OK... it can get confusing since the names are so close to each other, but please make sure you know which place you actually reserved (and it may not always save you the most money to reserve beforehand)
At first I stayed 2 nights at the Arenal Hostel Resort. It was great, no reservations, $10 a room but I had two travel mates so they just gave us a private with two queens the first night no extra charge. It was nice but more of a family hotel than anything and I feel weird drinking a beer with kids running around. Still great people and i would recommend it if that's your thing.
Then I went further up the road to Arenal Backpacker's Hostel and also found this to be a great place but for some different reasons; the main one being I wanted a place to go and meet other 20-30 somethings and just liked the idea of doing something new after my two friends left. Diego the owner (I am pretty sure) is absolutely fantastic and will help you find all the things locally that you want to do and doesn't push anything on you that you don't want to. The staff was extremely nice and the whole area seemed extremely clean and comfortable.
I would def stay there again. Maybe ask for an extra sheet, they only give one and i am not sure if they change the bottom one. I am sure they would be happy to oblige.
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- Also Known As:
- Arenal Backpackers Resort Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park