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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012
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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

i recently stayed with my roommate at this hostel. We booked two nights not really sure what to expect. When we got there we immediately felt at home. The staff was outstanding and helped us set up outings at lower than competitors prices and were very helpful and recommending places. The place was very clean and safe. We enjoyed the... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

Over the summer of 2012 I spent 3 nights at the Arenal Backpackers Resort. Over the course of my stay, I met many of the staff and used a number of the amenities the hotel provided. I lived in Costa Rica for 3 months that summer and the Arenal Backpackers was by far the best hotel/hostel I have stayed at.... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

It was clean, the food was good; as there is a restaurant inside the hostel. The pool was clean and there are long chairs to have a sun bath! The staff know about the activities to do around and can give you advice. Staff are amazing and you'll have fun talking with them. I preferred the dorms even though the... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

My first hostel stay and my friend booked the stay so I wasn't sure what to expect. We were supposed to only stay two nights but ended up staying for three. Exceeded all expectations and I would def stay here again. I would even go as far as saying, Id prefer this place over a hotel or other resorts. The... More

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

This place gets rave reviews from Lonely Planet, and they are mostly well deserved. However this place isn't for everyone. Its crowded, busy, and loud. Its a perfect stop if you are a solo backpacker who doesn't speak any spanish and are looking to have a few beers with fellow backpackers - single bunks are cheap. But private rooms are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

I had a little fender-bender right outside the hostel (got side swiped but the car traveling behind me). Anyway, my Spanish is poor to say the least, but the staff at the hostel was amazing. They came out to the accident and spent an hour helping me talk with the police and the insurance agency. I was so grateful for... More

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Austin
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

The staff is extremely unhelpful and lazy. If you are stopping by it is fine to make a reservation, but do not even try to make a reservation online. They will cancel on you last minute, send you bogus email, and are just rude. You will have an easier time making a reservation at another spot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

Arenal Backpackers is creme de la creme in my book. The only thing that makes it a hostel is the fact that you share the rooms ... everything else about it is a hotel! Each dorm room has it's own bathroom -- yes, you're still sharing it with up to 7 people, but at least it's not 1 bathroom for... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

Not sure if I would give it 5 stars (as it prides itself as a "five-star-hostel"), but it's clean, safe, spacious, has a great pool and plenty of hammocks to chill. Service in the cafe was a bit slow at times (but charming). Very helpful and competent staff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012 via mobile

This place is really chill and fun, especially if you're traveling solo. The staff were really helpful and knowledgable. The pool area is awesome and pretty relaxing. Great view of the volcano. The only con for me was that there are 8 beds in a dorm and I found it to be a bit crowded. I would definately stay here... 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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