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Backpackers Manuel Antonio
San Francisco, California
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“Solid, cheap, clean place”
Reviewed August 16, 2009

We stayed at this hostel in a double private with a shared bathroom and it was much cleaner than I was anticipating as it was the first place we were staying in CR. It was pretty low key, didn't feel like a crazy party hostel and was a short bus ride to the Park. The shower had hot water (!) and was really clean for being a backpackers hostel. The room was sparse but super clean/new (also really big for the 2 of us) and they spruced up our room daily. They had a pool but we didn't partake so I can't say too much about that but the common areas seemed fun and nice. Breakfast is included in the rate ($30/night) and the front desk guy, Mike, was super helpful with all the million questions we asked him. The supermarket is nearby though getting to food is a bit more of a trek; there are some "sodas" nearby which seemed pretty authentic. Also, the internet was free which was a huge perk as we were continuing on from MA. Would have loved to have spent our extra night here but alas they were booked. Great option for those on a budget!

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Reviewed January 9, 2009

We (my girlfriend and I) stayed at the Backpackers MA on last December, 2008. It wasn't our first time in MA so we were aware of the lodging rates in the area,specially for Us (both ticos) besides that fact we like the place so much that we took the risk. It was after a short web search that we fortunately found this place.

It wasn't our first time in a hostel so we were prepared for a lacking of comfort and noisy environment, specially at night. Our surprise was pleasant since we found a place with basic but clean accommodations, respectful vibe, full stocked of kitchen appliances, friendly staff and perfect location (we got there by bus), all those qualifications are hard to find together in a tico hostel!

Since the place was full we had to sleep in separated beds but in the same dorm (with other guests) the first night, lucky for us, a private room was available on our second night and it was much better since it is a bigger room and it is private!

PROS:
Location, staff, facilities, rates, free internet and wireless access.
CONS:
Lockers need to be safer, a bit more of attention to bathrooms cleanness, no shade by the swimming pool.


Happy trails!

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  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Backpackers Manuel Antonio

Property: Backpackers Manuel Antonio
Address: Across from the Manuel Antonio soccer field, Manuel Antonio National Park 0000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All our rooms have shared bathrooms with hot water and are equipped with fans. We have a private trail to one of the best views of the sunset over the beach. There is a communal entertainment room with cable TV, DVD-Player, over 80 DVDs, Play Station and a stereo. We keep a clean kitchen with new amenities for everyone to use. We also offer our customers free high speed internet, free parking, free tour information, all-night security guard, laundry service, no curfew, snacks and beverages for sale and a 24-hour Check-in. ... more   less 
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