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“Absolutely amazing, how hostels should be run”
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Hostel Urbano
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

It was fantastic, clean, comfortable, large rooms, great layout, well equiped and very knowledgable, friendly staff. It is exactly what a hostel should be. Sets a new standard for hostelling. The staff were able to answer our every question often before we asked them :) They were especially helpful in securing us a taxi, walking us to it and making sure we did not get ripped off :) Nothing was too much hastle for them. We couldn't have asked for anything more, we definately be back, if you are staying in San Pedro this is where you want to be.

Room Tip: Quieter rooms are at the back but all are of an excellent quality
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hostel U, Guest Relations Manager at Hostel Urbano, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2013

Hi Emma,
Thanks so much for your review!! It was so nice to have you here really !! hope to meet up some time soon again, and you know you have a home in Costa Rica !!!
Indeed, we love to give the customer the greatest possible assistance, and this comes added the provide the best possible accommodation, either in terms clean, comfort, facilities. With our location, we have many plus points, as the university price around , near bars, restaurants, malls, banks, many local tourist use, just two blocks around. We hope to have you here again. It s a pleasure! :) Hostel Urbano

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

I only stayed here one night, but I still felt compelled to write a review. The staff are EXTREMELY nice and helpful (and hot), the building is nice, newly renovated, clean and functional. Breakfast is well prepared pancakes with nice fresh fruit, and they are cooked FOR YOU!!! Nice backyard. Great TV, although I didn't spend much time watching movies (apparently they have a good selection).

This place ticks all the boxes, unless you want an all out party hostel. It isn't quite a party hostel, but I wouldn't say it is a prudish/boring hostel either. You aren't going to get told off for coming home drunk, or hanging out drinking and smoking (cigarettes only I swear) in the backyard but it doesn't have a bar/party nights etc.

Room Tip: only stayed in one. was pretty sweet, although it is a kind of busy student area at night. This is b...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Fazzleg
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Hostel U, Guest Relations Manager at Hostel Urbano, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2013

Hi, So nice to hear this !! Thanks for your great feedback, It is really important for us that our guests feel at home!! thanks for your comments we really appreciate it! We hope to see you a next time, here in the Hostel, Best regards, :) Claudia Hostel Urbano!

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

I stayed at Hostel Pangea a day before a new friend coaxed me into staying where she was. I'm so happy I did!

Hostel Urbano is *the* example of how a hostel should be operated. The entire property is extremely clean. Kitchen is very well stocked. I like to do a lot of cooking, albeit sometimes fancy cooking, when I travel and Urbano's kitchen was very well setup for this! Also they have a very nice garden perfect for hanging out in the sunshine or having a pizza party in their new brick oven!

The hostel location is not ideal, but still very manageable once you figure out the city bus system. Just ask the hostel staff and it's easy! It is also a bit of a walk to the nearest super market, but again, not a deal breaker.

Lastly, the staff. I apologize for having forgotten their names, but the girl who owns the hostel and her sister are both very friendly and wonderful people! I would love to return just to chat with them some more.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Sean S
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Hostel U, Guest Relations Manager at Hostel Urbano, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2013

Hi, So nice to hear this !! Thanks for your great feedback, It is really important for us that our guests feel at home!! thanks for your comments we really appreciate it! We hope to see you a next time, here in the Hostel, Best regards, :) Claudia Hostel Urbano!

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This hostel is great. It is clean, well decorated and comfortable. We were worried about the location before we arrived but fear not! San Pedro is a great place for nightlife and places to eat, it also felt very safe at night. Whereas San Jose city centre is not someplace you want to wander around at night. Access to the city centre is simple and fast. Only tens minutes on a public bus. It will not be a problem.
The staff are so nice. By far the nicest, friendliest and most helpful set of staff I have come across yet. If you want a taxi they will walk out onto the street and get you one, tell the driver where you are going and negotiate a price. This is an invaluable service if your spanglish is as poor as mine.
I could gush on and on but instead I will finish simply with, I can't fault this hostel in anyway!!

