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Spanish by the River - Turrialba
Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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13 reviews
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“Pura vida hostel!”
Reviewed 20 November 2013

I stay at Spanish By the River Hostel every time I pass through Turrialba, which is once a year. I have seen all the great improvements over the years. Firstly, I love the spectacular views and the wonderful family that owns the hostel. From the spacious decks I have seen tucans and sloths in the treetops. The hostel is perched over the valley with amazing views of the town of Turri and the Turrialba volcano. The big common room now has big glass windows to enjoy the view. You can tell I love the view :)
The kitchen is a good size and can accommodate several cookers. The rooms are cozy and simple. I like the one with lots of windows and the private bath.
It's a lively hostel but not an annoying party scene. Because it's also a Spanish language school there are students and teachers around that you can chat with to improve your language skills. There are lots of activities to choose from, I love the yoga classes and the trip to a goat farm was one of my favorites. On Friday nights there's often a BBQ and live music by local musicians, a great time to practice your salsa dancing moves. Super fun!
The staff is very friendly and helpful. There's wifi. Bath towels are provided. I love to walk/hike into town but there are also buses and taxis that are cheap and easy. This hostel provides everything a traveler could want at a very good price. I love it and look forward to returning.

Room Tip: The big family room has a big bed plus a bunk bed, lots of windows, and a private bath.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

After leaving the big city of San Jose this place is really a relief (2hours from San Jose). Suddenly I arrived at this really beautiful place in the mountains where you can experience the real Costa Rica. The place has a very nice veranda with a great view. They help you finding your way.I finally did a rafting tour, which was amazing!(no 5 of best rafting in the world). I did some walking in the surroundings and horse back riding. It's a very social place, since it's a school as well. They organise barbeques for everybody staying there. The Spanish classes are very good. My level of Spanish was first tested according to the international standards. You can either get private classes or in a group.
I would surely recommend this place. Once you are there you don't want to leave anymore!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Incredible friendly place. Great people that help you to find your Way in CR. In a few days we stayed there we managed to learn the basics of spanish. They organise great workshops in the hostel As Well. We enjoyed most the chocolate making...

  • Stayed June 2013
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed for two weeks at this Hostel in Turrialba. Turrialba is a beautiful town, locals are very friendly and kind and it offers many activities such as rafting, hiking, horse riding, spanish lessons... We haven't seen a hostel like this one before, if you are willing to go to Turrialba choose this hostel for your stay, you won't regret. Everything was clean, rooms are comfortable, the kitchen is fully equiped, it has an amazing living room with stunning views. You can relax at it's terrace laying on one of its hammocks while listening to birds like toucans and if you are lucky even seeing a sloth from very close. The location is also good, there's a bus stop just at the entrance, from which you can connect directly to San José. Furthermore the family and the manager that run the hostel will make you feel like at home, or that's what we felt. They did everything the could and more to make our stay comfortable.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

Unfortunately did n t have time to stay longer but i will go back for sure. It s a beatifull building on top of a hill with a spectacular view of the valley. You can chill in the hammock or take part in the activities offered on a daily bases. Such as yoga rafting swimming dancing or ofcourse take spanish classes

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Property: Spanish by the River - Turrialba
Address: Barrio El Recreo, 50 metros despues de la Entrada de Chirraca, en el muro de piedras, Turrialba 30501, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Cartago > Turrialba
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Turrialba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hostel in Turrialba is spacious and is surrounded by beautiful nature. The hostel has a fully equipped kitchen, a lounge area, a spacious balcony with hammocs, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 computers and a television.Enjoy our lush fruit garden while looking at the different bird species form our balcony! ... more   less 
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