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Pura Vida MiniHostel - Santa Teresa
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Stayed here as a backpacker! It was cheap, just 2 mins walk from the main street and maybe 5 mins from the beach, relaxing atmosphere, had a nice little pool and hammocks around. They had wifi and breakfast. The staff was ok. The lady who did the breakfast was very nice and gave us traveling tips. My friend and I stayed in a private room. We paid for a dorm, but got it upgraded as the dorm was full. As backpackers we did not expect amazing beds at all, so the beds were just fine like any other hostel. We get what we pay for. The showers and toilets were in small seperate rooms with a sink outside. There was an outside kitchen in the back for guests to cook with all equipment needed. Beautiful birds stopped by at times, which was quite nice. All in all a great place to stay for people who are traveling on a tight budget, like backpackers. Also a great place to get to know new people.

Room Tip: Cheap, close to Beach and main street
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  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

Hotels in Costa Rica are quite expensive. This one is a bit cheaper and therefore a bit more basic, for example there is no AC. The stuff and the outside area were really nice though. The surf lessons we signed up to where great! 2 teachers for 3 students.

Stayed: February 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

Dont know where to start. Rude and unhelpful straff. Bad matrasses, should been changed long time ago. Fan worked poorly in our room. Nasty kitchen. The best thing with our stay was that we found another place pretty fast. Dont stay here is my advice!

Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

In other place in Costa Rica you would get a lot more for 20 dollars a night. I didn't have a lot of options, and you got used to the standard after a night there, but wouldn't recommend it. The rooms were dirty, the walls, sheets, floors. The toilets weren't working like 2 times a day. The showers were really nasty. The kitchen was dirty so I really didn't feel like cooking there. But you had a pool (which I didn't use), there were some space in the fringe so you could store some groceries. They have some hammocks and nice space if you wanted to hang out outside.

Stayed: January 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 January 2016

Great location, amazing vibe, we met great travelers, nice clean pool... different type of room available, the cabinas are really nice, the dorms a little loud, and not as comfortable. The common areas are great, hammocks, big kitchens, tables, couches, bar, all this is great. The atmosphere there is very cool and I would return there for sure.

Room Tip: Cabinas are the best, nicest!
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  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

Good place made special by new owners who care about your stay. I was given really important and much needed advice for the next part of my trip. Felt relaxed and very happy with the amenities and especially enjoyed mixed nationality travellers dinners around a table good for ten..great place for solo travellers ..

Stayed: December 2015, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 December 2015 via mobile

The hostel was nice, good position close to the beach Playa Carmen and the biggest supermarket in town, lovely garden,staff was friendly and the room was a nice bungalow which I really like it. But to be honest I have to say that there was a fault: kitchen was really neglected and dirty and the equipment was "well used", which made difficult cook there.

Stayed: November 2015, travelled as a couple
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Address: 300 Mts North, And After the First Bridge 100 mts E | 300 m N from Playa Carmen, after restaurant Soda la Amistad, 100m E, Santa Teresa 60111, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #33 of 61 Speciality Lodging in Santa Teresa
Price Range: $23 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Pura Vida MINI Hostel Santa Teresa" is a super chill hostel close to the best surf beaches and commercial center, with swimming pool, lot of nature, wildlife and good vibes. We have 2 communal kitchens very equipped, 3 large fridges and a beautiful chill out area with a fantastic swimming pool, pool table and hammocks, all you need to have a great time after a good surfing day. We have different types of rooms, with private or shared bathroom, rustic bungalows and dorms. Rooms are being cleaned daily and we are very particular and meticulous about the cleanliness of our hostel and the common areas. We have excellent location in the heart of Santa Teresa, only 150 meters from the surf break and the beautiful beach. 30 seconds walking distance to the nearest super market, shops, bars and restaurants, and 300 meters from the only pharmacy and 2 banks in town. But away from all the dust, hassle and bustle of this little town in our own private sanctuary with a lot of trees and nature. If you don't want to go out of the hostel, you can spend good times on our very cool bar, drinking excellent shakes, cocktails and beers. We also rent surf boards for all levels and ages, advising you what board to choose in case you are starting to surf. We have happy and always smiling, bi-lingual staff that has a good knowledge of the local area, tours, shuttles, and of Costa Rica. We can help you arrange all your activities, your next hostel stays, better tours and secret places of Costa Rica. Come to MINI Hostel to stay with us if you want to meet great people from all over the world, have fun, relax and experience the real Pura Vida atmosphere. ... more   less 
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