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Hostelz.com's Review
Costa Rica Backpackers is one of the efficiently run hostels in San Jose. The organization is clearly accustomed to backpackers, and they've set up the entire place to cater to that market -- they've got a pool, restaurant, room options, large open kitchen, and even guard out front for safety.

The Location

The hostel is about a ten-minute taxi ride from the main bus terminal. It is a little outside of the downtown area, so it's definitely not safe to walk outside after dark. However, plenty of taxis pass by regularly, so you won't have any difficulty getting around. It is also near the train station, which is not commonly used.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Though definitely not filthy, it has a comfortable level of dirt on most things. It's a hit or miss with the bathrooms -- one in particular is a disaster. Soap isn't offered in the bathrooms, so bring lots of Purell. The rooms come in large dorms or doubles/singles. The beds are well-used, though not uncomfortable. You'll receive a locker, towel, sheets, and a blanket on check in.

Common Spaces

The common places make this hostel what it is. An incredible pool, replete with hammocks, chairs, and tables fill the courtyard, while couches and chairs can be found everywhere. This is a very popular hostel, so you can easily have a good time. Ask for a quieter area of the hostel if you want your space.


Overall, this hostel is an excellent location to crash for a night or two with a pool. It doesn't have a unique culture to it, which allows you to create your own. You'll meet a mix of people and stories passing through San Jose.

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April 2010

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4   Chill place to stay Great place to stay. The receptionists are very friendly and helpful, and they have a concierge who is incredibly knowledgeable about all places and major attractions around the country. They have a lot of rooms, and plenty of bathrooms and showers. The entire place is swept and cleaned twice a day. Their restaurant has very tasty food, and priced comparably to nearby restaurants. There are always a handful of people hanging around, but even on Friday and Saturday the vibe here is really relaxed and not a huge party environment. If you're looking for a place to relax and lounge around (couches, hammocks, pool), this is your place.  , age 30, USA ()
1   Poor the theft at this place is constant. Even though there is a locked security gate, the staff "buzz in" anyone who rings the bell. I stayed here three weeks because I was injured and couldnt travel, and saw countless thefts take place by local costa ricans coming in at night, going into an unlocked dorms, and quietly going through everyone's pack. Twice this happened in my dorm, and when I reported it to the staff, and she confronted the guy as he left my room, she simply let him go without calling the police or any follow up.  , us ()
5  it's a lively, a fun place that attracts fun, lively travelers -- a great place to stay. this place is awesome for those looking to meet other backpackers and chill. the people are great, the place is clean, and the services rock. i had no problem at all!  ()
1  We were very disappointed with the place and service. It started already at the airport. Airport pick up never showed up. I spent a fortune calling the hostel to find out what was happening. When we finally got there, the receptionist was on the phone and didn't get off it for a good five minutes. Overall he wasn't pleasant, more arrogant. Our private room was very small and smelly -- it didn't have an outside window. The bed sheets had some greasy stains, I'm not even mentioning that we had to check out (with deposit) towels that left a lot to desire. The hotel was promising hot water, but most of the showers had the water heaters not working. There was only one working shower in the girls dorm bathroom. My husband had to shower is cold water for three days. The first night at the hostel's restaurant was rather tasty, but the next day they didn't have half items of the limited menu. The two ladies -- cashier/cook/waiters were rude and didn't attend to us for over ten minutes of standing at the counter and trying to order some food, what forced us to leave the restaurant. Hotel isn't in the best area. There aren't any close places to eat that are open after 6 p.m. I have to say I liked two things there -- the coffee and the kitten that was sitting on the sofa in the internet room. Oh, I forgot about the internet. There are several computers. Some of them don't work, and those that do work are very slow. I would never stay in this place again!  ()
5  I thought is was wonderful. It is clean, cheap, and verry friendly. I came back each pass through San Jose, and would recomend this hostle to anybody in the area.  ()
5  Great bar, clean accommodation, safe storage and nice living/kitchen areas. You couldn't ask for much more for the price which is also great value for money!  ()
2  The place needs more clean bathrooms and their staff don't even know were the bus station is. Big place, big mess.  ()
5  Unique atmosphere in the evening in the tropical garden when it's all lit up and they're playing some cool music. I met lots of people there, and loved the place and the staff!  ()

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