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Pura Vida Hostel Reviews

calle guanacaste, 100m oeste de banco national a, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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92%

Rating
33 Total Reviews
  • 94%Value For Money
  • 90%Security
  • 86%Location
  • 97%Staff
  • 96%Atmosphere
  • 88%Cleanliness
  • 92%Facilities

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91%

Super cool and chill atmosphere! The staff were helpful and the $2 breakfast was solid. My only complaints are there are a lack of charging outlets and no communal bathroom. We had a blast at Pura Vida in Tamarindo!

  • 26th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • All Male Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


80%

The hostal seemed to be a bit off of the beaten path. Usually that's not a problem for me, but Tamarindo has no showers or bathrooms on the beach so a closer hostel would have been more convenient. As well, as an older traveler, I found that most guests were quite young so I felt a little out-of-place. For the younger, future guests, I am sure they will enjoy it.


97%

Really friendly owner- go as a guest, leave as a friend!

  • 20th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


100%

Robert was an amazing host and the communal area was brilliant. A great distance away from the centre of tamarindo. Really enjoyed our stay here would go back in a heartbeat


100%

Awesome hostel! Made great friends here. The staff was very helpful in planning trips. A short walk to the beach and great vibes. Some nights included free live music, and twice while we were there the owner and a resident made an authentic dish for everyone to share. Will definitely stay here again if we get the chance.


97%

The hostel was great, would definetly stay there again. We had a private room and the room was spacious and clean. The staff was awesome, you really felt like home there. The hanging out area was very nice and every evening people sat there together and spent the evening. Location is also good, walking distance to the beach but away from the bar-noice.


100%

Best athmosphere ever encountered in a hostel! Thx Thomas & Robert!

  • 16th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Belgium
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


100%

I been in many 4-5 stars hotels and I can't recall better customer service! Pura Vida staff is helpful like no others. You don't even have time to finish thinking your need and it's already on the table. The spot is perfect, not too far from the beach and not close ... so you have the tranquility needed. The social area is perfect! The kitchen super clean! I can't point any negative point in my 6 days stay ... I'm coming back that's for sure!

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

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for review :) Hope to see you next month again :) Tomas

100%

Pura Visa the only hostel to stay at in Tamarindo. The owners care about your stay and do their best to make sure your experience is a positive one. They know you by name and can recommend things to do all over Costa Rica that fit for you. I've stayed in about 10 hostels all over central America and this is by far my favorite. Pura vida has great travelers from all over. I can't say enough good things about this place!

  • 24th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey man where are you ??? all the girls are asking about you !!! safe travells loads of smiles to you ... thanks for a review . PVT

91%

Amazing staff, super knowledgable and interactive. The hostel hosts events throughout the week which were actually enjoyable- Normally hostel ran excursions aren't my favorite.


94%

great time!! bus schedule should be posted for customers to see....

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi Thank you for your review, It was pleasure to have you here, hope to see you again. Regarding the bus schedule we have it here in the book and I think i showed you buses from it couple of times . Have fun on your travels Kind regards Tomas

97%

Very nice atmosphere and Robert is a very helpful guy...


71%

The service was great. Just wish the rooms were a bit cleaner looking.

  • 22nd Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


100%

fantastic hostel with a great vibe! I met some great people there and really enjoyed it! well run, great communal space and relaxed. I would stay there again :)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for taking time to write a nice review :) It was pleasure to have you here:)

100%

I received such a warm and wonderful welcome staying at Pura Vida! I wouldn't trade it for anything! Robert is wonderful and creates a fantastic community in this wonderful hostel. The beds are very comfortable too!


97%

I loved this place. Didn't want to leave. Stayed an extra 3 days. The ambience was very special. Robert, who runs the hostel, loves to cook and even bake bread. He shares with all . What a treat!


74%

The hostel is a bit if a walk to the main strip and to the beach. It's on a prettying dirt road that at times can be annoying to walk every time you want to go to and from the hostel. For 12$ a night it's a good deal. I wouldn't stay again, though.


97%

Robert was great with recommending restaurants and overall being very helpful with anything we needed. Chill vibe, no issues. I would have liked to have the option of a small blanket just for when AC was on (without is WAY too hot) but never asked!


91%

Had an amazing stay at Pura Vida hostel. We booked for 3 nights, and afterwards extended our stay for nearly 2 weeks. The owners Robert and Thomas are amazing - very helpful and always happy to hang out and have some fun. The hostel itself is just outside the main strip, which makes it a nice quiet place - although there are usually people hanging out in the main area if you are up for it. Rooms are simple and clean - just what we needed. Had a fantastic stay and would go back!




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