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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
Gringo Pete's
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

Considering it is only $6 a night for dorms it's a pretty good place. Nice big kitchen, 7 bed dorms with bathroom and good wifi. The lady working there was pretty rude, but if you can put up with that it's a decent place.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We stayed 2 nights at gringo petes too. There are 2 locations. Best ask before arriving. The rooms were super cheap and clean with a private bathroom for only $8 p.p. however once we wanted to check out to get our deposit we could find a single person. We rang the buzzer for 30 min. Really poor as it was... More 

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Porto Alegre, RS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Me and my boyfriend spent two nights at Gringo Pete's Hostel and we loved it. It's by far the cheapest hostel we stayied in our whole trip through Costa Rica, and it's very clean. We payied UU$8 each for a private room with private bathroom, plus UU$10 - refundable when you give back the keys, towels and sheets. The hostel... More 

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