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150mts north of the manuel antonio public school, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Milpitas, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When I left Costa Rica, I couldn't stop thinking about the amazing vibe at the Hostel Vista Serena. Everyone, staff included, had such a positive, welcoming, energetic, infectious and loving aura! VS really depicts and represents the popular Costa Rican term "PURA VIDA". It has to be one of the best hostels in Manuel Antonio! As mentioned by other reviewers,... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cracking view (as everyone says) is true. The view is magic, great main balcony with seats, hammocks etc. plenty of info on tours and things to do. Stayed in the four bed dorm and have nothing to complain about. Firm mattress, good fan and plenty of room. One bathroom to 3 rooms I thought might be an issue but as... More

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South Bend, Indiana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent 55 a night and rented the loma linda residences. We thought they were right next to the hostel and were excited about the ocean views. However the residences are 1km away on the main road so there is noise and very limited ocean view. However, no one else rented the other room and we had the top floor... More

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New York City, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Vista Serena was an amazing stay, The staff is so friendly and nice, the cooked food you can get there is restaurant-quality, and reasonably priced. People giving poor reviews to this place may just not be cut out for hostel living in general. the bathrooms are functional, rooms are solid quality, but what made my stay better than ANY other... More

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Bridgetown, Barbados
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The dorms at this hostel are terrible. There were cracks in the walls and you could see between the floor and the walls. There is absolutely no security that I witnessed. Conrad (owner) is great but his other workers do nothing. There are no facilities. The view is the only good thing about this hostel. Clearly the make a lot... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Despite some great reviews in the lonely planet and on here, we were not overwhelmed by Vista Serena. yes the view from the hostel is incredible, however the location to local amenities is poor (only salvaged by the great Quepos-Manuel Antonio bus service) and we stayed in the smallest 4 person dorm I have ever seen! Poor lighting, cramped rooms... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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13 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We had a private room with a great balcony view to the ocean, private two hammocks and outdoor table with seats. The views are truly amazing and wildlife comes literally to your front door. The price to value is also spectacular as everything was spotless inside and outside our private bungalow with two bedrooms. The supermarket was fairly close with... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Very nice staff, incredible view and sunset hanging in the hammock, nice and clean dorms, good bus connection to manuel antonio, kitchen with everything u need, stores near by, a little outside but most bars within 10-20minutes by walking, pura vida ;)

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Munich, Germany
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Another backpacker recommended this hostel to us, so we decided to stay there. The view from the large outdoor common area is amazing especially the sunset. We stayed in a four bed dorm which was relativley small and didn`t offer enough space for the stuff of four people. It had AC, which was really good keeping the room cool at... More

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6 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Nothing in Costa Rica is cheap but this place is within a backpackers budget and well worth the money. The staff are exceptionally helpful and friendly too. The place has a great view across MA, there is a large kitchen and 2 supermarkets nearby but if you can't be bothered to cook the food at the hostel is well priced... More

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Address: 150mts north of the manuel antonio public school, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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Vista Serena Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
Hostel Vista Serena Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park

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