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“The nicest hostel of my two month trip!”

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Arenal Hostel Resort
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Nelson, Canada
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“The nicest hostel of my two month trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

I was extremely surprised at the quality of this hostel. The grounds, rooms, pool with swim up bar and staff were all top-notch. We got a free welcome drink on arrival, got heaps of helpful advice from the staff and therefore had a chill, relaxing night!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

Great hostel, really friendly staff. Definitely one of the nicest hostels I've stayed at, especially in Costa Rica. Met some great people there. Great place to stay for lonesome travelers. Owner is great at recommending things to do and see and very resourceful.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

Hostel is awesome, amazing atmosphere with hammocks, trees, a pool with a swim up bar. Rooms are clean, nice, wooden-cabiny. No complaints. Good Location. Staff was very friendly and helpful with organizing tours. Definately one of the nicer hostels I have stayed at, and I always am keen to look up reviews to make sure Im staying at one of the better places and this did not dissapoint.
Security gates are great too,. its all locked up at night with a security guard for extra safety (who will also let u in if you come back late).

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

Pictures and positive comments didn't lie! For a bit more money it was totally worth it; value for the price is unbeatable. Well located, clean and nice, with a bar and pool, plus an happy to serve staff. And those hammocks are the best i've ever used! A must!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights before leaving Costa Rica after a month of traveling. Staying in a dorm room for only $16 a night, great price for a lovely clean room and bathroom. Lovely bar and swimming pool area, and the staff are really helping and organised some nice tours.

Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

This place is really pretty and relaxing- it feels like a beach bungalow more than a hostel. There are hammocks, a fountain, and every room seems to have rocking chairs outside on the porch. We stayed in a single room with a great view of the volcano. Overall the room was very clean- the bathroom is not exactly private (just had swinging doors), but it was fine. One thing to note is that the walls are paper thin- I was woken up by our neighbors both nights/mornings (I'm also a light sleeper unfortunately).

Despite the walls, this was definitely my favorite place to stay in terms of atmosphere while I was in Costa Rica.

Room Tip: Definitely go for the private rooms on the second floor so you can wake up and see the volcano!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Winslow, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

I didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this place. We had a private room with our own bathroom. Clean facility with air conditioned room. We were on the ground floor near the entrance and somewhat close to the bar. We heard a group of bar patrons playing in the hammocks late one night but we found it comical to listen to them try to drunkenly use the hammocks:) We had breakfast each morning at the bar area. Plenty of food and good quality. I would definitely recommend to others.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Arenal Hostel Resort

Property: Arenal Hostel Resort
Address: | South side of catholic church, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 506, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 71 Speciality Lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Arenal Hostel Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Hostel Resort have the best location and facilities...( dorms and rooms )There are many reasons to visit La Fortuna, Costa Rica, whether your trip brings you here to observe the majestic Arenal Volcano, or to enjoy the pure natural beauty that the area has to offer. Come here to explore or rest and relax surrounded by the silence and mystery of our mountains. Arenal Hostel Resort is a true pioneer of Eco-Tourism in this area. We offer a great place to stay where you will feel at home and meet new people as you embark on the adventure of a lifetime.Arenal Hostel Resort is a place created for you by one of the premier pioneers of tourism development in this area. ... more   less 
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