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Hostel Plinio
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Reviewed 22 August 2014 via mobile

If traveling alone, you cannot beat Hostel Plinio's offer for a dormitory bed, including gallo-pinto and eggs breakfast, wifi, and pool. If traveling with a friend, just a bit more per person will buy you a private room and bath. This place has been here since my first visit in 1978 and brings back the charm of old QMA, which for better AND worse has become a miniature Acapulco. No air conditioning but with a bit of elevation, screens, and a fan -- and the forbearance of considerate guests -- is still a comfortable night, filled with the sounds of the forest. Also, there is a guest kitchen, with refrigerator, sink, cook-top, and cabinet of spices. For me, it's the prefect combination of amenities and price. The guests are a mixture of bohemian and bargain hunters. If this sounds like you then: Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: August 2014
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Right off the bat I loved this place. It's quite the gem in Quepos so make sure to check it out before looking anywhere else if you're visitng Manuel Antonio. It's just a bus ride away from the local street cafes/restaurants towards the beach. In my experience there isn't very much reason to take a bus into Quepos town unless you're going towards the bus station. Everything will really be on the main road to the beach so this spot is perfect ! It's the most perfect tree house. Our apartment was amazing and even the private doubles were great! Price was so reasonable too! No bad things to say about it. The hostel hosts Daniel and Rebbecca were so accommodating and breakfast was sufficient! Definitely would stay here again!

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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

The staff and surroundings at Hostel Plinio were very inviting. We stay in the double private ensuite, and we really felt like it was a tree house. Of course, this is more of a hostel with a nice selection of private rooms than a hotel.

There was a pretty view of the Pacific through the rainforest. The grounds are lush and home to many animals. The dats were a bit warm in tge room, but that is when you shoukd be out exploring or enjoying the pool or hammocks anyways. The nights were cool and comfortable.


The road was noisy, but the sun had us up early anyway. Most of the hostels and hotels along this road would have the same amount of noise.

The staff told us we would want to take a bus or taxi into Quepos, and for some that may be true. We love to walk, so we found it to be an easy 2 km (1.5 mi) walk along the roads. It looks scary to walk along the roads at first, but everyone is very conscious of pedestrians. I would definitely suggest the bus or a taxi to the beach or national park though. It is far and very hilly. The buses are very cheap and come regularly.

  • Stayed: August 2014
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Great hostel, clean rooms, friendly/helpful staff, lockers large enough to fit your entire pack, spacious common area to relax. Don't go to the restaurant next door. Can't remember the name but the food was garbage, expensive and music too loud to talk. Do go to the national park to see all the howler monkeys and iguanas. The beaches within the national park are some of the nicest in Costa Rica. Enjoyed staying at Hostel Plinio.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Overall, Hostel Plinio is a good value for how inexpensive rooms are and the beauty of the place itself. Surrounded by gorgeous tropical vegetation and complete with a pool, the hostel itself is very pretty. The room was small but comfortable enough, though very stuffy once the window curtains were shut despite the ceiling fan. Shared bathroom was generally pretty clean, though the toilet stopped working during my stay. My only serious complaint is the noise level- the room had absolutely no sound proofing, as it faced outward towards the main road and the entire front wall isn't so much a wall as it is a giant screened window. The road is very busy, with loud trucks, cars, and motorbikes zooming down it beginning at around 4:30 am. Forget sleeping in at this location!!! It seriously felt like our room was in the middle of a busy highway- had we known it would have been this noisy, we would have brought earplugs. Also, while we were staying a rather large volunteer group was also staying at the hostel, and were unfortunately quite inconsiderate of others using the facilities- stomping around the top floors, leaving all their belongings strewn about th shared bathroom, very loud at late evening and early morning hours. Other than that, the area itself is quite lovely. Hostel plinio is a good value for a budget place to stay and the staff was very nice and helpful, but the room was not private at all and uncomfortably loud.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

This place ended up being my favorite hostel in all of Costa Rica. We stayed in a private room with shared bathroom for $30/night. The rooms were small but clean, with a nice bathroom that was cleaned daily (no hot water, though). Our room looked out to the community patio, with huge curtains and screened windows to let the breeze in. Nice open-air kitchen.

What I loved most about this place were the open-air community spaces. It had a rustic but polished feeling to it. Wood walls and stone floors, hammocks with tons of comfy chairs, views of the ocean, hummingbirds, pool, etc. It looked like an ad from Travel and Leisure. When it poured the entire day, we actually enjoyed spending the morning lounging around at the hostel. There's a semi-private balcony on the third floor. One night, my boyfriend and I went up there to sit on the wooden swings, and bats started flying through! It was really neat.

If I'm being super nit-picky: the bar is indefinitely closed (not really an issue for us). Also, I think one of the backpackers in the other dorms had a termite issue and had to move to another room. The building is pretty old and mostly wood, and we even noticed a couple of sawdust piles in certain places in our room (but never saw anything). Didn't really affect us, but just saying.

Breakfast was simple but great: fresh cut pineapple and watermelon, french bread with margarine and guava jelly, and coffee.

The staff was super friendly. Most of the time, there were two young, American girls manning the reception desk, and they helped us find the lower-cost sodas (restaurants) in Quepos and work out bus schedules.

The location, for us, was perfect. Manuel Antonio is super expensive and touristy, and Quepos is sort of "rough-looking," with bars on all the windows and such (probably not the best place to be wandering around at night). So the hostel was smack in the middle along the only major road, up on a hill, with a bus stop about one minute's walking distance away. We walked downhill to Quepos for cheap food, which took about 10-15 minutes, or grabbed a bus uphill to Manuel Antonio (about $0.60) for the parks and beaches, which was about 5 km away. And in the meantime, got to stay away from all of the noise of the major towns.

Would definitely stay again, and recommend to any friends passing through the region.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Plinio has a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. It was great to have hammocks and a pool. I stayed in 5-bed dorm. The beds were comfy, the showers were warm, and the third story balcony area was simply beautiful. Plenty of personal space, even when sharing with strangers. The wifi is best around the reception area. There is a communal kitchen/pantry area to store your groceries, cook food and enjoy breakfast. Breakfast is yummy fruit and bread. The bar was not open when I was there, but I am sure it will be great when it gets started again. Corey and the rest of the staff are phenomenal; Corey even helped me celebrate my birthday. I can't thank them enough for everything they did for me. You pretty much have to take a taxi to most places. I think the ride to Quepos is $3 and to Manuel Antonio is $8 and taxi drivers don't try to scam you. Walking to Quepos only takes about 15 minutes. Most of the tours (zip lining/surfing/paddleboarding) in the area offer free pick up services so that eliminates some taxi fees. I definitely want/need to go back.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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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 41 Speciality Lodging in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: £15 - £37 (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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