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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Reasonably good reviews led us to stay at Maleku the night we arrived in Costa Rica.

The manager on duty was courteous and informative. We felt welcome.

We found the dorm area to be quite a cramped space. At least there was a window. The stair way up to the dorm was steep and also head low head clearance.

The private rooms were also quite small.

The shared bathroom was reasonably clean and functional. Same for the kitchen.

Overall the Maleku is suitable for emergency purposes, but not really much fun otherwise.
Several repeat guests claimed to love the place, I can't really see why. We moved on and stayed a week at the next place.

Date of stay: February 2013
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Jeff W
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We used MalekU twice on our trip to Costa Rica,once when we returned to the Central valley on our way up to Belize and on our way back before leaving for Tortuguero.
The hostel is situated opposite the hospital in Alajuela about a mile from the airport.The centre of Alajuela is about 25 minutes walk from the hostel and there is a supermarket just 200 yards up the road.
There is a variety of rooms from twin bedded rooms through to dorm rooms.It's comfortable and clean but basic.There is a small communal area with wifi and a couple of PCs, comfortable chairs etc. but space is limited especially when there are lots of guests.The kitchen area is well equipped but small.
A good place to overnight between trips.The staff is very friendly and very helpful ( they organized our transport to Tortuguero and at a moment's notice)There is a regular shuttle service to the airport. The only downside is the size and the fact that the hostel is right next to a very busy,noisy road.

Room tip: Avoid rooms on the ground floor facing the busy road.
Date of stay: February 2013
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank Irvin C
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Great hostel for great value and most importantly very secure place. The employees here are very friendly and helpful, the best place to spend your last day before you fly back, since it's really close to the airport and they provide a free shuttle service!

Date of stay: March 2013
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Thank fesign
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

Great place to stay! The hostel seems very homey, clean and it is secure.
Employees are so friendly and they also offer breakfast including coffee and tea. They arrange a free taxi ride to the airport from 5am to 5pm, and i what i find out the best, is that you do not have to leave at check out time, you can stay there till your flight. I recommend this hostel either for the beginning or end of your trip!

Date of stay: January 2013
Trip type: Traveled solo
Thank friduska
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Reviewed January 18, 2013 via mobile

This was the perfect end to our trip. We didn't spend a lot if time here, but my bed was really comfy and the employees were friendly. The place was clean and secure. As advertised, they arranged a free taxi ride to the airport at 5 am. We missed the breakfast, but oh well. I would recommend this hostel.

Date of stay: January 2013
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Thank Melykry
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