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Costa Rica Backpackers

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Avenida 6, Calle 21/25 | De la iglesia Sagrado Corazon, 100 metros norte, 50 oeste., San Jose, Costa Rica
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    New South Wales, Australia
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    2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

    Now this place is not a bad looking hostel the kitchen, swimming pool & common areas are quite nice. The problem with this hostel is that the train that is in town passes right past this hostel all hours of the day first train starts around 4:30am - 5:00am with the horns blaring and continues all day and into the... More 

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    3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    The staff are friendly. Nice pool area and nice and affordable restaurant out back. Everything was clean in our room and restrooms but the place is worn out (lobby sofas have holes on the fabric etc small details). We had a private room, which in this hostel means a bunk bed. Showers were not the best but I guess that's... More 

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    San Jose Metro, Costa Rica
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    3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    I'm an older traveler who takes private rooms and had a great stay across the way at their companion location, Costa Rica Guesthouse but they were booked on the night I needed to so I took a private basement room in the Backpackers lodging. The room was in a dark hallway with no natural light or ventilation but it was... More 

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    Christchurch, New Zealand
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    3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    This place is ok. The outdoor area is nice, has a pool and bar. The dorm rooms are basic, bathrooms could do with an upgrade. The wifi cut out a lot when I was there. The hostel is right next to the train tracks so its very loud most of the time including when you are trying to sleep, which... More 

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    Hartland, VT
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    3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    As promised the shuttle and driver were at the airport waiting for us even though our plane was 2 hours late. Check in was easy. Private room was basic with shared bathroom. No towels or soap so bring your own or pay for extra. Well-equipped kitchen, nice garden with small pool. Out of the center of town but close enough... More 

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    Montreal, Canada
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    3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    If you need a place to stay just for one night in San Jose on your way to visit Costa Rica or to take your plane to leave, then this place will do. The website definitley makes it look better than it is. It's a bit dingy and the dorms are crowded, but it's cheap and a 10 minute walk... More 

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    Wellington, New Zealand
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    3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    We had a night here on our way out of Costa Rica and it was fine but it just could have been so much better! Our room was filthy, the wifi was hopeless, there were no working powerplugs in the room (just 1 broken one in a 10 bed dorm), not enough bedding for how cold it was & the... More 

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    4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

    I stayed in the dorms here for three nights as I travelled through Costa Rica. This place is huge! it´s got tons of amenities including a pool, a large kitchen, public computers, 2 bars and a resturant. The kitchen is great, there is room for several groups to cook at the same time, and is quite well stocked. The staff... More 

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    5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

    During my trip in Costa Rica I returned multiple times to San José and with one exception (when it was sold out), I always stayed in Costa Rica Backpackers. The hostel is great and offers all you can wish for as a traveler. The common area is large and the kitchen also, there is a nice travel agent in the... More 

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    2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

    This hostel is actually beautiful. Has a large pool, great bathrooms and showers, a nice restaurant and multiple hangout spots and a large bar and kitchen which doesnt force You to eat at the restaurant. However, this hostel is way too massive to control the people that come in and out. There is maps on the walls because it is... More 

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    CRBackpackers, Manager at Costa Rica Backpackers, responded to this review

    Hello! We do have camera system all around the hostel. It´s really weird that you write those comments because several times customers have asked for those even to track items they just don't know where they put. Of course we have used them also when robbery. We have lots of beautiful areas in the hostel which you won't get in... More 

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    Address: Avenida 6, Calle 21/25 | 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
    Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
    Hotel Class:2 star — Costa Rica Backpackers 2*
    Number of rooms: 4
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    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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