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Across the Soccer field in Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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346 Total Reviews
  • 76%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 78%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 75%Cleanliness
  • 76%Facilities

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The location by the bus stop was good. And the view and pool were nice but the dorm room was dirty and over crowded with no place to put things and no open outlets. I switched to a private room which was much nicer and quieter but also much more expensive. I am not sure there was a better hostel in MA but compared to other places in Costa Rica this one was subpar. Also the woman at the front desk was very nice but spoke very little English.


The hostel was a good value for money and have very nice amenities. Nevertheless, staff wasn't very friendly particularly the gentleman who seemed annoyed by my questions


The shower in the 18 bed dorm is unsafe. The heater is attached to the top, with no GFCI circuit. Basically it looks like this http://johnnyvagabond.com/travel-tips/survive-suicide-shower/ . This needs fixing!

  • 5th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


-rooms have a/c -common bathrooms/kitchen are semi-reasonably clean -location is outside the main town (quieter) and a very easy/cheap public bus to beach/park -bar, pool, restaurant on site & other restaurants within short walk


I enjoyed their pancakes and fruit in the morning. I met guests from Norway, US, Germany, Spain and Canada. The guest from these countries were nice. I appreciated the free international calls to the United States.


Best place to stay in Manuel Antonio.


Great Place, the view is awesome, pool is nice. Wifi worked well. The kitchen had every thing you needed and lots of room to sit and eat/visit. Free breakfast was good coffee and tea, pancakes and fruit. Everything was pretty clean and the staff were nice. Only 2 bathrooms and 2 showers but it didnt seem to be a problem. Alittle loud the first night and some of the lockers were broken. We still really enjoyed the place. I would definetly stay there again.


THANK YOU! Had an amazing weekend!

  • 9th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Very nice hostel with a pretty big kitchen, bus stop is right outside for convenience and not too far from the beach


primeramente no aceptan tarjetas de credito y jamas contestaron mi correo en el cual les pregunte, el hostal no era muy limpio y no respetaron la habitacion que habia reservado, las habitaciones olian muy feo, el bañao no tenia jabon, la limpieza de la cocina era realmente asquerosa, en general la relacion precio vs beneficio deja mucho que desear.


nice staff. clean rooms great place


This place is amazing. I've never stayed in hostels before this trip and this was one of the best! The hostel has amazing staff and even has a pool with a bar. There is parking if you have a car and there's a bus stop right outside if you don't. The bus will take you right down to the rain forest and beach. I would highly recommend staying here.

  • 24th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


We were in a private room with shared bathroom. The room was very basic and the air-con, which was a necessity, was very loud and difficult to have on when you sleep. The kitchen area was shared and got very crowded. People left there food out on the worktop and attracted ants. However, the staff were very nice people and the setting is very good as it overlooks the hillside. There is a pool and bar and a very useful supermarket opposite so shopping for meals was an easy outing.


This was the worst place we've ever stayed at. Rip-Off! 3 nights, room was never being cleaned, bathroom facilities in poor condition, swimming pool not clean, included breakfast a practical joke: mini slice of melon and a tiny pancake, the atmosphere was filthy and shabby, the common kitchen badly equipped, the little restaurant by the pool overpriced. In the last night even the door broke down, so we slept in unlocked room. We wanted to check out after 1st night, but wanted to see Nationalpark


The sloth in the tree added greatly to the atmosphere of this place. There were also some brightly colored birds and very colorful iguana on the property. The ocean view from the swimming pool area is lovely.

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