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hostel U, Public Relations Manager at Hostel Urbano, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2013

Hi Diarmuid, Thank you very much for your nice comment, it is very important to us. Indeed, we love to give the customer the greatest possible assistance, and this comes added the provide the best possible accommodation, either in terms clean, comfort, facilities. With our location, we have many plus points, as the university price around , near bars, restaurants, malls, banks, many local tourist use, just two blocks around. We hope to have you here again. It s a pleasure! :) Hostel Urbano

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Amazing hostel, amazing property, amazing staff...loud train (who cares) church bells (who cares). I can recommend this place to anybody, and be sure that they will be happy. Jane and staff will take care of you.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ariel M
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Hostel U, Guest Relations Manager at Hostel Urbano, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2013

Hi, Thank you very much for your nice comment, it is very important to us. Indeed, we love to give the customer the greatest possible assistance, and this comes added the provide the best possible accommodation, either in terms clean, comfort, facilities. With our location, we have many plus points, as the university price around , near bars, restaurants, malls, banks, many local tourist use, just two blocks around. We hope to have you here again. It s a pleasure! :) Hostel Urbano

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Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

There are really not enough good things to say about this place. The staff are absolutely amazing! Everyone went out of there way to make me feel at home and comfortable. They are incredibly helpful with any information you might need and always happy to help. I stayed here 4 times during my stay and wouldn't even consider anywhere else! The location is nice, the beds are comfortable and the hostel is always clean and tidy. Love this hostel!

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Thank Ashleye123
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Hostel U, Guest Relations Manager at Hostel Urbano, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

Hello Ashleye, how are you? hope everything is good back home!! thanks so much for your review!!! It was so nice to have you stay with us really!! and your comments are very much appreciated from all of us!!! It means so much to us that we were able to help and make you feel like home!!
Thanks again and hope to see you back in Costa Rica, some day!!!!
Best Wishes
Claudia
Hostel Urbano

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Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

Hostel Urbano is an amazing hostel located in San Pedro which is only about a 20 minute walk to downtown. A few blocks away is the University so within a few minutes walk from the hostel there is a large mall, bars, stores and many restaurants with good cheap local food. The hostel was by far the cleanest hostel I have ever stayed at, the dorms were very spacious and had a locker for each person under their bed, pancakes, coffee and fruit were included (so good!) and Kate, Claudia and Jane are amazing people with amazing energy and are beyond helpful from the moment you arrive. There is also an amazing backyard to chill, kick a ball around or cook in the BBQ area...free wifi....computers...pool table....and a comfy living room woth TV and lots of movies in case their is a rainy day : ) I highly recommend staying here!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Thank Joe L
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Hostel U, Public Relations Manager at Hostel Urbano, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

Heyyyy Joeeeee, we miss you!!! ehehehe
Thank you very much for your nice comment, it is very important to us.
Indeed, we love to give the customer the greatest possible assistance, and this comes added the provide the best possible accommodation, either in terms clean, comfort, facilities.
With our location, we have many plus points, as the university price around , near bars, restaurants, malls, banks, many local tourist use, just two blocks around.Our mission is to make our customer feel at home, cleanliness and good service are indispensable for us.

We hope to have you here again. It s a pleasure! :)

Best Regards Joe,
Claudia
Hostel Urbano!

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Address: In front of the Kennedy Park, San Pedro 645-7050, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Pedro
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Specialty Lodging in San Pedro
Price Range: $12 - $20 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are looking for a relaxed, fresh, clean, friendly, nice place to stay in San Jose, then look no further: Hostel Urbano is the ideal place for you!! Excellently located, on the University of Costa Rica Campus area, our hostel provides you with the perfect location surrounded by tons of restaurants, bars, banks, stores, malls, buses, taxis and even the train service!! So go ahead and check out our services and facilities and book now!! Please note: we are #1 of 58 Specialty Lodging in San Jose, as per tripadvisor!!! and have had excellence certificate every year since opened!!! as well as hoscars 2015 winners of Costa Rica!!! ... more   less 
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