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Arenal Hostel Resort
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USA
1 review
“Simply wonderful”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

A wonderful oasis from town. Stunning, relaxing grounds. Amazing staff (Pablo in particular) helped find many excursions. Hammocks, Pool, Bar, Breakfast area. Everything you need and a great place to meet other travelers. I will definitely return when traveling back to the Arenal area.

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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Great place in middle of La Fortuna - with nice dorms - very nice bar and pool area with friendly and serviceminded staff - they also helped us with lodging at next stop in Monteverde. Only downfall was that when booking tours we were promished a personal tour (group of 11) but ended up crammed together with many more in vans and boats.. so don't promise what you can't keep! And the booked 5 beds in a 6 bed female dorm turned out to be 5 ladies and 1 poor boy!
But otherwise everything works smooth and friendly - I will recommed this place!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Hostel was great, service was solid. Great location in la fortuna and I'd stay again. They have a nice bar where everyone congregates so good for meeting folks. Prices were fairly reasonable. For a hostel it is really a resort.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Costa Mesa, California
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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Arenal Hostel Resort

Property: Arenal Hostel Resort
Address: La Fortuna | South side of catholic church, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, 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 #5 of 73 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, besides standing out for our excellent location in La Fortuna, is a place that characterize for making the difference, where day by day we work as a team to provide our guests a unique experience in boarding and adventure. The charisma of our team members and their renowned assistance, is what makes Arenal Hostel Resort a place to come back. Arenal Hostel Resort was born with the idea of making a new concept in the area, where a good price and the quality of lodging, were the fundamental aspect that would identify us. As well as a point of meeting to make friends. ... more   less 
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