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Very Good
3677 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Brilliant Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

Property Description

Arenal Backpackers Resort is the 5-star property of Costa Rica. This beautiful hostel/resort has a spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano, and is just a few minutes walk from the town centre and bus stop. The open setting of the property also makes it the perfect place for meeting fellow travelers.

Facilities include: Pristine swimming pool, with wet bar and sun loungers, A large garden with hammocks, Games: cards, board games, twister, pool table, slip n slide, etc, Information and Tour Desk, Restaurant, Fully bilingual staff and 24 hour security

In the rooms: Private bathroom with hot water, Lockers, New thick mattresses, pillows, and linen, Key card access & A/C


We have a brand new deluxe camping area! This area is covered and each tent has a double mattress, fan, lighting, power sockets and an outside locker room.

Private rooms:

- All private rooms have: Flat screen TV with cable, 1 or 2 Double Beds, A/C, Lockers, Towels, Private bathrooms with hot water, New thick mattresses, pillows and linen

Luxury cylindrical room with a beautiful view of the Arenal Volcano and surrounding mountains.

We created an original concept that could lodge people looking for relaxing while blending in with nature. These rooms are perfect for couples or if you want to explore solo while making new friends in our property. All of them are equipped with a queen size bed with a pillowtop mattress inside colorful glass doors that makes each room very pleasant. Shared bathroom. Surrounded by beautiful tropical plants and flowers, where you can feel like inside a peaceful mountain listening to different sounds of animals during day and night. These rooms are just perfect for who loves to explore and experience the contact with nature.

Reviews & Ratings

Very Good
3677 Total Reviews
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Latest Reviews

Jul 01, 2024
Place was exactly what we were looking for as we were traveling throughout CR. We stayed in a barrel and I would highly recommend it. It’s not very spacious in the barrel itself but it was an amazing experience. It has AC and power and that alone was perfect. The pool was just as cool as pictured. Very low key atmosphere. Clean bathrooms and spacious showers. I would highly recommend and definitely stay again!
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Male, 25-30
Jun 01, 2024
This hostel is a beautiful property. However if you are looking for the hostel experience to meet people and make new friends this is not the place. Nobody collected at the bar, pool, or even for breakfast. I was the only person in my 8 bed dorm. It has a good location and nice staff.
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Female, 18-24
May 28, 2024
Pretty poor stay at Arenal. Pods are tiny, and ZERO room for storage or even a hook to hang things on (which is a NIGHTMARE in rainy season). Some staff were rude. Food is overpriced and relatively average. We were offered free beers in the evening by one woman if we left a 5* review! So do not be fooled by the reviews! Location is good - and that’s the only perk. Atmosphere of the hostel is poor, not social one bit so if you are travelling solo avoid this place!
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Couple, 18-24


  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
  • General

    • Security Lockers
    • Swimming Pool
    • Key Card Access
    • Common Room
    • Bicycle Parking
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Air Conditioning
    • Book Exchange
    • Hot Showers
    • Cable TV
    • Parking
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Safe Deposit Box
    • Towels Not Included
    • Flexible NRR
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Airport Transfers
    • Towels for hire
    • Luggage Storage
    • Fax Service
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • Shuttle Bus
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Housekeeping
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Food & Drink

    • Restaurant
    • Bar
    • Meals Available
    • Cafe
  • Entertainment

    • Pool Table
    • Wi-Fi



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