My review is long as I am typically a thorough and objective reviewer. The executive summary however is that the place is pretty nice, but the owner is an unfriendly burnout thus taking my review from a 4 * to a 2*. I would not stay here again because I don't like giving burnout arrogant people my money. Full review is as follows.
Overall, my first impression of this place was that it was a very creative and impressive hostel compound. The entire place has 5 buildings, one is a two story deck with about 30 tents on each level, another contains the actual rooms that one can rent, another is the restaurant, and the other two were one story buildings with about 30 or so hammocks each. Thus, in terms of a hostel, it is impressively large. Also impressive was the fact that there is a heavy emphasis on art here, with all of the walls and sidewalks decked out with mosaic and other art work.
My friends and I stayed in the Pimp Suite for 3 nights. We were a group of 5 dudes, and the room included 3 beds and 1 hammock on the attached private balcony. I thought it was a bit stingy that they made us pay for an additional person to get a second hammock on the balcony so that we could all sleep together seeing as we were already paying $56/night.
Aside from that, the place was reasonably clean given how many people they have staying there, but don't expect a mint on your pillow (don't even expect a pillow, or a towel in reality). The showers were plain, but sufficient... kind of gross, but I suppose I have a relatively heavy tolerance for situations and thus would not complain about it for that reason. The toilets being clogged as others have pointed out probably has more to do with ignorant tourists throwing toilet paper in the toilets when signs clearly say all over latin america not to do so (it is an issue with the plumbing engineering...can't handle the pressure)
The restaurant had pretty decent food, but the service was SLOW... I'm talking really slow... like I had to ask for everything 3 times. Yes, this is Costa Rica and not everyone here is operating on the Western ideal of rapid customer service, but this was behind slow. The desk staff was alright... sometimes helpful, sometimes didn't really seem to care.
The worst part, as previously mentioned, was the owner. This guy is your typical gringo who found a spot in latin america, set up shop, and is doing well for himself. That is great, but not he thinks he is some fricking don and treats his guests as if they are insignificant. He obviously has spent the vast majority of his past 20 years stoned/drunk, which is in itself not dispicable as there are good people who like to get high, but he is arrogant due to his relative success and thus acts extremely pompous as most self-righteous wastoids do.
So, in the end, if you don't mind supporting an arrogant and unfriendly owner and stroking his ego by funding his devolution, maybe consider staying here if you can get over it being not the cleanest and that there will be many resident wasted fools attempting poorly to play guitar/hand drums late at night that might keep you awake.
Overall, I would not recommend this place. The beach is nice, but it is difficult to swim due to having a rocky shoreline. The hostel is artistic, but the owner is a jerk. The restaurant is good, but there are many others that are better. The price was ok, but really too high for what you get. Therefore,unless you really want to be a hipster about it, go find an awesome cabana on the beach and live it up in paradise.
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