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Maleku Hostel

50mts west of Nuevo Hospital | SJO Airport area, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Plymouth
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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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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Toronto, Canada
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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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Winnipeg, Canada
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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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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

It's simple - Clean, with hot water, fully equipped kitchen, supermarket, bank and bus station (for buses departing from Alajuela) within walking distance, free internet use, television, light breakfast in the morning, friendly and helpful staff... this place is definitely worth the overnight stays for those heading in or out of the country! Side-note: In the hostel, all is quiet... More 

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

Perfect , Maleku hostel is located 4 km from the airport and Alajuela is a small town compare to San Jose.....The hostel is nice, clean and well organize with a very nice kitchen area....around there there are banks, place where to eat and buses to go Noth....i really recommend this place....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

Couldn´t ask for more! I just read the last review while I am in the guest PC at the hostel and it is really funny how people think everybody like the same! Alajuela is a small town with lots of stuff to do!!!!! I stayed in Maleku for 3 nights and I took a trip ( great value) To Doka... More 

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