Hostel Seven 7 Casa Del Gingi




The Review

Hostel Seven 7 Casa Del Gingi is located in Santa Teresa, a beautiful surf town in the Nicoya Peninsula. It is a surfers' paradise and also has art, culture, food, and entertainment. Getting there may take a bit of time, but the beautiful nature is worth the trip.

The Location

The hostel is located about fifty meters from the main street. Look for the side street just north of Restaurant Zula and walk east up the hill. The beach is a three -to five-minute walk away. There is a market very close by with most of the groceries and beach supplies you may need. There is a variety of food in the area ranging from more affordable to expensive and premium. To get around, you can walk through the dusty roads, rent a bicycle from the hostel, or find a motorcycle or ATV for rent from many different establishments in town.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The hostel offers a variety of private rooms with or without a private bathroom, dorm rooms, tents with air mattresses, or camping spaces. There are multiple fans and windows in our dorm rooms and we had a comfortable night during the hottest season of the year. The mattresses and sheets are clean. There are lockers for your valuables. We noticed that one of the bunk beds was a little shaky when getting in and out of it, but overall the room is good for a dorm.

The showers are in fair shape for a beach and surfer hostel. They are cleaned every day. There are also outdoor showers. The men’s shower closest to our room is missing the knob to turn it on, so you may have to use a towel and brute strength to turn it on. The toilet seat is also old and a bit rough. Overall, the bathrooms are in decent shape for a surfer hostel.

Common Spaces

The hostel has really great common spaces for you to relax after a long day on the beach. There are many rocking chairs, tables, a ping-pong table, foosball table, pool table, hammocks, and a basketball hoop outside. There is also a TV room with comfortable chairs and a couch. There are multiple Wi-Fi networks set up so that the entire property has access. The terrace and artwork are the best part of the hostel. We loved spending time relaxing outside the hostel.

The kitchen is large and we noticed the staff cleaning and maintaining it throughout the day. There are plenty of pots and pans to cook with, room to store your food, and a gas range on which to cook. Even when there are other guests cooking, you'll have no problem getting meals prepared.


Overall, the hostel is a great value and we would recommend it to friends. Though it lacks some polish in the bathrooms, it is understandable because of the remote location and the amount of sandy surfers and campers coming through the doors. The common spaces and kitchen make this hostel a great find!
by The Hipster Hobo Staff Reviewer
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Hostel Seven 7 Casa Del Gingi" at Santa Teresa St, 100 m from Zula restaurant.)


Santa Teresa St, 100 m from Zula restaurant, Santa Teresa (Playa Santa Teresa), Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
9.633986, -85.156789 (accuracy not guaranteed)
(+506) 26400268 88769637
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If you like red ants ...
Our double private room was not ready when we arrived, even though we booked in online the day before. First thing we notice on our two beds -- lots of red ants running everywhere. So we kill them, the young man working at the reception doesn't seem to care. Then I use the bathroom, flush it and realize there was a poop in the toilet bowl. The toilet bowl get stuck and we feel very ashamed to ask the young guy to clean it for us (even though it is absolutely disgusting and not our fault). Santa Teresa can get very very warm, so we thought the price of the room would include the AC. Of course not -- you have to pay 10$ US extra each night to get it. Not very cheap ... oh, and there is no free coffee in the morning, as in every single hostels/guesthouses in Costa-Rica. And the bicycles we used to go to Malpais are made for midgets and haven't been tuned up for years. Honestly, this is not a place you want to stay in Santa Teresa, which is one of the most beautiful place we visited in Costa Rica. We had some friends who stayed next to the beach, and it was way more cosy and clean. One positive point, though -- the young person working at Casa del Gingi is handsome and charming.
Age 25, Canada
Best travel decision ive ever made
Hostel 7 is by FAR the best place to stay on the entire peninsula. It's perfect for leisure, comfort, accessibility, safety, TONS OF FUN, respectful laid back atmosphere. Booked for 2 days, now here at least a month! Only hostel with gates huge yard with pool table, ping pong, hammocks, laundry, and grocery next door; beach and river next door, bars and restaurants less than 10 minute safe walk. Feels more like my home than my home ever did! And im a super spoiled and picky sleeper and I have ZERO complaints about sleeping! The best place!!!
Age 23, usa
Great stay
Me and my friend stayed in a private twin room for unfortunately only 2 nights. The room was big, clean, enough space to put away some luggage and had air conditioning which was a big plus! The hostel is located very close to the beach, there's a supermarket just around the corner and multiple restaurants in either direction. Gingi is a top bloke, thank you for the rum and taking us out to Montezuma.
Anna and Akia
Age 25, Dutch
Really really nice, top notch hostel
We were planning to stay in Santa Teresa for one week, but ended up staying there for 3,5 weeks. All this time we stayed at Gingi's place, we looked at a few other things, but this was really the best price/quality deal around. It's central, just a 2 minute walk to the main surfbreak. And also at walking distance from the main restaurants. I was there with my girlfriend, we had a private room, and we like to go sleeping early to get up early in the morning to go surfing. This was no problem at Gingi's place. In the evening everybody just sits around in the huge garden, full of hammocks, and by 11pm the music goes out and there's no more noise at all. If you're a bit lucky with your room, you'll have no noise at all in the evening. The staff is really friendly and helpful, they know how to create a chill atmosphere. For a hostel it's also really clean, every day the cleaning lady comes and really cleans the place from top to down. The only negative thing I can mention is that the cooking gear maybe needs some replacements. There's plenty of stuff around, but the pan's and pot's maybe need to be changed in the future. But in my opinion, one of the best, maybe even the best hostel I stayed in in all of Central America. Thx guys, you're doing a great job. I would go back there.
Dries Stevens

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