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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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Walnut, California
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Hostel was nice and clean. Had a private room which had air conditioning, towels provided, a in room safe, free good wifi, and was clean. The hostel has a pool, swim up bar, restaurant and bar, and activity booking ( although I would book in town because the hostel doesn't have very good deals and the staff seem uninterested in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We rented their private bedroom for two, which was a pretty good deal. It came with AC, access to a pool, laundry, and bar for under 35$a night. The location was great, very close to local buses and shops. Everything was clean and well maintained, although certainly not fancy. About what you'd expect for the price.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a nice property but overrated in my opinion! It's noisy and on party-mode all day - 10am to 10pm. They moved all of my stuff to another dorm room while I was on a trip without giving me a heads up. So imagine coming back to your room and all of your stuff is gone!! (Especially because the windows... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hostel is spacious and open. There is a common area with couches where everyone goes for wifi making it a great area to meet people. The rooms are clean and we stayed in a 6 person dorm. The dorm has it's own restroom but there are more restrooms/showers for people to use next to the sleeping area. 4 of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Arenal is very overrated - a tourist trap. Backpackers was a little overpriced and didn't offer the same amenities as the other backpacker hostels that I had stayed at. My friend and I stayed in a luxury tent which was fine and kept the bugs out.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We stayed in a private double room, and other than the excellent zipline tour then day pass to Los Lagos Resort up the road, were not really sad to leave the resort or Arenal in general. If you want mediocre 'service', poor showers, dusk till dawn terrible (as in, really really bad) blaring music, no way of cooking for yourself... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

Stayed in an 8 person female dorm with ensuite. One of the nicest hostels I've stayed at. The grounds/ facilities are amazing and clean. Only wish they had a kitchen or at least a fridge to store some snacks. It was a nuisance to keep bugging the staff at the bar. The staff are nice but not very interactive. Booking... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We stayed in a tent room for two nights here and it was more comfortable than I thought it would be. Had a good sleep and the hostel had a really good atmosphere. the staff were really helpful and always seemed to be smiling. Not too far from the local bus station which was rather helpful to us as we... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Best beds I've ever experienced in a hostel. The grounds are beautiful and the bar area has a nice lounge area and pool too. Staff are friendly and our dorm room had it's own bathroom. The tents looked like they would be awesome to sleep in too.This place lacks a kitchen was the restaurant was reasonable and the food was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I disagree with all travelers that had said the staff is not helpful. Since the check in we felt the good vibe from the reception guy Freddie, he Rocks !. He helped us with general info, and booked some tours for us. He was always more than willing to help people. Even though the tours are little pricy in the... More 

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