly triangularly shaped. There was only a half window, and it was at the end of a hallway facing a chain-link fence covered with black tarp. There was nowhere to hang our towels/clothing to dry, and the lack of sunlight kept everything damp for our entire stay.

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


97%

Great hostel. Very secure, good bar, tons of activities (do the night walk, the tour guide is a sage) and all at a very good price. The hostel has a great atmosphere - we were there for New Year's Eve and there was a fun party in the common area. It's a very social place when the weather is good, but it kind of empties out when the weather is poor. One small complaint: the staff is relatively slow (they operate on Latin time) so don't expect a quick response if you're in a hurry.


74%

The private rooms are not the level advertized. We paid 100 dollars for a room in San Jose Radisson with buffet breakfast for two. Here the cost was almost the same around 80 ! Overpriced!

  • 28th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Finland
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


100%

Amazing hostel. Great washrooms. The staff are so cool and hot. The shower was better than in Canada.


71%

We were going to be arriving late, so I informed hostel world of our ETA. They said they would let the hostel know. But when we got there, the hostel had already given away our room. It took them forever to figure out what had happened, but they had a back up that had one fewer bed than we requested. We were exhausted and took the room, but that was all there was to it. I think the manager should have offered us a discount or free drinks or something to make up for their mistake.

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


97%

The place is amazing and the staff really kind. The only thing was that was no breakfast included and no kitchen to cook or prepare our own food.


83%

It's definitely a party hostel, but the facilities are top notch.


94%

This is probably the nicest hostel we've ever been to. It was cleaned daily and meticulously. The staff was amazing and booked our tours and transfers for us right from the hostel, recommended restaurants to eat at in town and things to do around La Fortuna. We loved Rodney and Alex (front desk guys) they were super friendly and helpful. The restaurant had good food, restaurant girls always friendly. Only suggestion would be shelving units in private rooms, and hooks in showers to hang clothes.


74%

It's a very nice hostel, but there's no kitchen or refrigerator. The ability to cook for myself is one of several reasons I stay in hostels, so that was a disappointment here. And, true to many of the reviews I have read of this hostel, we did encounter an arrogantly rude young man working the front desk at check in.


89%

The reservation couldn't be found by the hostel. Anyway, they were very helpful by helping us and were enthousiast to do so.

  • 23rd Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


83%

Great place to stay and not to far from town.


69%

Nice atmosphere with the pool and place ouside the bar. easy to meet others, but also to just read a book. Not to much party, but at the same time good vibes. To bad there is no kitchen, so that makes it a bit expensive. Room and bed was ok.


83%

I would describe more as a hotel than a hostel. Amazing facilities, had a large pool, gym area, restaurant and central lounge area. Food from restaurant very high quality. No kitchen. Lacked a bit of the traditional hostel atmosphere. staff had good advise us on tours and booked for us, but had little advice for activities we could do independently like cerro chato. Very expensive for a hostel, but perhaps that's due to La Fortunas popularity with tourists.


80%

Great place to stay in La Fortuna. We had a private room away from the main area and it was nice. Staff were helpful and polite. Really cool hang out areas around the pool and main lobby if you want to make the most of it and meet people.

  • 21st Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


86%

The facilities are really good! I really liked the camp style. The pool is big and the common areas nice to spend your free time!

  • 20th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Costa Rica
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


89%

Great hostel overall but breakfast not being included makes it a bit overpriced. They do serve a really good breakfast but it's about $10 pp depending on what you get. The pool and the common area are great to chill out at and they have drink specials most days. A lot of guests hang out there during the day and at night. Cooler or mini-fridge in the room and breakfast could have made it great but was still good.


94%

My sister and I had a great stay at Arenal Backpackers. It rained non-stop and we knew our stuff would never get dry so we used the laundry service. It cost $9 for half a garbage bag and our clothes came back no problem. The location is excellent. We reserved all our tours from vendors on the street because they were cheaper than the hostel and had no issues, just know what the hostel is charging and make sure you get it for less! Don't do the 2 volcanoes, 1 day 10 hour tour, it was awful!


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