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Rio Celeste Backpackers

on main road between Upala and Canas, Bijagua de Upala, Costa Rica
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Zacapa, Guatemala
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend and I stayed at Rio Celeste Backpackers Hostel at the end of December, and it was such a great place to stay! The family living there made us feel right at home! They were so helpful with helping set up activities, bus schedules (even helped us chase down the bus in his car when it passed 10 minutes... More 

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1 Thank EmmaInFlight
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We're on a back packing trip through costa rica and staying here for three nights. We were made to feel very welcome and at home as soon as we arrived. We are allowed to use the whole house which is very comfortable and homely. The added bonus of using the washing machine for a small fee was much appreciated. One... More 

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1 Thank Lucy B
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

Bijagua is located about 9 km from Rio Celeste Volcan Tenorio Park. For the traveller who has no car, I recommend you stay at Rio Celeste Backpackers lodge. The Bed and Breakfast style cabania is maintained by a super friendly and helpful guy named Jorge. He speaks good Spanglish. It is a family owned BnB style, and his wife and... More 

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Thorold, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Close to bus stop, comfortable and safe. Real hostel experience, Jorge was awesome, brought us into town and to run errands. Was fair and made us feel very welcoming. To the people I saw who brought 11 people to the hostel, I would assume that your 'poor' service was due to the fact that this is not a hotel, and... More 

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1 Thank Will D
Asheville, North Carolina
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We felt like we were off the beaten path a bit staying here. We were able to camp under a covered area for a very reasonable price. Jorge was very helpful with tips and suggestions. Without a car we were able to hitch a ride to and from Rio Celeste, which is about 9km away in Tenorio National Park. There... More 

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1 Thank Ruthanne H
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Jorge made us feel at home. The accommodations are clean and very nice. The location is good. You can do day trips to the Rio Celeste waterfall and to the mud baths from here. The yard is nice with it's own frog pond. We could hang out on the deck in a hammock and watch the many colourful birds that... More 

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Thank DZ_frog_lady
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Me and my girlfriend stayed at the Rio Celeste Backpackers hostel for 2 nights. It was the one of the most laid back relaxing places we stayed at in Costa Rica. Jorge and his family were so welcoming and helpful. I felt as if I was at my own house. Nice kitchen to cook food in. A great location near... More 

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Thank Rtharper89
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 via mobile

I have one basic rule when reading reviews. Ignore the best and the worst. We found Rio Celeste Hostel by accident and planned to stay for one night. 5 days later, we are still here. Hostels are about people, not about perfect beds, air conditioning and hot showers. We were treated royally by Jorge and his family. We spent a... More 

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Thank Lowell M
Managua, Nicaragua
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We found it the cheapest one in the town, but it definitely didn't mean we needed to weed out the quality. Rooms were really clean and light and so was rest of the hostel, including the best equipped kitchen we've seen in central america and the bathrooms. The earlier comments let us expect that there is a free breakfast served,... More 

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Thank Henrik L
San Pedro, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

I stayed at Rio Celeste Backpackers Jan 17-19 2014. I stayed with 11 of my friends (20-22 y.o.) for 2 nights. Upon arrival the hostel seemed IDEAL but Jorge (the owner) was not very welcoming to our group. Our group rented out 2 of 3 bedrooms (a dorm that slept 8 and a room for 4). Upon inspection of the... More 

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