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64 Total Reviews
Wonderful Location
Marvellous Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

Property Description

This tropical hostel is located within a 5-minute drive of Turrialba Town Centre, has free on-site parking and is part of a little chain of awesome Spanish Schools in Costa Rica & Panama. With a hammock terrace, powerful free WIFI, world renowned coffee, soft music and an interesting crowd of people from all over the world.

Spanish by the River offers rooms with wooden interior, garden views and antiquated tile floors. The dorms that we offer are to be shared with 2 or 3 persons and the private rooms are with shared or private bathrooms. We also offer daily traditional breakfast for $6. There is a well-equipped spacious communal kitchen, and an outside charcoal grill. This is used for our Friday Potluck BBQ party but can also be rented throughout the week.

The tour desk at Spanish by the River can arrange activities like whitewater rafting, horse riding, nature outings, Aquiares coffee tour and a canyon tour. Guests will find restaurants in Turrialba Town Centre, many of which deliver to the hostel. Guests can reach Irazu Volcano in a 1-hour drive, while Juan Santamaria International Airport is 65 km from the property.

The Language school section organizes optional daily activities like yoga, salsa dancing, movie night and a Friday night potluck barbecue with some tropical drinks on the house!

This property is also rated for the best value in Turrialba! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

We speak your language!

check in: 1 pm till 8 pm
check out: 7 am till 11 am
breakfast not included
towels rented out at $2.50

all payments in cash
cancellation policy 72 hours

Reviews & Ratings

64 Total Reviews
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Mar 24, 2023
Spanish by the River is a lovely place to stay! I only stopped over for the night before moving on from Turrialba but I would have liked to stay longer. The only downside to the hostel is the distance from town. Its about a 30 minute walk down the hill but its manageable. There are also buses for most of the day but it did feel a bit removed. The staff is welcoming, the hostel itself is homey, and the facilities were great!
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Male, 18-24
Feb 02, 2023
What a wonderful place! The grounds are amazing and make you feel like you booked a high end lodge. Very honest and welcoming hosts! The street noise maybe hard for light sleepers, so I suggest ear plugs. I would stay there everytime I came to the area or recommend this to anyone visiting Costa Rica.
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Female, 41+
Apr 11, 2022
The only downside is the location, but on the other hand it's surrounded by a nature. I'd definitely come back!
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Male, 18-24


  • Free

    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
  • General

    • Bicycle Parking
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Outdoor Terrace
    • Parking
    • Safe Deposit Box
    • Towels Not Included
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Housekeeping
  • Food & Drink

    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Entertainment

    • Board Games

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