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Hostel Pangea
Reviewed January 26, 2013

The place is really nice with a great atmosphere. Everyone hangs out upstairs.
I would suggest that the bad reviews are because San Jose really isn't that great. It is amazing how there is nothing to do. lol I was there around new years and everything was closed!
The beds are nice enough the bar is nice to hang in and there is a pool table. Also a pool to hang next to.
Not my favorite hostel, but I can't say anything bad about it. My friend showed up and there was no space so they helped her get another hostel.
There is some serious sarcasm with the staff though.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Good things first:

- Hallways, Entrance are really colorful and trippy ;)
- The Balcony, Bar, Free Internet
- lot of folks

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- TV's in the bar are annoying
- the pool looked too dirty to me

Good Place to stay a night in san jose, to meet people. Rooms are simple and clean. They have really good service a the reception and its open 24h...

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

I stayed at Pangea on a few occasions while working in Costa Rica. All of my experiences at Pangea were positive. The layout of the place is interesting, kind of like a maze. The best part is the rooftop bar and the food. I highly recommend the vegetarian burrito. It's a cool place to hang out and meet people. As I was here with work, I didn't wander around outside too much. I had heard it wasn't a great part of San Jose, but it's a cool enough place to hang out for the night without venturing out. It was tricky for some cab drivers to find, most likely because the signage in the front isn't super noticeable. Overall, a fun place to stay and hang with friends.

Room Tip: The best rooms are to the right of the counter (and upstairs) when you go inside. The rooms I stayed...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Professionally run hostel with prices to match. Does feel very safe in a dodgy area (use a taxi to get there) - they have security on the door. Rooms are basic - they don't have views other than on to corridors (which does aid security). Good rooftop bar/restaurant and pool. Showers have plenty of hot water. Service is generally good - English spoken.

Full of "whippersnappers" and travellers who appear to be on the road for the first time in Costa Rica.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Hostel Pangea is a decent, affordable hostel centrally located in San Jose. They have a rooftop bar which had cheap food, drinks and internet access. They also offered a laundry service, which was nice after a week or two of backpacking.

We took the airport shuttle and it was reliable and fairly cheap.

I travelled here when I was a student and may not stay here again, but it's a great place for budget-minded travellers.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Pangea is a clean nice looking hostel and condusive to meeting people. But the management is horrible. I always felt like I was being ripped off by a staff member. They were not very helpful, instead of saying they did not know, they sent me in a completely wrong direction costing me a lot in taxi fare when the place was only a few blocks away. The bar manager raised the price of a beer by a $1 after stating would cost $2 per beer. I have stayed in over 300 different hostels around the world and this was some of the worst service i have recieved. I do not usally write reviews but felt the need this time.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

I've stayed here 4 times in the past 6 weeks, this is the only place I've stayed in 10 visits to San Jose that I've liked enough to come back to. The rooms are a little bit cold at night, but after experiencing the Antarctic temperatures of the Venezuelan buses, I never travel in Latin America without a blanket. The dorms are a good deal, $11 a night when you book on their website, and the upstairs bar is a cool place to hang out.

There are plenty of places to use your laptop, charge your phone etc, and 8 computers with free internet. The restaurant is a little bit pricey, but the food is pretty good. There are plenty of bathrooms, and the showers have lots of hot water (real showers too, not the white plastic ones that are prone to explosions). It's also centrally located, just a few mins walk to Plaza Cultura or Parque Central, and most of the bus terminals are within walking distance too. Coca Cola and the ones surrounding it are the closest and definitely in walking distance, Tracopa was less than mil colones ($2) in a cab.

The security is pretty tight, you have to get a new wrist band and get your key changed every day. Overall, this is a very good hostel.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Hostel Pangea

Address: Barrio Amon Ave 7 st. 3-3 bis, San Jose, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #50 of 79 Specialty Lodging in San Jose
Price Range: $10 - $38 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostel Pangea 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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