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Gringo Pete's

off the main road, 350m from bus stop away from volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Gringo Pete's hostel #1 is great, very clean, nice kitchen and chilling space for backpackers to be social. Great location and walking distance to the shops and supermarket. However, Pete himself only cares about one thing, MONEY$ He is paranoid about guests steeling his towels and blankets. These blankets are a pathetic excuse, they didnt even cover us, they were... More 

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I traveled with a group of friends, and this hostel was the last place we could find with vacancy. We were teaching English here (and had been for over a year) so we were familiar with the town, customs, and how to travel around. Pete was the RUDEST MAN I've ever met in my entire life. He was BEYOND mean... More 

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed for two nights. We were in Gringo Pete's Too which i think is the newer one. Really clean, quiet and good location. We had a private room for a bargain in low season. The dorm was quite dark and dingy but that ma have had more to do with who was staying in there! We had an ensuite... More 

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Marlborough
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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I gave this place an excellent rating is not because it is a '5 star' hotel. This is a very cheap place to stay at. It is clean and the person that was running it was very friendly and helpful. The rooms are as pictured above. There is no AC but most places in La Fortuna don't have AC.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

First things first, this hostel is nice. Rooms are clean and big, and also very cheap. The kitchen is very well equipped and there is a hammock area. ** BUT ** DON'T give your money to such a man. This Juan Carlos is a bad guy. He was nice with me the two nights we were there, altough he insisted... More 

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

At 7 bucks a night each for a private room with bathroom you can't go wrong. It was clean and pleasant, the building maybe a bit shabby but best value for money that I found in all of Costa Rica. There are apparently 2 gringo pete's - this one is the volcano side of the bus station. Lots of activities... More 

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Durango, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

One of the best hostels I've stayed in so far ! Pete was very friendly and has great information, and he can get some sweet discounts and deals. It was clean, bright, and comfortable, and in a great location. The prices were great and we stayed longer because we liked it so much.

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This was our first stop in Costa Rica, and was a great introduction. We stayed in a very clean private room with a private shower which had hot water (a luxury in Costa Rica) for $14 a night! A steal! The kitchen was clean and well equipped, and the common area was nice. The backyard is well kept and Pete... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I have stayed here twice. Once in 2005 and then the last time Dec 2013. Yes there is no AC but what do you expect from a budget hostel. Staff is great. Pete has his quirks (he is sarcastic) but it didn't bother us. If you have banter back and forth with him, he opens up and is very knowledgeable... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Spend 2 nights here. Had a dorm bed for 5 usd. Included free use of a towel and a padlock! Showers were hot and clean. There is some information about things to do and you're always able to ask for more information. The kitchen is pretty well equiped and was always clean. Wifi worked throughout the hostel and was fast... More 

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Address: off the main road, 350m from bus stop away from volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Number of rooms: 27
Also Known As:
Gringo Pete`s Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Gringo Pete's Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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