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Hostel Plinio Reviews

Main Road 50 Meters Before Restaurant Bamboo Jam, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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87%

Rating
362 Total Reviews
  • 89%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 82%Location
  • 96%Staff
  • 89%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 84%Facilities

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94%

Really good, i would stay again!


83%

The place in general is quiet and relaxed. But the rooms don't have any windows so you will hear the traffic noise quite well.


71%

Really nice Hostel, the staff is very nice and polite. But no hot water at all, no wifi in the room, poor choices for the breakfast, and the bathroom need to be more clean

  • 6th Feb 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


89%

A lot better than I expected. Looks unappealing on the outside but on the inside there are comfortable beds and well kept facilities. Would stay here again!


91%

We loved plinio! The staff was incredibly helpful, the guy with the manbun (sorry I am bad with names!) took the time to show us videos of the beaches and where to ask the bus to stop! The pool was a godsend when we were melting in the humidity. It was nice having a restaurant/bar on site with 1mil imperials! Super close to the bus stop and walking distance to quepos. The dorms were spacious and had an awesome rooftop balcony with swings, ocean views and squirrel monkeys in the trees!

  • 3rd Feb 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • All Female Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


69%

Its look better on the website than its really is But its still a nice place with large dormrooms (with safes for every guest) . Just dont expect to much from it (its mine opinion).

Owner Comment (Hide)
We´re glad you stayed with us and thanks for the comments. It´s unfortunate you weren't thrilled with the look of the hostel. It´s hard to make improvements during the Christmas/New Years rush . Every year around nthis time when things slow down just a little, we roll up our sleeves and fix up the worn down look that "rainy season" leaves us with. Since you where here, we cleaned an repainted the pool as well as opened up our restaurant. A couple more weeks and we´ll be back to where we like to be. We hope the rest of your travels went well......

83%

Lots of fans in the dorm kept it cool. Screens on one side of the room added a nice element of nature sounds/fresh air while you slept. Located outside of town (still a few restaurants in walking distance), it is quiet with easy access to the bus route. Staff was exceptional- helpful, friendly, great with English. 12+ people sharing one shower and toilet (located in the same room) got a bit tiresome. No WiFi in dorm, only near reception. Breakfast was delicious. Lockers and safes available!


89%

A refreshing of the couches and common area to have more books or something on the back bar would be nice. The Dan in private room 6 was extremely loud so maybe some oil there? Absolutist loves everyone and the calm and view. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Right on....I just hit up my buddy (has a bookstore) to get some more book. You´re right! The selection got depleted. Thanks for letting us know. We also just opened up our restaurant and it has a full bar :) I´ll check on the fan......

69%

This hostel is practically a treehouse hidden away in the woods which is cool. It was a 10 minute bus ride away from Quepos and then another 15-20 min bus ride away from Manuel Antonio National Park. The room we stayed in had ants crawling around EVERYWHERE, which was not the more fun thing to have to fall asleep near. Thankfully they didn't make it up into the bed. The free breakfast in the morning was good, but wifi could only be reached in the common area.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for letting us know your thoughts. The bus doesn't normally take quite as long as you've suggested, but yes.... high season brings more traffic and frequent stops for the bus so it can take twice as long to get to the beach. That´s normally an issue that tapers off at the end of January. About the ants.....we're very sorry. We're in the jungle so it´s bound to happen at some point. Had we known, we could have solved the problem right away. If you have the time, please send us an email letting us know where (what room & floor etc...) so we can sort it out. hostelplinio@gmail.com Thanks!!

83%

Staff here was so warm and friendly! Loved the breakfast and the whole vibe of the place. I'm a 52 year old woman and it seems most of the traveler's there were in the 20's or so, but everyone was very mellow and I would stay there again in a heart beat. One word of caution, this place is not for folks with any physical disabilities. There are many stone stairs set into a hillside just to get up the the lobby and then more up to the rooms. Loved it!

  • 14th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


94%

The staff was very helpful. They list fun things to do around town. The room was awesome with an ocean view and saw monkeys through the window in the morning. The breakfast/coffee were good. There was a happy vibe. There are efforts to keep cooking facilities clean. The kitchen sink/towels were a little gross. The bathroom was definitely like a hostel bathroom, meaning a bit more used or creepy. The beds were clean, very comfortable. There were fans in the room which were great.

  • 14th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


60%

The pool needs a coat of paint. There needs to be some upgrades and deep cleaning. A good power washing or sand blasting might spruce this hostel up. Staff was great and breakfast was good too. An average hostel I suppose. We travelled all through Costa Rica and this hostel was just ok compared to others we stayed at.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Well.....I wish you had thought more of us, but ok....thanks for letting us know. The pool was painted last week and we´re power washing next week. Those are both very understandable expectations. We´ve been waiting for the New Years rush to drop off so we could do something about it. We just opened our restaurant to :) Anyway, we hope the rest of your travels went well and if you´re back in this area, give us another go.....

91%

Fantastic hostel, mostly due to the awesome staff-Daniel couldn't have been more helpful or welcoming. The location may not be directly near manuel Antonio beach but the bus service is so easy and cheap. Would love to stay again. Cheers guys.


94%

Great hostel With really nice staff, nice pool and great place to stay on.

  • 12th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


91%

Beautiful place to stay with large rooms and a spiral staircase that leads up to the upper patio which has swings. The reception area is nice and open with a lot of couches and several hammocks. The only one thing that could've been better were the cleanliness of the bathrooms. But overall, it was great experience: the staff were all very helpful. This hostel is on the road to Manuel Antonio and is a close bus ride but the location is pleasant since it is away from all the touristic hubbub.


51%

Pros Helpful staff Nice view from loft bed Breakfast included General nice "hang out" atmosphere Cons Very unclean room and bathroom (always smelled terrbily like sewage), stained sheets All of th pots and pans were completely rusted out. (Never seen that and I've stayed at least 25 hostels. I showed the front desk and he was surprised and disgusted too) Toilet was difficult toilet to flush Broken shade in room/really bad lighting for what we pay


80%

Our room was huge ! Staff really helpfull to find nice places around. We found easier to have a car while staying there. The breakfast is good and complete. The Kitchen Is basically equiped.


40%

I booked the ensuite for my boyfriend and I over Christmas break. We were traveling the country for two weeks after attending a friends wedding. Our room had live and dead ants on the bed sheets and the fixtures were filthy. The staff did not want to refund our money and we had only been there 5 minutes! Make sure you see the rooms before you pay, as it is cash pay only. Or do one better and go up the road, pay a little more and get a clean air cobditioned room at mimos.

  • 3rd Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello, we´re very open to reviews are are continuously looking for ways to improve. Having a hard time with this review though. We´re never refused a refund (to my knowledge) and we´ve never failed to help someone find accommodations that more suite their needs. Please let us know what room you where in (to check fixtures), who was in reception (so we can speak with them to find out the other side of the story) ans weather or not you even stayed the night or gave us the opportunity to fix the problem.......thanks! hostelplinio@gmail.com

77%

The hostel was good. The outside kitchen was alright . The pool was great . The room was big and the matress really good king size. Just a little bit expensive for what you get. But the hostel was really good in general. The location if you are not in a car is not thr best. But is not terrible either.


63%

It is an okay type hostel. Not at the best location- need to take a bus to the national park as well as the beach. However, the bus stops very close to the hostel. The hostel has an old rustic look. Good thing is that they have a nice swimming pool. Good breakfast too.


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