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“Friendly, helpful, relaxing.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Backpackers Manuel Antonio

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Backpackers Manuel Antonio
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
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31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Friendly, helpful, relaxing.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

Though my friend and I only stayed in Manuel Antonio for 1 night, we had a very pleasant experience at Backpackers Manuel Antonio. Receptionists were friendly, informative, and bilingual. The rooms are simple but clean, as are the bathrooms. There is also a nice common area that includes a kitchen, couches, tables, a pool table, and an entire wall for guests to sign and write memories. We even saw a sloth right outside this common area during our stay! We also had free wifi and breakfast. The only minor downfall for us was the location. Since we were on a tight budget, we refused to take busses anywhere unless we were changing towns. You can walk to the mini super, the bank, to restaurants, and even the beach but all are a bit far. (Bus fare is cheap, but so were we!) Wish we could have spent more time at this awesome place! Definitely stay here if you make a stop in Manuel Antonio, the bus will drop you off right at the hostel!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Tamara S
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

We got off the bus and didn't know where to stay. Backpackers was right across the street. It's a short bus ride to the park. Right across the street is a great sushi place (ask to try his coffee too!). Many restaurant walkable and a grocery store on the corner.
Super cheap. Cool people. Not super rowdy even though they make it look like it's a party hostel. Maybe it is during the busy season. Big kitchen (they could consider putting in a censor light to keep bugs off the counters). Pool table. Two computers. All good.
We stayed in a private room; shared bathroom right across the hall. Sheets were white and kind of gross but everything else was pretty clean. We had 3 fans in our room which was super nice.
The girl that was working there was REALLY nice. The guy, not as much. But still fine.
Pool is down away from the building and it was one of my favorite views of my entire trip! For not having a thing planned, this turned out to be a great place to stay!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Julie U
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2013

We had a clean room with a shared bathroom and the hostel provides pancakes in the morning but to be honest, there are a lot of nicer places to stay in Manuel Antonio for the same or a little bit extra. We had a room right next to reception so it was pretty noisy and felt like everyone could see into our room. Quite un-friendly reception staff aswell, which was unusual for Costa Rica as everyone seemed so happy. Its right next to the bus stop to get to the beach which is good though and also had a swimming pool so if you're on a budget then its ok.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LizSlinn
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Berlin
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2013

Problems and annoyances are so numerous at this place I will just mention a few points.

1) Hostelbookers reservation somehow got lost, we had to take a more expensive room with aircon.
2) Don't take aircon. It's loud as an airplane starting.
3) The rooms are only superficially clean, bugs and ants galore!
4) The public shower literally fell apart when I barely touched it.
5) Rooms look like prison cells. Many have no window.
6) Far away from the beach. Far away from the naional park.
7) "Breakfast" means pancakes and coffee. Teabags are also provided. No water-heater, though. No maple syrup. What did you expect? Served from 7 to 9.
8) 7:20, no breakfast. We ask how it works. Staff is annoyed. "Pura Vida", they won't be hurried. 10 minutes later, pancakes enough for 3 people. There are five guests, we ask for more. "We will be very, very fast." Oh, irony, wonderful! 8 o'clock, no new pancakes have surfaced.
9) Don't ask for them at 8:50, because then it will be too late.

This place is a dump. Overpriced, unfriendly, inconvenientyl located. Many better options in town.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ThorstenM341
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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2013

beware of theft. stayed here with some friends last week, march 2013. had a room to just ourselves so we left out or wallets and most of our stuff in unlocked lockers. i walked in and caught the maid in my wallet, when i reported it to the staff, they did not seem to care at all. and also took the side of the maid who claimed she was just cleaning the room... during our stay the room was never swept and the garbage was never taken out.. 20$ was stolen from me, and 10$ stolen from my friend. i asked to speak to the manager and for three days i got excuses... his car broke down, or he would be back in an hour, then in two and evenutally not at all, etc... never ended up getting to talk to anyone and still had to overpay for a frustrating stay. wouldnt recommend it to anyone... on top of that, the free pancake breakfast is meh, its a short walk to the pool and a long walk to the closest beach or a short bus to the main beach and center of town. not worth anyones time or money.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank kelsphil
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2013

Of the four hostels I visited in Costa Rica, Backpackers Manuel Antonio was my least favorite. Not great, but not terrible. Just sort of meh. It was clean enough and the staff was nice enough but it definitely could have been better.

Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Dana D
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2013 via mobile

My partner and I arrived to the hostel and checked into a dorm room with no other guests. So we placed our wallets, passports, ids, money, and some clothes in the safe. We locked them up, locked our room and headed to the park for a few hours. We came back and the locker had been dismantled and our things gone! So I ran to the front desk to tell them and I was just look at and told to wait. None of the staff was too interested in what happened. Eventually the owner and some of the staff came to our room. I told them that with a locked door, no broken windows, and no one else in the room it was an inside job. They told me they were going to call the cops on me! Then they started talking about me in Spanish (which I fully understood) and then the told me that there was another guy in the room. Lloyd from Canada. However, they didn't have his passport copied like they do for everyone else's. And surprisingly the security footage didn't work. I have never been treated so poorly in my entire life or so violated. Literally left in a country without money, passports, and clothes.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank KendalMarie
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Additional Information about Backpackers Manuel Antonio

Property: Backpackers Manuel Antonio
Address: Across from the Manuel Antonio soccer field, Manuel Antonio National Park 0000, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 35 Speciality Lodging in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All our rooms have shared bathrooms with hot water and are equipped with fans. We have a private trail to one of the best views of the sunset over the beach. There is a communal entertainment room with cable TV, DVD-Player, over 80 DVDs, Play Station and a stereo. We keep a clean kitchen with new amenities for everyone to use. We also offer our customers free high speed internet, free parking, free tour information, all-night security guard, laundry service, no curfew, snacks and beverages for sale and a 24-hour Check-in. ... more   less 
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