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Pura Vida Hostel

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Calle Guanacaste Tamarindo | 100m East From Banco National, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great hostel! Managers and staff friendly and efficient. Coffee every morning, clean, safe they take care of business! Tomas and Sandra, keep the place running smoothly, Leonora will help with your Spanish when speaking with her, three great people! We have always stayed in hotels, but this hostel and these people have changed our ways. Close to the beach, grocery... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I didn't like Tamarindo in general so my stay at the hostel was very brief. I would have stayed longer but the water was unpredictable as to whether it would be working or not. I know this is a city wide issue but some places have reserve tanks for this reason and I guess I thought the owners would have... More 

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Tomas L, Manager at Pura Vida Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Thank you for review. Yes season is dry and we have water cuts few hours a day , but its over now. So from now on we should have water all the time. Im happy you liked the hostel. Safe travels More 

Tamarindo, Costa Rica
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came here for 2 days and stayed for a month, amazing and unique experience, great atmosphere, helpfull staff, always clean , 2 kitchens and nice social area where i made lots of new friends for life. VERY RECOMENDED !!!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As soon as I arrived at Pura Vida hostel they welcomed me like a good friend. Tomas was very kind right off the bat. The place was clean and cleaned everyday. I plan to come back to tamarindo and I'm going to take my 16 year old niece that surfs, she will love it here!

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St. Paul
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much to Marta and Thomas for making our stay so comfortable. Our vacation was such an amazingly fun and relaxing time! We have been coming to Tamarindo for five years now and we keep coming back to Pura Vida Hostel. Why? Because it's clean, comfortable and there are improvements every year. It's just far enough from the bar... More 

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Had an amazing time in this very relaxing hostel with a great atmosphere. The staff is super friendly and help you wherever they can, thank you Marta for looking after me! Its quite, but you will meet great people from all over the world, having a good time in the chill out area with all these hammocks and rocking chairs.... More 

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Helmond, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

In our four months of travel this was one of the best hostels we've stayed in. The owners/staff make you feel at home, the atmosphere is great. It's located in a quiet place in Tamarindo and in a 3 minute walk you are in the center and Tamarindo beach. We are definitely recommending a stay in Pura Vida! Thanks guys,... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I stayed one week at Pura Vida and i had a lot of fun. They have surfboards (in bad shape... but if you aren't a surfer to star with, it won't make any difference) that you can borrow for free, two kitchen, a computer (be patient.. it's slow) that you can use, the rooms aren't that big but it's easy... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We'll when we first arrived everything was great, the hostel is in a great location and the people are all nice. They have 2 kitchens which are basically fully stocked and everything works. The only thing that bothered me was that there wasn't any running water for 60% of the time. To their defense, we were told upon arrival(not stated... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Water break for more than a day. We were told at the reception that all the town has the same problem wich was NOT true. We were told that the prublem is with the water company... Yeah ..Sure. It ruined our stay in this hostel. Its a shame because the place is really good and has good vibes.

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