I can't believe there aren't more recent reviews! A friend and I chose Casa Tranquilo based on the description in Lonely Planet. Sad that we didn't get to meet the "delightful Tico couple" who owns the place, but I see from their website that they're actually trying to sell the business. Rommel, the guy who works at reception and books all the tours for you, is super friendly and put up with our endless requests to change our bookings ever so patiently and "con mucho gusto."
We didn't experience much noise, but we also didn't spend many daylight hours in the hostel. It's not in the dead center of town, but it is on a main road. All the taxi and tour operator drivers are familiar with Casa Tranquilo, so getting back from other places is hassle-free. Our downstairs double room was surprisingly roomy. I peeked at the wood-paneled dorms upstairs, and they looked like fun summer-camp style rooms. (See photos.) We enjoyed hanging out in the dining area with the other guests.
We always had to wake up before breakfast hours, but the food is always available in the kitchen, so we would make PB&Js and boil eggs the night before to take on the road.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking