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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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409 Total Reviews
  • 94%Value For Money
  • 95%Security
  • 82%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 97%Cleanliness
  • 87%Facilities

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Staff are fantastic, extremely helpful. A great quiet place to stop for a night or two. Very clean which is nice.

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We do put our biggest effort in service and keep the hostel ready and neat for you guys! Thanks a lot! XOXO P


In&Basic is what you need if you are starting a trip in Costa Rica. They are really helpful, both with arranging airport pickup ($25) and plan further destinations. I stayed in an 8 bed dorm, a basic dorm, what you can expect for the money being paid. Paula is a great host and In&Basic is definitely a good choice in San José!

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Is a huge incentive to read comments like this! Thank you so much in my name and also in the name of In&Basic Staff/Owners. Hope to see you again! Enjoy Costa Rica! XOXO P


Very secure, very helpful staff. Nice little backyard area for hanging out, as well as a small bar. Not sure when the bar is open however, as we only stayed one night and it was closed.

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Dear guests: We dont have a "Bar" but we offer drinks, wine and Pizzas//Choripan.. Stange that you mentioned that due you did ate our Choripan (in fact 2!!) and you did drink beers..Thank you for your comment! Regards X


In&Basic was a really great hostel in San Jose! They picked my dad up at the airport, called and organized cabs every time we needed one, even packed us a breakfast to go when we were leaving early one morning before it was served to everyone else. The cooked breakfast was good. It was quiet, clean, and the staff went out of their way many times in our only two night stay to make everything go smoothly for us. I would absolutely stay there again.

  • 26th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


+ Very clean hostel (they clean the bathroom almost every time is used) + Not very close to city centre (it's reachable by foot if you like walking: I did it many times). It's in a quiet area in San Pedro district where with a little walk you can find malls, bars and discos. + Great staff. They know how to run an hostel. + Breakfast included and if you can't have it (~early waking up cuz going to a tour), they give you a bag with some food and drinks. - Risk of queues for common bathroom/shower.

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Thank you so much for your kind words and very good description of the area and about the hostel. Yes, was a little crowded during your stay; and people is just in the willing of using the bathroom at the same time; but we manage it! :) Hope that you enjoy Costa Rica and our Hostel. All the best! XOXO Paula


I stayed at In N Basic on 03/20/2015. I was met at the door a person that was very kind and helpful. The hostel is CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. They put a huge effort to maintain the place to a high standard, and I think that this also encourages the people who stay at the hostel to treat the place nicely. The place was quiet. Hostelers were friendly, as were the staff. The breakfast was continental with pancakes, fruit and sausage. They also helped me to send out postcards. A+

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Was a great pleasure to have you in our Hostel; is your house in Costa Rica hope to have you again! XOXO


I had a large room and bathroom to myself and I thought it was a great value for the price I paid. The staff are super nice and make a great breakfast! I felt safe there despite bars on the windows and barbed wire on the fence. I felt the taxis they called and advice they provided were reliable. Claudia was a very fun and animated hostess. She cares about her guests, even providing a breakfast to-go when I left very early for the next leg of my trip. That was very kind. I was very grateful!

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Was a real pleasure to have you at our home!! Hope that you enjoyed Costa Rica! A big hug and Pura Vida!! XOXO


The staff is super friendly and the place has a really homey feel. The owner goes out of her way to make you comfortable. My friend and I stayed for two nights and both days we left before breakfast time. The owner made sure to pack us something to eat each day. She also helped us fix a mistake we made booking a tour. Would absolutely go back!

  • 16th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Mexico
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Frm the buttom of my heart: THANK YOU!!! :)


I just love this hostel! The staff are so friendly and helpful. It can be hard to find staff at hostels that can actually provide useful travel information but the two ladies and the guy that work here are so knowledgeable. They helped my friend organize her bus to nicaragua and gave us tips about where to go next in Costa Rica. This is probably the cleanest hostel I've stayed at in the past 10 months and the breakfast is amazing.

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Is simple fantastic to read such amazing and kind words!! Thank you so much for your comments! This will be your house always! XOXO //In&Basic Staff


In&basic is extremely clean. We booked a room with a shared bathroom but we've got a free upgrade to a private room with bathroom. And it was great! But the greatest was Paula, because of the vulcano outbreak we were not sure If our flight would leave, but even before we could panic Paula had it all figured out. She called our airline and made sure we had a good flight 24h later. She is so helpfull with everything you need and makes you feel right at home!

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And it was a extreme pleasure to help you guys!! Is more than my duty to ensure the wellbeing of my customers; and also is a motto to my staff! Hope to see you again!! Tot ziens! XOXO In&Basic Staff!

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