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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 yesterday NEW

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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 3 weeks ago

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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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Can't believe we only paid $12/night to stay here - very tranquil, relaxing, clean. Loved that there was a pool. Food in the hostel was expensive and not that good, but there are plenty of affordable places nearby.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is in an ideal location next to the shops and resturants. Very good value and it has a lovely bar and pool. Another bonus is the swinging chairs and hammocks. The staff were really friendly and the hostel was very clean and well maintained.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The grounds were nice and the location was solid. However, as a couple, I felt we could've done better. They played fairly loud music until around 10pm every night. There was a bar which was clearly focussed on getting people socialising and drinking with each other, which is fine but not what I was looking for. Most people staying there... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Stayed at this place while doing activities around the area. We had a private room with a bathroom. It was pretty basic but had AC! Staff were very friendly and helpful. The pool and outside hammock area was nice to hang around in. They have a cute little swim up bar which we would have used more if the weather... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

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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