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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Backpackers Manuel Antonio Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
- Backpackers Manuel Antonio Costa Rica