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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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40 Total Reviews
  • 61%Value For Money
  • 60%Security
  • 75%Location
  • 76%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 55%Cleanliness
  • 53%Facilities

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The owners and the staff have the best vibes. They are really nice and friendly but the facilities are not what I expected. We were 2 in a room and for the same amount of money (considering taxes and all) we could have booked a room with A/C in a hotel. Great for surfers.


The staff member we dealt with was not very helpful at check in and when asked about catching a bus. This possibly might have been caused by a language barrier. Would have rated higher if it wasn't for the value for money and the guy at reception.


The guy who runs the hostel just bought it from the previous owner and you can tell that he didn't put much effort in it, but now the new owner puts a lot of work and passion in it. I would say it's already one of the coolest hostels in St.Teresa and in a few months even one of the nicest! The vibe was awesome and I had an amazing time here. Would stay again.

  • 20th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


We seem to have arrived at Pura Vida on the day the business was changing hands, which explains the general crappyness of the place. Bottom line - AVOID until it improves (1-3 months), if at all. There are lots of other places in town. We had rented a 'room' (shack) for 3 people. There were rusty nails inside the room, sticking up from the floor. The roof was not fully finished, built by a child. The beds were dirty. The toilets didn't flush properly and were overflowing with dirty tissues.


To be honest it wasn't like the pictures made it out to be. Very basic! Needs a little work! I think it has a lot of potential! great for very temporary stay!


It could do with some maintenance and better bed linen, but a great location and helpful friendly staff.

  • 19th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


The staff know nothing about service - walking around not paying attention to people wanting help at the reception. Rooms extremely hot and dirty. Holes in the walls. Toilets are OUTSIDE - locks doesn't work so people can walk in(out) while you're showering in the disgusting shower. I'm a backpacker - and I've never seen worse hostels. (Btw. The pool is NOT cleaned, you can only dream about swimming in it). Seems like nobody wants to take care of the place. for good kitchen and social area.


Really cool people but the place isn't being kept up or maintained. Stay here if you just want to party and don't care about the facilities or cleanliness.

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