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“Amazing place to stay in Manuel Antonio!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hostel Plinio
Main Road 50 meters before Restaurant Bamboo Jam, Manuel Antonio National Park 60601, Costa Rica   |  
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“Amazing place to stay in Manuel Antonio!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Right off the bat I loved this place. It's quite the gem in Quepos so make sure to check it out before looking anywhere else if you're visitng Manuel Antonio. It's just a bus ride away from the local street cafes/restaurants towards the beach. In my experience there isn't very much reason to take a bus into Quepos town unless you're going towards the bus station. Everything will really be on the main road to the beach so this spot is perfect ! It's the most perfect tree house. Our apartment was amazing and even the private doubles were great! Price was so reasonable too! No bad things to say about it. The hostel hosts Daniel and Rebbecca were so accommodating and breakfast was sufficient! Definitely would stay here again!

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

The staff and surroundings at Hostel Plinio were very inviting. We stay in the double private ensuite, and we really felt like it was a tree house. Of course, this is more of a hostel with a nice selection of private rooms than a hotel.

There was a pretty view of the Pacific through the rainforest. The grounds are lush and home to many animals. The dats were a bit warm in tge room, but that is when you shoukd be out exploring or enjoying the pool or hammocks anyways. The nights were cool and comfortable.


The road was noisy, but the sun had us up early anyway. Most of the hostels and hotels along this road would have the same amount of noise.

The staff told us we would want to take a bus or taxi into Quepos, and for some that may be true. We love to walk, so we found it to be an easy 2 km (1.5 mi) walk along the roads. It looks scary to walk along the roads at first, but everyone is very conscious of pedestrians. I would definitely suggest the bus or a taxi to the beach or national park though. It is far and very hilly. The buses are very cheap and come regularly.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Great hostel, clean rooms, friendly/helpful staff, lockers large enough to fit your entire pack, spacious common area to relax. Don't go to the restaurant next door. Can't remember the name but the food was garbage, expensive and music too loud to talk. Do go to the national park to see all the howler monkeys and iguanas. The beaches within the national park are some of the nicest in Costa Rica. Enjoyed staying at Hostel Plinio.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Ellington CT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

Overall, Hostel Plinio is a good value for how inexpensive rooms are and the beauty of the place itself. Surrounded by gorgeous tropical vegetation and complete with a pool, the hostel itself is very pretty. The room was small but comfortable enough, though very stuffy once the window curtains were shut despite the ceiling fan. Shared bathroom was generally pretty clean, though the toilet stopped working during my stay. My only serious complaint is the noise level- the room had absolutely no sound proofing, as it faced outward towards the main road and the entire front wall isn't so much a wall as it is a giant screened window. The road is very busy, with loud trucks, cars, and motorbikes zooming down it beginning at around 4:30 am. Forget sleeping in at this location!!! It seriously felt like our room was in the middle of a busy highway- had we known it would have been this noisy, we would have brought earplugs. Also, while we were staying a rather large volunteer group was also staying at the hostel, and were unfortunately quite inconsiderate of others using the facilities- stomping around the top floors, leaving all their belongings strewn about th shared bathroom, very loud at late evening and early morning hours. Other than that, the area itself is quite lovely. Hostel plinio is a good value for a budget place to stay and the staff was very nice and helpful, but the room was not private at all and uncomfortably loud.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

This place ended up being my favorite hostel in all of Costa Rica. We stayed in a private room with shared bathroom for $30/night. The rooms were small but clean, with a nice bathroom that was cleaned daily (no hot water, though). Our room looked out to the community patio, with huge curtains and screened windows to let the breeze in. Nice open-air kitchen.

What I loved most about this place were the open-air community spaces. It had a rustic but polished feeling to it. Wood walls and stone floors, hammocks with tons of comfy chairs, views of the ocean, hummingbirds, pool, etc. It looked like an ad from Travel and Leisure. When it poured the entire day, we actually enjoyed spending the morning lounging around at the hostel. There's a semi-private balcony on the third floor. One night, my boyfriend and I went up there to sit on the wooden swings, and bats started flying through! It was really neat.

