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350 meters west of central park, towards volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 506, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013
annieb003 Middlebury VT
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Middlebury VT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

This is a hostel. No free breakfast. couple minute walk out of town. Huge place so not very cozy. This is a bed and a pool if you want it. If you want more don't stay here. When I look for a hostel I look for a friendly atmosphere with the staff trying to make it an inviting space. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Great location, 2 min walk to the town centre where lots of restaurants/sodas/shops/Bank etc can be found. Very clean, fantastic swimming pool and the view of Arenal Volcano. We paid $28pppn for a twin room with a private bathroom, unfortunately there was no hot water, due to some problems they had, so we had to use a common shower instead...... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Spent 3 nights here, and enjoyed it - decent value, with lockers in the shared room; a pool with a swim-up bar! Met some friendly travelers; had a touristy feel... some of the local 'soda restaurantes' are much more enjoyable for a local, typical, meal... especially worth the price if you use the "costa rica backpackers network membership card" which... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I booked online for this place yesterday. I booked a private room, paid a deposit with my credit card which was accepted and was given a reservation number. So far so good. That is what everyone does right? It's standard practice everywhere. WRONG. I drive all the way from San Jose today and when I turn up and provide my... More 

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Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Arenal Backpackers is indeed more of a hotel than a hostel- I'd say it crosses the line because there is no communal kitchen. They have an (expensive) cafe where I had to ask the bartender if he could put my leftovers in the fridge. The pool is giant and amazingly welcome refresher after lugging a backpack around all day. The... More 

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Spring Lake, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

We needed a place to crash for the night in La Fortuna and we stumbled across Arenal Backpacker's Resort. My friend called it a "hostel" and I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into. We actually stayed in a tent for the night. It was a canvas tent with a bed and we were able to rent a locker... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

First of all, this is not a hostel. It is a 1 star hotel. DON'T CONSIDER THIS OPTION IF YOU'RE TRAVELING SERIOUSLY, consider this if you're a spring breaker looking to get drunk and party and staying in the pool instead of getting to know this beautiful country. It was an extremely expensive room with nothing but a bed in... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

This was our first time staying at a hostel and I'm sure nothing else will compare. Unfortunately it rained the majority of our stay in Arenal, so we never saw the volcano or got to try out the pool or hammocks, but there was lots of time to relax in the bar/restaurant area and mingle with fellow travellors. The restaurant... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

This was a great place to stay for the array of activities around the arenal area. The staff are friendly (particularly Freddie - who assisted us with most of our transfers/tour needs), and everyone seems very relaxed and open to having a good time. We had the benefit of staying here NYE which was great - there was a pinata,... More 

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South Florida, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We stayed at Arenal backpackers for 3 nights as suggested by another TA member. This place met all of our needs and more. We had a great time at this hotel the entire time. We also met many other travelers, went out all together as group dancing for a couple of nights, mingled, shared our travel experiences with one-another, went... More 

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Address: 350 meters west of central park, towards volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 506, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Number of rooms: 11
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