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“bit grimy, bit noisy and out on edge of town” 2 of 5 stars
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Hostel Toruma
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Central Avenue, between 29 & 33 Sts, Los Yoses, San Jose 68241000, Costa Rica   |  
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Melbourne, Australia
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“bit grimy, bit noisy and out on edge of town”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

The downtown pangea hostel with its by nice ambience was booked out my first night so I got a free transfer out to Toruma. The avienda next door has lots of heavy traffic of buses and trucks rumbling by so its a bit noisy in the rooms on the east side. Room was also a bit dusty and scuffed looking and in need of a good dust down and the lamp needed a plug. Staff friendly enough but it lacks the location and ambience of pangea and you may end up feeling lonely and isolated out on the town outskirts at Toruma were the facilities are not as good

Room Tip: West rooms further from noisy road
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

A President's former residence, I'm sure this place was cool once, but no longer. The staff were rude/apathetic, the key rarely worked in locks, we were charged $5 extra to check in 3-4 hrs early when they had plenty of room, the pool was ice cold, there is NOTHING around the hostel outside, and they don't have a functioning bar or restaurant of any kind as advertised (they try and send you to another hostel Pangea 3 kms down the road). The place feels dead. Don't book here. Go with a brand.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Went with a colleague/friend of mine temporarily since hotels were all booekd up. Got this as a recommendation from their sister hotel Pangea. 3 Main Points:

1. Expectations
2. Staff
3. Value for Money

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Expectations:
Not at all like the pictures. There was no restaurant in the hotel as advertised. Rooms were clean but not the rooms we were promised on check-in. We asked specifically for 2 rooms with single beds or at least a room with 2 separate beds but were duped into a dorm room that had 1 queen bed and bunk beds. Bathroom was clean but literally leaked into the room.

Staff:
Neither the lady (working noon-ish on Saturday) nor the young man (working Sunday) were service minded at all. Lady charged extra dollar for an extra key, but did not put it in the receipt as a deposit. Did not even note it for the man. Not usually a big deal, but he got defensive when I mentioned this and gave a "not my problem" vibe even if he could have easily checked with her or offered to check and have me come back for the tiny deposit(I wouldn't have, it's the gesture that mattered). Very curt. Not very warm.

Value for Money:
Website says a certain amount with no hidden fees, got charged 10 dollars more total. Did not get room key deposit back (they have an inconsistent system). Noise was unbelievable for the amount we paid. They advertise orthopedic mattresses for all beds, but did not deliver either.

All in all, would not recommend to anyone.

Room Tip: Better ask for a room much farther from the lobby, but you won't get your wifi.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Shakopee, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

It's a FABOULOUS!! Stay! at Hostel Toruma! in San Jose, Costa Rica! Right next to Downtown San Jose, and all the famous landmarks, Hot Spots! and Near San Pedro Shopping Mall ! I consider Hostel Toruma my "Retreat Home" When I Land there from United States. I feel "At Home" and feel like a Royality! Being treated Royality! the costs is not too bad! it's reasonable and cheap! But the Pool is lovely! Swimming Pool is Absoultey Stunning!! but COLD!!! Brrr Wish They have Heated! Swimming pool ! But other than that! Just make myself "At Home!" With Hostel Toruma! I DEFIENTLY!!! Will Be coming back! :D (Y)

Room Tip: They EVEN! have Dormitory and Bunk beds for group travelers! or go Solo or in Couple and share the e...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Room was right next to a train line which had trains beeping all through the night. It's a fair walk to the city centre. But the thing that annoyed me most was that they didn't have a place for me to store my luggage after checking out. Also there's no kitchen and no restaurant, the showers are unreliable and there are very few electrical outlets to charge your stuff.

I wouldn't come back personally.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

There is No Restaurant. It closed last year. The advertisements aren't true.

No Bar.

No Hot Water.

The safe in the room is tiny and wouldn't fit an iPad.

Not a good neighborhood.

You have to put a $11 deposit to get a TV remote.

The walls are paper thin so you hear everything. People weren't even being that loud but it was enough to keep me awake all night.

There is a train that runs directly by the hostel. It blows it's horn every 20 minutes or so.

Rooms are not nice in general. There is NO hot water.

This hostel is WAY overpriced.

Don't stay here.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We ended up here as apparently this was the 'sister' hostel to Hostel Pangea, our initial first choice. Faced with no rooms and lots of luggage we had no choice but to take their offer of a 'free' shuttle to downtown San Jose. We were made to pay first before even seeing the place. When we got here our private room was really just a small dorm with 4 bunk beds and not much else. Despite paying $17 each we had to use a shared bathroom at the other side of the hotel. We paid extra for the use of towels and the free coffee was so weak it was more like slightly coloured water.
The staff we ok but really I am sure you'd get an ok hotel for what you pay here

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars
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Address: Central Avenue, between 29 & 33 Sts, Los Yoses, San Jose 68241000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 61 Specialty Lodging in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates):
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostel Toruma 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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