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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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Olten, Switzerland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The dorm and bathroom was clean, beds comfortable and the common-area great with hammocks, tables etc. Wifi ist fast and stable and the location just 5 min. walk from stores and restaurants and maybe 10 min. from the beach. It's quite and secure (staff present most of the time and front-door locked at night). It's definitely a good place to... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Tomas and the staff at Pura Vida Hostel have made each of my visits to Tamarindo all the much better. This is my fourth visit here and their motto holds true: "Come as a guest, leave as family!" The atmosphere is always perfect whether there's live music at night or just spending some time in the hammocks. The prices can't... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My stay at pura vida hostel was a really pleasure.. the service was awesome. despite the hostel was fully booked for the first night the hostel offered me a night in a hammock and did not sent me away. they even sent my belongings which i forgot at my departure by bus to san jose where i could pick it... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I loved this town and the back packers, it's a 5 min walk out of town but it's heaven, they're either recording a music video or inviting you a beach bonfire party with free shots and big rooms with aircon Lots of hammocks to chill out in close to a supermarket and has two kitchens Stay here you won't regret... More 

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

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 April 1, 2015

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
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

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 March 28, 2015

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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