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“Amazing View & Great People” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cool Vibes Beach Front Hostel

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Cool Vibes Beach Front Hostel
Main Street | 100m South of Restaurante El Coco, Dominical 12345, Costa Rica   |  
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Huntington Beach, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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“Amazing View & Great People”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Cool Vibes was a fantastic experience for us. It's a beautiful set up in a perfect location in Dominical. It's not too close to the bars and restaurants, but not too far either. The beach is just outside the doorstep, and has an amazing viewing deck (huge) where you can sit, read a book and watch the sunset over the ocean. It's completely open plan meaning that there is free flowing air inside the Hostel at all times. The friendliness of the 2 people running the place at the time (Rick & ..) along with the friendliness of all the backpackers made this place perfect. The beds are unfortunately extremely uncomfortable and need replacing, but it is extremely cheap to sleep here. The surf board rentals were only $10, but unfortunately from a small selection. They have a communal kitchen which is extremely small, but at least they have one. ;) We had a really good time staying at this hostel, and would recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Wonderful and genuine experiences at Cool Vibes! Def a backpacker place, but the way the hostel is set up one can meet many cool friends from around the world. Perfect location in Dominical, friendly owners, and very clean considering it is open air style. I loved the bohemian feel and style to the place, too! It is true the beds are a bit stiff, but honestly the place has so much charm it did not really matter...well that and the rum...and being in the sun all day...but to each your own.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rome, Italy
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I spent 13 days in this hostel and i want to congratulate with Celine and Sri for the good job they have done!They were cleaning everyday, changing bed sheet every three days and they have been very helpfull with every question i asked them!
Weel done guys i hope to come back!!!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

People are great, location is great but the bugs and beds are awful. Even with netting got eaten alive there and the mattress are just worn out. Worst sleeping experience I've had in Costa Rica but with some of the nicest folks. Smallish kitchen, basic spices not available.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Cool Vibes is the cleanest, chillest and most comfortable hostel at which I've stayed and I am grateful for the experience!
People from all over the world comfortably hang out in the hammock or front room with Huge ocean facing window. The kitchen is sparkling clean and easy to share with even 20 people. The bathrooms were clean! the walkways were clean, the communal rooms and entrance way were clean!!! Which surprised me a bit considering the beach proximity and number of surfers!

The high ceilings, open walkways and rooms give breeze and space to the wooden top floor building.

Since the rooms are communal, the light is often left on and I took to wearing a bandana over my eyes since I went to sleep earlier than others...not a deal breaker!

p.s. if I have to study online for 11 hours a day, CoolVibe's front room is the place to do it, looking at the ocean!!
THANK YOU!!!!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

Lovely place, Lovely people, Super cheap, So clean.. Awesome Vibe, Board hire, local knowlage, a home away from home. Right on the beach front and and easy walk to the shops.......................xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxixixixixixixxxoxoxoxox

Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

This place does have a rather "cool vibe" about it, as it is full with surfer dudes and has a nice large communal area to chill out and read, socialise etc. Although it is pretty much a barn, and has very cramped "rooms" of which the doors are in fact large sarongs which have been bought from the local market. Don't expect much sleep if you are scared of creepy crawleys.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Address: Main Street | 100m South of Restaurante El Coco, Dominical 12345, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
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Ranked #10 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Dominical
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