We ended up staying a total of 8 nights here because my husband got ill. It all started off very positive when we arrived at 10pm and were given a free upgrade from the double with shared bathroom that we had booked to a double with an ensuite!
The hostel is owned by a Costa Rican family, Alex and Matilde. Alex is basically on site 24/7 and can help with anything. He is super friendly, speaks good English, is always smiling and can answer any questions you might have.
Breakfast is good and plentiful. They try and keep it varied so you're not eating the same stuff every morning, so there's cinnamon pancakes, ham and cheese sandwiches, toast, cereal, gallo pinto, eggs.... and always coffee, tea, fresh fruit and juice.
There is hot water all day long (electric showers - so whatever you do, don't think about touching the shower head while in there LOL)
The kitchen is well equipped, and there's two computers and free wifi that has a strong signal even in the ensuite rooms at the back.
There's also a free airport shuttle for those staying in private rooms. It's only a 5 or 10min drive (depending on your taxi driver LOL)
The only thing I could fault is the set up. The three rooms at the front of the building open onto the dining/common area. You aren't allowed to hang out there from 10pm onwards, though, so even when we stayed in one of these rooms we always got a good night's sleep. So I guess if people play by the rules and aren't hanging out there until late at night then that's no problem. The rooms upstairs and the two ensuites at the back of the building are further away from the common area. It's certainly NOT a party hostel, it is social and we did meet fun people, but you are still able to get a good night's sleep!
The hostel is basic, but it is always clean and it is very good value for money. We enjoyed our stay and would certainly stay here again.
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- Also Known As:
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