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Hostel Pangea
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We stayed in this hostel three nights and we wouldn´t recommend anyone to stay there unless you don´t care about money. The staff at the front desk, tour desk or at the bar is neither helpful nor friendly and the prices are just a ripoff. A beer in their bar is $3 (in their Happy Hour between 9-11pm "only" $2,50), laundry is $9, and their airport shuttle bus is only cheap when you are travelling at least with two people otherwise it is as expensive as taken a taxi. I wanted to stay there after Check Out as I had a night bus that evening. Normally it is never a problem but this hostel wanted to make me pay for it and then you are only allowed to stay in their facilities not in the room (from 2-6pm its $5 and then it is getting even more when you want to stay longer). However it was clean and the security was good and the bar with the rooftop could be a cool place to meet other backpackers if it just wouldn´t be so expensive...

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank MelleKamelle
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

Just one big money machine. 9$ loundry, 3$ beer, expensive food (10$ decent burger) and if you have a bus or a flight the day you check out, you have to pay extra 5$ after 2pm just to hang out in the commen area. Even more if you have to stay after 6pm. very unfriendly staff exept if you want to pay for something. not even the party hostel i hoped for, the bar is very nice and cool, but people thinks its too expensive to get more than a beer ot two.
If you are a backpacker on a budget. Dont go to this place!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank kaare2013
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

It's a cool place to meet those who are just stopping by for a night but I definitely wouldn't recommend staying here if you can avoid it. The rooms are so tiny, barely have anything in them and really are for those who don't need much. They don't maintain this place very well..except for the upstairs bar area. The computers, food and lounge are nice but that's about it. It's also safe and close to the shopping and food. But I'm sure there are nicer hostels out there. We had a drip outside our room that literally went all night..we were so excited to leave!

Room Tip: Any way to upgrade wold help, rooms are crappy.especially a standard one.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jasmine T
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

If you want access to a clean, modern bar and restaurant with decent looking food and drinks at typical USA prices AND NOTHING ELSE then you´ll be happy. Otherwise, avoid this place.

My experience with hostels is that they are catering for the budget crowd and do as much as possible to make you stay affordable. This place is the opposite. The double private rooms are the San Jose standard of $35 but expect to pay extra for towels (yes, towels), don´t expect a kitchen (I asked a guy about a kitchen and he scoffed at me, explaining that they have a restaurant as if I had asked an impertinent question, the microwave is only for staff use, and you are not allowed to bring outside food or drink into the restaurant-bar-computer area, which is the only real social space in the hostel when its raining (which is often during the half of the year). The staff are impersonal, barely friendly, and are constantly trying to sell guests services. The rooms are cell-like with nothing but a bed and waste basket, and have extremely loud doors. So, expect to get woken up any time your neighbors come or go. If you want a quiet night far from the bar (this is a PARTY hostel) then ask for a bottom floor room, especially rooms 47-49. Note that WIFI is only available in bar-restaurant and by the front desk, not in the rooms. The place is generally clean.

Sure, I´m not into the party travel scene, so this was not a good fit. But the lack of a kitchen and a friendly, helpful staff violated my basic standards for a good hostel experience.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank I A
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Booked a couple nights here as a place to go on the start of a 5 month Central America trip. I knew nothing about backpacking or hostels, so this was my first step into that world. The hostel feels big and very impersonal. The staff is always tucked away behind desks in dark rooms. This place might be a good locale for meeting other travelers as there are lots who pass through here, however. The neighborhood isn't that great, but is a relatively easy walk to the central part of town where the big Mercado Central is located.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Sean S
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