It was a bit tricky to find as there are no street address numbers in San Jose and you need to scan up and down the block carefully to see a small sign with the vertical sign "PANGEA" in front of a fortress-like street steel facade. It is nicely located a few blocks away from the night-life pedestrian malls, parks and museums and has ATMs, restaurants (Campero, McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell), bars and supermarkets nearby as well. The hostel features a small well kept *** swimming pool *** , rooftop bar and lounge area along with several computers for free Internet access to research your great Costa Rica / Central America adventure. The place is lively colorfully decorated with paintings and murals and features things like designer faucets and sinks. They have a convenient booking desk for Costa Rica tours and informative good English-speaking staff. All the bathrooms and showers are shared between male and female and shared between all the rooms. The 10 person dorm I stayed in (#5) was a "dead space" and became quite hot and stuffy at night but it is bearable if you get a bed beside one of the windows, else switch to a smaller dorm or a private room. They removed all electrical outlets from the dorms apparently as a result of a meddling backpacker tourist in the past who fiddled with the wiring nearly causing a fire, so you need to charge your cell phone and laptop computer safely either by leaving it with reception, or in the TV lounge room. I found the wi-fi only works reliably in the reception area and the TV lounge and is non-existent in the dorms and is spotty at best in the bar and pool area. Overall I liked it and would recommend it as a great cheap sleep and rest stop in a busy urban setting.
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- Also Known As:
- Hostel Pangea Hotel San Jose
- Hostel Pangea Costa Rica/San Jose