I have been all over Costa Rica work in coffee, which doesn't bring me anywhere near the beach or pools. I was passing through San Jose before catching a bus early in the morning and made the decision to stay at Backpackers rather last minute. When I walked in and saw the pool it was like manna in the wilderness. Even though it's not deep enough for diving, I spent a good hour just floating and then lay out in the sun on the lounge chairs in the grass. It was hard to believe I was still in San Jose.
The dorm bunks were average with tired sheets. I don't think they have towels? I had my own. The internet was going in and out, which was rather infuriating since I was there for work, but they did have a few desktops that worked pretty well.
I got a $2 beer on tap and chips and guac at the adjacent bar- all tasty and fairly priced. It seemed like a good place to party and hang- they looked like they were setting up for a band.
The showers had piping hot water, which is always a treat in Costa Rica.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The #1 budget hostel and meeting spot for travelers in San Jose, Costa Rica and Lonely Planet readers' favorite since 2001. We have excellent reviews from guide books and on internet. Come and meet people from all around the world in our little slice of paradise, swap stories ! Catch the sun in our tropical garden, swim in the pool and don`t miss the happy hour at the "BAR-PACKERS" at 5pm!ALL FREE - internet (7 computers), wifi, coffee & tea; kitchen facilities (save money cook for yourself), parking, storage.TOP FACILITIES - Biggest pool & garden in San Jose, sunbathing, cable tv, international phone calls, hot showers, laundry service, tour desk, 24-hr security. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Costa Rica Backpackers Hotel San Jose
- Costa Rica Backpackers San Jose