I don't even know where to start with my review. As a solo, budget traveler, Blue Trailz is definitely the best place (& value) to stay in Tamarindo! So good, that I stayed for 3 weeks in March 2012.
I stayed in the 6-bed dorms, and it's great to come home to a cold A/C room, hot shower, and brand new comfortable mattress after a day out surfing. If you are a budget traveler who doesn't want to eat out all the time, they have a fridge right in the room to store your food & drinks.
The two owners are amazing, both very personable, and ensure that your stay is as great as you want it to be. They are always around the hostel, and if you stay at Blue Trailz during certain weeks, they may take you & others to see the sunset from top of a mountain and/or release turtles at Playa Junquillal. As well, they are always open to comments & suggestions and have acted upon a lot of them, through their incremental improvements to the hostel (new mattresses, shower curtains, kitchen utensils, etc.).
The entire staff is equally amazing. I always had a great time simply hanging out with them at the surf shop, at the beach, or simple around town. Feel free to ask them anything including where to surf, where to go, or how to get around, what's good music, or whatever. The housekeeper is also very kind, and definitely works hard to keep the place clean, even after the place gets trashed the day before from pre-gaming or all the sand brought in from the beach.
Lastly, the hostel brings in a great mix of travelers, and for most part, we'd always hang out together and go out to party, to the beach, and to some tours. Each week was different with the type of people that was there, but the small hostel allows people to get to know each other well. Setup is great for both solo & group travelers.
If you have traveled to many hostels, then when you come to this place, you'll know that it's a great place to stay. I don't need to say more. Cheers to Blue Trailz!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue Trailz Hostel & Surf Camp in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, is a vacation experience for budgets of every level. We offer; stays in our intimate hostel, surf lessons under the guise of our local bilingual instructors, board rental from our extensive range at our our surf shop, tours of the local area (if you stay with us) and package deals incorporating all this (and more!) with our value Beginner Surf Camp, Yoga Surf Camp or Luxury Surf Vacation. We’re located just steps away from the crystalline sea, on Tamarindo’s main street, near the buzz of all the best bars and restaurants. And both our private and dorm rooms offer unlimited air-con, hot showers, kitchen facilities and orthopedic mattresses. Making friends and chilling out comes easily too, thanks the hammocks and speakers we’ve kitted out our common area with. Book with Blue Trailz today. ... more less
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