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Pura Vida MiniHostel - Santa Teresa
Edmonton, Canada
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

Just stayed here and the people working there are very friendly and accommodating, close to the beach, close to the main town center, economical, pool table, tv lounge, pool, and clean rooms. The people staying here are very welcoming and I really enjoyed getting to know the travelers. It was very enjoyable and I will be back. :) What a lot of people don't realize is the hostel is under new ownership and the service is great and friendly.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

The rooms are just ok, very hostel style. But the common area is very nice with the pool. Also the owners are super friendly ! Also close to everything you need !

I would recommend staying here if you don't expect rooms with much luxury.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

been there, had a horrible expeiriance with the owners.
i tryed to help guarding the place while the owners were away, they gave me 1 towel for a whole month, gave me room so small, with no air condition and nothing ,they didnt clean my room and yelld at me to clean it, never gave me privecy, the place is in bad condition and at the end they treated me like s*#t when i had no money left and had to go (after i worked for them for a month and didnt got payd) they forced me to pay for the days ive worked, when i had no room servic and the hostel wasnt even in hosteling condition.
**************************NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL.***********************************

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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UK
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Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

Good location for beach, restaurants & buses, rooms are clean & simple.
Shared areas are woody so take repellent - pool table, pool & plenty of chairs to kick back in.
Two wifi routers give good coverage (important to us)
The owners are super friendly & helpful

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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6 reviews
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

The place had good character and a nice chill area outside with a small pool and hammocks. We went during the low season, so we were the only guests there. The owners were friendly and played good music. As for the downside, bed linens were a bit sketchy and there wasn't any air conditioning--not that you really need it. It's a good place with good character, but definitely a hostel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Hi everyone, wanted to tell u about my great expirience at this hostel.I was there when it was just opened, 4 years ago, this year i came back and its always great to come back to a great place where you feel good vibes! The managment is new, the hostel more safe, close all around, offeres laundry services, a whole different kinds of rooms, swimming pool and ofcourse i cannot forgoet the great food and drinks they offered every now and then

Thank u Issac and his wify and thank u MiniHostel for wonderful 2 weeks! SUPER recocmend!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

This is definitely the most fun place to stay in Sant Teresa. It is under new management and the entire staff is wonderful and inviting. The bedrooms and bathrooms are clean and neat. The best part, by far, is the surf shop on the property run by two brothers, Jack and Tom. (SweetWaterSurf.com). They offer top quality boards and instruction. Do not miss out on their deals! I can't wait to go back!!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Pura Vida MiniHostel - Santa Teresa

Property: Pura Vida MiniHostel - Santa Teresa
Address: 300 Mts North, And After the First Bridge 100 mts E | 300 m N from Playa Carmen, after restaurant Soda la Amistad, 100m E, Santa Teresa 60111, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 62 Specialty Lodging in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Pura Vida MINI Hostel Santa Teresa" is a super chill hostel close to the best surf beaches and commercial center, with swimming pool, lot of nature, wildlife and good vibes. We have 2 communal kitchens very equipped, 3 large fridges and a beautiful chill out area with a fantastic swimming pool, pool table and hammocks, all you need to have a great time after a good surfing day. We have different types of rooms, with private or shared bathroom, rustic bungalows and dorms. Rooms are being cleaned daily and we are very particular and meticulous about the cleanliness of our hostel and the common areas. We have excellent location in the heart of Santa Teresa, only 150 meters from the surf break and the beautiful beach. 30 seconds walking distance to the nearest super market, shops, bars and restaurants, and 300 meters from the only pharmacy and 2 banks in town. But away from all the dust, hassle and bustle of this little town in our own private sanctuary with a lot of trees and nature. If you don't want to go out of the hostel, you can spend good times on our very cool bar, drinking excellent shakes, cocktails and beers. We also rent surf boards for all levels and ages, advising you what board to choose in case you are starting to surf. We have happy and always smiling, bi-lingual staff that has a good knowledge of the local area, tours, shuttles, and of Costa Rica. We can help you arrange all your activities, your next hostel stays, better tours and secret places of Costa Rica. Come to MINI Hostel to stay with us if you want to meet great people from all over the world, have fun, relax and experience the real Pura Vida atmosphere. ... more   less 
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