We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Kilometro 5, de la entrada 700 metros sur, Golfito 82001 Costa Rica
View all 9 deals
Prices above are provided by partners for one room, with variable occupancy rules as provided by the property, and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
Traveler (112)
Room & Suite (13)
Dining (5)


#2 of 15 Specialty lodging in Golfito
Hostal del Mar, also known in the region as El Castillo (The Castle) due to its unique architecture, is a beautiful building situated just on the sea offering accommodation in various types of rooms (2, 3 or 4 beds) with continental breakfast included, daily served on the terrace with an amazing sea view. Here you will be able to find the tranquility and the quietness with its endless orange sunsets on the balcony, in the terrace or the tropical garden with hammocks. Besides, the town of Golfito is a unique place where the mounty jungle and the sea perfectly find each other across the long gulf, in one of the most biologically diverse regions of the world. Hostal del Mar is the perfect base to start your trip to Corcovado National Park, the jewel of nature of Costa Rica and to Piedras Blancas National Park, Golfito National Wildlife Refuge, the Golfo Dulce and Pavones and Zancudo, some of the most beautiful and wild beaches of Costa Rica. As a tourist you may appreciate the location of the hostal, surrounded by local houses, so you will be able to experience an authentic Tico (Costa Rican) atmosphere and become part of the community. Our friendly staff is looking forward to your visit and ready to fulfill all your needs.
Read more
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Street parking
Breakfast available
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Ironing service
Show more
Room features
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
83Reviews3Q+A8Room tips
Traveler rating
  • 73
  • 6
  • 3
  • 1
  • 0
Time of year
Traveler type
  • More
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Emma King wrote a review Sep 2019
2 contributions
This was one of my highlights from Costa Rica! I travelled there with a school group and welcome was amazing. The owner was incredibly helpful and kind, she helped us organise where to get washing done and even made us a delicious banana bread on our third stay. We used it as a base over two weeks and stayed there a total of three nights whilst we trekked around Golfito and did community work in Dos Brazos. I can't wait to go back in the future. It was truly the most homely place with amazing views I stayed in during my month in Costa Rica.
Read more
Date of stay: July 2019
Sleep Quality
trequin wrote a review Jul 2019
Pavones, Costa Rica28 contributions
This is a piece of paradise in the fishing community of Golfito. They are friendly and helpful and helped me discover more about this area that I never would have found on my own. You are going to love this place as I did.
Read more
Date of stay: June 2019
Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Ask them about the tours and activities
See more room tips
Mary K wrote a review Apr 2019
Grand Junction, Colorado480 contributions98 helpful votes
This was our first time staying at a hostal. We are seniors and weren't sure if a hostal was for us, but it worked perfectly! Hostal Del Mar is very clean and comfortable, and the setting can't be beat - beautiful views over the water!
Read more
Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: We loved our room at the top!
See more room tips
Katalin P wrote a review Mar 2019
Budapest, Hungary22 contributions4 helpful votes
Very stylish hostel, comfy mattresses, great location, you can kayak to Pelican island, swim in the golf, and spend romantic nights watching the bay and the stars from the terrasses. Great wifi, supermarket and town are closeby, staff is very friendly and make you feel at home.
Read more
Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Best views, great staff and kayaks
See more room tips
Elli wrote a review Mar 2019
2 contributions
This hostel is a hidden gem. We liked it so much that we stayed six nights instead of one and changed our travel plans. The hostel has such a nice atmosphere with a lovely veranda where we had breakfast in the morning and enjoyed the sunset in the evening. Everyone was really helpful and so nice. The hostel rather felt like a big house or a home. It is such a lovely and calm place. The architecture of the house is supposed to look like a ship and there are a lot of nice spots to relax. You can jump from the boat deck and take a swim. You can rent a kajak and go the beach -or take a watertaxi. Or you take a short bike ride into town. Because Golfito itself is definitely worth a visit if you want to see an authentic Costa Rican fishing town. They offer the bikes for free. So this place has everything you need. I highly highly recommend it. It‘s such a happy place!
Read more
Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
$43 - $52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasOsa PeninsulaGolfito
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Hostal del Mar
Which popular attractions are close to Hostal del Mar?
Nearby attractions include Golfito Marina Village & Resort (3.2 miles), Zamia Wildlife Refuge (3.4 miles), and Bar La Bomba (2.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hostal del Mar?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Hostal del Mar?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Hostal del Mar?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hostal del Mar?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mar y Luna Golfito, Banana Bay Marina Restaurant, and Restaurante Buenos Dias.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hostal del Mar?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Hostal del Mar?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hostal del Mar?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Is Hostal del Mar accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.