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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Ive stayed in most of the hostels in Alajuela and many across the country. The Maleku is clean, comfortable and the service is unbeatable. Its close to the airport and a market. If you are on the move, the Maleku is perfect. The best part - the service. Last week I realized that I screwed up my res - they... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

We stayed here for one night the last night of our trip in Costa Rica. We got a private room with a shared bath, and the bunk beds were new and the sheets were new and clean as well. Pretty basic room but good for a hostel and great for the value. Overall, this is a good hostel to stay... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

I was stayin at Maleku Hostel on October 2011. its a good way to end the amazing trip in Costa Rica. The best thing there is the helpful and kind staff. Pamela is a great host :)

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Plymouth
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

This is small hostel. The 6 bed dorm room left me literally climbing over people and their gear each time I came or went. The bunks are pretty high and no ladders, so you better be nimble if you don't check in early enough to score a lower one. The staff was helpful. The taxi from the airport was only... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

We stayed here for one night before flying back to the USA. It was a comfortable, clean room and the shower was fairly well kept. The area didn't feel particularly nice but the free shuttle to the airport is a great idea.

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Schererville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

This was my first stay at a Hostel. For the cost, I don't think you could find anything better. What made me choose this Hostel was 1) the low cost, 2) proximity to the airport 3) free one way shuttle. I only needed a place to sleep for a few hours before my flights arriving and then leaving Costa Rica.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

I love Maleku for several reasons. As noted by all reviewers, its close to the airport. They have a free shuttle that brings you to the airport. The beds are new and nice. The hostel is family owned and ran - its nice to support locals in the tourism industry! The hostel is close to the bus station too. The... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

Located near the airport in an authentic Costa Rican neighborhood, Maleku offers clean accommodations, family owned thus caring staff, shuttle service to airport and breakfast included, this is a worthy stepping stone for budget travelers. Note: they have tons of hand-me-down guide books available, so perhaps making this your first stop could be very helpful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

We booked the Maleku Hostel purely based on its location. We were arriving to Costa Rica in the evening (after 10pm). The hostel is only about 5-10 minute drive from the airport. It is also located around the corner from a bus stop where you can catch a bus directly to la Fortuna so there is no need to go... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

Great hostel with free shuttle to airport (bonus!). Friendly front staff, great rates. Clean and bright. Rooms were clean and simple. Private room was great, very private and clean and roomy. Great to have a fan. Bathrooms were clean and big and ventilated. Showers were excellent. Only con is the hostel is located on the corner of a fairly busy... More 

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