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Arenal Backpacker's Resort is a nice hostel that would be perfect for the dry season.
The hostel is located along the main road into the town where most of the accommodation options are. It is around a fifteen-minute walk to the other end of the main tourist zone. The bus coming into town will stop out the front if you ask them, otherwise it is around a ten-minute walk from the main bus station. You have a restaurant and bar on-site that is open in the morning and evening and there are plenty of restaurants, supermarkets, and bars within walking distance, and plenty of options to book tours through the hostel or nearby.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The rooms are large enough for the amount of people in each, there are some small lockers in a separate room between the room and the bathroom; this is also the space where you have the outlets to charge your devices. There is air conditioning in the dorm rooms from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m., however if you want to get to bed before that, it is near impossible due to the heat, they were also unable to be turned up or down in temperature so could get very fresh during the evening. The bunk beds seem outdated, the mattresses are dirty/mouldy, and they don't provide you with a top sheet, just a grim blanket. The bathrooms are spacious and clean enough, although after a few uses they could become quite flooded. They also do not rent towels and simply suggest you go to the supermarket and buy one, or they sell them at the hostel.
The hostel has quite a decent-sized common space, with the seating from the restaurant and couches as well as the pool area, it could be a great social vibe, especially during peak season when the weather is good and the hostel is full. There is a pool table and the food from the restaurant is well priced and not too bad.
It is true that with the huge pool it is like a communal resort, however the rooms aren't the best and it lacks some atmosphere (but we stayed in low season). It's well located and the staff are in the know with everything to do in La Fortuna.
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Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
Published on Aug 16, 2019
THE 5 STAR HOSTEL OF COSTA RICA.
Location and Contact
• How to get here: • -Walking distance from the bus station • -When you get off of the bus you will see MEGA SUPER next to you. Walk past mega super and take the first right. Walk 1 block and you will be on the main road. Take a left and walk 3 blocks. • -We are located on the right hand side next to a hotel named, Sierra Arenal.