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Arenal Hostel Resort
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Main street, La Fortuna | South side of catholic church in La fortuna de San Carlos Alajuela Costa Rica, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 506, Costa Rica   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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“best hostel yet...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

i have traveled to 10 different countries and always stayed in hostels and this one had to be one of the best ever. Jesse, the host got you anything you needed. Had a great pool with swim up bar and great food and music. Great people to meet and the rooms were amazing. Very clean and very good service. Great location right next to the volcano and baldi hot springs. At the bar, ask for the "philly special" (bailey's banana, milk and ice). Good travels, pura vida...

Room Tip: room 110 is right next to the bar... very convienient
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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Media, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

My boyfriend and I arrived in town with nowhere to stay. After spending a reasonable amount on a bungalow at a hotel the night before, we decided to check out other options. Right in the heart of the town lies this wonderful hostel. We met the owner, forgive me, I forget his name, and a lovely girl named Sonia. The grounds are beautiful with hammocks, a pool, a virtual paradise without the extreme cost. The rooms were clean, spacious and beautiful. Our second floor room had a balcony where we viewed the volcano while sitting in our rocking chairs.

Overall it was one of the best stays I've had in a hostel, with a great room for a fantastic price and incredibly friendly and helpful staff. Sonia talked us into a white water rafting tour to Puerto Viejo, I was reluctant but she ensured I'd have a wonderful time. I am safely here to stay that our trip to Costa Rica would not have been the same without staying at the Arenal Hostel Resort.

Thank you for everything!!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

We really liked this hotel. The rooms are huge and clean, the staff very helpful and friendly. The garden area with the pool and the bar make it easy to get to know other people who are staying there.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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5 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

My first experience with Arenal Hostel Resort was as a friend of a guest, and the staff was still so welcoming. They let me join their morning adventure to the free swimming hole (Alonso took great pics of everyone using the tarzan swing), hang out in the hammocks/use the pool in the afternoon, and booked a tour for me even though I wasn't staying there!

After that it was a no-brainer that I'd check in when I needed a place to stay in town. Really clean 6-person dorm with AC and comfortable beds for $12. The only bad part was the clogged toilet. Told Jesse the owner before I left on a tour and it was fixed by the time I got back, so props on the quick service.

Small hostel filled with solo backpackers, groups of friends, and couples looking for an affordable but nice place to stay. There are hammocks and rocking chairs for relaxing and a swim-up bar with music for socializing with other guests and staff. One free drink/shot after arrival and $2 cervezas.

Jesse, Alonso, and the rest of the staff were amazingly helpful and really friendly. Good vibes all around, would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Syracuse, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

This is by far the best hostel in La Fortuna. Jesse and the crew are super friendly and helpful. This is a very social hostel where most guests get to know each other within a few hours. The hostel is lots of fun and there is always something going on in it (the music stays on past 10pm). It feels more like a hotel resort than a hostel while maintaining hostel prices. Excellent experience.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the pool are most quiet
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

My friends and I were supposed to stay at a sleezy looking hostel down the street, but when we got locked in our room because the door broke we decided to trust the vibes and head somewhere else. So we wandered here, good job us. This place has a very cool courtyard, hammocks, a small pool, swim up bar, TVs, and basic rooms surrounding the courtyard. They were almost booked for the night so the 4 of us were put in a 6 person room with two other girls who had been staying there previously. The room had AC, THAT ACTUALLY WORKED! We each got a free drink, and the manager Jesse made us feel right at home. You can order pretty much whatever you want to eat and they deliver to the hostel, plus you can order reasonably priced drinks as well. Makes it easy to relax. Highly recommend, only thing I regret is we stayed only one night.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mesa, Arizona, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

The host was very welcoming the moment you step into the door and the staff was very eager to help out where they could. The locals and Americans were the nicest people and I really felt safe. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is in the area!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Main street, La Fortuna | South side of catholic church in La fortuna de San Carlos Alajuela Costa Rica, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 506, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 59 Specialty Lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Arenal Hostel Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Hostel Resort have the best location and facilities...( dorms and rooms )There are many reasons to visit La Fortuna, Costa Rica, whether your trip brings you here to observe the majestic Arenal Volcano, or to enjoy the pure natural beauty that the area has to offer. Come here to explore or rest and relax surrounded by the silence and mystery of our mountains. Arenal Hostel Resort is a true pioneer of Eco-Tourism in this area. We offer a great place to stay where you will feel at home and meet new people as you embark on the adventure of a lifetime.Arenal Hostel Resort is a place created for you by one of the premier pioneers of tourism development in this area. ... more   less 
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