This was the first time I stayed in a hostel (I usually stay in hotels but was on a stricter budget this trip). There is a really nice atmosphere as all the guests tend to congregate in the lounge area and garden - I met a lot of travellers, which is the benefit of a hostel rather than a hotel. There aren't TVs in the rooms (there's one in the lounge), but they do have private bathrooms and in every other way it is like a hotel - just half the price and a lot more fun. Breakfast was included in the price (they even made it for me when I was leaving at 5am to go to the airport).
Everything was very clean and a lot of effort had clearly gone into the decorating the building - all the rooms are painted bright colours and there is a city mural in the lounge!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Molino Rojo Hostel is a brand new hostel in San José, Costa Rica. We have private rooms from $25 and dorm beds from $10. There is a garden, lounge, communal kitchen, computer room and bar. A laundry service, book exchange and DVD library are available. The reception is open 24 hours and all receptionists speak English and Spanish and can help arrange tours and car rentals. ... more less