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Hostel Backpackers La Fortuna Reviews

La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

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83 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 90%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 87%Atmosphere
  • 88%Cleanliness
  • 83%Facilities

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The place was great! One of the front desk guys is much more friendly and helpful than the other, but not much to complain about otherwise. Fabio, the bartender, is amazing! We had a great time in Fortuna!


I've stayed in a lot of hostels around the world. This certainly wasn't the worst but it was far from the best. The dorm room had a large patches of mold on the walls and no window to the outside. Also, there was an incident in which one girl staying at the sister hostel down the street had her passport and wallet stolen by a guy who was staying there as well. When I saw the guy walking around I asked the front desk why they didn't call the police and they said they didn't want to get involved.


fully equiped kittchen,comfortable room,especially AC!fast wifi,this is good hostel for travellar.Arigatou!


This Hostel was in a great location. Walking distance to many restaurants, gift shops, and tour guide stands. The staff were very friendly and helpful.


Great location, friendly staff! It is nice that we could use the sister bar's pool and brunch option!

  • 18th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Staff (Edison) were cool and make big efforts to help. One very drunk guest was moved to another room so he wouldn't disturb us. The bar area is good fun and the beds are quite comfortable.


The hostel was great. Nice bar area for watching World Cup matches, hammocks for lounging, and community spaces with fussball (table soccer), etc. The staff offered fantastic suggestions for food (typical and western restaurants). One suggestion though, more outlets would be appreciated for travelers with technology to recharge. Besides that, no complaints.


We enjoyed our stay at La Fortuna. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the room and kitchen were incredibly clean. We stayed in a private room that was very comfortable with AC. The bar in the hostel makes for a nice way to meet people. Since it closes at 10, there is not too much concern about people being loud at night. We would recommend it!


Nice quiet hostel. Great kitchen and easy access to supermarkets. Main guy in reception was friendly and really helpful. Dorms are a bit small, but air conditioned which was nice.


Great hostel , definitely would stay here again. AC is a great thing in Central America . The only down side of this hostel is the reduced amount of plugs in the room. Beside that all good.


The people, location and cleanliness were great here..I was put off by the online description though. I was expecting a swim up pool but when I got there and found no pool I reread the description and noticed it says that you have to go to another hostel a block away to get to the pool. The place a block away is the Arenal Hostel Resort. Definitely check out Salto, the (free!) water pool/rope swing..it's awesome!


We only stayed here for one night but we were made to feel at home straight away and staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend.


Lovely and clean, free coffee, daily maid service and such lovely helpful staff. Beautiful surroundings.


I wouldn't do it again unless our room was nowhere near the entrance hall. The window was in the hallway which meant the light streamed in at night, everyone that walked by or spoke in the lobby, their voices echoed. It was hard to sleep. The bed squeaked and sounded like It would fall apart at any moment. The staff was nice and facilities too, but I wouldn't do it again.


This is one of the best hostels I've stayed at in Costa Rica. It feels more like a casual resort than a hostel. Right when you walk in they offer you a free welcome drink (with alcohol or not). I immediately relaxed in a hammock in their tranquil garden. The rooms are clean and the beds are nice. It was great to have AC too! The only down side was that my room (14) overlooked a steelyard that started making a noise each day starting around 8AM. Other rooms had less noise though.


Noisy guests and really small bathroom...


Great hostel in an ideal location. Staff couldn't have been more helpful! Rooms were clean and had air conditioning. Communal area with hammocks were lovely. Also had use of the pool and restaurant at the sister hotel which is a great extra.


Nice hostel very well located right in the center of the town. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The room was basic but quite big and clean. Nice garden and little bar. The only thing we didn't like: having to wear a bracelet during the entire stay (apparently for security purpose). Otherwise, nice stay! We would definitely stay there again.


Great hostel and fantastic staff - so helpful and friendly, they really go above and beyond. Highly recommend them. Also check out the Lava Lounge bar/restaurant opposite - great food, sangria and also really friendly staff. The owner also runs a street dog rescue centre, so a really great place to support.


Awesome hammocks! Wonderful staff, and great bartender - super friendly.

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