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100 m al Oeste de la Plaza de La Fortuna, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

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91%

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585 Total Reviews
  • 90%Value For Money
  • 96%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 90%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

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100%

Plain a simple: the place to stay in la fortuna.


89%

Christian, a staff member was trying to "upgrade" us to the most expensive room ($52/night/person). I didn't like it. He was doing this to others also. The line was we are filled up BUT we have one last spot which was the most expensive. Good thing I had a reservation. Other than that, this place is really nice and a good value. Great breakfast for only $5.


89%

The hostel was in the perfect location in town and the staff were very friendly and helpful for booking trips and recommending places to go. The mixed 6 bed dorm I first stayed in had a great shower and electrical outlets almost everywhere. The female dorm I stayed in the last night had very poor showers and only 1 electrical outlet near the toilet. I would stay at this hostel again, just not in the female dorm.


83%

Well organized, pretty courtyard, good breakfasts. But very noisy with hostel noise and street noise. And I think the bathroom had black mold and water stopped running part way through my shower.

  • 28th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


77%

Loud music at night in the middle of courtyard area. Seemed like nobody was even listening to music but was being played to create ambiance by the staff.


100%

Fantastic hostel! It was clean, staff were friendly and the environment was great! It was very safe as they would only allow people you paid for a room into the hostel. Breakfast was delicious! It only cost $5 for all you can eat breakfast. It had a variety of different foods such as eggs, bacon, sausage, rice and beans, yogurt, toast and more. The location was great because it is in the middle of the town of La Fortuna. It is walking distance to grocery stores, souvenir shops and restaurants.


91%

Nice place to stay. Owner and staff are very friendly. Breakfast is great.

  • 21st Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


100%

Loved the hostel You get to meet people from all over the world The pool area plus the bar is a must

  • 21st Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Mexico
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


94%

The staff was really nice and helpful! It was clean and the breakfast for 5$ was really good! Our only worry is about the shower.. Missing some water. Overall, great time!


100%

Awesome place! It's right off the main street which you would think makes it odd but its just lik a littllittle haven with a super heated pool (with wet bar!), resto, hammocks which makes a rainy (or hangover) day easy to cope with. I was really iffy about paying the higher price but def worth it, and the extra 5$ brekky too! If youre looking for a retreat def the place to do it.

  • 19th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


97%

It was great. 2nd best hostel we've ever been to. We strongly recommend this place to anyone. Heated pool(not too hot) with a swim up bar. It is a great area to meet and chat with people. Almost every night we went to the pool there was 15 to 25 people in and around the area. Courtyard is a nice size with a lot of seating.


74%

very friendly staff. they really did a great job in answering all our questions. for the price it's like in all costa rica: quite expensive for what you get. we stayed two nights in the girl dorm all the way in a corner of all the rooms; no windows, walls were plane concrete, nothing cosy. maybe it was because of the season (january) but it was crazy humid, the towels never dried and we didn't feel very comfortable in the room. shower had nearly no pressure. the common area was nice.


71%

The outside common areas are lovely. The outside had hammocks and nice lighting, etc. The dorm was like a prison cell: dirty walls, no outlets in the room, cold showers. This is a party hostel. There is a bar here, which plays loud music until late that can be heard clearly in the dorm. The breakfast is not included, though was good if you choose to pay the $5 for it. $30 cab ride each way from anything to see in the area - rent a car.


97%

The staff here was spectacular! Everybody was very on top of tips and suggestions for new arrivals in Costa Rica, and they made it very easy to feel safe in La Fortuna. The downtown location was especially nice, since we were in walking distance of practically everything we needed. Otherwise, there were shuttle vans for any tours we wanted to take, and they were very prompt as well. The lack of hot water was a bit of a bummer, but for the price, I would have expected way less. Great stay!


74%

There seems to be a recent change in direction for this hostel. The bar in the middle of the courtyard blared techno music all afternoon and until 10 pm at night making relaxation and afternoon siesta impossible. It seems the management is gearing toward a college party atmosphere instead of the general hostel guest. On arrival, the hostel was overbooked (which the staff blamed on hostelworld) and tried to shunt us to their less desirable sister hostel. This happened to several others.


97%

If you are visiting La fortuna and volcan arenal, stay at this place. It is more of a resort than a hostel. Welcome drink on arrival, air conditioned dorms, very clean facilities, pool with attached bar, hammocks, swings and rockers to relax, good wifi though it does not reach some dorms and needs to be accessed in the central area. Location is perfect as every visitor to this town comes down to this part of the town and walks around to shop, to eat, to book tours and relax in the park


91%

They just installed a heater for the pool and it's amazing. I really liked this hostel. The reception is super friendly and the location is great. Just a heads-up to other young travelers, there are some families here, so don't expected to party or meet a lot of young people. You might be some people at the poolside bar though. If you want to do outsides stuff and not party, this place is really great.


91%

Thank you guys! I don't remember all the names, and a special thanks to the lady who helped out with tours! Thank you!! I did go Bungee Jumping in Monteverde and it was AMAZING :)


83%

Pros: A really nice place to stay with a great courtyard and nice hammocks, small pool with a swim-up bar. Cons: The food is just okay. There is a lot of road noise if you get a room in the front. Also, the people who work there really try and sell you on activities, probably because they get a cut.


100%

great job guys. Friendly service, clean rooms, air con! A swimming pool with a swim up bar. Amazing breakfast. Great place to be based out of.

  • 14th Dec 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


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