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Hostel Vista Serena
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Montreal, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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“One of my favourites”
Reviewed March 21, 2014

The long walk to the beach with the monkeys in the morning, the hidden waterfall, the view, the atmosphere.. Great spot. Staff booked up all our little activites including mangrove kayaking and zip lining. GREAT value.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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27 reviews
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Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

Stayed in the private room for two nights. The place was clean and had a great view. Very good atmosphere and I think very fair price.

A lot of young people stay here and they like to have a good time. I didn't mind it. But if you want something really quiet, maybe not for you.

The staff is very nice and friendly. Someone was always there to help. The location Is about 2km up the hill from the main beach. However there are nice restaurants and bars 300-500m away.

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Stayed March 2014
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Quebec City, Canada
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67 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2014

I had a great stay in Manuel Antonio. The sunset was spectacular on the pacific ocean, there's hammocks and cooking tools and 2 freezer. The staff was super great! I f you want to go the the beach (or the Parc) there's shuttle for 1$ every 30 minutes, pretty convenient. Know that haft of the Parc are now close for renovation, there's only the main track open.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Saginaw, Michigan
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103 reviews
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

Wow, by far my favorite hostel in Costa Rica thus far!!!
Such good vibes!
The place has a great location on the hill just a bit away from the downtown/central craziness and it only cost c300 to take the bus downtown to the beach or the main restaurants/ park. The hostel is situated in a place where you can see the sun setting perfectly at night. Its great to just relax in one of the hammocks and take in the spectacular views surrounded by really chill people. I also loved waking up to a rooster crowing in the morning. Very Costa Rican style.

They have Free coffee all day and Toast with Jelly in the morning for breakfast. I just added some peanut butter to mine and also had lunch ready for that day.
Good people stay there. You don't have to worry about your stuff getting stolen.
Great WiFi and super clean rooms with Fans! It was just perfect for my time in Manuel Antonio.
The hostel is only a 5 minute walk away from the bus stop/ the local mini mart. The mini mart has fresh fruit, bread, alcohol and other necessities.They have a great restaurant on site with really tasty affordable food also.

If you want a chill relaxing place with good energy and really good people I would say this is the best place to stay. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there and would HIGHLY recommend this hostel to anyone going to stay in Manuel Antonio!!

Room Tip: I don't think there is a bad room in the whole place!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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San Jose, Costa Rica
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed February 11, 2014

Very clean, extremely helpful staff, extremely peaceful view with hammocks and common area where I met incredible friends from all over the world. Staff had amazing recommendations, the bus stop is only about a 5 minute walk away, awesome security, and even a smoothie bar! Loved this place!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
2 reviews
Reviewed February 10, 2014

Great place for backpackers!
This place has the best sun set view ....
Cheap and easy bus transportation to the park and to quepos town!
My favorite part was to have sunset beers with home made nachos at the hostel! But they have a restaurant also!

Room Tip: They have different options, privates have ocean view like balcony, but the dorms have a comun area...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Liberia, Costa Rica
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

I was there with my daughter and had a great time with other customers, music, good healthy drinks, great food, fish, burritos, and casados. I took my niece, her three children and my daughter for dinner twice.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Property: Hostel Vista Serena
Address: Mts North Of the Manuel Antonio Public School 150, 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 #3 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Manuel Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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