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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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Heredia, Costa Rica
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3 hotel reviews
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“Alright”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

After reading the reviews and seeing what they say about this hostel, I was expecting a lot more. the swim up bar is just stools in the water, you can't order drinks from there. I stayed two nights for $22 in a 4 person tent, and even though it was covered and our tent was closed, my mattress still got soaked. We got kicked out of the pool at 11pm, so they were good at enforcing rules. It was right across the street from a bar that played really loud music, so be prepared. However, the atmosphere was good and it was nice to have the open space and the volleyball court, and there was one very attractive worker!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Foshan, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Its nice to be here in La Fortuna and especially this hostel. For $12 a night I stayed in a shared dorm with its own sets of lockers and bathroom. The room was very clean but there are no pillows. $9 for laundry service. $12 for pasta and a beer and food as not that great... I wouldn't suggest spending money here on that. Otherwise, pool and communal areania great and definitely makes you feel like yur living in luxury for super cheap.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This hostel is really nice and clean. We stayed in an 8 person dorm and had no issues, other than the fact that nothing would dry! This was a problem that everyone seemed to have in this town! It's important to note that if you want a hot shower you have to go to the communal showers. The shower in the dorm only has cold water. Overall, our experience at this hostel was great. The staff was friendly and helped us with whatever we needed. It also has a great location that provides easy access to various activities in La Fortuna. I would definitely recommend this hostel!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is an ideal hostel for people who want to save money and seize the day! Pablo, one of the assistants, was honest with us and told us how to get to Cerro Chato (a great hike in the area). We saved money because of his honesty and we did one of the best hikes I have ever done. Also, Diego, who works at the desk, let us know how to get to the FREE "hot river" with a taxi. The amount we spent on the taxi there and back was the same amount of money it would of costed for one person's admission into the hot springs. We owe our awesome experiences to this hostel!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

This is a great hostel! It is clean, comfortable and safe and is in a great location for hiking.

The large pool and bar make it a great place to meet new people and food is really good too.

The staff were super friendly and helpful. They helped organize not just my activities in La Fortuna, but also helped with the transport, accommodation and activities for my next stop in Monteverde (thanks Diego!).

I travelled through Costa Rica by myself and this was such a great place to start.

It's definitely a step up from your usual hostels, I highly recommend for anyone to stay here.

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Arenal backpackers was the best hostel we stayed in all our vacation in costa rica, it was spacious, clean, and the staff was helpful and nice. We stayed in the outside One bed tent and it was really cool. It was sort of like camping but more comfortable of course. The only complain I could give is that the music is very loud in the bar in front of the hostel and it didnt let us sleep very well, but that is not the hostel's fault. They serve food and drinks cheap that we didnt eat because we wanted more traditional food. The bed was done and the room was cleaned everyday, they have hot water only in the morning! The pool is nice if you get the chance to catch sun in la fortuna. Overall a very good hostel for the price.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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austin, tx
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7 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

We stayed in the safari tents. Yes the wooden floor slats will eat up your items that fall through them. We stayed in July and it was hot and humid. I really wished we had air conditioner, but overall... Really excellent place. Go get the fish next door at La Choza de Laurel, it's delicious!

Towels are $1 each and locks require $10 deposit. Wifi is free.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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 ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 54 Specialty Lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
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