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Arenal Backpackers Resort
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   350 meters west of central park, towards volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 506, Costa Rica   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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10 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“great place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2009

great base location for all the activties!


highly recommend!

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • 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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Munich, germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2009

I spent two days in the Arenal Backpacker's Resort. This backpacker is a really good choice to stay there as long as you don't want to cook on your own, because they don't have a communal kitchen as others do. But they have a restaurant included, which has a good value for your money. The resort is new, clean and very safe, the swimming pool is really top. Its location is a 5 minute walk slightly uphill from the center which can easily been made fully back packed. The staff is good and always present, but could be friendlier. Don't book your activities in the hostel as you really get the same at the town center in other tour agencies 10%-20% cheaper. E.g. a transfer to Monte Verde is 22$ at the hostel and 18$ in town. Overall, it is a really good choice.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2008

If you book via Internet you have to check in before 4 pm, otherwise pray that there will still be rooms available! That's our story! Even if we paid a 7$ deposit via hostels.com , the Arenal Backpackers resort cancelled our reservation since we arrived at 4h20!

Conclusion: it is better to book on the phone with them, because you can arrive at any time you wish. Apart from their very unprofessionnal booking system, this hostel is awesome with a nice and clean swimming pool, palm trees, clean rooms and bathrooms. But be careful about the tours they are trying to sell you overthere, there are pricier than those you can book through tour operators in town.

  • Liked — swimming pool
  • Disliked — staff
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Los Angeles
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2008

Like their website claims, it's pretty high end for a backpacker's hostel. Nice pool where there's a swim up bar. The people at the front desk were very helpful. There's free internet until 10 PM. I heard other reviews about how they try to nickel & dime you but during my four days I didn't pay for anything other than food/drinks. Towels were complementary when I wanted to shower.

My only criticism is that the bathroom, shower, and lockers are all in the same room, and 8 people share a dorm. So if one person's in there using the bathroom noone else can shower or get things out of their lockers. Thankfully there were bathrooms/showers outside the dorms but that's my only minor complaint.

A few travelers will note that the place lacks a TV room and a lounge for everyone to just "hang out," but since everyone is out all day doing tours around Arenal, I did not miss this much.

Bottom line; if you're OK sleeping in a room with up to 7 strangers, you'll be fine at Arenal backpackers but pay 1/3 of what you would at a tourist-class hotel.

  • Liked — Staff, other travelers
  • Disliked — Overpriced food/drinks
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2008

This place is clean, hot water, air, nice bar/rest, but they do cram people in rooms... in my room they drug a matress on the floor so we were 9 people in a very crammed room. For $12 not that great of a value, but a nice place.

Stayed May 2008
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New York City, New York
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36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2008

We loved this hostel, including the staff, which others have rated negatively. Great views of the volcano, free internet, pretty grounds.

One thing to note: if you made your reservation online with Marian, you should call to reconfirm. She was fired and deleted all of the reservations she made. When we showed up, they didn't have our reservation at all. Luckily, they were able to squeeze us in.

  • Liked — Beautiful grounds
  • Disliked — They didn't have our reservatino when we tried to check in
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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minneapolis
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2008

cheap, clean with great cheap food and beer. hot water and a sup;er firendly staff.

Stayed February 2008
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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
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Ranked #16 of 59 Specialty Lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Arenal Backpackers Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 11
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