Hostel Vista Serena Reviews
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Very good hostel, but far from the beach...
The staff was very helpful and the location was very cool. The hostel attracted a good crowd and the facilities were pretty clean.
The views are amazing. We shared our room with some bugs and lizards but that might just be normal for the area. The AC worked well. The "included breakfast" was coffee and toast and you had to wash your own dishes. This place is located on a blind curve with no sidewalks so it was terrifying to try to walk anywhere, especially in the evening. The people who worked there were not particularly helpful, did not give out maps, and did not always dispense accurate information about the area.
The reviews definetly misled me on this one. While the hostel has a great atmosphere, if you are staying in the dorms be prepared to get eaten alive by mosquitos and other bugs. There were cracks in the walls, rain was getting in. I could see sunlight between the floor and wall. The guy who owns it is really cool and nice but his other workers barely worked. The location is good and the view is amazing which would be the only good part about this hostel. There is only 2 bathrooms dorm (18pp).
This hostel has a beautiful view of the ocean. It is located about 8 minutes by bus from Manuel Antonio. There are hammocks to relax in and in had the best casado that I have ever had here! The staff is very friendly and the hostel has a very laid back Atmosphere. I would definitely recommend!
Fantastic location on hill overlooking ocean. Eat at tables with view of forest and ocean. Free coffee and toast for breakfast. For about $5 can buy great, more filling breakfast from menu. We had eggs with rice, beans, salsa, fried plantains. etc. For dinner we had amazingly good steak and fish platters with sides for less than $6. Very friendly owners and staff. Security guard on duty all night.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 41+
- (1 review)
Great hostel! Gorgeous view, and the rooms were quite nice for the money. Staff members were helpful, and I definitely enjoyed my stay :)
Sunset views and the view of the wild life from the terrace are amazing. The terrace is the reason to come and stay at vista Serena!
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 31-40
- (1 review)
Great view over the ocean!!! Friendly and helpful staff. Short walk to the bus that takes you in to Manuel Antonio. There was no AC in the 4 bed dorm which was a downfall as it was extremely humid when I was there. Close to grocery stores and restaurants. There were ants all over the floor of the dorm
Hostel Vista Serena is a great place to stay when visiting Manuel Antonio. It's tucked away off the main road with gives it a small sense of privacy, and it's built on a hill overlooking an incredible view of the ocean. The amenities are all very nice (toast/coffee/jam were free for breakfast, snacks and drinks available for purchase), and the rooms are comfortable. Conrad (the owner) is incredible, and I would recommend this place to anyone! Be sure to bring cash for the rooms - no cards.
Hostel is good; clean and pleasant; workers are very nice and i think very good value for money. To say something bad, they would improve the very poor breakfast.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 31-40
- (1 review)
If you're looking for a laid back environment, super friendly atmosphere and an incredible staff (literally better than a 5 star hotel when it comes to accommodating what you want) then this is a great place for you. Dorm-style bed arrangements. Perched up on a mountain above the pacific ocean. The sunset every night is incredible. They also have a small costa rican restaurant. Jamelia and Conrad will help arrange ANYTHING you are looking to do. Would definitely go back here again.
In regards to their “facilities”, NONE of these items are true: towels included (if towers were included, why would you have a “towels for hire” option?), air conditioning, breakfast included, tours/travel desk, BBQ, 24 hour reception. Also realize that the beach is about 1+ mile downhill from this hostel, a car or bus is needed to get there. Night life is lackluster in this small village but a lot of girls stayed at the hostel and hang around at night.
Very helpful staff they were so accommodating which we really appreciated it!
One of the best hostels I've ever stayed in! Staff were so friendly and helpful, atmosphere was brilliant - had so much fun here but it didn't have a party hostel atmosphere throughout the night so it wasn't a problem if you didn't want to go out. The dinner they serve here was delicious and Conrad made excellent smoothies! Would reccommend 100%
Fantastic hostel - one of the best I've ever stayed at. Great atmosphere and wonderful staff!
Beautiful hostel!!!! Amazing sunset view just from outside the room. Bus stop very close and in a few minutes you get to the beach of Manuel Antonio. Great room, clean with tv and full kitchen. Good atmosphere too, not a party hostel but people from all over the world stay there. Great choice!
Beautiful view! Very nice and helpful staff! Only one place where smoking is allowed. 40 Minutes walk down to the beach (seems nearer when you ask for the way), public bus (about 50 cent per person) to the main beach departs every 30 minutes close to the hostel. Meals offered (for about 6$) are good and enough for a person.