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“Great hostel , that is almost like a hotel!”
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Hostel Plinio
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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19 reviews
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“Great hostel , that is almost like a hotel!”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

We arrived here from Dominical in the evening and were greeted by the nice staff. He even carried my big bag up the long stairs! The owners were in the kitchen when we came in and we got less of a greeting from them.....I did not even know they were the owners , until the next day. Cory (one owner) ended up being more approachable , the next day. Cory plays music two days a week at a nice hotel and we went to see him one night and enjoyed that alot!

As far as the hostel goes , it was good. We ended up in room # 1 with only one other female to share with us 2 females. That was nice. More privacy for our place and the bathroom stayed clean. Hah....I know how guys are! The grounds were full of plants , the kitchen was good and they even served a small breakfast, which was nice. The pool was great too!

The highlight was Jefe's restaurant , on site! I enjoyed many of evenings , eating his taco's , with smoked meat, homemade hot sauce and his burger's , that were die for! He had a decent happy hour , and you could even see the sunset from the restaurant! He was fun to talk too also! Regular's came there almost every night for the happy hour and that was nice also! Go eat there, even if you don't stay at Hostel Plinio !

All and all , it was a good stay and I would stay there again. The staff and the maid were all very very nice and you felt welcome , from them.

It is not a party hostel..if that is what you want. There were even a few Tico families staying there.

The road is a little noisy , but it did not bother me in the room , with the fans going.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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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!

  • Stayed July 2013
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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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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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Vancouver, Canada
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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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South Florida, Florida
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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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Property: 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 #6 of 38 Speciality Lodging in Manuel Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostel Plinio is one of the newest additions to the hostel scene in Manuel Antonio and is located in one of the original hotel/restaurant properties in the area. Plinio is quickly becoming one of the highest rated and most in demand hostels in the area! A fully equipped hostel with a large refreshing pool, tour desk, wi-fi, a delicious restaurant and bar, and a common kitchen. Guests enjoy having everything they need on location and the staff at Plinio strive to make the hostel a relaxing, tranquil, all inclusive 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. 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 a bus stop located just outside the main entrance, the beach is a quick 10 minute ride away.Every room at Plinio has an ocean view. Including the dorms! And each include a breakfast of fruit, bread and coffee each morning.Accommodations range greatly. Backpackers may choose from 2 different types of dorms, the standard and the deluxe. Both types have two out door patios, their own bathroom, and plenty of space. But for a few dollars more per night, the deluxe dorm includes hot water, a private living room, and only houses 5 people. Upgrading to the deluxe dorm is first come first serve and can only be booked at the Hostel if there is availability. No matter which dorm you choose, you will not be disappointed! ... more   less 
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