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Costa Rica Backpackers

Avenida 6, calle 21/23 | De la iglesia Sagrado Corazon, 100 metros norte, 50 oeste., San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For me, Costa Rica Backpackers is more like a well-prices hotel as opposed to a hostel. The amenities are great, especially the large pool and garden area! The restaurant on property is also wonderful--delicious food for a great price! I recommend the pancakes and the chicken kebab. What impressed me most about Backpackers is there is staff constantly cleaning and... More

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Saginaw, Michigan
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Costa Rica Backpackers is by far the best place to stay in the city! Definitely a backpacker hostel, so its really easy to meet fellow travelers here! It is located in a great location walking distance to all of the main attractions (parks, museums, national theater, etc.) but not located DIRECTLY downtown where it can get a bit sketchy at... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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10 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When arriving in San José, this is a nice and cheap option. Clean room, very nice garden with pool and hammocks, spacious kitchen, nice bar and restaurant and shuttle to and from the airport. The service was not too good though; rude guy at the reception when we arrived, no apologies or explanation when the shuttle van didn't show up... More

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Piscataway, New Jersey, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Great chill place with cool staff to stay in San Jose. We stayed here for 2 nights the beginning of our trip and then another night before we headed to La Fortuna. Not much to do around the area though so I would stay at the hostel at night. We had a private room. Double 8. Comfortable and clean but... More

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Palermo, Italy
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

From the outside, you would never guess what´s inside.....a hidden Oasis. Beautiful garden with hammocks, a small pool, chill out areas, book exchange, bar, cafe, free internet on computers, free wifi, TV with films in the evening and a kitchen area. The kitchen is spoilt by the fact that many people don´t clear up and there is a lack of... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

I would like mention the positives at this place. The bed was surprisingly comfortable and the area by the pool and kitchen were kept fairly clean. Also, Justin in the tour area was very helpful. Unfortunately the negatives out way the positives on this one. They scheduled a shuttle for me and sent an email saying that if its more... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here 4 times over 15 months in CA great place to stop & chill for a day or 2 on your way to somewhere else. Dorms are ok but the bunks are a little rickety. Great vibe from employees though owner employs the typical French standoffish attitude. Good restaurant & bar. Overall it's very good & where I'll stay... More

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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
55 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Spent a night here as a transit stop to panama and wasn't too bad. Decent kitchen and free coffee plus nice social spaces to relax. Noisy bar area late at night, which echoes down the corridor to dorms below, but didn't mind this for one night only!

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New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

I was arriving at 2 am from panama and specifically contacted the hostel to find out if they had someone at front desk at that hour and they replied that they are open 24/7. when I arrived the gate was closed and I was told that there was no one to take me in. not cool guys!

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Eugene, Oregon
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

The staff here were decent. The garden was very comfortable and laid back with hammocks and such. The kitchen was nice to have but it could be difficult to get some space in during peak hours. My partner is gluten free and the kitchen was pretty dirty on a regular basis. Our room was in decent shape and clean. The... More

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Costa Rica Backpackers Hotel San Jose
Costa Rica Backpackers Hotel
Costa Rica Backpackers San Jose
Address: Avenida 6, calle 21/23 | De la iglesia Sagrado Corazon, 100 metros norte, 50 oeste., San Jose, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #16 of 49 Specialty lodging in San Jose
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The #1 budget hostel and meeting spot for travelers in San Jose, Costa Rica and Lonely Planet readers’ favorite since 2001. We have excellent reviews from guide books and on internet. Come and meet people from all around the world in our little slice of paradise, swap stories, catch the sun in our tropical garden, swim in the pool and don`t miss the happy hour at the "BAR-PACKERS" at 5pm!ALL FREE - internet (7 computers), wifi, coffee & tea; kitchen facilities (save money cook for yourself), parking, storage.TOP FACILITIES - Biggest pool & garden in San Jose, sunbathing, cable tv, international phone calls, hot showers, laundry service, tour desk, 24-hr security. ... more   less 
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