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In&basic Hostel Lounge Reviews

200 m South and 75 m west of Spoon, Los Yoses., San Jose, Costa Rica

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90%

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348 Total Reviews
  • 90%Value For Money
  • 94%Security
  • 82%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 87%Atmosphere
  • 96%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

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97%

wow, this is one of the best hostels I have stayed in! staff is so friendly, I arrived after 11pm at night and was hungry, but the kitchen was closed so she have me some Oreos and an apple which was sweet. this place is spotless clean, and smells good and you instantly feel comfortable. it's in San Pedro which is a safe are and has everything you need close by. the owner knows everything and helps you with your travel plans. bathrooms are perfectly clean and have hot water. love it!!

  • 24th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you so much for yor kind words!! We work hard and try to please and help everybody!!! All the best!! XOXO

80%

Mixed feelings about this hostel. It was definitely clean and great value for money. The staff were first class at being helpful advising me on how to catch a bus to Nicaragua and another guest who needed to see an eye doctor. However the kitchen was out of bounds from 9.30pm. I had been travelling 12 hours that day and wanted to make something to eat. The next morning the staff were on operation clean up ASAP, leaving you nowhere to sit except your room.

  • 13th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Sorry for your mixed feelings but from 10:00 am up to 1:00 pm when is Check Out time and everybody leaves; is cleaning time for us (we are under schedule; receiving guests at any moment!)..and yes there is the front porch area (3 tables and 15 chairs) where you can sit while we´re cleaning; also is the garden side at the back of the house. All the best! XOXO

97%

Loved it! Our stay was basically a stopover on our way to other parts of Costa Rica but booked to stay the next week on leaving. Not a real party hostel but there's pizza and cheap beers! The staff are super lovely, very helpful especially in organising a really reasonably priced shuttle from the airport to the hostel for the two of us at the last minute. TL;DR loved it, we're going back before flying out

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Most Welcome!!!!! XOXO Was and will be a pleasure!!

86%

The owners were awesome! We had a private room/bathroom that was huge and super clean.

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Youre most Welcome always!!! Was a real pleasure to have you in our Hostel/Home!! all the best!!! XOXO

77%

This place is in what seems to be an unremarkable part of San Jose, but it felt like a very safe area. The rooms are nothing to write home about but were clean and fairly comfortable. Paula was very helpful in arranging transport for us from the airport and to our next destination.

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Dear customers: San Pedro is a well knwon area in San Jpose, actually is were is located the UCR the main University of Costa Rica, sorrounded by Embassies (from all the world Belgium, Mexico, Italy, Singapour, Korea, Portugal, for give you an example...) Shoppings Malls, cinemas, 5 more universities -privates- is just 5 minutes by bus to San Jose Centre or 25 minutes walking. Your choice! We have a really "home" like house and we are proud of our hostel/staff. All the best!

97%

The owner, Paula, was very welcoming and even upgraded us to a private room with en suite. She has a great knowledge of the area and is very helpful in booking activities and suggesting places to go. The hostel is very secure with a gated entrance and there is a safe to put valuables in. The hostel was thoroughly cleaned each day we were there

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YOure most welcome guys!!! Congratulations once again!! Here you have a house!! XOXO Paula

97%

Amazing hostel, we stayed here for Christmas. Very clean, great kitchen, there were even pancakes and donuts for breakfast. Rooms very spacious. Hot showers, very fast wifi. Paula makes you feel very much at home and has great advice about town.

  • 24th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Happy New Year guys!! Lots of love from our side, hope that you keep on travelling---the best wishes!!

100%

I've backpacked through almost every continent and have stayed at lots of hostels. This one is easily one of the best. Great staff, good location, a bit of a walk to the center but still good. Don't pass it up.

Owner Comment (Hide)
We work hard in order to please our customers!! Thanks a lot for your comment!! All the best! X Paula

100%

I loved this place! All the staff is very kind and ready to help you with anything. Good breakfast in the morning. The hostel is really clean! Good place to stay if you want a quiet place in a quiet neighbourhood. I'd go back there if i have to go back to San José!

