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Tranquilo Backpackers

San Jose Downtown. 7th Street,, between 9th and 11th Avenue | yellow house to the right, San Jose, Costa Rica
Tranquilo Backpackers
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

loved my stay here, really cool people passing through, very good value and dig the free pancakes! the downstairs special room was also a nice feature. a good base for exploring san jose and the region in general

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San Carlos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I stayed at Tranquilo's back in 2009 on my first trip to Costa Rica. The service was pleasant and helpful, rooms were simple but clean, bathrooms had nice tile decor and showers were functional. Overall, it was great for the low price. Good location too. I especially liked the pancake/fruit breakfast! Two years later I when I returned to CR... More 

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Kempten im Allgau, Germany
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

It's cheap, the location is ok, you can meet all kinds of people there and the kitchen is useable. I lived in Costa Rica for one year and everytime I was in San José I stayed in the Tranquilo Backpackers. ok, there are some holes in the floor and in the ceiling, but the beds are ok and you can... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

i have been going there for a long time, in 10 years i have stayed 14 times, i went to other hostels, but i keep coming back to tranquilo, its friendly, clean and safe, free internet and breakfast, and very close to everything, and very afordable. also the people are very nice..

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

I was in Costa Rica for four months on two seperate trips during 2010 and 2011 and went to Tranquilo Backpackers every time I was in San Jose and had nothing but good experiences on my eight or so stays there. It was cheap, had free internet, free calls to anywhere in the world (phone was linked to Skype), free... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

This hostel seemed really nice at first good location and all that but that was until I woke up at 4am in agony from bed bugs! Went on here and noticed all the reports of bed bugs ranging from as long back as last year so it's pretty disgraceful they haven't even tried to do anything about it!! I have... More 

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Milano
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

I have arrived in tranquilo hostel by chance because lonely planet has accidentally removed it from the 2011 guide on the bus to santa teresa a few people proposed me to go with them there i was 22, most of people there were about as me the hostel has a strong character, little room and hammock outside were people stay... More 

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Salzburg, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

I have been there in nov '11 and in feb '12 and can only recommend it! Of course, not everything is perfect. The breakfast for example is ok, but not really good. I don't want to complain becuase actucally I think it's nice that they offer breakfast at all, but this pancake just tastes like nothing. The dormitories are ok,... More 

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Tulum, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

The management could the guests a big favour and knock on the neighbor's door and save the poor dogs that obviously are in trouble and/or pain. Since 3.30 this morning what sounds like a puppy has been weeping, launching a never ending bark cascade from the parent dog making it completely futile to try and fall asleep. Sad.. otherwise a... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

I really enjoyed this hostel, each room had its own hammock, a nice one at that, spacious room, spacious porch-good place to hang out. The kitchen was convenient and clean, the bathrooms the same. Close to the beach and the rest of town. Very happy with this stay.

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