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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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830 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 91%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)


86%

A bit expensive indeed.


89%

El lugar es bastante agradable y muy bonito. Conviene adquirir los tours en el hostal si no traes coche porque van por ti te regresan, además de que los precios son buenos. Porfa tomen el tour de canopy que es de lo mejor.


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)


91%

Dortoir très propre et en plus il y a de lair climatiser dans les chambres. Le staff etaient amicale. Le seul inconvenient il ny a pas de cuisine commune et la nourriture ainsi que boisson est dispendieuse a lauberge. Il vaut mieux se promener en ville et decouvrir.


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)


94%

Lediglich die fehlende Küche führte zu Abzügen. Das Personal ist super freundlich und wahnsinnig hilfsbereit.


80%

Toller Pool und Aussicht auf den Vulkan, sofern es nicht bewölkt ist. Die Zimmer lassen sich allerdings nicht mit der Kreditkarte bezahlen und bei den Ausflügen verlangen Sie bei Bezahlung mit Kreditkarte 5% Zuschlag. Ansonsten alles gut.


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.


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