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Arenal Backpackers Resort

Certificate of Excellence
350 meters west of central park, towards volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 506, Costa Rica
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Arenal Backpackers Resort
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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Maryville, Tennessee
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in a tent, this was wonderful for a private couples getaway. Bathrooms and showers were extremely clean and good with hot water. Had everything we needed readily available. The front desk staff was very helpful and had plenty of insite into what to do in the local area on either a tour or going yourself and how to... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in a private double room for 3 nights. The room was spacious and had a view of the volcano, just fantastic but the furniture is quite old. I wouldn't call it a 5 star hostel. The safe and hot water didn't work, but that's details. The hostel area is really nice, a nice pool, bar, hammocks in the... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Second stay for me at this place. Good location. Good rooms. Good bar. Love the poolarea. Nice garden with hammocks. Easy to book excursions at the hotel. Shuttle service available. One day a sloth came climbing in over the fence. Great value for money.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quite a nice stay, lovely pool. Stayed in a tent which was a bit cramped for two people. (It did specify the tent was for one person) however the bookings system made it very difficult to book two people for a tent. Good location. Staff helpful, not overly friendly but certainly knowledgeable. Lots of young American people stayed here while... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the first place my friend and I stayed during our backpack trip through Costa Rica - the drive here from the airport was not good...very twisty and turny roads and a great way to feel car sick :) When we arrived we arrived we were supposed to be in a mixed dorm but we were exhausted from the... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed our stay here. Arenal is such an amazing place to spend your vacation. We stayed in a private room with incredible volcano views! Overall the room was great. It was clean, quiet and safe. It's in a great location. Walking distance from a variety of things to do. We met a lot of fellow travelers from all... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I admit, I saw the pool and price and got sucked it. Its clean and nice, but for a backpacker it really didn't do it for me. Your just another gringo passing through, not personal at all. After day two I really started to hate the staff. I stayed one night in a private room where the safe and ac... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hostel itself has a nice environment with hammocks and pool area. The staff however was the worst we encountered on our trip. They were reluctant to answer our questions and provided no service what so ever. The hostel also lacks a kitchen.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights in a private room with bathroom. The staff was alright, although sometimes when you talked to them it seems as if they were looking at you but not listening. The location was good and it was a short walk to many stores, restaurants and bars. The rooms were VERY minimal. Two... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place advertises itself as a five star hostel and that is really what you get. Super clean rooms with nice beds and bathrooms. Nice pool with lots of lounging chairs and hammocks for sun bathing. Everything is very safe and secure, it really doesn't feel like a normal backpackers hostel. If your on a tight budget, don't cheap out... More 

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