Gaudys Backpackers Hostel



The Review

Gaudys Backpackers has been operating for more than 15 years and has been voted one of the best hostels in Costa Rica more than once. While it is still a great and quite affordable place to stay, if it wants to keep up with its top reputation it should improve the sleeping area.

The Location

Gaudys is located three blocks east of Parque La Sabana, the biggest urban park in the country. Paso Colon, the area where most bus stations are located, is a 15 minute walk. The hostel has a big sign outside and it is easy to find. While the area is not the nicest or the best location for nightlife, it offers enough restaurants and bars for every taste.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are private rooms for two, three and four people with ensuite bathrooms and three eight-bed dorms, one of which has an ensuite bathroom. There are three common bathrooms with hot showers. The bathrooms are small but clean. Some mattresses in the basic dorm are old and thin, not as good as the others, and some are squeaky. Also, there is not much space for the luggage near the beds. Lockers are available.

Most of the rates include breakfast (pancakes, fruits, tea, and coffee), which is available only from 7.30 to 8.30.

Common Spaces

The house is big, on two levels, and beautifully built. The lounge area is big, there are two gardens, and a playroom with a computer and a billiards table. Also available is a big tv with satellite channels and a book exchange. The Wi-Fi connection is fast and works well all around the house.

There is a laundry service available for a cost.

The kitchen corner is a bit small. Free tee and coffee are available all day. The tap water is safe to drink.

Staff is composed of locals who speak good English. They are helpful and respectful, and can provide transfers and offer different tours around the country. The reception is open 24 hours, but the common areas must be quiet by 10pm. This is definitely not a party hostel.

Gaudys Backpackers is a clean and secure hostel; there are security cameras in the common areas.


Hostel competition is fierce in San Josè, but Gaudys, while not the most modern and vibrant place, is still one of the best options, with a great quality/price ratio.
by i viaggi di clach Staff Reviewer
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Gaudys Backpackers Hostel" at Avenue 5 / Calle 36 y 38, Casa 3636.)


Avenue 5 / Calle 36 y 38, Casa 3636, San José, San José Province, Costa Rica
9.795678, -83.913574 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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(506) 2258-2937 & (506) 2248-0086
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Would stay again
Very Clean, Staff was great!! Bent over backwards to help me with some travel organizing. Not a party hostel yet great atmosphere for fun people. Nice breakfast as well!
Scott Colorado
Gaudys Backpackers Hostel is a bright, well-kept, and safe place to stay in San Jose's city center. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the included breakfast is deliciously substantial! The Location This hostel is located only a couple blocks off the Paseo Colon, three blocks from the bus stop to the airport, nearby to all the other bus stations, and a about a twenty-minute walk into the heart of the city. The area is fairly clean and safe, with many American fast-food options only steps away. It's an ideal place for someone in between destinations due to its proximity to transportation, but it's perhaps a bit far away from the tourist spots if you're looking for a base to explore San Jose's attractions. Rooms and Bathrooms Gaudys offers a number of different private- and dorm-room configurations so there'll likely be something that you're looking for. The dorms are pretty average, but nice, clean, and equipped with lockers. Guests who don't have ensuite bathrooms might have to wait during the morning shower rush, since there aren't too many of these to go around. However, if you wait for the right one you'll be rewarded with a spacious, bright, and airy bathroom with hot water and wonderful water pressure. Common Spaces One of the biggest draws to Gaudys is likely the spacious and plentiful common spaces: The kitchen is clean and well-equipped. The living room offers large comfortable couches with an enormous TV to view the latest telenovela or one of the many, many DVDs they have to offer. There are a number of sitting areas, hammocks, and a pool table by the two internet stations, which encourages meeting new people. Summary Overall, Gaudys is an excellent choice for people looking for a hostel near buses going all over Costa Rica, or who are happy to be a bit further away from the touristy spots. It's clean, friendly, and offers a lot of common space to hang out in and meet people. They also offer an airport service but will also let you know where the bus stop is if you ask. (It's an easy, five-minute walk and a fifteen-minute bus ride for about twenty times less the price they'd charge!)
Poor Experience
As far as cleanliness goes, there WERE bedbugs and cockroaches. The staff is not nice. I booked for a week and then David comes into the dorm without looking me in the eyes and says all the dorms are booked for tonight. So I had to pack everything up and leave even though we had agreed upon me staying a week. The worst hostel I have stayed at. Many better options in the area. Breakfast is garbage as well. I asked for a little bit more fruit and was told "no."
Worst place ever
I went there with a few of my friends and had the worst Time ever. The owner along with his worker are crooks. Whatever you do, do not give this place your credit card number. We had asked him about a trip to go white water rafting and this guy went and booked the trip. We told him we did not want to go and he told us ok while we were there. Next thing I know, three days later when i had already returned home, he goes and charges my credit card for over $350. Another thing is that one of my friends also believes he got bedbugs from that place. I don't recommend this place to anyone.
Good first hostel experience
This was my first hostel experience, but i have traveled a lot. I had a good time with my girlfriend. we booked a private room and the staff were very friendly and helpful. room was small and the bathroom was so so, but what can you expect for $15/night? the area seems pretty nice during the day, but once the sun goes down, it is a lonely neighborhood. all in all it was a lot better than i expected. good place to hang out for a few days, wasnt too crazy, and not that much noise.
Very good
I found the hostel to be very nice. I stayed in a private room for two days and then in the dormitory for two days. Convenient to many things in San Jose, and only about a fifteen-minute walk to many downtown locations. I paid $22 US for the private room and $12, I think, for the dormitory. I had a very good experience and felt very safe the entire stay. The internet is included in the price and was fast and available almost always, with very little wait. I would stay there again. Breakfast of fruit, pancakes, and coffee was included.
  This place has incredibily friendly staff who also speak good English. They say they will always have room for you, and it is true, as even when all the rooms are full, they will offer to let you sleep in the living room, or any other nook and cranny they can find. They also made phonecalls for my group to organise tours/taxis, which was very useful as our Spanish was incredibily limited! Great value for money!
  This is the best hostel I ever saw in Central America with the nicest people you can imagine.
Christian Pötsch

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