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Arenal Backpackers Resort

350 meters west of central park, towards volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 506, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all I don't know if the 5 star rating of this hostel is self appointed because to me, what I read on the website and then expected was SO DIFFERENT to what we actually got when we arrived. Definitely not 5 star. The pool area and the bar area are the most 5 star this place gets and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hostel truly is a resort! A huge pool with a rope you can climb. A good on site bar wit delisious breakfast options and a tour desk. For the tours I recommend you shop around, because in town there might be better deals. The rooms were clean and had wifi and a/c.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location and for the price it's well worth it if you share with 7 other guest. The first night we got twin beds solo room for $80 which was not worth it, the customer service from the two gentleman at night was not professional. We checked in and their energy to see us was awful. They gave us a... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Overall Arenal backpackers resort is clean, well positioned and we found everyone very friendly and helpful. The tours provided were good so long as you are upfront and have also done your own research regarding prices. Breakfast was not included but the food they served was excellent I recommend the breakfast burrito. The communal area made for a great social... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had free parking, a private room, a hostel atmosphere and great location for an affordable price. May be a little pricey for the true blue backpacker scene and I don't think there is a communal kitchen. But this place is perfect for budget travelers looking for a good social atmosphere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hostel, the pool, the common area, and the garden are all very beaufiul and clean. However, the staff were a little unfriendly and abrupt with us and not particularly helpful, possibly because of the massive amounts of people coming through. The hostel is quite large, with decent-sized, clean rooms and ensuite bathrooms. There were also communal bathrooms and showers... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First off if you want to spend money, talk to the guy behind the counter. If you dont want to spend money dont ask him about anything. He will try to sell you something, anything. Which im glad he sold us the tour with William (got lucky hes one of the best guides in the area full of very amazing... More 

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Montpellier, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pretty garden and swimming pool but that's it. First the staff was really grumpy, second of all the dude at the reception lied to me to try to sell me his 50$ shuttle by telling me that the local bus was taking 8 hours and that there were no direct buses to San jose! The local bus was direct and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rooms were clean and hot showers. Our dorm had a balcony facing arenal volcano which unfortunately we couldn't see because of the low cloud. The pool area is nice and the food is good. They played a really good mix of music all day but not too loud that you couldn't sleep if you were heading to bed. Wifi was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hostel had a good common area with flat beds and a little bar which served good food. The pool was lovely and big enough to play volleyball etc. The private rooms were basic and clean but had really nice balconies. One overwhelming problem was the owner or manager who was really pushy and tried to sell us tours and... More 

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