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Reviewed August 28, 2014

This is a tipical tourist trap. We stayed in a tent for 3 nights- drawn by the chance to book online which is rare in this town on a low budget. My advice would be dont bother- the town is full of hotels so there is no need to book in advance if you are not travelling during peak season....

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Reviewed August 24, 2014

The hostel is right on the main road and incredibly noisy. All staff from receptionist to manager are INCREDIBLY rude. The rooms are over priced and better value can be found. If I could rate this hostel a 0 I would.

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Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed August 21, 2014

We stayed in a tent for two nights... If you go here I don't suggest you do so. Because it is an expensive hostel, we decided to stay in a tent because the concept seemed really interesting and fun. The first night, we had a pretty late night, and after getting back to the tent around 1, we tried to...

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Victoria, Canada
Reviewed August 20, 2014

Great setup here. Fun atmosphere, pool (with a slackline!), good food, etc. A group of 6 of us stayed for 3 nights, and while there, it seemed to full of European high schoolers so maybe it caters to the younger crowd (teenage to early 20's)? Staff were pretty good. They were friendly and helpful when approached, they just didn't seem...

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Truro, Canada
Reviewed August 19, 2014

Myself and 4 friends (all early 20's) stayed here for 4 nights in August 2014. Upon viewing the website (and looking to save a few dollars) three of us decided that a triple-occupancy "deluxe tent" would be the best choice; they also seemed pretty neat. The other 2, a couple, chose a dorm style room as there were no other...

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1Thank Sarah M
Kansas City, Missouri
Reviewed August 8, 2014

I had no idea where I was going to stay when the bus pulled into La Fortuna. I walked into Arenal Backpackers and knew that was where I wanted to stay. It was very safe-gated with security at night. Housekeeping kept the rooms very clean. The hammocks and pool were a huge plus. Albert-the bartender was so friendly! He told...

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San Diego, California
Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

My stay was a one day only, stayed at a tent and it was so cool. Clean, comfortable, secure area, clean bathrooms and cool gsthering area. I loved this place and would love to cone back, the location is spectacular close to town and to the Arenal volcano. Staff is great with cute guys working lol

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London
Reviewed July 29, 2014

We stayed at the Arenal Backpackers Resort on the strength of the reviews. It is an "OK" place to stay, but the ratings do seem to over-egg things a bit. It has a very young vibe and on our first night the partying went on very late and very loudly (we are in our late twenties so are not adverse...

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1Thank Rich979
Sarasota, Florida
Reviewed July 27, 2014

Loved this hostel from the moment I stepped foot in it to when I left. Clean rooms, conveniently located, great prices, *nice* bathrooms, internet lounge, customer service desk with very helpful bilingual staff.... just stay here, you won't regret. Also, great view of Arenal volcano! Even those with a little larger budget would enjoy the permanent tents they have set...

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Seattle, Washington
Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

I've been to Costa Rica a few times and La Fortuna is always my favorite place to go. I came to the conclusion that having stayed at this hostel has been a big part of it. From the people that I've met here, the dorms, private rooms, tents, food, to the people that work there everything has always been really...

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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Additional Information about Arenal Backpackers Resort

Address: Meters West Of Central Park, Towards Volcano 350, 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: $24 - $43 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Arenal Backpackers Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 11
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“Best price and location”
 of 5 bubbles Katye1522, 1 week ago | Read review
“The private rooms have a better view at the volcano”
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 of 5 bubbles , Feb 7, 2017 | Read review
“not the women's only dorm, too cramped and no ventilation”
 of 5 bubbles gersula, Jan 21, 2017 | Read review
“On confirmation it says you have paid up front, but you pay when you check in. %5 percent discount for cash. Private rooms book up fast”
 of 5 bubbles CharlieG69, Jan 2, 2017 | Read review
“Private Room with A/C and shared bathroom was a good deal”
 of 5 bubbles 191hayleys, Oct 2, 2016 | Read review
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