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Costa Rica Backpackers
Avenida 6, Calle 21/25 | De la iglesia Sagrado Corazon, 100 metros norte, 50 oeste., San Jose, Costa Rica   |  
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“paradise in san jose”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

we stayed in this hostel for two nights in May. The private room was basic but what we really loved was the pool and bar area. The Irish bar man Darragh was a pleasure to talk to and amused us with his story telling and his great cocktail skills. My mojito and cosmopolitan were both delish. We will definetly be coming back on our return to san Jose. The food i have to say was also of a great standard and we tried numerous different dishes. All in all we would thouroughly recommend this little jewel of a hostel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

It is a great Hostel: Clean, Pool, Restaurant, TV Room, Bar, short all you need. It was like a little oasis in the middle of the City. Also the guys from the trip planning were very helpful. Thats why it is a shame that all these good impressions were ruined by this blond reception guy. When I wanted to check out he refused to give me my deposit money although I gave him the key. He argumented without the receipt he couldnt do anything. What a stupid rule is that?? And if such a stupid rule really existed then you have to tell people in advance that they have to show the receipt later. It was only about 4 $ but still made me very angry. That easy to destroy good memories

Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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San Francisco, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

One of the peculiar aspects of the Costa Rica Backpackers is that it is clearly designed to be a party hostel: there is a large bar and restaurant attached, a second bar near a large, outdoor kitchen, and a large backyard with lots of tables for socializing. It was strange, therefore, how subdued the atmosphere was; the restaurant and bar were empty and only a few had beers at the outdoor bar. I think this might be due to the fact that everyone was either starting or ending their trip, combined with not really knowing the neighborhood. We were lucky to meet a local (belgain) teacher who took us around to a few local spots and it was clear this was a middle-class to upscale neighborhood, despite the lack of glitz and glam from the street. The private room was dark and musty and in the basement, and the common shower was not the cleanest. Still, not a bad value, the staff were friendly and the clientele was a good mix of age and background. Later on in the trip we were told that Pangea is a nicer hostel but in a worse neighborhood, not sure if that's true but it would be worth comparing the two.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anchorage, Alaska
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I stopped here three times. When I first arrived, passing through, and on my way home. I met some awesome folks a few whom I traveled with to Panama, shared a ride, or ended up meeting in a different location. The staff was awesome, very helpful when planning activities, giving directions, and also chill to hang out with. The showers were a bit cold and run down, restaurant was good and also played live music and had dancing. It could be a little loud for some travelers, tons of hammocks to relax in and huge kitchen to cook and socialize in.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

I enjoyed my stay there. The location is good, it is a nice walk to the center of the town. The taxi driver wanted to take us somewhere else and kept telling us that the place is full. This hostel does not pay commission to the taxi drivers so you really have to insist.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bucharest, Romania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

That's probably the most advertised hostel in Central America! Which was a good thing, as it saved us hours of searching for cheap accommodation in a safe neighbourhood.

The dorms are fine, we didn't hear any bothering noise - except maybe for the train, yeah, you'll get used to it before you leave :)
I don't know how useful the pool really is, I guess no one was interested in it during our stay, but it's good to know it's there.
The garden, oh, a real garden, that is really lovely and would also be appreciated by very young travellers. Fans of squirrels, get the nuts ready!
Big kitchen, so everyone can cook if they want to save some money.
Hot showers - fine, as long as you have the patience to get used to the way it works (not complicated though).
The internet connection could be better.

There is also a small travel agency inside the hostel, but I wouldn't advice you to count on it much, except for tons of leaflets with information on trips inside the country and other hostels in Costa Rica and abroad. The offers are all quite pricey and you can save a lot if you organize your own tours.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

stayed here 3 days.

The pros: in an ok area, has a small pool, lots of hammocks, a big kitchen, free old skool computers to use, lots of lounging areas. They can call taxis for you from the hostel.

The cons: there is a bar connected, and several others around. then the train going by in the morning. Good luck, light sleepers.
The lockers are small, the dorm beds, well, I`d rather sleep in the hammock outside to be honest. I never had a decent warm shower. The staff will give you the crappiest photocopied map.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Avenida 6, Calle 21/25 | De la iglesia Sagrado Corazon, 100 metros norte, 50 oeste., San Jose, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 51 Specialty Lodging in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
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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