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Hostel Vista Serena
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

We actually didn't end up staying here because of a misunderstanding of what we were booking, but wanted to go out of our way to write a review because Conrad was so friendly and helpful! We booked on hostels.com and somehow thought we were getting a bungalow or private house to ourselves but when we showed up we had a private ROOM but a shared kitchen and bath. Since we are on our honeymoon and wanted more privacy he immediately offered us our money back and recommended the place next door which was a better fit for two honeymooners. We were SOOO grateful for the refund and for the advice, since it was getting dark already by that point! I can tell this is a place run by good people.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We stayed in a shared bungalow with kitchen, lounge and balcony - great value. The view towards the Pacific Ocean is stunning and there are plenty of hammocks and comfy seats to enjoy it from. The hostel was the friendliest we've stayed in throughout our three month trip - we made friends instantly just sitting on the lovely communal balcony area. Highly recommended for a relaxing and fun stay.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

A good choice of hostel when you are happy to chill out in a hammock and take in a fabulous view. I even saw a toucan fly by the hostel!
Well equipped hostel with good beds and loads of hammocks. Nice bread and coffee for breakfast. The only point I would make is that it would have been good to be able to lock the door to our dorm room as four of us had hired out the whole room and would have liked to lock it.
However, a safe was available at front desk for all valuables.
This place is closer to restaurants than it might appear and really easy to take buses to Manuel Antonio and Quepos.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank supergirlUk
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

This hostal is really good. Cheap, clean, simple. The people there are really helpfull, you meet lots of people. The kitchen is small, but everybody still manage to cook, just need to be a little bit patient.
The dorms could use a bite of paint but there are clean.

It is in the village of Manuel Antonio, the bus stop to Quepos is just 50 m away. It is possible to go walking to the parc (3km, 45min), nice views on the cost.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

If you're looking for a hostel or cheap place with a fun atmosphere to meet people, this is hands down the best place to stay in Manuel Antonio. It had a modern, cool vibe to it and was full of young backpackers wanting to socialize and get together. We talked to a lot of backpackers in the area and this was by far the most happening hostel. So come here if that's what you're looking for. It also has an amazing view which makes it the best place seriously.

The location wasn't great but good enough. You have to walk up the hill to the bus stop and take a super short bus ride (less than 2 minutes and costs 50 cents) to get to the main beach and strip of restaurants. Still worth it in my opinion. The place is really clean. The service is so so. The staff isn't particularly friendly and didn't really go out of their way to help anyone. They would book tours but they offered it all a little overpriced.

Advice: Stay here if you're a young backpacker looking for a fun atmosphere. The price is good and view is amazing. Best you'll get for the price. If you're looking for a quiet place...or great customer service. Don't stay here.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Sarah R
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is definitely a hostel. We reserved a "private room with a shared bath" but it ended up being a large room with 2 separate rooms and a very smelly bathroom. the room had a full bed and a bunk bed, the common space was nice with a kitchen and living room area, but it just didn't feel worth the cost ($60/night). It would be great for a small group traveling together but not so great for couples. We were not welcomed at all, which was a surprise because other reviews have said the hospitality is great. The view is awesome, and they have a little kitchen where you can order dinner items off the menu. I recommend the french fries as they are hand cut and delicious!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Can't wait to go back! Went last Sept and think about it all the time. It was one of my favorite stops on my two week backpack through Costa Rica. Would recommend this place to stay to anyone. The family that runs it is wonderful and the food served there is delicious! Oh and the view.... amazing from the hammocks.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Hostel Vista Serena

Address: 150mts north of the manuel antonio public school, Manuel Antonio 00011, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 41 Specialty Lodging in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: $17 - $67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hostel is nestled into the heart of the jungle in Manuel Antonio center with a breathtaking ocean and sunset view over the green canopy. From very affordable dormitory bunk beds to slightly more luxurious private rooms with ocean view- we have it all and it all comes with a free continental breakfast in the morning! The common terrace area has hammocks for lounging and reading a book or just taking a snooze amongst the squawks of scarlet macaws and the touch of the ocean breeze. There is also a fully equipped communal kitchen and TV lounge with cable and dvds to watch. The spread out set up of the cabins allows us to be both family friendly and also party friendly, bringing together a unique combo of the two. Just remember at Hostel Vista Serena we host the fun!! Pura Vida! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Vista Serena Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
Hostel Vista Serena Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio

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