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Hostel Vista Serena Reviews

Puntarenas, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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351 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 84%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 93%Staff
  • 94%Atmosphere
  • 81%Cleanliness
  • 83%Facilities

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Incredible place with lovely staff and great access to the national park and beaches. If I have a few days left in my trip I'll head straight back there!


Great location. I stayed in a private apartment which exceptional nice and clean. This is a really good hostel.

  • 22nd Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Awesome hostel loved the vibe here, great and super helpful staff. Just make sure you check the distance from the town to hostel. Downer doesn't have laundry but other wise my favourite hostel!!


Literally located on the side of a cliff, the views and sunset are pristine, and the common area with hammocks is fantastic. The rooms are spotless and the staff very friendly and helpful. There is an excellent smoothie stand. Its a little bit of a trek to the grocery, town, bus (re: uphill) but nothing terrible. The rooms did not have AC, only a fan, so expect to be a little on the warm side. This didn't affect us as much as we thought though. Would definitely stay here again if in town!


Everything was really great. Thanks for the advice on bars, Leah, and keep up the good work! Special place with a very warm atmosphere, and clean too!

  • 16th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The dorms are alright, but you don't spend time in there anyway! The kitchen is decent, the showers are decent. But you don't even care because the view rules! And ya the beach is a bit far but it's nice take a walk there or take the public bus for 50 cents. Awesome! Oh ya and they played good music or they'll let you jam with their guitar.


Great hostel with an amazing view, highly recommended


Do not have american staff

  • 21st Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Switzerland
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Location was a little far from the village but a Super Joseth and bank were only a 10 minutes walk away. Staff was EXCELLENT, extremely friendly and helpful. Common area was great with great views of the ocean and an awesome place to watch the sunset on a hammock! Upgrade to a room with AC for $2 extra - worth it.


Such a wonderful place! Amazing view over the trees and the sea; huge terrace to hang out, day and night; friendly and sharing atmosphere… It's the best place in Manuel Antonio to meet people and relax at the same time. Kitchen and private rooms well equipped. Bus station right in front. Breakfast included. Could we ask for more? Thank you Sonia!


In terms of beauty…this hostel definitely wins!! To just lay in a hammock overlooking the valley and ocean, this is the perfect hostel. The bus runs every half hour between Manuel Antonio and Quepos for like 60 cents which is great. It was the biggest dorm I've ever stayed at with 18 beds I think?? With only one bathroom inside and one outside which was really hard, especially on New Year's Eve when everyone got ready at the same time. Dirty too. BUT so lovely, nice people, solid hostel for sure


It was a great hostel. The staff was very helpful, the view is outstanding and the atmosphere was great.


Lovely hostel with amazing view at the sea. Loved to lie in the hammock and enjoy the view. The hostel and especially the kitchen was really clean.


It was an amazing and chill stay in a beautiful location. Staff is great, and will help with any need.


Hostel itself is good value and well situated, with very beautiful sea views. Just be aware that if you're visiting Manuel Antonio and want to visit the park, a guide can be obtained there a fair bit cheaper than when booking at the hostel, if you don't mind taking the bus!

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