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“A bit noisy for my likings” 2 of 5 stars
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Hostel Toruma
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Central Avenue, between 29 & 33 Sts, Los Yoses, San Jose 68241000, Costa Rica   |  
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“A bit noisy for my likings”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2008

This was the first place we stayed on our trip to Costa Rica. The airport pick up went okay. A guy was waiting there holding a sign and then he flagged down the appropriate van.

The guys at the front desk were nice as well. The hostel was pretty empty since it was the off season. Upon entering the room, I immediately noticed an issue. There was no fan whatsoever and the window faced a fairly busy street. Also, we had to use a different shower then the one which was nearest our room (shared bath) since the hot water wasnt working there.

Had a terrible night of sleep even with the window closed and wearing ear plugs because of the constant din of cars. Then come six a.m the honking started and it was extruciatingly annoying.

The thing that probably annoyed me more than anything was this. The night before we asked about taking a taxi to the bus station which heads for La Fortuna. First, they told us we had to go flag down a taxi ourselves the next morning. But, one of the front desk men offered to call his brother in law, who was a cabbie to pick us up at 730 the next morning. This sounded a lot more legitimate. They also told us the next morning that the taxi should cost no more than 4 or 5 dollars, TOPS. Well, when the cabbie arrives, he already has about 800 colognes rung up on his meter. It seemed like he took the most round about root to get to the bus station and our fare was nearly 10 dollars! This from somebody who was in someway affiliated with the hotel. That was highly unappreciated. This hostel MIGHT be okay if you get a room not facing the street, but i cant stand a place that doesnt even have a fan.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — The noise!
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2006

The place looked clean and spacious as far as hostels go, HOWEVER, I made a reservation 2 days in advance but when I arrived was told they were overbooked. This did not make me happy. They did provide free transportation to their sister hostel, Hostel Pangea.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hostel Toruma

Address: Central Avenue, between 29 & 33 Sts, Los Yoses, San Jose 68241000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 51 Specialty Lodging in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostel Toruma 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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Hostel Toruma Costa Rica/San Jose

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