I suppose some people think anyplace that says hostel is either a bargain or quaint.
This place qualifies as neither. I traveled here with my daughter who wrote her own review as Mable31....see her pics as they are similar to mine. What I found objectionable
about this place was:
1.) The property is located in a gully between 2 tall buildings and the front is fenced off so NO breeze comes through this area, and IT IS HOT!
2,) The rooms are very very small and cramped with one floor fan. For $56 an night I expect a liitle more. Also, we rented a room with a second bed which was a bunk bed that literally tried to put me on the floor when I tried to get in it. Also, (see pic) this bed is
about 24" from the ceiling so it gets d..n hot. I wound up sleeping in an unoccupied room because it was just to uncomfortable, and I like roughing it!!
3,) As my daughter wrote, the water system is terribly undersized for the property as it blows the pump circuit breaker regularly when the motor overheats and then.....
4.) I noticed the sink in the community kitchen and the showers drain outside the building onto the ground which is sloped and runs downhill towards.....you guessed it....
5.) The entire property is half completed and appears it has been for some time. This means if you have children and you value their lives don't stay here!! Many areas have falls of 15 ft. with absolutely NO railings. And not just one....
It appears this property is listed as a hostel ONLY as a way to rent substandard rooms
with no accountability.
6.) The owner collects cash and that makes it very difficult to receive a refund when you figure all this out.
7.) Wear shoes in the shower and be prepared to literally remove the shower doors as
there are no rollers on the doors and it is physically impossible to slide these.....and I'm
200 lbs. and very strong.
8.) Be prepared for alot of attitude if you request a refund for the second night as we received. This property is so ridiculously uncomfortable we left our $56.00 behind for the second night rather than endure one more night of that misery.
I'm not sure what these positive reviews are on here but pictures don't lie. This place is an overpriced garbage dump and the ads are totally deceptive. There is a lot better in town and I must say.....it's not often I leave someplace that mad for getting ripped off.!!
If there are rooms available here and no where else.....now you know why!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sol y Mar backpackers in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica is the perfect location for your vacation, located just minutes from pristine white sand beaches and Manuel Antonio National park in the lush tropical Costa Rican jungle.Sol y Mar backpackers is located just a few steps away from buses, taxi's grocery stores, restaurants and 30 minutes walking distance from the beach, or the main bus terminal, and only about 20 minutes from the airport in Quepos. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol y Mar Backpackers Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park