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“Our favorite place in Costa Rica” 4 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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1 review
“Our favorite place in Costa Rica”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was the place we paid least and enjoyed most in our 15 days in Costa Rica. This place is charming, close to restaurants and supermarkets, Great bar and cleaning personal, very clean, and very helpful management. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 was because of the beds. We're getting older, and in need of a more comfortable bed to sleep. After this place, we stayed at Hilton Papagayo. Even though we paid 4 times more, we had no free wifi, smoothies were based on syrup and not fresh fruit and everything was designed to get the most money of the guests.
I'm just mentioning that so the management knows that guests are seeing these details and appreciating them.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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santa cruz, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Loved this place! Excellent helpful staff, great location right around corner from bus station and central in town, an amazing ambiance with hammocks, swim-up pool, little waterfalls-- kind of a Swiss Family Robinson vibe. Perfect name, it is like a cross between a resort and a hostel-- at the hostel price. Nice little kitchen with free coffee. Clean, safe and secure. Only complaint was the beds which desperately need upgrading-- thin squeaky uncomfortable mattresses.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There was a kitchen in the room but not real one. I couldn't even use tap because drain isn't connected. And TV reception was not good.
But the bed and the bar, all of the service were perfect. I'm happy to stay there again.
Also security is really good so safe to protect own things inside of the room.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked 2 nights at this hostel but ended up staying 3 because we loved it so much. Staff is great and really helpful. Located in the perfect spot, literally walk right out the front gate and your in the center of the town. The guys working the bar were great. The hammocks are the perfect spot to relax. If you're driving they have a parking lot attached and they lock it overnight so you don't have to worry about it. Highly recommended!

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my girlfriend stayed in one of the private rooms. From our room it was possible to see the volcano, which was very nice. We also had two rocking chairs in front of our room, which were great to relax, drink a beer and enjoy the view of the volcano. All in all the hostel had a great atmosphere, especially in the night with all the lights. The room was clean and even had a air conditioning.
It was one of the more expensive hostel we were in Costa Rica, but definitely worth the money.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Puerto Viejo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arriving at the Fortuna in a public bus from San Jose, had no reservation but I had seen online several hostels and really taste much Arenal Hostel Resort, so I went to ask if there was availability and I actually stay in one private room. This was very spacious with a perfect bed for sleep and super clean. The staff is very friendly and attentive help at all times. The grounds are beautiful with its cozy hammocks. Most surprising was that on arrival you get a ticket for a free drink at the bar, I honestly felt very flattered. The hostel has a kitchen where you can buy food at good prices and very tasty.
The saddest thing is that I wanted to stay another night, but we had no space, and the other recommended Jennifer sister Hostal located just one block away, called Hostel Backpackers La Fortuna. I really loved it, the price is cheaper. It has the same style gardens, hammocks, font, free drink at the bar, and a more than professional super friendly staff.
After receiving the boy Arthuro, who was very attentive, recommended me staying in Monteverde called Monteverde Hostel Lodge where met all expectations I wanted. And I got the surprise in Tamarindo Hostel also had a brother called Tamarindo Hostel Resort, and feel free to book three nights there.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 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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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the pleasure of staying at the Arenal Hostel resort in June 2014. The staff was amazing and so friendly, the rooms were excellent and very comfortable. It's a must stay when visiting La Fortuna, you won't be disappointed!!!!

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 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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Additional Information about Arenal Hostel Resort

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 Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 52 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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Arenal Hostel Resort Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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