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Arenal Hostel Resort
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   | South side of catholic church, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 506, Costa Rica   |  
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Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
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7 reviews
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“My 2nd Visit...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

I have now stayed at this hostel for 2 trips to La Fortuna and you can't find a better deal. There's always great people to meet, and the location is perfect, I love the pool and the hammocks, the rooms are comfortable. The hostel staff is amazing, helping me book multiple activities, and transportation to Tamarindo - very patient always answering all of my endless questions. The bartender Roberto is super friendly, making it feel like you've known him forever and making everyone comfortable. The only problem i had while there, was no hot water :( However, I would (and have) recommended this hostel to people going to this area. Also, the pancakes are good!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

This was definitely one of the nicer hostels I stayed in. I got upgraded to a room with 2 separate beds which was nice from the get go. My room was spacious with a balcony and rocking chairs too. It faced the road so you definitely got a lot of road noise which might be problematic for light sleepers. The staff was very friendly and helpful, had all the answers to my many questions. Only negatives were didn't always have hot water and the trash hadn't been taken out when we checked in. I would definitely stay there again!

Room Tip: Rooms facing the main road can get loud!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

This place is located in the middle of everything, the staff are fantastic and very helpful. Roberto's drinks were delicious. This place was more of a resort than a hostel. The showers do not have the best water pressure but other than that its a great place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Recently stayed at the resort, I was pleasantly surprised when we landed there it was beyond what we expected. The bar was excellent, lots of fun with a great atmosphere, always good music playing at the bar, pool is small but tons of fun, Bartender Roberto is the best, and Tyler was helpful with explaining the tours and telling us about some hidden gems... The rooms are clean and bigger then expected, but the one we stayed in was right on the street which makes for very noisy mornings.

  • Stayed February 2013
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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Awesome Hostel! Tyler is a great host, the ladies at the front desk are super helpful and bartender is really nice. We met great people and enjoyed the ambiance. Clean, relaxing, affordable and right in town. I recommend white water rafting.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Gatineau, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We had a good time at this hostel! We stayed for 4 nights in the 6 beds dorm and had a blast. Jennifer is such a good host, she is the one who made us feel extremly welcome, the best ''Receptionist'' Ive seen in all the trips I made! Friendly, enthousiastic, helpful!
We loved the grounds, the view of the volcano and the hammocks! Very close to the supermarket and POPS. The welcome drink was good too.

Bad points: No hot water in the shower, the A/C was not working and the room was humid.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

I recently stayed in a private room at Arenal Hostal Resort with my girlfriend. It surpassed my expectations.

Service: Unexpected and excellent. Recently hired Tyler made our adventure planning easy and hassle free. I was a bit skeptical since he was only pushing his trip options but he was honest when I ask him questions and I was never disappointed. Our ATVing was better then other peoples tours. The spa was just a great value and a relaxing way to spend an afternoon/evening (35 for access to 25 springs and dinner). And white water rafting was unbelievable. 100% do white water rafting with the hostel. You will not regret it.

Rooms: great for a hostel: clean and spacious. Hot water was an issue but for the price of the room I will not even begin to complain.

Food: 6$ breakfast is great heavy costan rican breakfast. BBQ for dinner was worth the $10 as well.

La fortuna as a great little town and this hostel is dead smack in the middle of it. Best hostel i've stayed at and made arenal easy, fun and cheap!

Room Tip: White Water rafting is amazing. The actual rafting aspect is intense but a lot of fun but what makes...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: | South side of catholic church, 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 #11 of 63 Specialty Lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
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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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