I'll start with the positives. Given the price range, the layout, price range and pool are exceptional. Clearly a lot of thought and love had gone into the design of the place and in many ways the hostel is far more memorable and distinct than many you will find in Central America. The hostel was full and busy with quite a buzz - if you are looking to meet people you may have some success here. It is definitely a party place where drinking and soft drugs are the norm (whether or not this is a positive depends on your motivations I suppose), and I cannot argue that it is social (in rather an aggressive way).Finally, the location and view from the pool/bar area are extremely pleasant. I meditated here at 6am when the light was golden and the hostel was quiet and the experience was exquisite.
Now for the negatives. The place was ridiculously and incessantly loud. All common areas have music at all times, and the music (particularly in the bar area) was played at very high volumes. Our room was relatively near the bar and consequently we got very little sleep as the music blared out until past midnight. Additionally, a group of 15-20 people (drunk and stoned) set up camp outside our room at about 11.30, singing, chatting and playing the guitar badly. We politely asked them to leave and were treated with indignation. They would not have even moved if it wasn't for the influence of one nice girl who clearly felt guilty. Basically, if you are looking for sleep or a place to relax, this probably isn't the place for you.
While there was a lot of socialising, the hostel was very cliquey and full of the usual conspicuous try-hards (dreadheads, career stoners, the aggressively 'alternative', funky hair and tats crew). If you fit in with this bunch then you'll be welcomed with open arms, if not then you may find it rather more difficult to make friends. I found I could not really enjoy the pool as the resident gang had set up camp there in force, and I was almost made to feel like I was intruding. All in all, not a very friendly vibe which is rather counter-intuitive with the party hostel set up that management are clearly aiming for.
The cleanliness of the place had a lot to be desired (and I'm not usually squeamish). the toilet cubicle was full of vomit in the morning, clearly due to the fools outside our room the night before. The previous day the toilet had frankly smelt strongly of **** as the waste bin was massive and hadn't been cleared out for ages.
The tone from management was unfriendly and arrogant. A few hours after we moved in, the asked us to pay and informed us they had a two night minimum stay. We flat out refused to pay for the second night as we hadn't been informed of this when we checked in (an argument which management admittedly agreed to). My (speculative) assumption is that this policy is there as so many people would want to leave after one night. Be aware of this before you check in... To add insult to injury, when we tried to check out the next day they asked us to pay again as clearly someone hadn't bothered to record out payment the previous day.
All in all, while this place will undoubtedly appeal to a certain type of traveller (ie, those that like to get wasted, hang out with other 'cool' types, do little but sleep in the day and drink at night etc) I really think most people will want to get out as quickly as possible. Certainly don't count on getting any sleep or being treated with any respect. A real shame, as the fundamental set up and location of the hostel are both excellent - the issue lies with management and tone.
Get one away from the bar if you want to sleep.
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