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National Park Backpackers Reviews

Carretera hacia el Parque, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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105 Total Reviews
  • 66%Value For Money
  • 60%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 75%Staff
  • 75%Atmosphere
  • 69%Cleanliness
  • 71%Facilities

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Pros: Location and Price Cons: Rooms (uncomfortable and hot) The Hostel has a great location, 50m from the National Park entrance and 400m from the public beach. Price is really good, reflects the luxury. If you are looking for comfort and enjoying installations, it`s not recommended. However, I didn't spend much time inside, there's much to in the city. Beds are uncomfortable. Rooms don't have air-conditioning, if the weather is really hot, one would have trouble to sleep.


The place is really nice, because of its pool and big kitchen. The rooms are really really simple and the mattresses uncomfortable. But for one or two days you will enjoy your stay, because it is a few steps away from the Manuel Antonio Park.


I'm not a fan of BIG hostels, I like them a bit smaller and feel more like a community. This place had decent amenities for a central american hostel, althought like 99% of the hostel, it did have COLD water and the shuttle guy was trying to hustle me to pay $50 for a 6 hour drive to Monteverde. Oh and this place charged $12/night for a dorm vs costa linda which is down the street (and not on this website). Costa linda charges $10/ night. Hey $2 a day makes a difference, that's like 2 beers!

  • 4th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


I really enjoyed my stay here. The staff was super friendly and helpful and went above and beyond to make sure my stay was good. The main area has a pool and full kitchen, great for socializing and meeting people. Don't forgot to bring a towel and a blanket if you need one.


Perfect spot to stay if you want to go to the national park, and the beach is pretty close too. Nice pool and friendly staff -- I would definitely stay here again!

  • 19th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Great location if want to be at park. But really hot and showers were crowded and not all working. Pool was nice.


The hostel was very accommodating. However, the beds were extremely uncomfortable.

  • 16th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Mind you we were there Tuesday-Thursday of Semana Santa (Holy Week) so it was quite busy but the rooms were really tiny with no circulation, had paper thin walls (snoring from guy next door woke us up several times), and there was a lot of noise at all hours from families. Front desk people were very helpful, location right next to national park and a short walk to the beach, and nightly movie was cool. Would I stay again, probably not. The room wasnt good and sleep is too important for me.


Don't stay here! You've been warned!


Location was great! nice to be close to the beach. The pool was also really nice especially at night, although it has REALLY hot water in it. The security could have been better as we left the room locked when we went to the park, and the staff left it unlocked after they cleaned it. The dorms are very hot and humid, and impossible to sleep in after about 9am.


My watch was stolen from the bedroom ( I left it there on purpose to see if it would be taken as it was in a bad state of repair so it didn't bother me if it was taken or not). It's a shame that it was but no surprise as the staff were not very friendly and didn't really care. Other people left because one staff member was so rude to them. The room was HOT and cramped but location was near the beach and it was cheap so it didn't bother us for the price that we paid. Movie projector was okay.


The backyard was really nice with the pool and the hammocks, but the room (private with fan) was small and way too hot to be in. Maybe a more expensive room with ac would have been better.

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