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“Good location great service” 4 of 5 stars
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Maleku Hostel
50mts west of Nuevo Hospital | SJO Airport area, Alajuela, Costa Rica   |  
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“Good location great service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Stayed here on 2 different occasions, has a great location, not in San Jose itself, great location if you need to get to the airport for an early flight. Hostel has a homely feel & thankfully is not a party hostel, use of kitchen was great & breakfast was fine, would stay again.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Maleku Hostel is not a typical hostel, in that it's more of a small house converted into one. The feeling is cozy and chill. There's a small living room to sit back, watch tv, and/or peruse their collection of Costa Rica guidebooks.

It's on the outskirts of the city center, next to the hospital, with nothing much around it except for a large supermarket that also has a small cafeteria.

Given the free airport drop offs, it's an ideal location when starting or ending your trip.

Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Great hostel if you plan on flying out the next day! They won't pick you up from the airport but taxis only cost around 2000 colones!! That's around $4, its not a party hostel and within walking distance to a few sodas so its nice, although I would reccomend getting out of the larger cities as soon as you can

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Very friendly staff who made my overnight totally enjoyable. Rooms were sufficient for sleeping and the free shuttle service to the airport was awesome! Comfortable accommodation if you need a night in Alajuela before a flight.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Medellin, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

A no frills hostel but does the basics very well.
First off great location, 5 minute taxi from the airport and close to a mall if you have time to kill before a flight.
Fresh sheets and decent bunks gives you a decent nights sleep if you have an early flight.
The breakfast is basic but there are some biscuits and fruit to stock up with for the day.
Rooms and the bathroom were both spotless and kitchen area is clean.
Decent wi-fi.
One negative being that the common area is very small with only a couch and a chair and a small table to eat meals from which means only one person cooking at a time.. Finally the hostel doesn´t have a character and everything is a little robotic but overall was satisfied

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I made a reservation two weeks before my flight. I recommend you make a reservation, they were full the night that I stayed.

Clean and convenient. They provide breakfast (coffee, juice, and food, but I only had coffee and juice) and transportation to the airport.

I had a private room that I used for my San Jose overnight for my flight the next day.

There is a supermarket in a short walking distance with an ATM.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We stayed at Maleku Hostel overnight the first night we arrived in Costa Rica & the last night before we left the country.

Location is perfect. Literally 5 minutes from the airport. We arrived late and were happy to be so close to our accommodations. Also very close to a grocery store and some fast food joints.

The rooms are clean w/ clean linens. It has a nice little kitchen area. Breakfast is included: juice, coffee, bananas, and some cookies.

Service was very friendly! They also offer free shuttle to the airport (not from) which is a plus.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 50mts west of Nuevo Hospital | SJO Airport area, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maleku Hostel is run by a Costa Rican Family. It is located really close to the International Airport Juan Santamaria, San Jose. that actually is in Alajuela Town. Our location is really convenient for all those traveler arriving or Departing Costa Rica. 3-5 minutes Taxi ride from the airport SJO.Next to big Super Market with ATM, walk distance to restaurants, stores, movies & public transportation.Our Facilities:•Free shuttle to the airport (from Hostel TO Airport, starting 5am to 5pm)•Free internet &WiFi•Breakfast 7am to 10am (coffee, tea or orange juice, Cookies and fruit)•Lockers•Towels•Full Kitchen•Hot Shower in Sharing Bathroom, all rooms in our hostel have share bathroom.• Great location •Free travel information •Public transportation and cabs a cross the street•Parking: On the street(Please Note we don't offer Airport pick up)We have:2 Dorm Rooms with 6 beds3 Private rooms available All with Share Bath. We offer the best recommendations in Local transportation, tours, rentals, other great hostel around Costa Rica and more.We are open 24 hrs. But our Information staff usually is available to help you with questions from 8am to 8pm. Hope to see you soon! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Maleku Hotel Alajuela
Maleku Hostel Alajuela
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