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“BED BUGS!!!”

Tranquilo Backpackers
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Tranquilo Backpackers
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3 hotel reviews
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“BED BUGS!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

This hostel seemed really nice at first good location and all that but that was until I woke up at 4am in agony from bed bugs! Went on here and noticed all the reports of bed bugs ranging from as long back as last year so it's pretty disgraceful they haven't even tried to do anything about it!!

I have bites all over and now in going to have to wash all my stuff just to make sure I don't bring them with me so stay elsewhere!!

  • Stayed March 2012
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Milano
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2012

I have arrived in tranquilo hostel by chance
because lonely planet has accidentally removed it from the 2011 guide
on the bus to santa teresa a few people proposed me to go with them there
i was 22, most of people there were about as me

the hostel has a strong character, little room and hammock outside were people stay in the evening
in the summer 2011 part of the hostel was in restoration
i apreciated the free internet point a lot

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Salzburg, Austria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

I have been there in nov '11 and in feb '12 and can only recommend it!
Of course, not everything is perfect. The breakfast for example is ok, but not really good. I don't want to complain becuase actucally I think it's nice that they offer breakfast at all, but this pancake just tastes like nothing. The dormitories are ok, but quite small for 8 persons. The water in the shower has no pressure and sometimes changes from hot to cold even if you don't move the buttons. But at least hot water is free, and that's unusual. The rooms could maybe be a bit cleaner, but it's a hostel and no luxury hotel, so what do you expect?
What I think was positive, were the receptionists. They were very nice and helpful and could answer all my questions to the city, bus terminals etc. Also, this hostel is situated quite well: Very near the main street, but not directly. You have to take a taxi to get there from most of the bus terminals, but since there are a lot of different terminals in San José, this would always be the case. You just can't be near all of them. Coffee, tea and Internet is free all day long, and you have your own locker in your room (bring your own lock!).
For this price, it offers a lot! I already paid the same for much less! I am going to go there every time I need to spend the night in San José!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Tulum, Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

The management could the guests a big favour and knock on the neighbor's door and save the poor dogs that obviously are in trouble and/or pain. Since 3.30 this morning what sounds like a puppy has been weeping, launching a never ending bark cascade from the parent dog making it completely futile to try and fall asleep.
Sad.. otherwise a nice place at a (very) downtown location.
..here we go again... now there's 3 dogs..one crying/howling like a wolf.. can't wait for the hotel to start serving breakfast.. but that's in another hour

Room Tip: Anything not facing the back yard.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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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 #56 of 79 Speciality Lodging in San Jose
Number of rooms: 20

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