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Pura Vida MINI Hostel - Santa Teresa Reviews

500 mts north, and after the first bridge, 100 m, Mal Pais Santa Teresa de Cobano, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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16 Total Reviews
  • 50%Value For Money
  • 50%Security
  • 60%Location
  • 60%Staff
  • 60%Atmosphere
  • 20%Cleanliness
  • 20%Facilities

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This hostel advertised: 1. A swimming pool- not in working order during our stay. 2. Free breakfast- not available during our stay. 3. Air conditioning- not working during our stay. At $15 per night, per person, for a shared dorm room, this hostel was not a good value for the money. We checked out after the 1st night, and found a much more comfortable (cleaner, more spacious, more secure, private room, with air conditioning) hostel in the same area for roughly the same amount of money.

  • 11th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Aside from the dust that coats everything due to its poor location, mini hostel was generally gross. There were ants everywhere, dirt everywhere, and most surfaced we're cracked and/or falling apart. I mean, if you're a weird breed of kinky and don't mind an army of ants blossoming from a crack in the wall into your shower when you're in your birthday suit then go for it, but otherwise maybe think again.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi Im sorry for bad experience . We are new management in the hostel , we just took over place from february. And I agree with you the place wasn't in best shape when you were here, but the prices were lowest from all the places in town. If you come now you could see big changes and work is still going on. Hope to see you someday again and you will see difference.

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