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“Stay away from this place!” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Hostel Pangea
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Stay away from this place!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

Staff are rude to say the least, the barman only cared about what music he was choosing on his computer, any reasonable request such as "could I get a beer?" was met with contempt and rudeness. Very expensive, far too many signs everywhere telling you how you are not entitled to anything unless you pay for it etc. The place had absolutely no atmosphere as a result of the staff and the rules so nothing exciting took place. My advice is to stay away, and judging by nearly all the other reviews written here, I'm not the only one thinking this. Bad mistake.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Flores, Guatemala
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014 via mobile

My partner and I arrived from Monteverde and pulled up at this hostel as it's closest to the bus station for the Caribbean transfers! Arriving at 11am, we asked the staff if there were any busses heading to our chosen town today. They said no you just missed the last one. So we reluctantly paid for a nights accommodation and walked around to the bus station to book tickets for the following morning. Alas, we found out there were several more busses heading to the town that afternoon. Happily, we walked back to the hostel (still not checked in as it was only 11:20am) and they REFUSED TO REFUND US. The staff member called the owner and he wouldn't speak to me directly, just said it's been put through the till and that's that.

Very upset at how we were treated by the non sympathetic staff. Be careful with the information they provide as they very clearly want you to book with their in-house travel agent.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa
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79 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

Stayed here one night. Was okay. A bit too big to be like other hostels. Staff weren't very helpful with ideas, they try to charge for everything, no kitchen to cook, someone tried to cut my lock off a locker. Wifi is good, location is good. Beds, bathrooms were okay. Overall was okay, but nothing special. No events on as far as I could tell and was too cold to use the pool, which didn't have many places to sit.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Roermond, The Netherlands
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

A good starting point hostel for Costa Rica, and nicely situated. There are plenty of amenities, a good bar, superb bathrooms and the rooms are ok (if not a little bit chilly at night). The only downsize is that you have to pay for EVERYTHING.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Manama, Bahrain
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18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

This is a modern and friendly hip hostel within the city limits. It’s clean and inviting; only a few hundred meters from some of the more popular attractions. The Wi-Fi is strong, the pool is clean, and the roof top bar/restaurant serves up the best day/night time entertainment while offering an breath taking view of the city. Disclaimer: My room had a large photo of a hamburger with some strange toppings… it looked good… I asked the chef could he make me a burger just like the one in the picture… he came to my room, took down the poster/pic and make it… Wow… and it was amazing. Even better, as I’m chowing down on this mammoth of a burger other guest inquired how they could get one… thus was born the “Alex Burger”…. So, of course I love this place (I have an item on the menu named after me)…

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tilburg, The Netherlands
1 review
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

Very unfriendly welcome. Would not let us use the phone to contact the hotel we we're staying before this one, because we forgot something. They did not help us at all.
Room is so small! There is no window or AC. Only a bed and a save. Not even a table or closet. Very very noisy, you can hear everything. Inside and outside the hostel. You need earplugs for sure!
Food and drinks are very expensive.
If you book a shuttle with them, they won't charge you for using their facilities after check out. If you don't, you pay a lot of money. When you are in the shuttle, they drive like crazy! Asked the driver to slow down, he said he did not speak English... We arrived at the airport sick!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

"Pangea always as rooms" my travelmates told me. Now I know why.

First - BEWARE THE AIRPORT SHUTTLE SCAM. Pangea will drive you to the airport for $22 if you're the only person, or $12 if there are two or more. Except that they don't tell you when you sign up if you're the only person, so they charge you $12 - implying there are other people - and then you get an super s****y surprise the moment the driver shows up and he tells you you can either pay $10 more to take the shuttle you already paid for, or you can forfeit the $12 you've already paid and spend even more on a cab. If you can find one. Do yourself a favor and take the public bus for $1.

Second - no kitchen, and literally no table to use for food preparation or eating. They have tables upstairs by the bar, but they are only for food that you've bought from the bar - as their signs obnoxiously remind you.

Third - Horrible club music BLARING at all hours of the day and night from the bar. So if you want to use your computer at one of the tables they do have in the place, bring earplugs.

Fourth - Some of the spottiest wifi I encountered in 3.5 months of traveling Central America.

Room Tip: If you want a good room, I'd advise choosing a different hostel.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hostel Pangea
Address: Barrio Amon Ave 7 st. 3-3 bis, San Jose, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #59 of 79 Speciality Lodging in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostel Pangea 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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