This is the nicest hostel I've ever stayed in. Not "cozy" like a typical hostel, but great nonetheless. The rooms were clean. There was a nice common area outside with a roof. The pool was beautiful as was the rest of the property. A few blocks from town. A quick cab ride to Baldi hot springs.
The staff was nice, nothing to write home about UNTIL Allan finally warmed up to us and helped us make our way to Santa Teresa. He kept telling us that we should take a shuttle because it would be easier (but also $50..). We were hesitant to take his advice because it seemed like everywhere we stayed, we were being talked into things to do based on the hostel getting commission from these companies. By the time we finally realized it would be easier to take a shuttle instead of a long day of travel, it was too late and the shuttle was booked. Allan went out of his way to help us get to Santa Teresa by calling a bunch of different places for us, writing down bus times, transfer locations, etc etc etc. He even gave us his personal phone number just in case we got lost. We finally made it to Santa Teresa 11 hours after leaving La Fortuna (but we only spent $5). Allan called the hostel the next day to make sure we'd arrived safely. It was really nice and a great customer service experience. He really went above and beyond to help us.
I would definitely stay at this hostel again.
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