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All the best for you!!! We loved you!! Here you have a second house!! All the best

94%

Off da hook! No doubt! Pound 4 pound da best place to stay.

  • 10th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a lot for your amazing comments!! It keep us continue to work hard in our goal!! All the best!! XO Paula

100%

I just enjoyed it while I was In & Basic Hostel Lounge..First of all; that hostel is the cleanest hostel ever that I stayed..Paola -who runs the hostel- and staff are so friendly,kind, helpfull and smiley..:) I just feel at home.. Ohh!!.. the breakfast also was just amazing..love it..:) I highly recommend that hostel..;)

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Thank you very much for your comments! This will be your home away from home forever!!!! XO Paula

94%

Great location. A bit of a walk from central area but in a nice and quiet neighborhood setting near mall and nice restaurants and shops. The owner was very nice. Place was super clean. Only issue was not getting pizza although sign said pizza served daily and I was told they were serving it at night. Aside from that, this was a very nice place to stay with a warm and accommodating staff that cared about cleanliness and catering to clients.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your comments; however I must tell you (to all of our customers) that our Pizzeria is open at nights as an extra service; that you must order and pay for been served. Our breakfast is included in the price, not dinner or whatsoever. All the best for you! Keep onb travelling!

97%

Like a home away from home. I bet you this place is cleaner than your own home! Everything ran like clockwork. I could live here for a year quite easily.

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Will be a real p´leasure to have you as one of my own kids! Like Oriana or Sebastian! This is your home away from home...always! XOXO Paula

31%

Breakfast was nice.Room was clean.

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First we received the NON Arrival mail but anyway we received you; second we did arrange at 11 pm a transportation to Tortuguero fitting you in a group and paying only $17.00; later on yourself packed your bag and leaved it under my guard (owner´s private area); once that you came back I personnally gave back your belongins; and then you started to complain about a MAKEUP bag!!!! (you probably left anywhere!!); I called the police, and I pay for your taxi and night at the hostel: youre a lier!

100%

This is a great hostel in a beautiful area, with the most woderful hosts. Totally reccomended! Thank you for everything and see you next time!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Our great Pleasure indeed!!! Youre always welcome to our home! X Paula

100%

I loved this place! All the staff is very kind and ready to help you with anything. Good breakfast in the morning. The hostel is really clean! Good place to stay if you want a quiet place in a quiet neighbourhood. I'd go back there if i have to go back to San José!


100%

I was extremely pleased with my stay at the In

  • 2nd Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Spain
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Its a shame that we cannot read your review fully...anyway was a real pleasure to help you out with your tickets and have you in our Home for a couple of days!! take Care XPaula

91%

I had a wonderful time staying in In&Basic! The owner Paula is incredible and super helpful. You feel totally at home and she would be like a mother for you in San José. Great breakfast with Pankakes (they should do it everyday)!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Wa a real Pleasure to have you at home darling!! Hope that you keep on travelling in good hands and I wish you all the best darling!!! Enjoy!!! Thanks! X Paula

100%

Excellent in so many ways. I'm a picky person in terms of cleanliness and this hostel delivered above all my expectations (I usually find dirt in these type of hostels, but not a speck of dust on this one, great job!). The breakfast is excellent, succulent fresh fruit, an almost unlimited pancake supply and a delightful coffe are given every morning, pizzas are also excellent in the afternoon (do try them!). The staff was very amicable and helpful. Location is great too. Sure repeat for me.

  • 26th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Uruguay
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
We work very hard in the maintenance of the house/hostel...thanks a lot for noticing!! Youre most welcome to come back; here you have a house in Costa Rica!! XXPaula

91%

The owners were really helpful during my stay and are very knowledgable of the local area. A really secure hostel just on the edge of San Jose close to some nice shops and resturaunts.

  • 22nd Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hope your adventure in Costa Rica continues with joy!! thanks a lot for your comments!! XPaula

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