When you arrive, the first thing that strikes you is that the common porch full of hammocks and relaxed visitors put you in a different state of mind. We took a 3.5 hr bus ride from San Jose and the bus dropped us off right in front of Vista Serena.
The view from the common porch is a relaxing view of the pacific ocean and inside is a shared living room/kitchen with 2 free internet computers.
We booked a semi private room which consisted of a shared living room, bathroom and kitchen with private locking bedrooms. We also share a porch (another awesome ocean view) with one other double room.
Location was pretty much the only shortcoming for this hostel. There is a few restaurants and a supermarket within walking distance, but the park and the beach are a bus ride away. Vista Serena is about equidistant from both Quepos and Manual Antonio. It is a 5 minute walk to the closest bus station and you will rarely have to wait longer than 20 minutes for a bus.
A quick note about the and transportation: Since there is only a single road between Quepos and Manual Antonio, taxi's are always readily available (look for the little red cars, but the drivers will often honk, wave them down if you want a ride) but will always be more expensive than the bus.
Another concern is the late night noise, but that is to be expected from crowds of this age group.
We would recommend this place for the college and post college group, but not recommended for families with kids.
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- Also Known As:
- Vista Serena Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
- Hostel Vista Serena Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park