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Costa Rica Backpackers
Eagle, Co
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“Has a pool and great layout”
Reviewed February 27, 2012

I really enjoyed staying here. ´Since arriving in Costa Rica my hotel range has been $32-$125 a night dbl occupancy. This was the cheapest and we had the most fun here. The rooms are basic, but clean. They are constantly cleaning and picking up the garden. The pool was cold my daughter really enjoyed it and it created a nice ambiance. The kitchen has what you need to cook - could use some new pots and pans. There is a bar and resturaunt in the hostel. The shower water didn´t get warm. We stayed Saturday through Wednesday and didn´t get to sleep Saturday until 3am because of the hoppin bar right next door. The rest of the week was fine. There are trains that go by, but we didn´t really notice much. Met some great people here! Will stay again.

Room Tip: Don´t stay in the rooms by resturaunt-bar on the weekends uless you want to party.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

We only stayed here a night before leaving San Jose, but wouldn't have wanted to stay longer. Our private, en-suite room was large but the floor was dirty, the shower unsafe and the huge window looked out onto a garbage strewn back-garden. We barely slept as trains and loud trucks went past right by our room. The staff were pleasant enough and the front area with the pool looked nice, but weren't enough to make up for the unpleasant room.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed February 3, 2012

stayed here in March 09. Its an average hostel, rooms were clean, thats about it.

Room Tip: stay away from the she/males in San Jose
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 1, 2012

Showers are dangerous,bathroom dirty,rooms are too small and too close to the bar,so its just impossible to sleep before 3am,the staff is not friendly at all and not helpful especialy the receptionist cindy who prefers look at herself in the mirror and check her mobile phone rather than take care of ur request.the restaurant is expensive et its far from everything.there are plenty other hostels in san josé.go elsewhere!!

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

I don't know where to start... We were a little hesitant at the idea of staying in a 'backpackers' in Central America, but after reading reviews of Costa Rica Backpackers we decided it sounded reasonable. Having stayed in multiple backpackers across Europe and Australia, we thought we knew what to expect.
Having booked their airport shuttle in advance, we arrived in San Jose confident that everything would go smoothly.... this was not so. After waiting over half an hour and being ushered into three different cars by people who said they were from the backpackers -they were funnily enough all named "Kendal"-..we finally got the 'right' van and were on our way. When we arrived at the backpackers we told them about the shuttle situation, the guy at the 'front desk' didn't even acknowledge our complaint.
The room was...UNINHABITABLE! The beds were sunken in the middle and ridden with bed bugs. The room smelt foul, damp...rotten...
Only plus side was that the room was relatively clean, which was surprising considering the smell. The beds were made and the sheets could have been clean...but we didnt bother getting in the bed.
We had booked an ENSUITE but upon asking about bathrooms, we were told they didnt even HAVE rooms with ensuites. When we'd booked online it had clearly stated 'Ensuite bathroom'...
We figured we would at least have Wi-fi, so we could book another hotel and be out first thing in the morning.... well we can't complain, we had Wi-fi... but only when we sat on the floor out the front of the shared toilets(the only place the Wi-fi worked).
We slept fully clothed on top of the mattress, checked out at 6am the following morning and forfeited the next two nights accommodation.
Such a disappointment...

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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I have stayed here 3 times now and it is always so great! The beds are comfortable, the showers are hot, the coffee is delicious,the wifi is fast & the owners are so friendly and helpful. I would recommend Nomades over and over again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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amsterdam
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

To make it short, a average backpacker hostel with everything you need:
- public kitchen
- free wifi and internet
- big comunal area
- TV lounge
- little restaurant and bar
- free lockers inside the dorm
What makes it very nice to me is the very big garden with swimming pool, hammocks, bonfire and sitting area. Just perfect to hang around and to chat to your fellow travelers.
The only downside: The beds are not the best and the furniture looks a bit shabby.
But the next time in San Jose I'll be back.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Costa Rica Backpackers
Address: Avenida 6, Calle 21/25 | De la iglesia Sagrado Corazon, 100 metros norte, 50 oeste., San Jose, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 84 Specialty Lodging in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Costa Rica Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The #1 budget hostel and meeting spot for travelers in San Jose, Costa Rica and Lonely Planet readers' favorite since 2001. We have excellent reviews from guide books and on internet. Come and meet people from all around the world in our little slice of paradise, swap stories ! Catch the sun in our tropical garden, swim in the pool and don`t miss the happy hour at the "BAR-PACKERS" at 5pm!ALL FREE - internet (7 computers), wifi, coffee & tea; kitchen facilities (save money cook for yourself), parking, storage.TOP FACILITIES - Biggest pool & garden in San Jose, sunbathing, cable tv, international phone calls, hot showers, laundry service, tour desk, 24-hr security. ... more   less 
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