One of the peculiar aspects of the Costa Rica Backpackers is that it is clearly designed to be a party hostel: there is a large bar and restaurant attached, a second bar near a large, outdoor kitchen, and a large backyard with lots of tables for socializing. It was strange, therefore, how subdued the atmosphere was; the restaurant and bar were empty and only a few had beers at the outdoor bar. I think this might be due to the fact that everyone was either starting or ending their trip, combined with not really knowing the neighborhood. We were lucky to meet a local (belgain) teacher who took us around to a few local spots and it was clear this was a middle-class to upscale neighborhood, despite the lack of glitz and glam from the street. The private room was dark and musty and in the basement, and the common shower was not the cleanest. Still, not a bad value, the staff were friendly and the clientele was a good mix of age and background. Later on in the trip we were told that Pangea is a nicer hostel but in a worse neighborhood, not sure if that's true but it would be worth comparing the two.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Costa Rica Backpackers Hotel San Jose
- Costa Rica Backpackers San Jose