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Maleku Hostel

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50mts west of Nuevo Hospital | SJO Airport area, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Stayed here on my last night. The guy in front desk was super helpful and attentive. He helped me with quest to find a internet cafe and market in the area. Plus they offer free ride to the airport and basic breakfast is also provided.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I really liked Maleku Hostel. It's close to the airport, so it's perfect if you need a hostel after your arrival or the day before your departure. They offer a shuttle to the airport (not from the airport though), even at 5am. The bed was very comfortable and there's a kitchen with everything you need. There's not much in the... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

A safe, welcoming place close to the airport (5 min. taxi ride = $5, may be ~$10 in traffic). Also, Maleku held my suitcase for a week while I traveled around! They have an official system in place to hold baggage: you fill out a form about your date of leaving and return, and sign it. This gave me a... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Stayed here four nights during my trip to Costa Rica. Awesome location - it's a $4 cab ride from the airport. The service is great, they offer complimentary breakfast and a free shuttle to the airport, and the place is well maintained with clean beds, excellent wifi, and a quiet place to sleep. This is the perfect place to stay... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Perfect for a short stop before going to/ coming from the international airport in San Jose. Small breakfast (banana, juice, cookies) included. Hostel offers free airport shuttle service and staff was friendly and helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

located close the airport in alajuela, free shuttle to the airport, free wifi, supermarket real close. for me, this is mainly a placed to stay over in between flying in to costa rica and then moving on to my final destination, but it is just what i need. the folks that run it are nice and helpful, keep it clean.... More 

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Nagoya, Japan
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This hostel is pretty small even for a small guy like myself. I somehow couldn't figure out how to run hot water for the shower.... Was it broken or lacking in hot water or was I simply dumb then? The staff was friendly and informative when I checked in. There is a big supermarket nearby with good stock in all... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This small no-frills hostel is perfect for a short stop before a flight with it's location to the airport and free shuttle. The staff member was courteous, helpful, thoughtful and made sure I was awake for my 6am shuttle. Clean with towels blankets and lockers. Delicious little Italian restaurant nearby where staff are friendly and give you a free shot... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A group of 6 of us stayed here for our first night in Costa Rica. It was very conveniently located and the staff were helpful and friendly. They saved us a trip into San Jose by letting us know that you can catch the bus to La Fortuna right down the road from the hostel instead of going all the... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is a really quaint little hostel that is perfect for those departing/arriving in Costa Rica. It has a really homely feel to it with a well equipped kitchen, adequate "chill out area" and a fairly welcoming/very helpful staff. My only complaint is that there are only two bathrooms for everyone in the hostel (I think I read on their... More 

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