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Arenal Backpackers Resort

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Long Beach, California
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I have been to this hostel twice and I love this place. The 8 bedroom bunks are great, soft and clean compared to almost any hostel I stayed in. The pool is great to spend the day or night lounging after a long day of hiking, rafting or just to relax. The vibes here are always happy and you get... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

This is a great hostel, the pool is really nice and the restaurant had good food. The bathrooms were always really clean too. We stayed in the tents which looked good but were really hot during the night, definitely bring a fan if you want to stay in them! Overall we had a great time here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Not your usual hostel. could of course use lower prices and a kitchen as well as more backpackers friendly features, so if you are a real backpacker, this is not for you. But if you're tired of cheap, dirty hostel with no warm water, it's nice for a change. The pool and garden are amazing and make for great evenings... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I really enjoyed my three-night stay at this hostel with a friend. The hostel looks quite like a resort (although not from the front entrance so do not worry when you first enter!) and there are many luxuries for a hostel such as a swimming pool (with a tight-rope which provided hours of fun and frustration!) and air-conditioning in the... More 

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Shediac, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I had reserved 3 beds in the female dorms and they arranged transportation from the airport. Our flight was delighted but the guy that drove the shuttle waited for us for about 3 hours. We arrived there and they over booked so we got a private room for the same price as a dorm! There was AC and a tv... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

From the moment you walk in, this place will floor you by looking like a resort hotel instead of a hostel. There is a large, well-kept pool with lounge chairs, hammocks in the garden, outdoor monkey bars, pullup bars if you want a quick workout and a trampoline. As other reviews mention, the dorm rooms are lacking in power outlets.... More 

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

First of all, do not go there if you are not white, and do not like parties. There were some issues with this hostel 1) The door key for dorm #1 didn't work. People used a big window to get in and get out from the dorm. 2) The wifi was almost non-existent. 3) They always lock the main gate.... More 

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Woody Creek, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Arenal Backpackers is a superb hostel (if you can even call it that!). The food at the hostel was a little pricey, but AMAZING! We especially loved the breakfast burrito. The staff was very helpful and we felt super safe. The area is gated (the front desk buzzes you in & out through a locked gate) and everyone staying at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

This hostel is really awesome. The pool and trampoline are great, there's a lot of areas to hang out. The tents looked awesome but we stayed in a dorm. The dorm was clean and nice. The lockers were pretty tiny and there are no sockets by the bedss, only next to the lockers. Hot water in the shower, overall good.... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This resort backpacker-friendly place is a must-stay! It is a beautiful property with a pool, plenty of showers and bathrooms, a good restaurant, a trampoline, and secure parking. The guys at the reception desk, especially Freddie, are super nice and helpful. This is a great place to stay, good location in town, and lots of activities to do in this... More 

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Amenities

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Multilingual Staff

Additional Information about Arenal Backpackers Resort

Address: 350 meters west of central park, towards volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: $22 - $73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Arenal Backpackers Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 11
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