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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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The rooms have AWFUL mold, I gagged upon entering my room. No drink welcome. No group rate for 16+ people. Lockers are LOUD and small. Strange/creepy staff members. There is a small pool and bar that attracts many douchey men trying to hook up with women.. Including hostel staff. There are plenty of nice hostels in town. Don't pick this... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked two nights accommodation at the Arenal Hostel Resort. When we arrived we were told there had been a mistake and our room wasn't available. They had moved us to their sister hostel which 'was just as good'. I could tell from the body language something was off but it was late and we were tired so we agreed.... More 

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Charlotte, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed in a private room which was more than adequate. I appreciated the swinging chairs and hammock out in the common area. Wifi worked great. Nice bar and small diner in the hostel. Everyone at the front desk is very friendly and helpful. Great for booking adventures. Great place to meet other people and join them on adventures. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was truly awesome. It was more like a hotel than a hostel and had the cutest courtyard filled with hammocks to lounge in. You have to be buzzed in to get inside so you know it's safe. They greeted us with a coupon for a free drink at the bar right in the courtyard, and they really did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The best hostel in Costa Rica! Great rooms, delicious food and drinks, a lot of hammocks and a pool with a waterfall, but most importantly - amazing staff! Alfredo is the nicest and funniest person ever! He will help you with everything you need and always with a smile! You won't regret it! :)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The common areas were very nice. Tropical and used all available sf well. As for the room, we were upstairs in a kind of dorm room but it was converted to a private room for the four of us. The room was really over do for a paint job. It was no more than a box with 5 beds and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at Arenal Hostel Resort for two nights. The rooms were clean and had air-conditioning (inital problems with our air-con were quickly fixed by the staff), only the lighting was a bit dim. WLAN worked perfectly. The Resort has a great courtyard/garden with hammocks, a pool and a pool bar where you can relax and chill out. Staff was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hostel offers dorm and private rooms- good for solo, couple, or family. The decoration in the common area is nice and relax. The location is great- in downtown of La Fortuna, close to the bus station and stores. The staff are friendly, helpful and informative with the tour information. The hostel works with a local laundry that can return... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed in female dorm for one night, there was only one other chick staying with. The place was clean and the staff were cool. They organised a red larva tour at late notice. I forgot to check out on time the next day and they were fine about it. Stay here if you're a lone traveller wanting to meet peeps... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I recently went to Costs Rica with a friend and we decided to stay at the Arenal Hostel Resort. We hadn't planned much of our trip and Joe- the host- was extremely helpful and friendly. He gave lots of recommendations on what to do and helped us get tours and taxis booked. He went out of his way to help... More 

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