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“A must stay in Manuel Antonio area!”
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Hostel Plinio
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Reviewed 16 July 2013 via mobile

Well as soon as we arrived we were greeted and given great news! There was a double booking and I waa upgraded to the per say "mac daddy suite" haha. We originally booked a regular private double but we were lucky to be given more. The hostel used to be an old hotel but we bought and revamped by Alisha and her boyfriend. When we opned the door to our room we were amazed (room 4). Three levels of beauty with a rooftop lookout that you could see the quepos marina from. Reminds me of amazing cabins back in Canada. Its a fairly new hostel so its not in no lonely planet book yet, but I assure you it will be. Bus stop is next door and 50 cent ride to Manuel Antonio, comes every 15-20 min. Hostel was very nice, service was amazing, relaxed area. Must book!

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Reviewed 5 July 2013 via mobile

Really a special place accessible to all Manuel Antonio has to offer. Owners Corey and Alicia and their kind and helpful staff made us feel welcome and helped us find everything we needed. The pool is DEEP no real shallow end which was much more fun to swim in than those horrid 3 feet deep jobs.
The most amazing thing about this place is that it is made entirely of rainforest hardwoods - teak and purple heart, perhaps other - and is unbelievably beautiful. This is all wood harvested half a century ago before concerns about depletion...this hotel is either the first or one of in the area.
If you can get rooms 1, 2, 3, 4 you will be delighted. Tower like with a spiral staircase leading to a rooftop deck. The grounds are lush, it is set right into the hill....
Accessible by bus (50 cent ride) to all Manuel Antonio's pleasures.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

El Plinio was absolutely fantastic. We stayed in the three story private room with a porch off the second floor and a rooftop patio with swings. We saw bats, birds, frogs, and more. The owners/staff are helpful and friendly - they were able to recommend lots of things to do/restaurants to eat at as well as call taxis when needed. The pool was really great, and the breakfast in the morning was yummy (bread + butter, fresh fruit, and coffee). There's also a GREAT restaurant/bar on site!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Danalovallo
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

Hostel Plinio is AWESOME! Unlike any other hostel I've stayed at. We stayed in a private two person room which was three stories and very spacious. The rooms were very clean and the property is BEAUTIFUL. Great pool area and an awesome bar/restaurant to hangout at and get cheap and great tasting food and drinks. They switched our room the last night we stayed, and the beds were hard as a rock! Other than that though, the owners are awesome and i would HIGHLY recommend staying here. It's easy to get to Manuel Antonio and easy to get to downtown Quepos.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

Hostel Plinio is a grand teak hotel which has recently been converted into a hostel. We stayed in the 6 person dorm which was incredibly spacious, and has 3 floors -- the bathroom and lounge on the bottom, beds and balcony on the 2nd and a great lookout with swings on the 3rd. Everything is well maintained and clean. There is a large swimming pool (with an actual deep end!), and there's a bar right there where you can buy cheap drinks. The owners were incredibly friendly and welcoming.
It's situated on a hillside between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, but walking to either locations would be a bit dangerous because the road is narrow and windy, and traffic is relatively busy. It is, however, right beside a bus stop which comes every 20 minutes during the day.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

I always stayed at all-inclusive hotels/resorts with my family on my previous trips to CR. This time I went solo and chose Plinio based on reviews. I wasn't mistaken. Among hostels, it's a resort.

Special thanks to Corey. He was super helpful and even pre-paid for me for my transfer to Monteverde while I was out surfing. I have no idea how he got it for just $37 and I had a private driver. Jeff made incredible raw tuna dish and swordfish soup. Alisha made sure you are secure and comfortable. Great guys and awesome athmosphere. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

I have stayed in hostels before and they were all fine, but El Plinio makes them look really bad. We were six people, so we had an entire dorm, bathroom, and two balconies, all to ourselves for 12$/night/person and breakfast is included. It's also an easily accessible place by taxi or bus (the bus runs every 20 minutes from Quepos to Manuel Antonio's public beach). Alicia and Cory are cool hosts that are always looking out for you and will recommend the good places for either eating or going out. On our second night, we had a small invasion of some sort of flying bug and within half an hour, Cory and Alicia were on it, so by the time we came back from dancing, it was as if there had never been any bug. I definitively recommend it! Also, the bar offers $1 margarita during the day ;)

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hostel Plinio

Address: Main Road 50 meters before Restaurant Bamboo Jam, Manuel Antonio 60601, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: £17 - £32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostel Plinio, with it's sister Bed and Breakfast located only 200 meters down the road, offer a variety of amenity options. The hostel is one of the original accommodation and restaurant properties located in Manuel Antonio, while our Bed and Breakfast is a new addition to the market. HOSTEL Our fully equipped hostel has a large refreshing pool, tour desk, wifi, a delicious and affordable restaurant and bar, a common kitchen and ocean views. Guests enjoy having everything they need on location and the staff at Plinio strive to make the hostel a relaxing and tranquil experience. It is an excellent choice for travelers wishing to steer away from the party youth hostels and experience many of the comforts and ascetics of a rustic hotel with the communal atmosphere and prices of a hostel. Accommodations with Hostel Plinio range greatly. We offer two dorm rooms for backpackers that have two outdoor patios, a viewing platform, a bathroom, lockers, safes, and a large space to accommodate everyone's personal belongings with plenty of room left over to move around. For travelers seeking a more private stay, Hostel Plinio has three types of rooms to choose from. The most economical option is the double bed, shared bathroom private room. Perfect for couples on a budget! Next are the standard and basic private suites. These rooms have two stories, a private bath with hot water, stunning ocean views, semi-private patio, a king size bed and a full or twin size bed. Perfect from groups of three or four people looking for a private option. And lastly, our two Superior Family Suites. These rooms have three stories, two outdoor patios with ocean views including a third story observation deck with swings. A private bath with hot water, a living room, and a king, a full and a twin size bed. PLEASE NOTE: On Hostelworld , all private rooms are listed with a max capacity of 2 people. This is simply for pricing purposes. There is a $10 per person extra charge for 3 or more people. We suggest calling or emailing if you have specific questions regarding this. BED AND BREAKFAST Plinio Bed and Breakfast is located a couple of minutes walk away from our hostel where guests have the opportunity to enjoy upgraded amenities. Here guests get the atmosphere of the jungle with the amenities and style of a hotel but with the feeling of home. Surrounded by mango and papaya trees, fan palms and bamboo we frequently get monkey visitors and have several resident iguanas. Our Bed and Breakfast has its own kitchen located on site and guests are invited to enjoy the pool, restaurant and bar at the hostel. Plinio Bed and Breakfast is great option for couples looking for a little more privacy and quiet but with hotel style conveniences. At this location we offer seven unique private rooms that include brand new queen sized Serta beds, air conditioning units, cable TV with HBO, wifi in every room, private bathroom with on demand hot water, blackout curtains and two outdoor patio style relaxation areas. Located on the main road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio Beach, Plinio is a great location for travelers seeking easy transportation to the main attractions without the hustle and bustle of being in the city center. With bus stops located just outside the main entrance, the beach is a quick ten minute ride away. Both properties serve breakfast and coffee free of charge every morning from seven until nine am. When booking with us and looking through pictures of our properties, please take note at which property you are viewing and wanting to stay in to make sure you book properly. No matter what type of room you choose, you will not be disappointed. The owners and staff at Plinio have poured their hearts into creating an unique, memorable hostel and bed and breakfast experience. We look forward to accommodating you during your stay in Manuel Antonio. See you soon! Cancellations Policy: one day in advance Credit Cards Not Accepted. Breakfast Included. Taxes Included. ... more   less 
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