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Reviewed 14 July 2015 via mobile

Booked a tent, they said they hadn't received the reservation. Got put in a dorm room instead. Only place I've been so far where they use an exchange rate of 550! Staff weren't very helpful. Not the party hostel they clame to be. It is overpriced for what you get. We stayed in a tent one night and all our...

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Bath, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 July 2015 via mobile

With such amazing reviews we were very excited to arrive, only to be told our reservation for a private tent made via their sister hostel in monteverde did not exist and we were placed in dorm room. For such an expensive hostel, you get absolutely nothing for your money, not even free coffee like their sister hostel in monteverde ($2...

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Reviewed 10 July 2015

I stayed in a mixed dorm and had a great experience. It is very clean, the people there are awesome, and it has such a cool vibe. Surprisingly enough, their little kitchen makes tasty eats and the guy running the bar never skimped on the alcohol. I did a number of tours through the hostel and it was very easy...

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Thank Sha M
Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

My friend and I are traveling Costa Rica together and arrived at Arenal Backpackers Resort today. The first thing we noticed was how unhelpful and unfriendly the staff was. They were slow from the front desk to the bartender; it's seems like they hate their jobs and would rather be anywhere else. There is no kitchen which was disappointing and...

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Reviewed 7 July 2015

Stayed in a dorm room. It was nice,clean, and roomy. Beds were comfortable and came with sheets and blanket. Room has air conditioning, even though it wasnt hot when I stayed there. The showers actually had hot water. As for amentities, there is wifi but no computers. There is also no kitchen that you can use. But there is a...

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Thank Leah N
Walnut, California
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Hostel was nice and clean. Had a private room which had air conditioning, towels provided, a in room safe, free good wifi, and was clean. The hostel has a pool, swim up bar, restaurant and bar, and activity booking ( although I would book in town because the hostel doesn't have very good deals and the staff seem uninterested in...

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Thank Brittany S
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 19 June 2015

We rented their private bedroom for two, which was a pretty good deal. It came with AC, access to a pool, laundry, and bar for under 35$a night. The location was great, very close to local buses and shops. Everything was clean and well maintained, although certainly not fancy. About what you'd expect for the price.

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Reviewed 15 June 2015 via mobile

It's a nice property but overrated in my opinion! It's noisy and on party-mode all day - 10am to 10pm. They moved all of my stuff to another dorm room while I was on a trip without giving me a heads up. So imagine coming back to your room and all of your stuff is gone!! (Especially because the windows...

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Reviewed 7 June 2015 via mobile

The hostel is spacious and open. There is a common area with couches where everyone goes for wifi making it a great area to meet people. The rooms are clean and we stayed in a 6 person dorm. The dorm has it's own restroom but there are more restrooms/showers for people to use next to the sleeping area. 4 of...

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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 29 May 2015 via mobile

Arenal is very overrated - a tourist trap. Backpackers was a little overpriced and didn't offer the same amenities as the other backpacker hostels that I had stayed at. My friend and I stayed in a luxury tent which was fine and kept the bugs out.

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Parking
  • Multilingual Staff

Additional Information about Arenal Backpackers Resort

Address: Meters West Of Central Park, Towards Volcano 350, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: $32 - $58 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Arenal Backpackers Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 11
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“Best price and location”
 of 5 bubbles Katye1522, 13 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The private rooms have a better view at the volcano”
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 of 5 bubbles , 7 Feb 2017 | Read review
“not the women's only dorm, too cramped and no ventilation”
 of 5 bubbles gersula, 21 Jan 2017 | Read review
“On confirmation it says you have paid up front, but you pay when you check in. %5 percent discount for cash. Private rooms book up fast”
 of 5 bubbles CharlieG69, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Private Room with A/C and shared bathroom was a good deal”
 of 5 bubbles 191hayleys, 2 Oct 2016 | Read review
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