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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
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a great stay here. My only suggestion is not to get a room towards the back of the hostel. There was a lot of noise at night coming from live music in the establishment next door. Friendly and helpful front desk attendants. A good central location.

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Moncton, Canada
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The best place to be in La Fortuna! It was the perfect place to meet people since you have a spot to hang out. Always a way to make a nice party there, the staff was extremely helpful! I hope you will go if you are in the surroundings! Enjoy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great location, great food, great pool, great company- one of the best places we stayed whilst in Costa Rica. Staff were very helpful and the overall vibe was great. Rooms and dorms were clean and comfortable. Would definitely recommend to anyone going to La Fortuna.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lovely hostel. Stayed in one of the tents and it was great. No problems. Food in the bar was awesome and the pool is class especially after a day of trekking. It's located a little bit outside the town but just a 5min walk. Talked to other backpackers and none had a pool in their places. Major plus. Good atmosphere... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a double private room, no hot water or wifi access from the room, and really poor in the lounge area, ended up having to go to the Lava Lounge to book our hostel in Panama. The staff were rude. Really disappointing considering the price... expected much more. Lots of BIG contiki type groups, so plenty of people around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wonderful hostel!!! The best one we've visited on our Sentral America-trip. The rooms are clean, good beds, nice little pool, totally safe, an amazing garden and really helpful staff! The staff fixes good deals with all tour operators, and we for the best adventure tours ever. There's a reason why this hostel's rated as Costa Rica's best- and Lonely Planet... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you value sleep, don't come here. If you are a college student (or think you are forever 21) then congratulations, you've found your spot! My friend and I were on a two week trip backpacking through Costa Rica and were really looking forward to the experience of the elusive "Safari Tent." Boy were we wrong. I blame myself for... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked a tent, they said they hadn't received the reservation. Got put in a dorm room instead. Only place I've been so far where they use an exchange rate of 550! Staff weren't very helpful. Not the party hostel they clame to be. It is overpriced for what you get. We stayed in a tent one night and all our... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With such amazing reviews we were very excited to arrive, only to be told our reservation for a private tent made via their sister hostel in monteverde did not exist and we were placed in dorm room. For such an expensive hostel, you get absolutely nothing for your money, not even free coffee like their sister hostel in monteverde ($2... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed in a mixed dorm and had a great experience. It is very clean, the people there are awesome, and it has such a cool vibe. Surprisingly enough, their little kitchen makes tasty eats and the guy running the bar never skimped on the alcohol. I did a number of tours through the hostel and it was very easy... More 

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