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Avenida 6, calle 21/23, San Jose, Costa Rica

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85%

Rating
379 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 81%Location
  • 88%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 79%Cleanliness
  • 84%Facilities

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94%

It is really great place to stay. The rooms are spacious plus the beds are comfortable. Obviously the garden and the swimming pool make it special. The location could be better but well there are no perfect places. The staff working there is very helpful and friendly. For the money it is almost perfect place.


83%

Very bad resp. nearly no equipment in the kitchen - so that it was hard to get a bowl or a glas. However, staff was always in a good mood, helpful and friendly.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi Sara! Thank you so much for your comments! We are always bringing new items to the kitchen, the problem is that people steal them often. Yesterday, for example, we bought a brand new oven and lots of pans and other items. Hope to see you soon!

94%

Amazing hostel. The staff are super nice and easy going. The place is nice and clean and the staff are always working so hard to make sure you are having a good time. Nice open kitcen for cooking. The pool area is great for relaxing. Cool little bar area by the kitcen. Only bad thing is the bunk beds are so shakey. I stayed in dorm 2 and the metal frames make so much noise when you move around on them. They need to get bigger and stronger bed frames. Overall a top notch hostel. 4 stars.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi! Thank you so much for your comments! We love that you enjoyed your visit! We are working on the new beds. We already changed all the beds in double rooms! Thank you so much and see you soon!

69%

In the kitchen were too few things to cook and it was kind of dirty. Facilities like a lighter or matches weren't available, but would be an easy abd cheap thing to add!

  • 25th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi! The kitchen is busy almost 21 hours a day and we have 4 cleaning ladies all day long that clean it every 1.30 h. We keep it fully equiped with all the things you need to cook. Matches and lighters can be found at the front desk if there are not in the kitchen. Yesterday, for example we bought a brand new oven and lots of pans and items people need. We are constantly bringing new stuff to the kitchen. Thank you for your comments and hope to see you soon again!

74%

It's close to the airport but not a great base location for doing Eco tourism. The hostel is decent but the city isn't very nice.

  • 12th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi! We would like to receive comments about the property not the city. Even though San José has bad things it also has great things to do and see! We invite you next time to stop by our info center so we can advise some great places downtown!

91%

I have stayed here several times while on route through San Jose to somewhere in Costa Rica. It suits the purpose perfectly. The rooms are basic but clean and the atmosphere around the pool and bar is great. There is an info desk with everything you need to know about what to do and how to get around Costa Rica. Pura vida!

  • 8th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you so much for your comments! Hope to see you again soon!

91%

Coral reef is the place to stay if you are going to Tamarindo! Good location, nice atmosphere, cheap beer just next door, close to the beach - what is not to love? Jeef, the owner, is such a cool guy. The staff is so nice and helpful. Was only going to stay there for a couple of days, but ended up staying there for 11 days.

  • 24th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Denmark
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


86%

solid choice. I stayed twice and would stay there again. very social. a bit of a long walk to a lot of the bus stops but near the city centre

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you so much for your comments Lucy! We are very glad you enjoyed your stay! Hope to see you soon again!

66%

Clean toilets and kitchen!!! Only 2/5 computers worked & internet was really slow! Dorm 6 is way too close to pool area at night - really noisy!

  • 2nd Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi Caroline! Thank you for taking time to give us some feedback. We were definitely having problems with the Internet. We changed the Company 2 weeks ago and now is really fast! We have quite dorms too, you just have to ask for those at the front desk because we also have areas like bar that can be a little noisy but the bar closes at 11 p.m. so after that time there is no noise in the hostel. Thank you and we hope you enjoyed your time in Costa Rica!

69%

The best thing about the hostel ist the garden with its hammocks and the pool. The Rooms are simple not very dirty not very clean. The Bathrooms are ok. The kitchen is a bit dirty. Even though the cleaning staff is always around. The worst is the train that began to drive about 4 am and you have the feeling that it drives and honks through your bedroom. Its soo loud.


77%

Big hostel, but not very clean: that was actually the worst hostel we did in central America... The dorms in the basement are dark and smelly, the pool is a joke, but the staff was really helpful!


100%

Super friendly, knowledgable, and chill staff. Clean pool, great happy hour drinks.

  • 2nd Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


80%

Located within 10 minutes walk to city centre. Shared bathroom & toilets were cleaned regularly throughout the day and private room was clean and of a good size. Although a train passes very close by it did not interrupt sleeping.




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