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El Faro Beach Hostel

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Vancouver, Canada
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60 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

A great facility located right outside the entrance of the Manuel Antonio National Park (itself a bit of a over-rated yawner) with great amenities. They feature a swimming pool which was being used for midnight drinking parties by guests and you can watch the projected DVD movies from either the lounge area or from the pool. The $10 dorms are... More 

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Diego E, Gerente at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

Dear Anthony, Thank you for your feedback and for your personal opinion regarding your experience at our Hostel. We appreciate your very kind words on our great location, our private pool and nightly movie. About your main complaint, I have to say that we have already taken actions by buying two powerful air purifiers and new pillows. I hope that... More 

Surrey
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Great location as it is very close to the beach, restaurants and the national park. I appreciated the movie played nightly, and the pool. The manager seems nice and was informative about the bus schedule to San Jose. Although the hostel seems safe, the washrooms and showers are in separate location, and both doors do not have locks. It was... More 

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Diego E, Manager at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you very much for your constructive review! We appreciate your very kind words on our great location, our private pool and nightly movie. About some of your issues, I must say you have given us some good advices, and actually already replace the stove for a new one and we are going to make the showers and... More 

Alajuela, Costa Rica
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10 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Shipping containers made into rooms. Each room has a ceiling fan. The room is square. Each side is about two feet from the edge of the fan. Walk about 10 yards to a communal shower near the outdoor pool. Walk further to the communal toilets and wash sinks (no paper towels). No smoking. Ordered grilled cheese from pool side. When... More 

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Diego E, Manager at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

Dear S1ack23, Thank you for taking your time and sharing your experience! I´ve already talked with the Restaurant Manager regarding the problem you had with the sandwich in order to improve and we already took actions. Overall, I believe that this particular negative feedback is related to the construction noise issues, which is already done. So, I indeed want to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The only upside was an air conditioned room. Otherwise our room was terrible. The beds were rock hard and extremely uncomfortable. I can't emphasize enough how uncomfortable these beds were. They were like sleeping on a wooden pallet on top of a slab of granite. Room had water stains all over the roof. Hostel had no vibe whatsoever. There was... More 

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Diego E, Manager at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and for your personal opinion regarding your experience at our Hostel. These aspects are some of the upside that this particular guest forgot to mention in his review and we hope our future guests can understand. Our Hostel is located door to door to Manuel Antonio National Park, and its privilege location is a great... More 

OKC
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25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

National Park Backpackers was a very pleasant surprise! I had a private room, so I'm not sure about the dorms, but the A/C worked perfectly and the bathrooms were immaculate! The staff at the Funky Monkey were very polite and friendly. It's not far from the beach or the restaurants and shops. If traveling by bus, you can call them... More 

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Diego E, Manager at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

We are so happy that we exceeded your expectations! Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful experience with other readers on TripAdvisor!! More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

I stumbled into NPBP by accident and have somehow never left , the people are phenomenal, and their desire to make this area more spectacular than meets the eye is ongoing. From Candy your server at the Funky Monkey , Diego the manager and their host of expert tour specialist's, along with reserving any trip imaginable you can sometimes get... More 

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Diego E, Gerente at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

Dear Curtis: Wow... We are over the top pleased that you had such a wonderful time at National Park Backpackers (NPBP). Your very kind words mean a lot to our staff. Thank you once again for recommending us on Trip Advisor and we look forward to welcoming you back in a not too distant future. Kind regards, Diego Elizondo. Manager. More 

Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

I was sleeping at National Park Backpackers for 3 nights in March 2013, really liked the swimming pool and the vibe in the evenings when are outdoor movie screenings above the pool. The best located backpackers hostel in Manual Antonio, really close to the beach and to the National Park. I liked the big lockers beside each beds in the... More 

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Diego E, Gerente at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

Wonderful.....!! We are very pleased that our recent guests from Toronto, Canada were over the top about our service, location, staff and pool. Please come back soon!!! Thank you for sharing your experience on this TripAdvisor forum. Cheers, Diego Elizondo. Manager. More 

Mount Pleasant
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

I´ve stayed at many hostels and this is a pretty good one. Only things that would make it perfect are air conditioning, included breakfast, and provided water. Other than that they have it all. They have a kitchen you can use, a refridgerator, power outlets everywhere, fans near the front and back of the dorms, a pool, they provide sheets.... More 

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Diego E, Gerente at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

Dear Robert: Thank you so much. We really appreciate your glowing comments on our Hostel. Indeed, our beach in Manuel Antonio is just gorgeous!!! And the nature in the National Park is abundant, good that we are just 100 mts away from it... :) We look forward to your return visit in the not too distant future. We get so... More 

Everett, Washington
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

This place is super cool! We had a little misunderstanding at the beginning with our reservation, but they made it right with us and gave us a good deal to make up for it, so we feel lucky about that. The facility, pool, kitchen, lounging area is really nice, clean and we had a lovely time here. My husband and... More 

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Diego E, Gerente at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you ... Thank you ... Janelle from Washington! We are thrilled and excited that you loved our Hostel. It appears we did the right thing by our recent guests. Thank you for pointing out all of the wonderful things you experienced here between our pool, room, cleanliness, proximity to our wonderful National Park and our helpful staff. We look... More 

Oklahoma City
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I recently traveled to Manuel Antonio in mid November and was looking for an affordable place to stay. I was looking around and found National Backpackers. The description said it was was minutes from the beach and steps from the National Park. This was no lie. The entrance tot he park is just to the left of the hostel and... More 

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Diego E, Gerente at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

Dear Guest: Thank you for taking out your valuable time to post your review on this TripAdvisor forum and for choosing National Park Backpackers (NPBP) for your recent stay in Manuel Antonio. Guest satisfaction is our main goal and it is rewarding to learn that it has been achieved on this occasion. NPBP Team is proud to keep up with... More 

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Amenities

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  • Free Internet
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Free Internet
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  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
El Faro Beach Hostel is conveniently located within steps from the entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park and only a short walk to Playa Espadilla (the main beach). We have an outdoor swimming pool and several common areas which provide a great place to relax and have fun with fellow guests from all over the world. We offer both private rooms and dorms with hot showers and a fully-equipped guest kitchen. Manuel Antonio is a mecca for the adventure seeker whether it is sportfishing, ziplining, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, horseback riding, ATV tours... our friendly staff can arrange it all. It is also a haven for nature enthusiasts with all the flora and fauna and wildlife in the park.On-site we have our restaurant, the "Funky Monkey", which serves both local and international flavors from 6am to 10pm daily... including beer, for a great price. Also, we have a nightly poolside movie feature (and yes, we will take requests on what to show). We are the only hostel in the area with our amenities AND a great location. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or if there are any special arrangements you should need. We are here for you and to ensure your time spent in Manuel Antonio is the best it can possibly be. Other amenities:• WiFi • Swimming pool• No curfew• Lockers• Nighttime security guard• Free parking• Tour information• Snacks and beverages for sale• Fully-equipped kitchen area• Pura vida!!! ... more   less 

Additional Information about El Faro Beach Hostel

Address: | Next Door to Manuel Antonio National Park,300 Mts from Restaurante Marlen, Manuel Antonio National Park XQP, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range: $14 - $29 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
Also Known As:
El Faro Beach Hostel Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park
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