Arenal is very overrated - a tourist trap. Backpackers was a little overpriced and didn't offer the same amenities as the other backpacker hostels that I had stayed at. My friend and I stayed in a luxury tent which was fine and kept the bugs...More
"Ask if you can get a room with a balcony facing the volcano. We just lucked out!"
"Stay away from restaurant/bar zone. no view, but sleep is possible!"