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Arenal Hostel Resort

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Main street, La Fortuna | South side of catholic church in La fortuna de San Carlos Alajuela Costa Rica, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 506, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have been travelling for 3 months now. I knew something was different when I entered this hostel. I was greeted with a smile and a welcome drink. The staff went above and beyond my expectations and made sure I had the best overall experience I could have. The facilities are amazing as well. Hammocks, kitchen, pool, restaurant, bar, wifi,... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Based on what I read here I booked here for 3 nights rather than the other hostels nearby with very similar names. Online and by email, they are great. The front desk is excellent. Friendly and helpful. Wifi is good. The tiny restaurant did not impress. Expensive (like many things in Arenal) and not particularly good. The FREE coffee was... More 

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Vina del Mar, Chile
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15 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hostel is very nice, specially the outside area with a pool etc. The dorm rooms are also great, with ac! However, it is expensive for a dorm bed, if you consider that it does not include breakfast. You can find better deals in la fortuna. The staff is ok, but nothing extraordinary. They will try to sell you some... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For $15, I wasn't expecting much. The hammocks, the pool, the security, the location- I could go on and on. Everything about my stay was wonderful. Great friendly staff and I felt my belongings were always safe. Definitely recommend staying here!!

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Ottawa, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

1. Staff was amazing! They were helpful, giving suggestions about which tour companies were trustworthy, and what things you can do without a tour company, to save money. Especially Joe & Diego - these guys knew everything that was going on. 2. Bartender was great - every drink we tried was amazing! Especially the welcome drink, and the berry love... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This hostel isn't really a hostel. It's way better. For $15 you get a lot. The dorm was great, super clean and the showers and loos were in the room which was great, no other hostels I've stayed in have had that. The space is also great, there are loads of trees and hammocks, a cute little pool, very tranquil... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I had a fantastic stay here - the rooms were pristine and comfortable, the outdoor space, pool bar and kitchen were wonderful to relax in and to meet new friends, and the staff were incredibly helpful. Joe especially went out of his way to give us the best possible experience, imparting advice on both paid and free activities. I honestly... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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28 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

I liked a previous review titled 'the good, the bad and the ugly". I agree with everything but I will mention more good things. If I go to Fortuna again, I think I would repeat. I've been travelling for three months and I think it is really worth the money. Good. Staff are nice but not all of them. Joe... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Had an amazing time visiting La Fortuna and we were really pleased with the accommodations at Arenal Hostel Resort. Overall the dorm room was fine, pretty average for backpacker expectations. The garden area and kitchen space made up for any negatives in the sleeping department. There are a bunch of hammocks and a couple tables with palapa-style coverings. Plus a... More 

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Florida
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5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

My boyfriend and I stayed here for two nights last week in a private room. We had an upstairs room furthest away from the bar which was great because it was quiet. The room was large and spacious and very clean. The first shower I took the water was FREEZING, but after that it was warm-ish. Wifi was fast an... More 

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