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Arenal Backpackers Resort
350 meters west of central park, towards volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 506, Costa Rica   |  
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Edmonton, Canada
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Great atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights just after christmas. The first 2 nights we stayed in a private room and the third night in a co-ed dorm. The property itself is fantastic. They have a really nice pool and the restaurant is very convenient. The best part about the hostel is the staff. They are incredibly helpful and knowledgable and will do everything they can to make sure your stay is enjoyable. They also have mountain bikes available to rent for $3/hr or $20/day. We took advantage of that and rented a couple of bikes for a day and toured around on bikes. They also offer various tours for a bit of a discount over what you would pay for them elsewhere.

The only negative that we found when it came to this place was that they had absolutely no where to hang anything or put anything in the rooms. We had the private room and it had a double bed and a TV mounted on the wall and that was it. No hooks to hang anything to dry, no shelves or nightstands or anything like that to put a few things. So you're just laying everything out on the floor.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

This place was so fab, they organised a Great birthday surprise for my husband! The tents were great fun and overall wicked team of staff!! Thank you! BTW we were so lucky to wake up to an amazing view of Arenal!

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

We booked a private room at this hostel through hostelworld and paid in full before going. We discovered that this was a smart choice as the price on hostelworld is cheaper by a couple of bucks.

Can't speak for the bunks but the mattress in the private room was not comfortable and the pillows were thin.

Very clean hostel on a very nice property. Well taken care of. Loved the pool area and the hammocks.

Also liked that there was a restaurant/bar right there. Not a place to party but definitely a good setting for meeting people. Try the hookah they have tons of flavours!

The staff were immensely helpful. All of them are personable locals with good english and extensive knowledge of the area. Ask them anything - they will give you honest advice on whatever you want to hear about.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Stayed 2 nights, this place is not a hostel... its more like a cheap and awesome hotel!
the food is delicious, not exactly cheap, but well worth it. the happy hour 3 beers for 6 USD is well worth it, if you want, they can hold your beers in the fridge until you are ready to drink another one.
the rooms are cleaned daily, showers are excellent, lots of HOT water.
stayed one night in the tent and that was the best experience, you wake up and just hear birds chirping everywhere!
there are lots of places to eat near by, that are a little cheaper, the entire area near Arenal is priced for tourists and is not cheap if you want to eat out.
we found a big group of cool people and went to Los Establos to dance to hangout, was awesome fun!

Room Tip: the bar across the street, blasts music ALL night, so if you are light sleeper, bring ear plugs. bug...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

I liked this place - it was clean, cheap and convenient. But the ambiance was meh. The staff were sparse and disinterested - but pretty to look at. There was always American top 40 songs playing in the lobby as people sat in little pods around the small standing tables - politely conversing with their inside voices. The people that did talk to you tended to be the people that would hang out in the lobby alllll day - talking to anyone that would listen to them go on about how they felt about your country's politics, bugbites, how much the tour you're about to go on sucks...... you know - the people you avoid the rest of the stay. No one tends to hang out in the lobby at night save a few lost souls. This place is a good place to rest and collect yourself, but that's about it. The pool and pool bar could have been rad if the weather was nicer! The value is there, but I've had better.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

This was my first Hostel at the start of a 4 month round the world trip and one of the best. I stayed in the dorms and a private. The private was more like a hotel with great views and a balcony over looking the village. The best part oft he hostel is the set up with the small garden, hamocks, bar and plunge pool. A great place to relax, drink beers and meet people. Good location for eating and close to supermarkets etc. Staff were excellent and had hook ups with some great tours. Highly recommend the white water rafting.

Room Tip: Can't recall the number, but it's a private twin with a view of the volcano and balcony over...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

This is definitely nicer than an average hostel and it should teach other run down places that you can still be budget without being filthy.
The rooms are spotless. Aircon only comes on from 10pm - 10am which is a bit of a bummer and hot water between 6am-11am and 3pm-11pm.
The staff are very helpful but the price of tours and shuttles seems to vary based on what time of day you ask.
If you are on a budget there are free hot springs that any local or taxi driver can tell you how to get to a hell of alot cheaper.
Good clean hostel and would recommend.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Arenal Backpackers Resort

Address: 350 meters west of central park, towards volcano, 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:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 54 Specialty lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
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