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San Jose, Costa Rica
Reviewed 3 March 2015 via mobile

Located in the heart of La Fortuna offers a great price per night. 10 kms away from thermal waters and 30 kms from local amenities. Rooms are simple but nice; good parking lot; 24/7 security and CCTV; Prices for food and drinks are cheap; it has a nice pool and good areas to relax.

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Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 27 February 2015

I take full responsibility for booking a backpacking resort for a family vacation. This was my error. Believe I learned my lesson! In my defense, there are many reviews on TripAdvisor that state this facility is good for families. For the record, it IS NOT. Posted quiet hours are 11PM. This was not at all observed during our stay. The...

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Cape Town
Reviewed 26 February 2015

I really liked the double room we'd booked - comfy bed, nice balcony with a good view of Arenal, clean and spacious. Our room was right on the end of the block so we were next to trees, so we could watch birds from bed. However, the walls are really thin so you hear everyone else in their rooms -...

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Ontario, Canada
Reviewed 22 February 2015

We stayed at this place for 2 nights, in tents. There was some confusion upon check-in but was quickly resolved. Staff was friendly and helpful with any questions that we had. There was so much to do at this place if you were just wanting to hangout for the afternoon (which we didn't really do). There was a little playground/outdoor...

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 21 February 2015

I like the sitting area in the hostel, it’s a great place to sit back with a beer and meet fellow travelers. The front desk was helpful in booking our excursions and the food/drinks are cheap. We had a private room with an ensuite bathroom, it was clean and quiet and the beds comfy. The location was great too, just...

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Pensacola, Florida
Reviewed 19 February 2015

Please don't expect this hotel to honor your reservation. I booked a private room at the hotel on Feb. 11th. I was told that everything was confirmed and I had a reservation number. When I arrived on the 14th I was told that there were no rooms available and I would have to stay "across the street". Well, across the...

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Heredia, Costa Rica
Reviewed 13 February 2015

First.. Pay in Dollars, by law in Costa Rica, when you pay in any bussiness, the exchange rate will always be teh amount provided by the Banco Central, it does not matter where in the country you are... I registered on the 2/10, on that day the exchange rate was ₡ 544.68 per $1USD. They charged me the dollar at...

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Reviewed 25 January 2015 via mobile

Confusing since they don't seem to sell much alcohol or food, like advertised. But we stayed in a tent for three nights and it was pretty cool. Tents are loud. You hear everything around you. Bugs animals cars and your neighbours *ahem. Beds are not awful, but not great. Loud to move around on in general. Pool and lounge areas...

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Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 21 January 2015 via mobile

Overall, my girlfriend and I enjoyed our stay at Arenal Backpackers Resort and Hostel. The property is gated with a 'security guard' so we never felt unsafe, and the hostel is located within brief, well-lit walking distance to stores & restaurants. We didn't use the pool, but did see that it was cleaned daily, and the hammocks were a nice...

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Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 8 January 2015

My best friend and I got picked up by one of the (beautiful) employees of this hostel, right from the airport (well, not very far from it). He drove us up to the hostel (about a 2 hour drive) and we stopped at a local ceviche restaurant on our way there. He recommended that we tried the mixed ceviche and...

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Pool
  • 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: $28 - $55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Arenal Backpackers Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 11
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“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
“Stayed in the cheapest room, which was fine for sleeping.”
 of 5 bubbles wt2816, 12 Jun 2016 | Read review
“The private rooms were excellent. Quiet, private, and comfortable.”
 of 5 bubbles E242QQmartinm, 18 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Try to book a dorm room in a 6 bedroom because 8 was a little bit too much”
 of 5 bubbles krystelgelinas, 31 Mar 2016 | Read review
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