If I'm being super nit-picky: the bar is indefinitely closed (not really an issue for us). Also, I think one of the backpackers in the other dorms had a termite issue and had to move to another room. The building is pretty old and mostly wood, and we even noticed a couple of sawdust piles in certain places in our room (but never saw anything). Didn't really affect us, but just saying.

Breakfast was simple but great: fresh cut pineapple and watermelon, french bread with margarine and guava jelly, and coffee.

The staff was super friendly. Most of the time, there were two young, American girls manning the reception desk, and they helped us find the lower-cost sodas (restaurants) in Quepos and work out bus schedules.

The location, for us, was perfect. Manuel Antonio is super expensive and touristy, and Quepos is sort of "rough-looking," with bars on all the windows and such (probably not the best place to be wandering around at night). So the hostel was smack in the middle along the only major road, up on a hill, with a bus stop about one minute's walking distance away. We walked downhill to Quepos for cheap food, which took about 10-15 minutes, or grabbed a bus uphill to Manuel Antonio (about $0.60) for the parks and beaches, which was about 5 km away. And in the meantime, got to stay away from all of the noise of the major towns.

Would definitely stay again, and recommend to any friends passing through the region.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edison, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Plinio has a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. It was great to have hammocks and a pool. I stayed in 5-bed dorm. The beds were comfy, the showers were warm, and the third story balcony area was simply beautiful. Plenty of personal space, even when sharing with strangers. The wifi is best around the reception area. There is a communal kitchen/pantry area to store your groceries, cook food and enjoy breakfast. Breakfast is yummy fruit and bread. The bar was not open when I was there, but I am sure it will be great when it gets started again. Corey and the rest of the staff are phenomenal; Corey even helped me celebrate my birthday. I can't thank them enough for everything they did for me. You pretty much have to take a taxi to most places. I think the ride to Quepos is $3 and to Manuel Antonio is $8 and taxi drivers don't try to scam you. Walking to Quepos only takes about 15 minutes. Most of the tours (zip lining/surfing/paddleboarding) in the area offer free pick up services so that eliminates some taxi fees. I definitely want/need to go back.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Medellin, Colombia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

I liked in generat this hostel - it has large communal area, bar and a pool, but the location is inconvenient - the buses to quepos town and manuel antonio come and go their own schedule, and taxis to and from manuel antonio/and town will add up to a daily bill. anyway, breakfast was nice, and i enjoyed the pool too.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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Additional Information about Hostel Plinio

Address: Main Road 50 meters before Restaurant Bamboo Jam, Manuel Antonio National Park 60601, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostel Plinio is one of the newest additions to the hostel scene in Manuel Antonio and is located in one of the original hotel/restaurant properties in the area. Plinio is quickly becoming one of the highest rated and most in demand hostels in the area! A fully equipped hostel with a large refreshing pool, tour desk, wi-fi, a delicious restaurant and bar, and a common kitchen. Guests enjoy having everything they need on location and the staff at Plinio strive to make the hostel a relaxing, tranquil, all inclusive experience. It is an excellent choice for travelers wishing to steer away from the party youth hostels and experience many of the comforts and ascetics of a rustic hotel with the communal atmosphere and prices of a hostel. Located on the main road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio Beach, Plinio is a great location for travelers seeking easy transportation to the main attractions without the hustle and bustle of being in the city center. With a bus stop located just outside the main entrance, the beach is a quick 10 minute ride away.Every room at Plinio has an ocean view. Including the dorms! And each include a breakfast of fruit, bread and coffee each morning.Accommodations range greatly. Backpackers may choose from 2 different types of dorms, the standard and the deluxe. Both types have two out door patios, their own bathroom, and plenty of space. But for a few dollars more per night, the deluxe dorm includes hot water, a private living room, and only houses 5 people. Upgrading to the deluxe dorm is first come first serve and can only be booked at the Hostel if there is availability. No matter which dorm you choose, you will not be disappointed! ... more   less 
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