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“Great hostel - worth the price!” 5 of 5 stars
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Arenal Hostel Resort
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Costa Mesa, California
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Great hostel - worth the price!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Me and my bf stayed here for 40/night for a private room. It was so huge and had a tv, nice bathroom and two beds! We were really impressed it seemed to be more of a hotel like feel. The ground were nice with the hammocks and bar area. It was a perfect location if you wanted to shop around and eat at the local food places. Everything is walking distance from the hostel and the staff were really friendly as well!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

The jungle man guide is a very knowledge person about local history, wildlife and plants. He can explain everything in a historical and cultural context which makes it that more enjoyable, he gives a very off the beaten path view of the Arenal area and of all of Costa Rica, which is a breath of fresh air bc Costa Rica is pretty commercial.
The hotel is very conveniently located and the staff is very helpful with everything.

  • Stayed August 2013
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San Jose, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

This place is simply a great place to stay. The layout is great, the location is perfect and the staff are very helpful. Pablo is the man. He runs the place and takes care of everyone. There is a complimentary drink as you arrive, which is delicious, good food at the kitchen on site and a swim up bar as well. The rooms are nice and kept as cool as you want. No strict regulation of air conditioning. There really isn't a better deal. It was 28 bucks for 2 nights. There are also a bunch of hammocks and a central water fountain which adds to the beautiful courtyard. Enjoy your stay!

Room Tip: Just double check to make sure the shower is okay. There was a small issue that got resolved.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

This was a great hostel with great service and amenities. The hostel (more like a hotel) was in a perfect location within walking distance to shops, restaurants/bars, markets and the bus stop. The staff was very friendly and helpful in booking tours and making recommendations for what we could do while we were in Arenal. The room was clean and very big with high cathedral ceilings. The outdoor common area was perfect with hammocks for relaxing, a full bar with a buy get 1 free happy hour and a full food menu. The food and drinks were very reasonably priced. We had a nice time here and the price for the stay was unbeatable!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

This place is awesome. Staff are super helpful and the place is really nice. There is a pool with a bar and the drinks are delicious! The private rooms are huge and the location is perfect. Great vibe, great value - highly recommend.

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Thank Lizziebo
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São Paulo, Brasil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

I do recommend this place, U$ 14,00 for dorm. Its central, very clean, staff so helpful even from the woman that clean to the people in the office. beautiful area with a pool. Roberto its a great bar man ask some drinks to him!! You can book everything in the hotel.
I was the mix dorm, all clean, a good space.
The only problem was some noisy on saturday morning, some guys were doing something in the wall, drill noisy and constant hammering, so was impossible to keep sleeping after 8:30am. So next time the hostel have some to fix, maybe should do later, some people like to sleep more time!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Kyle, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

There were three of us and stayed in a room with 4 double beds, TV, private bath, and AC. The pool has a swim up bar and the food is cooked fresh in the kitchen behind the bar. All of the staff were amazing and very helpful.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Additional Information about Arenal Hostel Resort

Property: Arenal Hostel Resort
Address: | South side of catholic church, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 506, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 66 Specialty Lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Arenal Hostel Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Hostel Resort have the best location and facilities...( dorms and rooms )There are many reasons to visit La Fortuna, Costa Rica, whether your trip brings you here to observe the majestic Arenal Volcano, or to enjoy the pure natural beauty that the area has to offer. Come here to explore or rest and relax surrounded by the silence and mystery of our mountains. Arenal Hostel Resort is a true pioneer of Eco-Tourism in this area. We offer a great place to stay where you will feel at home and meet new people as you embark on the adventure of a lifetime.Arenal Hostel Resort is a place created for you by one of the premier pioneers of tourism development in this area. ... more   less 
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