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“Best hostel in San Jose”
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Hostel Urbano
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Simply the best hostel in San Jose. Located in San Pedro - a trendy part of town with great restaurants, bars, shops and a cinema - the hostel is just so friendly, clean and had great facilities. However, the best thing about the place is the staff who are so friendly and helpful. They also have a cat and a little puppy that wrestle in the garden!

Room Tip: We had one of the private double bedrooms and it was great. There is no curfew, but the TV and pool...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hostel U, Guest Relations Manager at Hostel Urbano, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2013

Hi James,
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! Zelda (puppy) and Malacrianza (cat) said you Hello :) Hostel Urbano

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Modern and open vibe. Very friendly staff, who are happy to accommodate you- be it making transportation reservations or recommending a great restaurant. Good wifi access, a big clean kitchen with a shared cookbook. VERY clean. Offer a convenient storage room for day trips or extended travel. Really cool outdoor space for hanging out. Great hangout area that gives off a social vibe, great place to meet people! Safe entrance with front gate and security camera. Wonderful place to stay while in San Jose. We loved place and would definitely go back!

Room Tip: If you request a private room they do their best to accommodate.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Danielle D
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Hostel U, Guest Relations Manager at Hostel Urbano, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2013

Hi Danielle,
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 October 10, 2013

I liked pretty much everything about this hostel, it was clean, airy and bright with helpful and well informed staff, and in a decent area with an easy bus ride downtown. Not too far down the road (left on exit) is a big supermarket (max o menos) and in the other direction is the big mall. To get downtown, any buses right outside marked for San Jose get you there in just 5 minutes (prices are shown on the front of the bus so their should be no guessing).

In terms of onward transport, I went to the TUASA terminal to catch a bus to the airport (a little west of the central market), you can take buses to Monteverde from San Carlos Terminal, and to Manuel Antonio from a more southern terminal, the name of which escapes me I am afraid. I walked between the former and latter terminals the day I left so you can walk from downtown if you want to safe taxi fares.

Note for girls with boyfriends: unexpectedly, there is a shockingly high frequency of unfeasibly attractive woman in San Pedro and San Jose so keep him indoors (the hostel has a nice pool table and a TV, the cute dog can provide hours of fun too) ;)

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Thank randallml
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Hostel U, Receptionist at Hostel Urbano, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2013

Thank you for your comments! Hope you had a great time in CR!

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

I stayed only two nights at this wonderful place. I had a single room which was one of the cleanest during my whole trip. it was so spacious and wonderfully furnished. Everything is modern and just made for Backpackers. The staff was very nice and showed me everything and explained how to use even the "tico" shower. I met quickly new people because everyone sat at the open living room in front of the TV!
I met my costa rican friend there, who stayed one night at this place and even she said that it was very cheap and at a very good location.
If you wanna go out there's this street full of bars just around the corner.
Go there it's a nice place in the busy and not very apealing city to take breath!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Larissa M
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Hostel U, Receptionist at Hostel Urbano, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2013

Thank you for your comments!!! Indeed, our location, is really nice because you are in the city without having to deal with all the downsides of the city. 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 some time.

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Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here two nights while passing between the airport and Tortuguero. It was clean. The location isn't bad, I'd much rather be here than in downtown. Everything you need is close by.
The staff is awesome. I only interacted with Kate, but she was able to help me with anything I needed. She was great.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Hostel U, Public Relations Manager at Hostel Urbano, responded to this reviewResponded September 21, 2013

Hi Tiffany,
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 September 8, 2013

The staff was so kind and thoughtful it was almost weird...but, I grew accustomed very quickly. I am now returning to Costa Rica nearly a year later and am about to make reservations again. The kitchen was clean, well managed and organized which is unusual based on many other hostels I have visited in Central America.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hostel U, Guest Relations Manager at Hostel Urbano, responded to this reviewResponded September 21, 2013

Hi Iavonne,
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 29, 2013

Hostel Urbano was recommended to me and I would like to pass on the recommendation. The staff are so friendly and helpful and the hostel itself is very clean and comfortable. It has a super cute cat, a big kitchen, a lovely garden, a big tv, hot showers, a pool table, a ping pong table, computers and wifi. San Pedro is not the safest place but I felt extremely safe in the hostel. The staff gave us plenty of tips on how to best survive the hustle and bustle of San Jose. Stay here if you're in the area. Private rooms are also available :)

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
Thank Caitlin V
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Hostel U, Receptionist at Hostel Urbano, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2013

Thank you soo much for your beautiful words! We really appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback, it is very important for us!
Hope you guys have wonderful travels!

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Additional Information about Hostel Urbano

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 - $21 (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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