I stayed at Tranquilo Backpackers as a one night stopover en route elsewhere and was glad my stay was so short.
On arrival the receptionist was charming, polite and helpful and made me feel very welcome.
The bedding I was given, however, was stained and dirty. The dorm room was also inhabited by people under the influence of drugs. This was evident not only by their confused state, but also by the smell of marijuana permeating the whole building, making my stuff stink of it too.
I would not advise travelling to this hostel by foot at night because the area is a favourite for prostitutes and their pimps, along with other unscrupulous characters in the street.
There is nowhere remotely nice to eat in the vicinity as all semblance of fresh Costa Rican cuisine has been annihilated by American fast food chains.
Aside from the location, the hostel was noisy and the beds uncomfortable. I know it's only a few dollars a night, but elsewhere in Costa Rica I have paid less and got a lot more.
In summary, avoid San Jose. If that's not possible, don't stay at Tranquilo Backpackers.
- Also Known As:
- Tranquilo Backpackers Costa Rica/San Jose