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Backpackers Manuel Antonio
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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103 reviews
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“… only if you have no other option”
Reviewed 9 January 2012

I don’t like writing these kinds of reviews but, it is, what it is.
The hostel is located about one kilometer from the center of village Manuel Antonio. This is a party youth hostel. It can accommodate up to 70 people. However, it is not large enough for this amount of people.
During my stay the hostel was full. I only ended up staying here because my first two hostel options were full as well. This was the first time in my 5 month Central American travel that something like this has happened. It may be good idea to make a reservation for your visit of Manuel Antonio.
Do not stay in dorm E. It is an eight bed dorm opening onto the common area and serving as a hallway for the connecting girls’ dorm in the back. I found this dorm to be a bit of a joke. At night there is noise coming from the party area until late night and there were people coming and going through the dorm at all times. Even though you were given a key for the dorm door, during the day it was always wide open and there is nobody in the dorm … The dorm was very hot during day and night. There were three smallish fans working all night. One of them was quite loud. This dorm has no private bathroom but the connecting girls’ dorm does. Anytime the girls’ washroom was used their bathrooms light lit up our dorm through a window (yes, for some reason the girls’ bathroom has a window into the second dorm). The noise from this bathroom transferred into our dorm as well.
The sheets I was given were clean but the mattress covers were filthy. There were many spider nets in the corners and at the ceiling. There are not enough garbage cans (none in the dorm) and as a result people just leave garbage lying around. Towels are not for rent but only for sale (at $8.00 each).
The shared bathrooms and showers were filthy. It must be hard to keep them clean as there are many people for only few WCs and showers. I had to wait few times during the busier times for my turn for WC and/or sink. This can also be why the two showers had a strong smell of urine in the morning.
There are just too many people and not enough space!
The view of a valley from the deck was nice and so was the pool. Definitely these are the highlights of this hostel. The inclusive breakfast was OK and consisted of coffee and pancakes which you make yourself.
The staff was decent and helpful. At check in I was assured that there is a Wi-Fi even in the dorm, but there was not the case (not a big deal, but still…) The Wi-Fi is available in most common areas. They will let you store your luggage and take a shower after check out (11:00).
I recommend this hostel only for people in their early 20’s who want to party, otherwise stay elsewhere. Manuel Antonio is expensive and this hostel has one of the cheapest accommodations but, it is still not worth staying here. I don’t know where all the positive reviews come from but, I guess your experience will depend on in which room and at what time of the year you will visit this hostel.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

This is a nice hostel with good access to the beach and town. Nice views (tho not of the sea) and a decent social area. The staff seem a bit clueless and unhelpful, but otherwise it was a decent stay.

  • Stayed December 2011
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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

I stayed for 2 nights during my trip in December. The front desk people were very helpful and gave lot of tips for places to visit and eat.
The place is nice and very friendly and is right in the middle of Quepos town and the beaches. The bus stop is right across the hostel and supermarket is nearby too. The beds were clean and the restrooms were clean too. The views of the mountain from the hostel are amazing. They offer pancakes for breakfast (make u'rself). The place is very convenient and friendly.
I met nice friendly travelers here.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

Comfortable.and has got an amazing view with pools
Wonderful setting
5 min bus ride to the park, yet a big far from the madness called the park
Rooms are a bit too small and pricey, but o believe prices in man Antonio are about the same ..

  • Stayed November 2011
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 2 November 2011

A short and cheap bus ride from both Manuel Antonio and Quepos, this hostel exceeded my expectations! It's hard to find if you're arriving late, but the bus driver will know where it is. The receptionists are welcoming, friendly, speak English very well, and extremely helpful. The girl gave me so much advice on what to do/not to do based on the weather (went at the end of rainy season), less touristy places to eat, and arranged for a shuttle to La Fortuna.
The dorms had standard bunkbeds and small lockers but were clean and spacious. There's a pool, tarzan swing, hammocks galore, an outdoor kitchen (small market down the street or go to Quepos for a supermarket), tv area, common area, and free computers/internet. Met some great people here to start off my first solo adventure!

Stayed December 2010, travelled solo
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Beersheba, Israel
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

This amazing hostel located uptown Manuel Antonio village, on the hill slope, with a restaurant at the top (not that great, but pretty cheap), and down the rooms, the kitchen, common area (tables and sofas), and down from there a mini banana plantation, tarzan swing, hammocks area and a sweet pool with an amazing view of the ocean and the mountains, alongside a bar (which was closed) and a foosball table.
The staff is great, including the 3-legged-dog Luna, you get a pancake breakfast (make it yourself), and usually some other great guests staying there with you.
I was planning on staying there for one night, I ended up staying 6 days.
Lovely place!

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 13 September 2011

I love this place, the location is perfect, the place very clean and I love the 24 hours swimming pool. This is the place to meet people and have great adventures with new friends!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Backpackers Manuel Antonio
Address: Across from the Manuel Antonio soccer field, Manuel Antonio 0000, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
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Ranked #16 of 39 Speciality Lodging in Manuel Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All our rooms have shared bathrooms with hot water and are equipped with fans. We have a private trail to one of the best views of the sunset over the beach. There is a communal entertainment room with cable TV, DVD-Player, over 80 DVDs, Play Station and a stereo. We keep a clean kitchen with new amenities for everyone to use. We also offer our customers free high speed internet, free parking, free tour information, all-night security guard, laundry service, no curfew, snacks and beverages for sale and a 24-hour Check-in. ... more   less 
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