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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
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Sant Pere de Ribes, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Gringo Pete's is a cheap hostel in La Fortuna. It was our cheapest private room during our trip. The room did not have shelves or a wardrobe for our clothes, so we had to put our stuff on the bed above us. Shower with hot water. In general, the room was clean, the kitchen however was so dirty I only... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hostel itself is fine, simple but not different from other hostels in this price categorie. But the hostel does not feel comfortable because there are rules taped on the furniture litterary everywhere you go, threatening with fines if you don't follow them (we're talking about seperating the garbage in 5 different garbagediaposals, writing your name on your food in... More 

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Quebec City, Canada
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Of you are looking for a cheap, convenient stay, this is the place for you! We stayed in one of the private room! The staff is very friendly, if you have the chance, do the free hotsprings! The open kitchen lacks a little bit of cookware but get the job done!

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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We stayed here for 1 night. It looked like a nice and comfortable place. For $16 a night, we got our own room with private bath. What a deal right? Well guess what? You get what you pay for! After cooking a hot lunch for me and my boyfriend, I left the hot ceramic pan in the sink to cool... More 

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Eichstatt, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

La Fortuna is a touristic town near the volcano Arenal. The hostel is cheap and good, you can start day trips and go swimming in some rivers with a rope swing or visit the hot springs. Everything is offered and organized by the hostel. In the evening you can chat in the big living room and kitchen with new people.... More 

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Sonora, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

It's all I needed. Pleasant to go with the small group for dinner. I enjoyed hiking up to Fortuna Fall & the night hitch hike back. Volcano "flow" is speck size boulder at night you pay to see on a mini bus ride - no big deal.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Very very cheap, (I paid $6) very clean, great kitchen which is fully equipped and very organised, also has tours which are significantly discounted compared to buying them from guides. Very friendly and welcoming, they'll show you around and tell you everything you need to know.Don't know why you'd stay anywhere else

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Vienna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

La Fortuna is not cheap but Gringo Pete offers a nice room for only 8$. If you plan to book a tour book it also in this hostel. We asked for a combination tour (canopy, animal park and hot springs) in some agencies - the all wanted 50$ per person. If you book it via Gringo Pete you get it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We stayed at Gringo Pete's Too, for two nights & couldn't have been happier with our choice! The owner was super nice & friendly! He told us about the best free & cheap spots to visit, & was very helpful when we wanted to do some of the local activities! The place is kept clean & there's a few areas... More 

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Dordrecht, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I stayed here for 5 days in a single room with shared bathroom. The prices are ridiculously low for what you get! The single room is really small (probably 2,5 by 3), but it's good enough. I shared the batroom with 1 other person. The view when I you step out of your room on the first floor is the... More 

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