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Pura Vida Hostel
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Reviewed July 31, 2010

best hostel in tamarindo! "pura vida" hostel is very centrally located. my two friends and i just had such a good time there! it has really comfy sleeping quarters, AC, two big kitchens, and a great gathering area filled with hammocks, reading material, and a ping pong table. oh, and complimentary internet.
the proprietress is miriam kraft, a young slovakian lady who moved there after quitting her job as a high-powered consultant in the u.s.
she was super cool and gave us lots of good recommendations for affordable eats in town and where to surf. she also saved us a ton of cash on a rental car.
highly recommend pura vida hostel!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 29, 2010

Nice big rooms with a relaxing atmosphere. Pura Vida have a nice social scene, which includes hammock's,ping pong table, and a pool table. Located five minutes walk from the beach. Hostel owner Miriam makes sure the place is very clean.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 17, 2010

Miriam Kraft, the lovely proprietress of this porperty is it's greatest asset. Always "on duty", she promptly answered several emails before our threesome's arrival, then continued to happily assist us with activities like planning surf lessons and recommending local businesses and services. Miriam always had a 'friend' who could help us with whatever we needed- at substantial discounts over anything else we coule find! She was also constantly upgrading the property with fresh paint, new drainage systems, etc...

Comfortable hammocks, daybeds and rocking chairs await the weary or lazy, and spotless, lush tropical surroundings provide a tranquil sanctuary from the small but busy surf town. Two community kitchens with refrigerators, a ping-pong table, cieling fans and plenty of table space encourage a sense of community. Free Wi-Fi. A very short walk takes you right into the heart of town. Various room sizes, dorm and private, A/C and fan. Comfortable beds and clean bathrooms. $10 per person for dorm or $35 for private room w/ A/C.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 15, 2010

Take it from a tired, beat-up backpacker just off the bus in a brand-new town, looking for comfort, cleanliness, quiet, and a good night’s sleep on a hostel budget. I was most pleasantly surprised—indeed, astonished-- with the accommodations and the wonderful, chill-out ambience of this well-appointed and attentively managed establishment. In fact, I was so pleased, I wound up staying a couple days longer than I had intended. I had a room to myself with A/C (which I didn’t really need and didn’t use), a dresser, a pedestal fan, and a nice clean bathroom that I shared with the manager, which was no problem for me. (Hot water would have been nice, but it appears that in CR you can get that only in the fanciest hotels for at least five times what I paid for this room.) My bed had a solid, comfortable mattress; sheets were clean and not so threadbare as what you tend to find in most hostels. Kitchen was open and airy and just off from my room. Though I didn’t do any serious cooking myself, there was plenty of stuff there for me to do it with had I wanted to. And every morning there was a nice pot of coffee already made by the manager there by the time I was up.

At least other two features set this place apart for me from all the other hostels I’ve stayed at. First, there was the huge common area (which they call the “Rancho”)— with a soaring, conical roof that came to a point like a giant witch’s hat, and hammocks and daybeds and rocking chairs spread all around, and a ping pong table and yet another kitchen. I enjoyed hanging out there in the evenings just chilling, and reading, and socializing with the other folks that were there—and sometimes just staring up at that witch’s hat ceiling and pondering why it could seem so unprepossessing on the outside yet so cavernous on the inside... :-) Whenever I wasn’t sleeping or hanging out in the kitchen with the other guests, the Rancho was my favorite place to be.

The second feature was the manager/proprietor herself-- Miriam is her name. From the moment I set foot on the premises until the moment I (reluctantly) departed, she treated me with such graciousness and such concern for my comfort that I felt as if I were a member of her family. She goes out of her way to engage her guests and to make them feel at home. And Miriam’s knowledge of the area, including good, reasonable places to eat, things to do, tours to book, places to go, and even the bus schedules, never steered me wrong. And whenever I was hanging out in any of the hostel’s common areas and happened to see Miriam passing through, I never failed to notice out of the corner of my eye her straightening up this or adjusting that along her way. Such devotion to detail in a hostel I have never seen in all my travels! I’m sure that if I had ever had a problem with my own accommodations there, Miriam would have done her absolute, level best to fix it on the spot.

Suffice it to say that, should I ever have the good fortune to visit Tamarindo again, I’ll definitely be looking forward to staying at this lovely hostel while I’m there. It was truly a pleasure!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 30, 2010

Pura Vida Hostel was a decent place to stay. The owners were nice people. However, I was not convinced that it was the best place or deal in Tamarindo. A/C was optional if you paid $5 more a night (the hostel next door, La Botella de Leche, had A/C in every room). The bathroom in the private room was not that clean.

Still, the good: the room was large and the bed very, very comfortable. Quiet time after 11 did happen, so it was a great place to get rest after a day at the beach. The common area set up was the best part - comfortable hammocks and rocking chairs, clean outdoor kitchens, TV and one computer with internet. A good hostel for lounging, and a ten minute walk from the main part of town, so away from noise and such.

And I loved their dog.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2010

This is a great hostel if you're on a budget but still looking for a nice, clean, welcoming place to stay and hang out. The operators, Markus and Sarah were super friendly and helpful with anything I needed. It has lots of hammocks and comfy chairs, a kitchen for making food, even a computer with internet access. The room and bed were clean, comfortable and equipped with a fan which sufficed well. It's pretty close to the town and the beach but still quiet and peaceful. Met a lot of great people while staying there - good place to socialize and chill.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 23, 2009

A great hostel experience, there was three of us so we got our own private room with a bathroom. Great areas for cooking, lounging, napping and eating. Marcus and Sarah (owners) are amazingly nice and fun. It's a perfect distance from downtown to get to everything but also not to be on the main drag away from a lot of the noise. Anyone going to tamarindo should stay here!

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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Address: Avenida Central 311 | 100m East From Banco National, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 79 Specialty Lodging in Tamarindo
Price Range: $17 - $64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pura Vida Hostel in Tamarindo, Costa Rica has been providing guests with memorable travel experiences since 2006. We are a friendly, inexpensive hostel that welcomes backpackers and vacationers from all over the world. We welcome the opportunity to host your stay in Tamarindo. Our multi-lingual staff is happy to provide recommendations on restaurants, bars, attractions, getting to your next destination and, of course, surfing. Trips, tours and transportation can be booked at our reception. You can cook and dine al fresco in our 2 spotless, fully-equipped, outdoor communal kitchens. We have dorm beds with ensuite bathrooms and showers and private rooms with air conditioning in multiple configurations to accommodate your travel party. Bed linens are provided. Our "rancho" is the social heart of the hostel with rocking chairs, daybeds, and hammocks for you to enjoy while visiting with other guests and overlooking the lovely tropical garden which enjoys frequent visits from iguanas and howler monkeys. The chill-out atmosphere is enhanced by a great sound system and playlist, good vibes, the fastest wi-fi available in Costa Rica and interesting people from all over the world. We are located a couple hundred meters from the beach, across from Banco National and Hertz Rental Car and next door to Dona Lee's restaurant. ... more   less 
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Pura Vida Guesthouse And Hostel
Pura Vida Guesthouse Hotel Tamarindo

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