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Hostel Vista Serena
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Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great place to stay”
Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Cracking view (as everyone says) is true. The view is magic, great main balcony with seats, hammocks etc. plenty of info on tours and things to do. Stayed in the four bed dorm and have nothing to complain about. Firm mattress, good fan and plenty of room. One bathroom to 3 rooms I thought might be an issue but as it's low season and not packed it was ok, not sure how it'd go in high season. Full kitchen. Would recommend and stay again. Close walk to all bars, supermarket, bus stop, ATMs etc. good pizza place just round the corner.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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South Bend, Indiana
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Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

We spent 55 a night and rented the loma linda residences. We thought they were right next to the hostel and were excited about the ocean views. However the residences are 1km away on the main road so there is noise and very limited ocean view. However, no one else rented the other room and we had the top floor to ourselves which was amazing. We watched movies at night, cooked dinner and had a great time. No AC, some fans weren't working and could use more lights in the living room. Overall, I recommend this place, especially if you are 4 of you traveling and can rent the entire top floor. Recommend falafel bar across the street and visiting Playa beisanz.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

Vista Serena was an amazing stay, The staff is so friendly and nice, the cooked food you can get there is restaurant-quality, and reasonably priced. People giving poor reviews to this place may just not be cut out for hostel living in general. the bathrooms are functional, rooms are solid quality, but what made my stay better than ANY other place, was the atmosphere, and great people who were also staying there. Once in a lifetime experience, it would be a shame to pass this place up on your visit to Manuel Antonio.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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Bridgetown, Barbados
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2014

The dorms at this hostel are terrible. There were cracks in the walls and you could see between the floor and the walls. There is absolutely no security that I witnessed. Conrad (owner) is great but his other workers do nothing. There are no facilities. The view is the only good thing about this hostel. Clearly the make a lot of money as it is extremely popular, but they really need to sink some money into this place to make it habitable.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2014

Despite some great reviews in the lonely planet and on here, we were not overwhelmed by Vista Serena. yes the view from the hostel is incredible, however the location to local amenities is poor (only salvaged by the great Quepos-Manuel Antonio bus service) and we stayed in the smallest 4 person dorm I have ever seen! Poor lighting, cramped rooms with a leaky air conditioning unit also. Bathrooms were average.

The outside seating area is definitely a bonus and the on-site restaurant, breakfast and smoothie bar definitely make this place a lot better.

On the whole the staff were very, very good - however we were let down slightly when they had said they had booked a taxi for us however it didn't show (we don't know if this was there fault however!) and as a result we missed our bus to San Jose!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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98 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2014

We had a private room with a great balcony view to the ocean, private two hammocks and outdoor table with seats. The views are truly amazing and wildlife comes literally to your front door. The price to value is also spectacular as everything was spotless inside and outside our private bungalow with two bedrooms. The supermarket was fairly close with about 5 minute walk up the hill and the kitchen was well stacked. By car either to Quepos or to Manuel Antonio it was barely 3 minutes each way. The fridge in our bungalow was super dated and we had to use the freezer to keep food cold. Overall the value for the price you pay is spectacular! And the views from the hostel are so much worth the half working fridge

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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62 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

Very nice staff, incredible view and sunset hanging in the hammock, nice and clean dorms, good bus connection to manuel antonio, kitchen with everything u need, stores near by, a little outside but most bars within 10-20minutes by walking, pura vida ;)

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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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