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Castle Tam Hostel
Reviewed April 16, 2012

I stayed one night at this hostel near UCR in San Pedro, San Jose Costa Rica in March. I've been to Costa Rica now 6 times since 2002. I've done everything from beach vacation to community service in a local village without electricity and have traveled up near the Nicaraugan border and down in the central valley. My friend and I chose this hostel based on location and reviews and were happy with our stay.

This hostel is not the cleanest or the quietest, but it is decidedly safe and friendly. We spend the night here after 5 days at the beach in Gaunecaste. I immediately felt at home with the managers and volunteers working at the hostel, not least of all because they offered beer and snacks at night when I was much in need. In March the air is chilly at night, so bring long sleeves. But fear not- lots of extra blankets available if needed.

We stayed in a room at the front of the building, right behind the reception desk. It was unfortunately a bit noisy with street traffic, but the room itself was decent sized, both bathrooms had working hot water, there were plenty of other guests around at night to socialize, and Jackie (who was working at the hostel) helped provide local information.

Recommended for sociable travelers, especially under the age or 30, who stay up later at night and wake up later in the morning. It's hard to find people working before 10am, so plan ahead if you need information or advice for morning adventures or commutes.

This hostel can be very hard to find at night or if you're unfamiliar with the area, so take the advice given: call for precise directions and you'll find the staff very accommodating.

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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

I was only here for a night and it's been the most unsanitary place I've ever been to. The manager just doesn't clean this place at all. It was close to Zapote, where the Zapote fiestas were happening.. There is no reason to stay at this hostel what so ever.. Please go somewhere else..

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 9, 2011

This hostel is a really homey, personal place to stay. The owners were incredibly accommodating, I couldn't lift a finger - they took care of all logistics for me. And the beds were super comfortable! I give it my highest recommendation!

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Stayed: April 2011, traveled solo
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Stayed: July 2015, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 17, 2015
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  • Stayed: August 2015, traveled with friends
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Stayed: July 2015, traveled with friends
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Stayed: April 2015, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Castle Tam Hostel

Address: 100 metros oeste Escuela de la Roosevelt | San Pedro, San Pedro 1000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Pedro
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 14 Specialty Lodging in San Pedro
Price Range: $16 - $26 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We're in the heart of lively, upscale San Pedro, only 300 meters from the University of Costa Rica and the student nightlife of Calle de la Amargura. Our hostel is 10 minutes by bus from downtown San Jose and walking distance from San Pedro Mall, three supermarkets and many restaurants! We have two full kitchens and plenty of fridge space for your food. Hang out with fellow travelers in the courtyard, or watch students pass by on the outside terrace. San Pedro is a safe neighborhood in San Jose, so we enjoy taking our guests out for movie nights, skating, city walks and pub crawls on Calle de la Amargura. We have regular BBQs, hot water in every bathroom and free WiFi throughout the building. ... more   less 
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Castle Tam Hostel Costa Rica/San Pedro

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