Group Booking Terms and Conditions

Because you are making a Group Booking, there are additional Terms and Conditions that apply. Please read them and click 'I Accept' below to continue with your booking

General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card on arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

If you cancel 72 hours in advance you wont be charged. After that you will be charged 100%.

Additional Info:

We have 40 beds for groups and 2 private rooms for liders in the same floor.

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

Book more than 4 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Awesome Cleanliness
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Property Description

Alajuela Backpackers is the number one option for backpackers and travelers in Costa Rica. Because we know you are sick and tired of backpains from worn- out mattresses , hot tiny rooms like boxes and cold showers , we offer what the rest can't .

*Spacious rooms
*All rooms with complete bathroom
*Hot water showers 24/7
*Thick orthopedic mattresses
*White fresh linen
* Air Conditioning , State of the art units, quiet a/c
*All rooms with a window

And on top of all that

*FREE High speed internet 4 brand new stations
*FRRE wireless connection for your laptop
*FREE shuttle to the airport: 4:10am, 5:30am, 8:40am, 10:15am, 11:30am
Please take note that the shuttle for the pick ups at the airport runs till 10pm.
*Taxes not included 13%.
We would love to pick you up no problem, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 4AM TILL 10PM but if you exit the airport after 10pm you have to pay for a cab, it´s about $6 or $8. We will be waiting for you.
*FREE airport pick up-You have to send all your flight information at least 24 hours in advance to your arrival and please wait for our confirmation to give you details about meeting point.

What Lonely Planet, latest edition, (2011) says about us :
This brand-new 21-room inn facing the Parque de los Niños is less a hostel than a full-blown hotel equipped with a smattering of dormitory rooms. An interior atrium is draped in plants and a 4th floor bean bag lounge offers a prime opportunity to sip beers while watching the planes take off at the international airport in the distance.

Dormitories are wonderfully uncluttered ( only four people to a room ) and each come with their own bathroom , while the private rooms are graceful, decorated in serene earth tones and equipped with cable TV and double-pane windows.

More expensive junior suites have plasma TV and comfy king-sized bed.
Plus there is wi-fi all over the hotel .

We are the author's choice as the best budget option in Alajuela for plenty of reasons, but just to put it in a few words : We know what you want and that is : good , cheap and great money value and that is what we have waiting for you so book now !!

Important note: We have to check credit card info first in order to guarantee booking. If there is any issue we will contact you in order to get right credit card details View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.1

  • Security 9.0

  • Location 8.8

  • Staff 8.6

  • Atmosphere 7.1

  • Cleanliness 7.6

  • Facilities 7.7

Latest Reviews

  • 9.7


    30 May 2021
    Super helpful staff, great location and excellent atmosphere!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    03 Jun 2021
    If you're flying in/out of San Jose, this is an ideal location. Short 4 minute taxi ride to the airport. Very clean, secure, and staff at reception 24/7. Not much of a hostel atmosphere and not much to see in the city surrounding the hostel either, but the location really can't be beat.
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 8.9


    29 Mar 2021
    Front desk was super helpful, great place to stay close to SJO!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 8.6


    20 Mar 2021
    Good security, super comfy beds. We had a private suite and the bathroom was pretty dirty; hair on the ground and sink dirty. Besides that a good place to stay very close to the airport & restaurants
    USA, Couple, 18-24
  • 8.0


    19 Jun 2021
    Nothing crazy, a hostel to crash before/after your flight. The guy working there was nice, and the building looks nice on the inside. They offer free shuttle to the airport which is great. The rooms are average, our AC was making some noise all night so I had trouble falling asleep, it was annoying as hell. Otherwise good stay before our flight for the money. It was pretty empty when we stayed there.
    Slovenia, Male, 25-30
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    14 Apr 2021
    Ajuelas backbacking lodge is well managed, and a few of the staff speak very good english. The location is pretty good with lots of shopping nearby. The pool table is nice, and the rooms comfortable. The kitchen was messy and parts were not working, however eating out at local Sodas is highly recommended to any traveller! Although open 24/7, you are locked in the building past about 10 which was a shame. When we asked to leave for a walk, we were not allowed- I assume for safety.
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    06 Jun 2021
    Good location near airport and free airport shuttle. The bathrooms were not very clean and there were a lot of insects in the room.
    Germany, All Male Group, 18-24
  • 6.9


    16 May 2021
    False advertising. "State of the art" air conditioning units. Lol. The AC units are connected to a universal thermostat, which is on a timer (auto off @6am). The guest has ZERO control over the temperature, fan speed, or even when the unit is on. They only accept cash and have a "NO REFUNDS" disclaimer. Prob bc they're VERY used to guests asking for money back. The staff are rude af too. I kno this is not a big deal for most travelers, but I specifically booked here for the AC. Otherwise, good.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 6.6


    28 May 2021
    @website: can u kindly stop the nonsense of constantly overriding my language settings back to German. Dorm rooms had no lockers. Reception staff did not have enough keys and said this should be solved by knocking on dorm doors waking others to get in. Crazy. Cockroaches in bathroom. Probably fleas in my bed, I was itching all night and had the typical bites. Or maybe bedbugs. Bathroom fan did not work. The bathroom with all smells could only be aired through our room. A dump.
    Canada, Male, 41+
  • 3.7


    01 Apr 2021
    Old, dirty, outdated. Only plus - comfortable bed. An unforgivable negative - my flight was delayed 1.5 hours. I emailed probably 5 times keeping them updated since they were supposed to pick me up with the shuttle. Not once did they respond. I land at 9:40pm, get thru customs, etc... and get out front at 10:08. No shuttle, no pick-up. Thankfully my phone worked, so I called. At this point I am told the shuttle stops at 10pm. Not once did they reply to my emails to tell me this. Left me stranded
    USA, Male, 41+
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  • Free Airport Transfer
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Elevator
  • Hot Showers
  • Key Card Access
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Security Lockers
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant