Alajuela is a dump of a place, so in the very least, entering the secure doors of Alajuela Backpackers allowed us to get away from the riff raff on the street. The place is not nearly as nice as it's made out to be in the photos, but for a few hours sleep before catching a flight, it served its purpose; the free shuttle to the airport made the $11 stay worth it. There weren't sheets on the bed & the shower pressure is so strong it's kind of scary. That said, it's better than what's outside!
We met the best group of people at Vista Serena. The one shower to 12 people ratio wasn't ideal, but otherwise the view was amazing, the vibe chilled out but easy to shift to a party, the hammocks are awesome and the bus stop is only a few minutes walk away and can take you to nightlife, beaches etc in a few minutes for 280 colones each ride. We had a kitchen to share and comfortable bunk beds...awesome people.
We enjoyed our stay. The monkeys were a highlight & it was exciting to have tons of them in the trees around the hostel. The staff was nice once you approach them, but they made a killer breakfast that looked excellent & tasted delicious...they even have fresh French bread delivered each morning. The hostel is a bit of a hike up a hill and there are places much closer to the water, but it was easily doable. As a female,, the town gets sketchy at night & locals aren't great, so bring a flashlight
Loved Beds on Bohio. Luciano is a superstar and took us on a beautiful bike ride to Hermosa. Papas and Burgers was delicious and the atmosphere was awesome. Thanks for a great stay!
If heaven was a hotel, it would be Arenak Backpackers Resort. The staff is insanely good looking and served as eye candy for our time at the hostel. Allen, Ignacio, Freddie and Diego could not have been more pleasant to look at or be around. The tents were clean, comfortable and the food at the hostel was delicious. We miss the concierge staff already!
We enjoyed our stay at Sleepers Sleep Cheaper. For what you pay, the location is excellent. Ronny was very attentive prior to our arrival and made the extra effort to meet us en rout from our bus and accompany us to the hostel. ..He also helped us book our bungee and canooy tours with Extremo, which was Awesome. Breakfast was delicious and plentiful (fresh fruit, cereal, coffee, eggs and toast) and the other people at the hostel made for great company, even serenading us to sleep.