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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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809 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 89%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 90%Cleanliness
  • 91%Facilities

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91%

Worth the money excellent place! We made lots of friends and had a great time, we'll definitely go back! :)

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


94%

I thought that this was by far one of the nicest hostels I stayed at during my 3 month trip in Latin America. I think the facilities are superb to most all other hostels. Staying in an 8 bed room it felt like a hostel, but had we stayed in a private it would've felt like a hotel. Definitely worth staying here if you pass through Arenal.


91%

The facilities were very nice and the staff were very helpful. The music playing in the restaurant all day was loud and a little annoying. Otherwise it was a great place to stay.

  • 31st May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


94%

We had a lovely stay :) Lovely pool, cute and cosy tends, very nice common area, the staff was helpful. The bar/restaurant it's a little expensive though.


100%

Great location and very friendly staff! An excellent place to meet other travellers/ backpackers.

  • 27th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


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97%

Awesome hostel. We were a bit worried about the tents but they were amazing. Diego was incredibly helpful. They also have great activities every night of the week. Loved every minute here.


89%

Don't be deterred by the tent option; we had a great time in one. They stay dry and cool overnight, locked during the day (you can borrow a padlock), and have power. The place had a very youthful feel with themed parties every night, which can get loud and last well into the night.


100%

Excellent!


29%

1. There is loud music till 11pm every night. if you are not party animal, just don't go. The room is very smelly due to washroom and almost no wifi. 2. They sell food and water. The water is suspicious to be recycled. When i saw that the sealed (tap) was already broken, before i opened the bottle. 4. There is a swimming pool, but it is a decoration. There are garbages floting around. 5. The tend room does not have a key. Will you put your belonging in a place where every one can reach?


77%

Arenal is one of those places for people who don't want only to sleep but also meet new people... and enjoy the pool. Prices of the restaurant and beers could be lower.


86%

Stayed in the tents and it was definitely a great value. With four of us in one tent, however, apparently there wasn't room for bed frames but the mattresses on the floor were very good quality and comfortable. Noise was a bit of an issue, with the bar/reception music playing loud and clear through the canvas until 11p.m. My only other complaint would be the lack of benches or hooks in the shower rooms -- hard to keep things dry without leaving them outside. Beautifully maintained property.


100%

This place was really fun with good people. There is a pool, large outdoor bar area, hammocks, slack line, etc. As tempting as it is to just stay at the facility, you have to get out and explore La Fortuna. The staff is really helpful. We booked all of our tours and transportation VERY last minute and the staff arranged it with a smile. We stayed in the tents and it was great (they give you a lock and locker for your valuables). You should really try the tents out if you don't do the dorms.


94%

Great hostel! Beautiful grounds with a nice pool, lounges and lots of grass. Restaurant on site with good meals at reasonable prices. Tents were surprisingly spacious and comfortable. Pillows could be better but that's the only downside. Overall we loved our stay here


80%

Very secure and nice place! A little peice of tourist paradise through our backpacking trip. Keep in mind that it is a party kinda place so if you entend to sleep early or late it doesn't really work. Great accommodations: pool, bar, etc! FYI the ropes to hang your wet clothes are in the backyard (not very well indicated but very practical)! :)


94%

Great hostel and staff. I recommend anyone to stay here.


89%

Great location and party atmosphere, really liked the pool and hammocks. The cost at $15 for a shared room is a bit high compared to other hostels, but I would go back again.


97%

Tents were perfect for a couple's getaway. Tons of local options for daily activities and the hostel is very helpful in organizing those. Great food and drink plus relaxed and fun atmosphere! Highly recommend this place

  • 27th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)


77%

Real nice hostel. Stayed in a dorm, the lockers are real small and the sockets aren't near the beds. The WiFi was terrible and non-existant most days. The staff were nice and the rooms were clean. The pool and trampoline are awesome. Good view, 5 mins out of the town. The tours they offer are really overpriced!


89%

Hard to find a complaint here. Especially compared to other options in CR. They could do more to get everyone to interact... But really that's just personal observation.


86%

The hostel in itself is awesome. They have a great pool and the rooms are really nice with private bathrooms. The staff was helpful enough, but they didn't seem happy to help. But it's really good value for the money, so I would def recommend staying there.


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