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Castle Tam Hostel Reviews

Avenida 4,100 metros oeste Escuela de la Roosevelt, San Pedro, San Jose, Costa Rica

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266 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 85%Security
  • 78%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 70%Atmosphere
  • 70%Cleanliness
  • 77%Facilities

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Very pleasant and helpful staff. the location isn't great but it isn't that bad either. i guess the place has a better atmosphere when there are more people, all the essentials are there.


To be honest the hostel staff is not really motivated. First we waited a long time in front of the hostel till somebody opened the door. Later we asked where we can find a exchange office and if they could call a taxi for us. They had no idea where a exchange office is and it was not possible to call a taxi. The room was ok, they have two well equiped kitchens and a nice tv. Not bad but also not super.


A good hostel with some really helpful and welcoming staff - especially Evan and Sophie. Pancakes for breakfast is nice and a good change from just bread! Beds are great, you get your own chargers, reading light and curtains which is perfect in a dorm room. I would recommend staying here to any traveller :)


Stellar find! Cheap as chips, decent location, about a five minute walk for bars, lovely helpful staff, good wifi, well stocked kitchen, awesome pancake breakfast, secure clean rooms, clean bathrooms, only complaint was the mattress was quite thin and you could feel all the slats underneath


Castle tam is really one of the best values in Costa Rica. The staff is friendly and willing to help whenever available. I think this area is really the best part to be in San Jose. You are a 5 min walk to the University, so plenty of cheap food and drinks are available which pales in comparison to the rest of CR! $9 for a dorm room with its own curtain and outlet plus a huge pancake is tought to beat! The place isnt as clean as say a 5 star hotel but hey its Central America, Pura Vida!

  • 24th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


man this place rocks

  • 12th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


We had the private room with ensuite. Cons: The last occupants hair still in the drain. Toilet seat was cracked. Pros: Good shower, big bathroom. Good wifi. Close to the mall. Friendly staff and the pancakes were amazing!


I dug the hell outa this place, and I'm a man who has been to a butt ton of hostels. Ill stay another night or two before leaving Costa Rica. Bring on the free morning pancakes.

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Hey it was a blast to have you stay with us. Come again soon.


This place wasn't too bad, but it has Roaches, lots of roaches, I left 1 day early because of this issue. Other than that, the people were nice.


Best location in san pedro region. close to la calle and roots reggae bar. the staff is really nice and when we had to leave a day early we got our money back.


I would not stay in this hostel again. The stuft was really friendly, but there was a Rat running in the house, blankets and sheets were dirty and you had to put it yourself. The more the walls are that thin that you hear every person walking vor showering. So sleeping can be dificult...


Very nice hostel, you will have your own outlet and light by the bed and also each bed has a curtain which is nice and more comfortable. The staff is friendly and very helpful!


Super nice hostel! Nice staff and a cool atmosphere to it. The only problem is that it's a bit out of down town... Yet again it's located at a nice neighborhood with a mall and cinemas in. Wouldn't go there again but definitely recommend it


Friendly hostel with very good staff.


The hostel was dirty, had rats and cockroaches in the kitchens...

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If there was a problem with cleanliness it was never reported while this guest was there and we do not agree with this person's remarks. She stayed five days. If there was that big of a problem I would ask her why she did not leave on Day 2? I hope others will look at reviews other than this one when making their decision on where to stay.


great hostel. friendly and helpful staff. clean and cute. my only negative comment would be the mattress was really thin and I could feel the metal bars on my back on the bunk. otherwise, everything was great.

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