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Tranquilo Backpackers

400 meters north of Franks Place Playa Carmen, Santa Teresa 1000 Costa Rica
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#45 of 81 Specialty lodging in Santa Teresa
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English, Spanish
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Free internet


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Grade: 82 out of 100
25Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
1Attractionwithin 0.3 miles
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708amyj wrote a review Apr 2017
Edmonton, Canada4 contributions2 helpful votes
A friend told us it was clean and good breakfast which was true. The price was a bit high for a private room with bathroom and we were able to spend another $20USD and get a way nicer place. It was a great location and ideal for someone looking to crash but close to the beach. The water restrictions also made it tough as they shut off the water and thought it would be back on by 5:30AM as told but didn't come on until 2 hrs later. Breakfast was delicious but staff weren't the friendliest. I've stayed in lots of hostels throughout south America and this one had everything necessary just wasn't for us. Wifi was also spotty.
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Date of stay: March 2017
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Eva wrote a review Mar 2017
England, United Kingdom2 contributions9 helpful votes
We had found this place online and as we were arriving late we just needed a place to stay and thought this place will do. We stayed in a private room, baring in mind costa rica is pretty pricey anyway, there is not a chance they could charge $40 a night for there room i dont think it had even been cleaned! It was filthy, toilet seat was all gruby and they even gave us stained sheets and moldy pillows. No soap or towels, The room stank also. Breakfast was included which is always a good thing, but even that was a disappointment as my pancake was not even cooked in the middle. I dont know how they can charge so much for such poor efforts! Stayed one night and had to leave first thing in the morning, disgusting! Dont waste your time or money here it is not worth it. Many other places to stay that is definitely worth the money.
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Jordash99 wrote a review Feb 2017
Moncton, Canada4 contributions1 helpful vote
Stayed at Tranquilo Jan 2017 and really enjoyed it. The layout of the hostel is pretty neat, 2 floors open to the outside, and all rooms have a hammock on their deck along with table. There are 2 bathrooms for the hostel to share, one for men and one for women. Beach is very close, waves are big however it is definitely more of a surfer's paradise. I don't surf so I found it a little hard to find an area where I wouldn't be in someone's way. Lots of restaurants nearby and some good local ones that are cheap (called Soda's) Breakfast was included when we went, they say "pancakes" but it's crepes. You get one crepe with fruit, we had pineapple and banana, then the rest would be plain without fruit. Would recommend for someone looking to experience real Costa Rica away from the touristy areas.
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Date of stay: January 2017
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
tubdo55 wrote a review Jan 2017
San Francisco, California9 contributions4 helpful votes
I stay here every year since David and his former partner first opened it.I love the fact that they have real hot water and there is no micro wave, so you have to cook your food-Old School style.There is free breakfast which consist of pancakes with fruit,,but I preferred, to cook my own breakfast.I also like the fact that sometimes we cook community meals,and almost anything is a cause for celebrations whether it's a birthday or we've run out of bananas.The owner also works on keeping the noise down,after 11:00 p.m, by encouraging people to go to a man cave he build right above the office to drink and play pool.Oh! they do not accept credit cards only cash.
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Date of stay: December 2016
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Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Private rooms with a bath and 2 beds,at $30 are worth the price since a bed in a dorm room is...
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Sarah P wrote a review Jun 2016
4 contributions
Stayed for a night, friendly staff and nice kitchen. Could do with a microwave however. Breakfast you have to cook yourself however it is supplied. The showers need sorting and fixing and I think it is in the process of doing so. Also I think we were the only guests staying so very quiet. This place has lots of potential if the bathrooms are sorted and maybe kitchen improved and I'm sure in high season it will be very nice.
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Date of stay: June 2016
$47 - $124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tranquilo Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Tranquilo Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Playa Carmen (0.3 miles).
What are some restaurants close to Tranquilo Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Product C, El Tercer Ojo, and The Bakery.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tranquilo Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.