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Hostel Vista Serena Reviews

Puntarenas, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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289 Total Reviews
  • 93%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 86%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 93%Atmosphere
  • 88%Cleanliness
  • 86%Facilities

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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.


This is one of the best hostels I've ever stayed. Super cheap, very cool vibe, everyone's awesome, amazing view and the food is awesome! Definitely the hostel to stay at if you're visiting!


4 dorm w fan: really small, no room for bags and no lockers. Comfy beds and clean. Common kitchen and toilet with 12ppl so queuing guaranteed. Plenty of lizzards. No wifi in rooms. Sofa and hammocks on the balcony. Beautiful sunset views! Close buss connection, around 300,- and 10mins to beach. Stayed for 2 nights before they got fully booked. Moved to beach hotel Manuel Antonio for 40 $ per night for twin room with bathroom which I would recommend also in addition to this hostel.


Amazing view! Enjoyed my time at the hostel and would stay again. It is slightly far from the centre. My only recommendation to the hostel would be to sort out the bathroom situation.


Vista Serena is one of my favorite hostels. Staff is excellent and very helpful. I was traveling to a remote village after my stay there and they helped me figure out my bus route. View of the ocean and sunset are amazing. The hostel is clean and has a very friendly, laid-back atmosphere. Easy commute to Manuel Antonio--only a 5 minute walk to the bus stop. Would definitely stay here again.


I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Hostel Vista Serena. From the friendly atmosphere that made it feel like home to the amazing view and tranquil set up of the main area, I left without a complaint. Their food was absolutely delicious and the prices were very reasonable, which made eating at home an easy choice.

  • 8th Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


I stayed here two nights. The staff was very helpful with the recommendations. Conrad even helped me to have my flat tyre repaired. Jamilla was so much fun to hang with..The view and the restaurant are great. There is free breakfast with coffee, bread and jam. The common area was clean. The hammock was nice to relax given the view.The only cons were the noisy ACs in the room, shared bathroom with other dorm rooms and the 30 min hike to the beach.


Very nice people. Great view. Good kitchen facilities. Love hammocks.


The name doesn't lie. Best view in Costa Rica. Super friendly staff and also very knowledgable.

  • 23rd Dec 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Awesome place to stay!!


Great location with sweet views over the ocean, best thing about this place.

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