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Gaudys Backpackers Hostel Reviews

Ave. 5 / Calle 36 y 38, Casa 3636, Del Banco de Costa Rica de Paseo Colon, 200 al nor, San Jose, Costa Rica

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563 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 94%Security
  • 82%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 87%Atmosphere
  • 79%Cleanliness
  • 87%Facilities

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They were awesome I got sick and they offered to go get medicine for me even!! 36$ for a taxi and hostel is awesome!!

  • 14th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The guy at the reception asked me for my plans the next day and tried to convince me not to go (even though I planned to go to Arenal, which is a very touristic and recommended place), and I think he didn't like the fact he had to be awake at 5am when I left. The hostel is old, and I felt the bed was itchy, and the mattress too soft. Also I don't think the location was very great (dark street, no stores around).

Owner Comment (Hide)
The receptionist might have given you different options of how to travel around Costa Rica without wasting your time taking many buses or just having to come back to San Jose, our reception works 24 hours so he didn't have to wake up as he was awake all night long, itchy mattress? wired non of the customers mention that, not a good location? 2 blocks away from supermarket open until midnight, 3 banks, and all the fast food restaurants on paseo colon,the best location!!!


Everything is great, very friendly staff, good “gallo pinto“ for breakfast with toasts and smoothies, huge common area with a large flat screen tv, two sofas and a well equipped kitchen, wifi is working good, relaxing atmosphere, no party hostel. The beds are okay, but some of them might be replaced and the hot shower might need some more cleaning... all in all it is a good hostel for stop-overs with all necessary facilities (ATM, supermarket, bus terminals (for example tica bus) nearby)

  • 12th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Had agreat stay at Gaudys, very nice helpfull staff. They send a driver to pick me up from the airport and called a taxi to the bus station. Pretty clean rooms, good facilities and nice athmosphere. 15 min walk to city center.

  • 11th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Serbia
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Great stay, Clean, perfectly located, excellent facilities, very friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommended.


Very clean and spacious common areas. Nice breakfast included. Helpful staff.


We only had a fleeting visit to the hostel (arrived late at night and left early next morning), but was great value for the money paid. The staff were very friendly and helpful, especially with helping us arrange transportation etc. which can be daunting on a first visit to a new country (which it was). Delicious fresh fruit and homemade pancakes for breakfast, which is included.

  • 2nd Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


highly recommend staying here. Very well ran. Great facilities and staff.


Pros:good bed and shower in private room,good kitchen for cooking,nice tv common area,good location. Cons:beds in dorms are not comfortable,the shared shower is not clean in the evenings, ants in the rooms, price in the internet is cheaper than doing reservation directly through the hostel,I never had this situation before. This hostel is for early birds,silence time is only until 6 am, people were playing the pool table at 7:00 am and spoke so load every morning infront of our room.

Owner Comment (Hide)
You got to be kidding posting this, you saw a deal online which you didnt want to book because you didnt want to pay a fee with your credit card so you wanted to get the same deal onsite, when we explained why you couldn't pay that onsite you just got upset, pool table from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, the ants in the room where maybe because all the food you had in it, messiest room the housekeeper has ever cleaned here.


I stayed in a private room with ensuite. The room was spacious as well as the bathroom. however the shower and toilet were pretty dirty. the shared kitchen was not well maintained. the free pancake breakfast was good. the staff were very nice and accommodating. would stay again.


This is a great little hostel in San Jose it is slightly out of the centre but there are a lot of amenities locally. I have stayed here a couple of times and each time the staff are very friendly and helpful. On my final visit before getting a flight home they were able to arrange a private transfer to the airport at a rate cheaper than a taxi and very secure.


This place had an amazing vibe. Felt really homely. The staff were super nice And the people staying here also. Good location , comfortable room and good facilities. Plenty of places and Room to chill. Highly recommend.


Gaudy's is a solid hostel, I stayed here twice during my five weeks in Costa Rica. The staff are friendly and helpful enough, there's a lot of people coming through, but since it is San Jose, it isn't the kind of place you'll go to have the time of your life. It's convenient, the kitchen is decent (although too many fruit flies and sugar ants for my liking), it's really close to a huge supermarket, which is nice, and the buses to other towns are also relatively close.


I was content with the dorm space, it was clean and there was space to store my things. The staff were all extremely helpful. I'll be staying there again the next time I go through San Jose.


Great place to stay in San Jose before moving on. The staff was very helpful recommending things to do in San Jose and signed us up for great tours!


The hostel is nice, great sitting area with nice atmosphere. Would not say its the most cleanest one, and the bigest problem with it its the stuff. The guy at the reception does not make you feel welcomed or comfortable. He acts like hes doing you a big favor even with the small things you ask.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review, unfortunately your review is completely different to the rest of our reviews where our staff is the highest rated in San Jose, we know our staff and we know how the treat our customers (the reviews confirm that) even with the most challenging people, actually one of the staff members gave you a hint of how to get a first class flight back home ;) didnt he?


very convenient to get the bus to go to bocas del toro. I would stay there again.


everything was perfect


Staff were really helpful with info, both with tour recommendations and info on how to do things independently. The communal areas are set out so that it is easy to meet ppl. Breakfast was good.


The Hostel was great because it is a huge house with a lot of living rooms, the rooms (dorms) are small, but if it is just for sleeping than it's fine. It is a little far from the sights in San Jose, but while there is no real center you can't say it is too fa away from everything because you will have a bank, bakery and a supermarket a few streets away. The atmosphere is really good, you will feel like home!

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