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Tranquilo Backpackers
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Tranquilo Backpackers
New York City, New York
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“clean and spacious”
Reviewed 20 January 2012

I really enjoyed this hostel, each room had its own hammock, a nice one at that, spacious room, spacious porch-good place to hang out. The kitchen was convenient and clean, the bathrooms the same. Close to the beach and the rest of town. Very happy with this stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

I stayed at this hostel for a total of 4 nights over 2 stays in San Jose and found it to be comfortable, friendly and sociable. The breakfast was good and the staff very nice and helpful (an exception in this part of the world).

The place could do with a lick of paint but otherwise was a good choice.

There were certainly no bed bugs in my bed in the 2 rooms I stayed in (i was bitten in other hostels, so was very sensitive to this issue), so assume they've dealt with this issue....

  • Stayed January 2012
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

pros: cheap, dvd's to watch, friendly staff, arty, private rooms, free internet use.
cons: not that close to the airport. Recommend catching the bus rather than paying for a taxi as much much cheaper.
Didn't notice any problems with bedbugs as has been mentioned in some other reviews.
Bedroom,bathroom and communal space seemed clean and tidy.

Room Tip: our private room for 2 people was a basic room with bunk bed. no other furniture besides a small bed...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 November 2011

I stayed at Tranquilo Backpackers as a one night stopover en route elsewhere and was glad my stay was so short.

On arrival the receptionist was charming, polite and helpful and made me feel very welcome.

The bedding I was given, however, was stained and dirty. The dorm room was also inhabited by people under the influence of drugs. This was evident not only by their confused state, but also by the smell of marijuana permeating the whole building, making my stuff stink of it too.

I would not advise travelling to this hostel by foot at night because the area is a favourite for prostitutes and their pimps, along with other unscrupulous characters in the street.

There is nowhere remotely nice to eat in the vicinity as all semblance of fresh Costa Rican cuisine has been annihilated by American fast food chains.

Aside from the location, the hostel was noisy and the beds uncomfortable. I know it's only a few dollars a night, but elsewhere in Costa Rica I have paid less and got a lot more.

In summary, avoid San Jose. If that's not possible, don't stay at Tranquilo Backpackers.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Florence, Italy
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

Is little bit expencive but they serve a very good breakfast....more there is a very nice tv roomas and is located in the center of san Jose...around there are many restaurants.....the room was nice....is a standar Hostel , but i was feeling like a home....i reccommend this place....

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

I stayed 4 nights in that hostel in September 2011. In the first night I got bidden from BED BUGS in the TV room. Later I had a lot of new bites of bed bugs from my bed matress. I changed the bed and still got new bites everywhere. When I complained about the situation, the first girl at the reception reacted in a nice way. She appologied and said that they know about the bed bugs and are fighting against them and allowed me to wash my clothes and put it the dryer for free. In the next morning there was another girl and she was very rude. She told me that they never had bud bugs before and that I brought them. I am traveling since 14 months and I never had problems with bed bugs. This place is terrible!!!

Don't stay there. They don't know how to treat customers. Everywhere they have flyers and complain that they are not listed in the Lonely Planet anymore and want the people to write to the Lonely Planet to say how good the hostel is. Unbelievable!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

Lots of people, many staying up late talking (isn't the point of traveling to see the outside world, not the inside of your hostel?), showers with questionable hot water, etc. Like the title of the review says: standard hostel. But it was a place to sleep. Didn't feel completely safe leaving my stuff in the room unattended. Breakfast included two strawberries and some pineapple, which was a nice touch. The bus to the airport was a long 15 block walk away from the hostel, which was a bit annoying/hot/sticky.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Tranquilo Backpackers
Address: San Jose Downtown. 7th Street,, between 9th and 11th Avenue | yellow house to the right, San Jose, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
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Ranked #57 of 82 Speciality Lodging in San Jose
Number of rooms: 20

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