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Arenal Backpackers Resort

2.0 of 5
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350 meters west of central park, towards volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

First, I want to say that this hostel is pristine and definitely a 5 star hostel in terms of "look and feel". The pool, hammock area and grounds are kept up nicely. We stayed in private room- towels were included and it was very clean. We also had a balcony and great view of the volcano. We saw reviews that... More 

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6 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The first time we stayed here we were in awe.. it actually looked like the pics we seen online. We paid $35 a night for a private tent that felt like waking up in a sauna on top of super loud cars/mopeds/bikes driving through at night with loud mufflers constantly waking you. On top of that the staff wasn't very... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pros: beautiful lay out, nice pool, cheap bar with good food, and helpful staff (they helped call our tour and transfer companies when they were late). Cons: very loud music even in the afternoon (blasting music at 4pm), mold-smelling rooms, wet everything, inadequate clothe-drying facilities.

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Golden Valley, North Dakota
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There was a group of 5. My traveling companions had never stayed in a hostel before and were very skeptical. I think they became believers! It is definitely worth the couple extra bucks to stay here. What makes a hostel enjoyable to me is the cleanliness and this hostel is definitely it. The rooms and bathrooms were clean. Everything in... More 

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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53 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I thought I had booked this place but had accidentally booked a different hostel, Hostel Backpackers La Fortuna. Names are similar but quality is not. This place is waaay better. The room was spacious yet Spartan, private and in the back. Neighbors taught me how to use a gravity bong by their loud chatter...lol. The pool area is great and... More 

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The web site advertises transportation to and from the airports. I sent an email regarding transportation from liberia and was told that they can only pick up from San Jose. I changed my reservation to fly into San Jose and sent another email to arrange transportation. My email was never answered and when I finally called the day before was... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The rooms were clean and the bunk beds were comfortable. The pool and hammock area was lovely and the staff were friendly. There's a cute cat that roams the grounds. The food and drinks are priced well if you don't want to go eat somewhere else. There's a lot of things to do nearby!

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Thank Tiffany B
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11 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in a deluxe room but let me tell you it wasn´t deluxe at all. First of all the staff at the place are very unhelpful and quite frankly pretty rude. When asking for towels for the room (that was supposed to be included) they acted like we where making it up that there where no towels in the... More 

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Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
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34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A really nice place, especially for their rates. They have a nice pool and pool area. A nice place outside there you can hang out in beds or by bar tables. The rooms were nice an clean. Maybe the AC weren't the best and it felt really humid inside the room, but nothing really worth complaining about. You also have... More 

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Claimed as a 5 star hostel that definitely lives up to its word! Chill and clean atmosphere with clean rooms. Easy walk downtown, fun pool, GREAT bar with the best drinks and food for your money. The bar staff Cesar and Maria Jose are THE BEST!!!! So nice and hard working, really want you to enjoy your stay! However, the... More 

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