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General Group Booking Terms

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  • 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)
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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

50% booking deposit will be required and is non-returnable.

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

Book more than 14 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Good Cleanliness
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Property Description

The Lion Fish Hostel is located in the center of town, only 150m from the bus stop. It offers amongst others free WiFi, warm showers and free morning coffee from 6-9. The hostel is quite young and run with the help of volunteers, it is therefore a very social hostel. The owners is a couple with very different backgrounds: Elias is born and raised in Puerto Viejo, loves surfing and is the right person to talk to regarding anything surf related (and for any other question about Puerto or the area around for that matter). Mari grew up amongst fjords and snow in Norway, but totally gets why you want to visit Costa Rica and Puerto Viejo in particular.

We are located in one of the best areas of Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo. In this sense, from our facilities you can reach some of the most renowned attractions of the area such as Playa Negra, Playa Cocles and Comisariato Don Manuel León, amongst other interesting spots and landmarks of our area.

We have several accommodation options to suit the needs of diverse kind of travellers and guests. In this sense, we have private accommodation rooms ideal for couples travelling together, meanwhile for the venturesome travellers we have dorms with different capacities. Upstairs, you will find a spacious kitchen and a lounge where we are having movie nights. At the back we have a nice garden ideal for both relaxing with a book and pre-party before going out. We are also starting other weekly activities in the hostel which will be advertised.

The Lion Fish Hostel Policies and Conditions:

Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival.

Check in from 14:00 .
Check out before 11:00 .

Payment upon arrival by cash.

Taxes not included - 15.00%
Breakfast not included.


Curfew until 00:00.
Child friendly.
The reception service is open from 07.00 to 22.00

The maximum period of stay is 14 days.
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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 6.6

  • Security 8.1

  • Location 8.9

  • Staff 8.4

  • Atmosphere 7.1

  • Cleanliness 6.5

  • Facilities 6.6

Latest Reviews

  • 9.7


    10 Feb 2020
    I enjoyed the Lionfish so much that I checked back in 3 times. The location is only 100 metres from the bus stop. It’s one of the cleanest hostels I’ve ever been to, and the staff and volunteers are kind and patient. I accidentally overpaid and they made sure I got my money back. The garden area is relaxing and they have a really fun bar and a nice kitchen with lots of comfortable places to chill out in. The Tuyo Cafe is so convenient and the food and coffee there is delicious!
    Canada, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7


    10 Jan 2020
    When arrive there to the Lion fish place, smile. The staff is there to help. All you need to do is to be nice and wear your best attitude. The rest will just come. Nice place, the location can't be better. The staff very kind and supportive.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 8.0


    29 Feb 2020
    I would actually rate it a 6.5 I arrive at 10 am, and received my room until 2:30pm to find out it was also undone, yes...dirty. The staff was really nice but unapologetic of the fact that they said yes to a guest to have a late checkout when the room was already booked for me, and To give it dirty after the wait. They were kind enough to keep my things in the reception, but when I picked them up the guy did such a good job keeping my computer safe, no one could find it until late night :-/
    Costa Rica, Female, 25-30
  • 6.9


    11 Mar 2020
    One of the least clean hostels I have stayed in, I was lucky enough to be in a 4 bed dorm on my own but the floors hadn’t been swept in god knows how long and not had the fan so you could see the dust collected on the top two bunks. The bathrooms are all off the main corridor and one of them had been absolutely soaked, toilet paper included and wasn’t cleaned the whole 24 hours I was there. Staff were lovely and it’s fine and basic, could just use a good clean.
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 5.4


    01 Jan 2020
    Good localisation and that's all. I stayed there for one night as my previous hostel was full. Very loud music from ten bar next door until very late, smaller dorms are claustrophobic and stuffy. Not very clean either. There are way better places in Puerto Viejo for this price. The staff is helpful though, I appreciate that the let me change the dorm for a bigger one.
    Poland, Female, 25-30
  • 5.1


    29 Dec 2019
    # The room had a strong mold smell # The room had no windows # The mattress was pretty bad with springs really noticable # The shower was only boiling hot water - no chance to shower there # The Wi-Fi was not working or slow
    Germany, Male, 25-30
  • 3.1


    29 Feb 2020
    We wouldn’t recommend staying.The hostel is dirty & doesn’t have enough toilets/showers for the amount of people staying.People ‘clean’ but the kitchen is still filthy with dirty dishes (don’t touch the dish cloths!).Our room wasn’t cleaned in 5 days.The rooms are stuffy & the fan in the room was caked in dust (gag)!When we took the pillow case off,the pillow was black!So unhygienic.WiFi is slow/never works.There is a huge table for eating.I spilt some water,wiped it up & the cloth was black.
    England, Couple, 31-40
  • 2.9


    19 Nov 2019
    One of the worst run, and dirtiest hostels I've ever stayed at. They rely exclusively on 'volunteers' to clean the place. My mom wasn't cleaned AT ALL the 5 days I was there. There was an inch of dust on the un/moped or swept floors. The trash can was full of the same garbage on the day I left that was there the day I checked in. The room was like an oven and the 2 ceiling fans were useless. The showers were disgusting with little hot water. Whom ever owns this place has their head up their as
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 2.0


    26 Dec 2019
    There was nothing good! Extremely dirty room and the restrooms. The guy at the counter could not find our reservation and took sometime to figure out which room was assigned to us. After a long time, he took us to a dirty room and when we asked if we can move to a different room he just said, 'either take it or leave'. They say there's free parking, but note that it's street parking! It's very expensive and they provide almost zero amenities (only linens). Very unhappy with the experience!
    India, All Male Group, 25-30
  • 2.0


    18 Dec 2019
    WARNING!!! RATS!!! My girlfriend and I have stayed in many hostels across Asia and Central America. Never have we felt the absolute need to warn fellow travellers of a place. We stayed in the 10 bedroom dorm, which had a mesh ceiling and above us.... RATS! Running around you can see them clearly through the mesh, we got no sleep and demanded to be checked out in the morning. This hostel is almost entirely volunteers and while they may be nice. The standard for cleanliness here is un-acceptable.
    Canada, Male, 18-24
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  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hot Showers
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games