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“The best Hostel we found in CR” 5 of 5 stars
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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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2 reviews
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“The best Hostel we found in CR”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012 via mobile

We stayed in the sister hostel on the next block but spent all our time at the main one with the pool/bar and hammocks. Just pick up a six-pack of Bavaria Dark at the Super Mercado around the block and your good to chill. Alonzo rocks! Great info and all staff are friendly very helpfull. The pizza joint next door called Latina Pizza (pepperoini & Jalapeño) was better than most in the states! Was one of the best Hostel experiences in Costa Rica....Seriously!

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 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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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Private rooms have a tv but I didn't turn it on. All rooms have private bathrooms but obviously if you're in a dorm youll share with others. Private room for four was $56 and dorms were $14. Food at the bar was fine and pretty cheap. Free wifi and also a computer available although it was broken when I stayed. I just used the wifi which was very fast. We arranged all our tours through the hostel and they were great.

  • Stayed October 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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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

We had one problem at this hostel: when we used their laundry service,
the hostel did not return a part of our laundry (3 shirts and 3 shorts and some underwear). The laundry went missing and they had no idea where it went. We had a discussion and as a compensation they dropped a part of our bill which covered a large part of the value of the missing laundry. This was not the perfect scenario however I feel that this solution was fair to all parties. The staff was very helpful and professional and looked for possible solutions in this situation. They claimed that this was the first time that this happened and I believe them since they were clearly upset and uncomfortable about the whole situation. I believe that every member of the staff that I met (reception and housekeeping) was honest and trustworthy so I am positive that nobody from the staff took it. The hostel is secure as well, they have gates and a night guard so it remains a mystery what happened to our clothes... My guess is that it was wrongly given to an other guest but frankly I do not have a clue.

Now on a positive note: Apart from this situation this was probably the best hostel we stayed in during our trip in Costa Rica. The rooms and property are very clean and well maintained. The staff is friendly and helpful, especially the host Jesse. The first night they threw a good all-you-can-eat BBQ for $8 and the second night they arranged a free trip to a natural hot spring which was  a lot of fun and a good alternative to the expensive hot spring spas.

I would highly recommend this hostel to everyone visiting La Fortunal. The view on the volcano from your porch in the rocking chairs is stunning.  Normally I would rate the hostel as excellent, the laundry issue drops the score to very good since the staff handled this well. I guess we were just unlucky, on the other hand, the laundry we did get back was very clean ;-)

Maarten & Sarah

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Definitly one of the top hotel we've stayed during our trip to Costa Rica.
Rooms are exactly what you are looking for big, clean, hot water,A/C and very secured.
The host ( Jesse ) was by far the coolest dude we're met ! Laid back and always there to help you out with tours, taxi or everything you need.

we had a blast and would definitly go back !

Yannick

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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San Fernando, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Me and my boyfriend stayed here in June for a couple of days, it didnt look very nice from the outside but once we went inside it wasnt what we expected in a really positive way, we stayed at 4 other hotels around costa rica and this one was one of the best for the price. The room was really big and we had a nice view from the second floor. I would definitely stay there again. Oh and the workers were super nice and recommended places we could visit for free.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We walked in without a reservation and ended up staying for 4 nights! The location is great! Jesse the manager was really accomodating and what about the pool/bar! Would definitvly recommand it to all travelers going to La fortuna!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

If you want to stay a few nights in Arenal this place is perfect. It isn't too expensive (40 dollars) very secured, and you get a swimming pool and a cokctail for free! They also have a parking and you will find restaurant all around. Nice place, clean and people are very nice, do not hesitate!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Arenal Hostel Resort Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park
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
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 Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 51 Specialty lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Arenal Hostel Resort 2*
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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