This was my first experience staying in a hostel. The hostel was in a very secure and safe spot with a locked gate. People have to buzz to get in or out. The hostel is located right across from the centre of La Fortuna so it made it very convenient to explore. La Fortuna is very safe during the day and in the evening.
I found the reception/tour desk to be very helpful and knowledgeable. Although slightly more expensive (only by a few bucks though) if you venture out and find tours on your own, I had a good experience with my tour and I heard some horror stories from some people who booked externally. All of the staff I had dealt with was great. Don’t forget to get your welcoming cocktail, it was very delicious! This makes up for not having breakfast included in the price.
I was a solo traveler and I got a private room on the 2nd floor (I had to pay two people). The room was very basic with very little amenities. They had a single soap dispenser in the shower (in my room anyways). The room had a weird alcove with a counter and a sink which I found to be a little bit useless. It would have been handier if there were some bar stools so I could have sat and used the counter. The room was very clean and comfortable although they need to scrub the walls. I met someone ho had a room downstairs and they said my room was much nicer.
It does seem a bit weird when you walk in and hear party beats but it stops around 10:00pm. All the guests when I was there was very considerate even thought the majority of them were very young. Their only party night is on Saturdays but it wouldn’t affect you if you want to sleep early because they don't stay in the hostel. I actually found it very easy to sleep compared to being in the jungle except when I would hear roosters in the distance around 5:30am.
The grounds were well kept although much smaller than the photos make it out to be but I found it to be very cozy. The bar area was a very nice place to hang out and the bartender was very good.
Their breakfast was decent for what you’re paying, especially considering the prices in La Fortuna. I opted to skip the breakfast buffet and instead get a breakfast on their menu. They used the same stuff from the buffet but your eggs would be made to order, the prices were the same.
Besides the lack of amenities you would find in hotels, I found this similar to a hotel experience. For what you’re paying this is a good choice because it was safe, comfortable and clean.
- 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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