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Central Backpackers Quepos is really basic and cheap!

The Location

The hostel is just a few meters from a local bus stop (with service to Manual Antonio but no further), which is really convenient but means there is a lot of street noise. The hostel has a padlocked front gate on the street beside a small office that operates tours. There is a sign out front with the hostel's name; guests must go through the gate and up the narrow stairs to check in with the manager, who seemed a little bit confused when we arrived, even though we had made internet reservations.

The building is a converted three-story house, with a somewhat convoluted floor plan -- our shared dorm room had two doors to the outside. There are no grounds or courtyard, but there is jungle-ish growth on the adjoining property, so there is greenery to see. The neighborhood is definitely working-class Quepos, with uneven sidewalks, old asphalt, and slightly rundown buildings. The hostel is fairly close to a soccer field and very convenient to a small mercado (equivalent to a tiny convenience store) with food and drinks.

Security seems ok; the manager gave us a key to the padlock on the front gate so we could leave for our early bus out of town before staff arrived for the morning. We worried a little about being padlocked in at night (thinking about American fire safety building codes), but we had no problems.

Rooms and Bathrooms

These are absolutely budget accommodations -- tiled floors, metal-frame bunk beds with fairly comfortable mattresses, clean sheets (you don't need a blanket here), institutional paint colors, and no decorations. It reminds us strongly of a dorm room, but it's functional. You'll find dim light bulbs in the bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom features a small wall mirror, but neither soap nor hot water is provided (regarding the water, the manager told us "you don't need it here").

Common Spaces

The hostel has nice, second-story balcony overlooking street, with a few tables and chairs. There is also a small but functional third-story common kitchen above the balcony (it's outdoor, but covered), with a fridge and a cooking surface plus some countertop space. We did not use the gathering room with a TV, but saw others using it in the evening. The hostel was almost empty the night we stayed there, so we cannot guess how quiet it would be when rooms are full.

The hostel doesn't offer Wi-Fi, but we figured out that the nicer hotel just down the street has an unlocked network, if you are desperate. When we asked about Wi-Fi, the manager directed us to an internet cafe down the street.


This hostel would be good for budget travelers who do not care about decorations or charming accommodations; it is appropriately priced for budget accommodation, and very conveniently close to the local bus stop (with access to Manuel Antonio National Park and the nearby beaches). The short walk to the main bus stop is convenient for traveling to other cities.

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December 2011

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2   Reconsider Pros -- Right in front of a bus stop. Not too expensive. Cons -- Very dirty. My bedsheets had dust. There were A LOT of bugs and insects and I was bit at least 20 times. The walls are paper thin, which also makes it very noisy. I've stayed in a lot of hostels and this one was not worth it. I felt very dirty after laying in the bed and very uncomfortable with all of the bugs.  , age 23, USA ()

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