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Gringo Pete's Too
Uppsala, Sweden
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28 reviews
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“Excellent value for money”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Our taxi driver brought us to this hostel and the good impression at the beginning was confirmed during our stay. We stayed two nights in a room upstairs with double bed and used the kitchen one evening and every morning. The kitchen has all you need and is average clean. The price of 14 USD for two people, private room with own bathroom was absolutely fair and cheap in comparison to other places we checked out in La Fortuna. However, our room got hot during night as we only had a fan. The mattress was very bad but okay for a short stay.
Warning - Our friends had a room downstairs and had cockroaches in the bathroom, so better check this out in advance!
Moreover, our guide for the Arenal hiking tour was very uncommunicative, drunken all the day and lethargic... Probably you want to book this tour somewhere else at the guide did almost all tours. Price was convincing here too but we would have spend some USD more to have a good guide. However, transportation can be easily arranged via Gringo Petes as it was cheap and worked perfectly fine!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

The rooms are inexpensive, the kitchen and bathrooms are clean. However, there is no air conditioning so during the day it gets really hot. We stayed at the other location of the hotel (called Gringo Pete's Too), under the same ownership. We booked a tour to the volcano and hot spring which were really enjoyable. However, on the last day we went to check out a little after 11 and the manager refused to return our key deposit and tried to charge us for an additional night (check was at 10, and only posted on one sign). When we tried to discuss this with him, he got really nasty. Up until that I had a good experience but that left a really bad taste in my mouth. So either don't stay here or be super careful to not break any of the rules.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Riverside, California
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Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

Super cute little house that is worth 5$! Everything was clean and very homey. Pete and Marta very both very helpful and kind with us while we were there. The house has a well stocked kitchen, which is helpful if staying a few days. It was nice for us to be in a place that was quite at night, with no partiers around. The free wifi was great and worked well too!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Pete accused me of stealing a book and kicked me out of the hostel. I did no such thing. He told me - Well I would rather be wrong than have you lying to me. Pete, therefore, lives in a world where two wrongs make a right. This hostel is beautiful, clean and cheap; many people will go stay here and have no problem. But...

Be warned. Pete is a despicable person and it is only a matter of time until he ruins another traveler's happy adventure - for no reason except for his self-satisfying fanatical delusions.

Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

We had a great time at Pete's and would have stayed longer if we were in the area more. It's not incredibly fancy, but for $5 it's a great deal to get to use the kitchen, free coffee, big dorm beds, and enough bathroom space for everyone. I was worried about being too hot but the room was nice and cool at night (two different times people actually turned off the fan) and Pete and Marta were very helpful and accommodating. No one was rude to us like some other reviews have mentioned. They also book tours for cheaper than just about everyone else! They just don't push it in your face like some other companies. But Pete's is the way to go, we stayed at #1 and I thought it was so cute. Pura vida!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Austin, Texas, United States
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Everything you need - kitchen, beds, etc. Not a party hostel but a very social place that seems to encourage people to get together. Pete has clearly been doing it for a while and has some hard rules in place that keep the place running. I would definitely stay here again if in the area.

Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 25, 2013

Stayed in "Gringo Pete's too" for two nighs. Stuff was friendly and helpful.
They are offering a lots of tours
The rooms are ok for this price. Ask for a receipt after paying the room!
The kitchen was dirty and the coffee in the morning was terrible.
Do the Volcano Tour with William, it was very good. He knows a lot about his nature.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Gringo Pete's Too
Address: off the main road, 350m from bus stop away from volcano, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 11000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 68 Specialty Lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Number of rooms: 27
Also Known As:
Gringo Pete`s Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Gringo Pete's Too Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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