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Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed in a 4 woman dorm, the hostel was clean, decent food and really great staff! They were very helpful and 24 hour beer available :) Diena and Vic especially! Thanks guys! The pool was great to have in the city and described by many as a little oasis in San Jose. Google maps will tell you the hostel...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice setting with pool and well equipped kitchen. Rooms are a bit tired. The staff here really let the place down. It felt like we were interrupting the receptionist's movie when we checked in one evening. Later that night at 3am I was woken by the night security guard and his mates talking loudly at reception. Had to go...

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Berlin, Germany
Reviewed October 31, 2016

Generally San José is not the nicest town in the world. At least for me nothing special. We stood in San José just for transfer. Location from the hostel: Can't say much, just not too far from the main shopping street. Nearby are a lot of (dubios) bars. Heaps of young backpackers here. Easy too reach from the airport: Tuasa...

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Basel, Switzerland
Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

The public area is really great, nice pool and bar, friendly staff. The dorms downstairs were a little shabby but the beds were comfortable. The location is just around the corner of a bar street, so going out seems to be safe, since the hostel is that close :)

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Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

First time in a hostel and first Time in San José. The hostel staff is perfect. They were very Nice and helpful for directions. Perhaps, the hostel is not that perfect. Our window wasn't closing so we heard all the outside Sound. And there was only one bathroom... Which is not much for a hostel big like this.

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Costa Rica B, Gerente at Costa Rica Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello: Thank you for your comment. Best regards

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

Costa Rica backpackers hostel was the first hostel in Costa Rica that I stayed in. I must say that I didn't have any expectations to standards of the place and or its facilities at that time. It only took me one day to fully fall in love with the place and it's visitors. This hostel is located in the perfect...

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Costa Rica B, Gerente at Costa Rica Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello: Thank you for your review, we are happy you had a pleasant stay and hope to see you soon. Pura vida.

Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

Backpackers is a traditional hostel. Plenty of rooms, open/common areas, a pool, wifi, and other travel information...it's definitely not the cleanest place or most comfortable place I've stayed (the train that goes by is brutal), but if you need a bed for the night super cheap, there really isn't anywhere better.

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Hello: Thank you for your comment. Best regards

Birkerod, Denmark
Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

I found this hostel on Hostelworld. As it being our first hostel-stay in Central America it was nearly perfect! The owner/receptionist was extremely friendly and answered all of our questions helpfully. He also told us about other places of Costa Rica that he thought was worth a visit. So nice! Furthermore the hostel sent a taxi to pick us up...

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Costa Rica B, Gerente at Costa Rica Backpackers, responded to this review

Delighted to read your review. Our staff is one of our main motors. We hope you will visit us soon. Pura vida

New York
Reviewed August 16, 2016

I flew out from San Jose and I got there late at night and exhausted and the staff helped me get a bus to the airport and was overall super nice. I could have fell asleep on anything at this point but the beds were nice enough and everything was relatively clean.

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Hola Ashley: Thank you very much for your comment. Pura Vida.

Coffs Harbour, Australia
Reviewed August 8, 2016

Stayed here for over a week waiting for my flights out and by far the weirdest feeling hostel I've come across. The hostel has so much potential yet falls short for engaging the backpackers at night time and it kinda just feels like a hotel. Idk it couldve been because i had some french canadian guys smoking weed in the...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The #1 budget hostel and meeting spot for travelers in San Jose, Costa Rica and Lonely Planet readers' favorite since 2001. We have excellent reviews from guide books and on internet. Come and meet people from all around the world in our little slice of paradise, swap stories ! Catch the sun in our tropical garden, swim in the pool and don`t miss the happy hour at the "BAR-PACKERS" at 5pm!ALL FREE - internet (7 computers), wifi, coffee & tea; kitchen facilities (save money cook for yourself), parking, storage.TOP FACILITIES - Biggest pool & garden in San Jose, sunbathing, cable tv, international phone calls, hot showers, laundry service, tour desk, 24-hr security. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Costa Rica Backpackers

Address: Avenida 6, Calle 21/25 | De la iglesia Sagrado Corazon, 100 metros norte, 50 oeste., San Jose, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Price Range: $14 - $35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Costa Rica Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 4
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  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“Top level room 15”
 of 5 bubbles IgnorantBrent, Aug 8, 2016 | Read review
“Near the front of the hostel is the best”
 of 5 bubbles Kaxiooso, Jun 8, 2016 | Read review
“Trains pass near the rear of the hostel and it's maddening.”
  • The room wasn't musty, but the mosquitos did visit regularly.
 of 5 bubbles Fotodog, Mar 30, 2016 | Read review
“Keep away from the rooms in the back, they are just by the railroad and the train does whistle in the middle of the night!”
 of 5 bubbles 414valeriem, Feb 2, 2016 | Read review
“Dorm #4 is loud”
 of 5 bubbles A4557RWrachels, Jan 11, 2016 | Read review
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