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“Helpful staff. Cockroaches and Cobwebs” 2 of 5 stars
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Hostel del Rio
Pueblo Del Rio, Dominical, Costa Rica   |  
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“Helpful staff. Cockroaches and Cobwebs”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Unable to find any accommodation when Landed up in Dominical we decided to give Hostel Del Rio a shot. It is located right next to the Dominical Information center which is one of the first buildings you see when you exit the highway.
We paid for a bed in this hostel but left soon after. Found a cockroach on the bed and a whole bunch of cobwebs and spiders right next to it.
The staff at the hostel handled the situation well as he did give me 50% of my payment back - I hope they follow up and clean up the hostel.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

While I found the hostel to be an overall good value and rather clean for a dorm, there is a club nearby that is SO UNBELIEVABLY LOUD that I would not stay here again. It's actually uncharacteristically loud for Dominical, even compared to other bars. I'm not normally a stickler for noise levels and tend to sleep heavily but I don't appreciate being woken up by the bass from a club a few buildings down shaking my windows and keeping me up till 2pm, especially if I have an early morning the next day (which you most likely will if you have a side trip). I would use this place as a last cheap resort on a Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday night because you will not sleep. heard the same from other guests. A shame because other than that the place is pretty nice but i don't like hating my stay multiple days a week.

also, bathroom is decent and cleaned daily, but there is only one toilet.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Great place to stay :) The hostel is located in the heart of Dominical, a short walk to the beautiful beach, supermarket, bars and restaurants. It is next door to an info center, and they were all happy to help - its always good to have some locals making recommendations!

When I read the description of the hostel online I thought it was too good to be true - but it's not! This is definitely one of my favorite hostels I've stayed at, good chilled atmosphere but not out in the sticks. They have everything you need, including a hot shower :) Most backpackers in Costa Rica have cold showers so this was quite a treat!

Check this place out if you're heading to Dominical.

Pura Vida

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hostel del Rio

Address: Pueblo Del Rio, Dominical, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come check out the newest, best, and cheapest hostel in Playa Dominical! We have a shared dorm with beds that cost $10 a night including all linens, locker rentals, wifi, a/c, hot water showers, a communal kitchen, and a beautiful outdoor garden area. We also have private cabinas located along the river that cost between $45-$70 per night and have A/C, hot water showers, access to the communal kitchen, and a beautiful private porch to watch the sunset along the river! Furthermore, with an information center attached, we will make sure your get the most out of your stay in Costa Rica by helping with transportation (car rentals, shuttles, transfers) and tours (Nature tours, surf lessons, kayak tours, rafting tours, Corcovado Trips, Scuba Diving, and anything else you can think of!!) ... more   less 
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