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“We really liked it” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hostel Trotamundos
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Salzburg, Austria
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54 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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“We really liked it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

We ended up staying a total of 8 nights here because my husband got ill. It all started off very positive when we arrived at 10pm and were given a free upgrade from the double with shared bathroom that we had booked to a double with an ensuite!

The hostel is owned by a Costa Rican family, Alex and Matilde. Alex is basically on site 24/7 and can help with anything. He is super friendly, speaks good English, is always smiling and can answer any questions you might have.

Breakfast is good and plentiful. They try and keep it varied so you're not eating the same stuff every morning, so there's cinnamon pancakes, ham and cheese sandwiches, toast, cereal, gallo pinto, eggs.... and always coffee, tea, fresh fruit and juice.

There is hot water all day long (electric showers - so whatever you do, don't think about touching the shower head while in there LOL)

The kitchen is well equipped, and there's two computers and free wifi that has a strong signal even in the ensuite rooms at the back.

There's also a free airport shuttle for those staying in private rooms. It's only a 5 or 10min drive (depending on your taxi driver LOL)

The only thing I could fault is the set up. The three rooms at the front of the building open onto the dining/common area. You aren't allowed to hang out there from 10pm onwards, though, so even when we stayed in one of these rooms we always got a good night's sleep. So I guess if people play by the rules and aren't hanging out there until late at night then that's no problem. The rooms upstairs and the two ensuites at the back of the building are further away from the common area. It's certainly NOT a party hostel, it is social and we did meet fun people, but you are still able to get a good night's sleep!

The hostel is basic, but it is always clean and it is very good value for money. We enjoyed our stay and would certainly stay here again.

Room Tip: I preferred the rooms at the back (the doubles with ensuite) because there's less traffic noise...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Austin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

Good location. Room was very clean. Breakfast was big and very good. Staff was very friendly and helpful, arranging for a taxi to the airport. Overall a great value and we would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Quebec City, Canada
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69 reviews
46 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

First thanks to Alex and his wife for the warm welcome we received. We stayed one night in the beginning of our trip and then two more before the flight back. We had a great stay, it's clean, they make free pancakes and cofee in the morning and we had a lot of great valuable information about getting around by car in Alajuela (kind of not easy to drive into). Thanks a lot! Pura Vida :)
Guylain et Marie

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Guyl101
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Washington, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2012

this is the best place i visited in costa rica in my trip for this country. place is clean, organize, and the owners are exellent people. here breakfast is big and delicius coffe you can drink the coffe you like i stayed 3 days and every day i ate something differet. at costa rican style gallo pinto, arepas, empanadas. with out more words this is a really good place to stay.. and to finish your vacations they have free shuttle to the airport.. so i say thank you alex and matilde..

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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tadsmalley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

This is as good a place as your going to find near the airport, A Hostel run and owned by a couple who both worked in the tourist industry before they bought this place. It's about 5 dollars Taxi ride from the airport and they will get you back free. The wifi is strong and they have two extra computers for those who don't have them. He was a guide all over Costa Rica before he settled down to the Hostel hosting and knows all the best ways to get around safely. She worked in the Parks before and is also very helpful. The bed was great, the breakfast was excellent and the coffee better then Starbux.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Boqueron,PR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2012

Excellent option. Nice staff. Clean, cheap and convenient....

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cclc2012
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2012

This is a great little hostel. The owners Alex and Matilde are the most friendly and helpful people ever! The breakfast (included) is different every day but always yummy!

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank YvonneVHolland
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Property: Hostel Trotamundos
Address: Av 5, between street 2-4, One Block north and half block west from Juan Sant, Alajuela 1614050, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #5 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
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