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Hostel Pangea Reviews

Barrio Amon Ave 7 st.3-3bis, Barrio Amon Ave.11 st 3bis, San Jose, Costa Rica

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79%

Rating
1103 Total Reviews
  • 74%Value For Money
  • 87%Security
  • 80%Location
  • 75%Staff
  • 76%Atmosphere
  • 79%Cleanliness
  • 79%Facilities

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71%

The restaurant is very expensive and WiFi is troublesome. There are odd rules about where you can wait if you're not booked in to stay,eg if you're waiting for a flight later that day. It's not very welcoming when you're in a strange and dangerous city. The beds are comfortable but toilers need further planning like sinks nearby and an area to change. There must be better options nearby. Staff can be hit or miss in terms of friendliness


77%

Staff wee largely unhelpful and unfriendly. The beds were absolutely terrible I. The private suite and needed upgrading.


100%

Hostel Pangea rules. def stay here! they have an agent at the airport that greets you for the shuttle. Every time i land in San Jose i'm staying at Hostel Pangea- jordan


54%

No running water for the first 12 hours that we were there which made for some SUPER disgusting toilets, no possibility to take a shower or even wash your hands. The bar staff were rude and the food was majorly overpriced and the only meal I had eaten in the whole of my time in Costa Rica which was inedible. The room was reasonably clean but looked a bit like a prison room.


74%

Pros: Lots of bathrooms that are nice. Hot water. Bar on site with good music. Cons: Staff convinced me to pay for the most expensive transportation from San Jose to Monteverde. When I asked about other options they didn't let me know about the public bus option. This set me back 40 US dollars. I expect hostels to be helpful knowing travelers are there on a budget. The dorm was extremely cramped for the amount of people, compared to other dorms I've stayed in. No power outlet in dorm room.


89%

Nice hostel - the only thing missing to give it top marks is a kitchen.

  • 17th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


89%

Great hostel - perfect located, nice atmosphere and all desired and needed facilities. Only thing what could be better: Friendliness and helpfulness of some of the reception staff, while others were excellent.


66%

I was pretty concerned about this place when we pulled up to it, certainly looked a little dodgy. Not so bad once inside! I was really just in need of a bed and leaving San Jose early the next day- this did the trick for sure. Everyone said its a party hostel, but was quiet which was a pleasant surprise. Very close to a lot of the bus stations. A little pricey for a hostel but possibly standard for SJ? Shuttle service worked well, but no cheaper than taxi as the staff says.

  • 16th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


94%

I enjoyed it, not many hostels have a pool. I find it inconvenient when places only take cash, but other then that it was nice


80%

I stayed here on the way into and out of San Jose which is pretty much what everyone does. Facilities are impressive the pool and bar are well done, free internet use on their computers, staff at the front desk are helpful and organized. I stayed in the dorm first go round, no complaints. My second stay was in a private room w/out A/C. Because the room has to be ventilated I had to listen to the people in the next dorm or outside in the hallways. Otherwise nice place, enjoyed the airport shuttle


91%

Love the rooftop patio and pool table (great nachos). The location was easily accessible and just a quick cab ride to the bus station. Love that they arranged for pickup at the airport too! Would stay there again.


91%

Great hostel: clean, cute helpful polite guys at reception, always clean hot showers and bathrooms. I give it 81% because to be 100% it needs faster wifi throughout the hostel, most of the time it was off on the rooftop, but fast wifi was available downstairs. Also, to be 100% a venue that claims to be a backpacker hostel must have a fully equipped guest kitchen!

  • 11th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Russia
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


91%

Dont stay in San José if tou can avoid it. But if you have to stay, Pangea is a really nice place. The room are really basic but the place is really fun !

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


49%

The staff is not very helpful and friendly, the pretend to be very "cool" all the time an let you wait if you havr questions o concernings. I dont understand the good ranking in the Lonely Planet, this Hostel is one of the most expensive ones and not a very nice spot. The rooms are small and dark. Well, they have a nice terrasse, but you are not allowed to bring your own food or drinks. And if you order something its expensive. But the view is nice.


60%

my double room was without a window, there were two big dead cockroaches (after cleaning) on the floor... sorry, any questions about that!!!

  • 9th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


100%

This is the Hostel to go to in San Jose, no doubt about it. Great bar w/ happy hour, excellent food at reasonable prices cooked and prepared to order by great chefs, a nice little swimming pool with lounge chairs, extremely competent staff that are more than willing to help with all kinds of stuff including arranging tours to just telling you the best way to get from point A to B. Large choice of room styles to stay in: 10 dorm, 8 dorm, 6 dorm, private, private w private bath, love this place!


97%

This was a really awesome hostel. It's like someone said, "What would a hostel be like if you could make the perfect hostel?" Seriously... There's a great atmosphere with the walls all painted, cool sinks, an upstairs bar área with a great view and hammock chairs as well as regular ones, a cool pool, a place to book tours... They also have a good food menu available at the bar, and the bartender was really cool and nice. A plus, there's a cute tapas place/cafe about two doors away.


63%

By far, this are the nicest facilities I have seen for a hostel. However, the downtown area in which this hostel is located may scare you at night. No kitchen. The hang out area is not the bar but separated tables that do not encourage socialization. Don't expect to make many friends here. For the most part, the staff is good, but when I attempted to cancel my reservation they charged my credit card for the full week without my approval. The place is run as a money making business. Period.

  • 6th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


77%

There is no Window in the 4-Bed room nr 11. The air is very bad in there. The Music at the Reception is too loud and at the bar two.

  • 6th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


69%

San Jose, CR is a pretty disgusting and dangerous place. If you are looking for night life, and you are a white American male like myself, stay away from this city. Pangea looks like a haphazardly built fortress during an zombie apocalypse. But it does provide a cool bar and hang out place on top during the night and pool is nice. Inside the hostel reminded me of a Goldeneye 007 (N64) level, rooms are small and intimate.


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