Hostels in Alajuela, Costa Rica

5 hostels available. Prices start from $5 for a dorm bed.

Hostels in Alajuela

Gardens House

Free Breakfast
Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Taxes not included (13%) Breakfast is included General: 24 hours reception. No curfew Pet are not allowed Minors, between 0 to 17 years old are not allowed" …"We are 3 minutes from the … More
"…00 to 22:00 . Check out before 12:00 . Payment upon arrival BY CASH. Taxes NOT included - 13% General: Reception opening hours from 7.00 to 22.00 No Pets allowed No curfew." …" … More

Mangifera Hostel

Free Breakfast
Party Hostel Youth Hostel
"…The hostel is facing the park, diagonal from the church. Ring small white unmarked buzzer to right of the gate to be let in. Tough to get to, but a great hostel outside of Alajuela. They do refer … More
Youth Hostel
"…General: 24 hours reception. No curfew No pets allowed No minors" …"The nearest airport is Juan Santamaría International Airport, 3 km from Las Carmelas." …Llanos del Molino, Calle Haya Casa 9E More
Family-Friendly Hostel Solo Traveller
"…Every morning, a delicious breakfast will be waiting for them in the outsite dining area. Besides,they can choose between continental, glutten free, vegetarian or typical option. A fully equipped … More

Hotels in Alajuela

Hotel Pacande

Free Breakfast
"…) thus making your stay as pleasant as possible. Our mission is to offer our clients the best personalized service to make them feel at home. Our hotel offers a friendly atmosphere and the most … More
"…Breakfast not included General: Reception from 15.00 to 22.00 No curfew No special conditions" …"The nearest airport is Juan Santamaría International, 3 km from Global House CR Hostel." … … More

Hotel Cortez Azul

Free Breakfast
"…Hotel Cortez Azul offers free scheduled airport shuttle for guests staying in a private room, from the hotel to the airport only. The free service to the airport is 4:00 am , 6:00 am , 8:00 am … More

Hotel Bristol Aeropuerto

El Coyol
Free Breakfast
"…• Internet Station & Wireless Access • Tours Desk • Airport Shuttle Service (by appointment only) • Secure Parking • Rent a Car • Italian Restaurant • Swimming Pool • Laundry Service • … More

Hotel Casa Tago

Free Breakfast
"…The Hotel is located 3 and a half blocks from the traffic light of the Juan Santamaria Park, Alajuela. If you get more information about the main attractions, please do not hesitate to contact the … More
"…Family Suites are available as well. A sparkling pool reserved specifically for the private use of our guests awaits you! The rooms are located around a large carefully designed and tended … More

Berlor Airport Inn

Free Breakfast
"…Finally our airport hotel offers Free Shuttle 'to pick you up or drop you off' to international airport 24/7 on call, this extremely important service for travelers is often charged by other … More
"…Featuring a restaurant, this 2-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. Located in Fortuna, 4.9 km from La Fortuna Waterfall. Kalambu Hot Springs is 5.3 km from Hotel … More

Guest Houses in Alajuela

"…We offer comfortable mattresses and bathrooms with hot water, Continental breakfast, Internet Access, Laundry, Parking, Tours and car rental booking service, Airport - Hotel transport among other … More

Hostels in Alajuela, Costa Rica

5 hostels available. Prices start from $10 for a dorm bed.

Get to know Alajuela (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Alajuela.

 Get to know Alajuela (no more

Most airport travelers know Alajuela, Costa Rica, as the entry point into the country with the biggest and oldest airport. However, Alajuela is also a province. Many come to the province of Alajuela and to Costa Rica to see the famous Arenal Volcano. The road from Alajuela to San Carlos passes through Grecia where the hills are covered with green coffee bushes. Also, growing in the Grecia are pineapple plants.

A couple of paved roads bring you into the town of Sarchi and then on to Poas Volcano National Park, another popular destination. At Poas Volcano there is a three-kilometer trail to the second-largest crater in the world. You would be advised to wear hiking shoes and sunscreen. Try to arrive before 10 a.m. to increase the chances of seeing this spectacular sight before clouds obstruct your view. There are many other well-marked trails taking you to some geysers, a lake, and other places of interest.

While in the Poas Volcano area, there is another popular destination called La Paz Waterfall Gardens. There are five huge waterfalls and one of the world’s largest butterfly and hummingbird gardens.

Alajuela is easily accessed from San Jose or from anywhere in the country by bus. This makes it an easy day trip. Saturdays are market days in most towns in Costa Rica, and Alajuela is no exception. Many fruits, vegetables, and meats go on sale. Multitudes of Costa Rican flowers also are for sale in the markets every Saturday.

As of about five years ago, Arenal Volcano became inactive. It is now in a resting phase with no lava flows visible. The Arenal area is full of other smaller volcanoes, too. So, with all the volcanic activity, the soil here is incredibly fertile. This fertile soil makes it conducive for growing Costa Rica’s famous coffee crop. Along with the province of Heredia, there are multiple coffee companies doing business in the province of Alajuela and many coffee tours given to visitors.

After sightseeing around the Arenal Volcano and its surrounding area, there are many places to stay in the La Fortuna area. For the less budget-minded, the Arenal Observatory Lodge has stunning views of the Arenal Volcano from all rooms. The area is famous for the volcanic mineral hot springs, where you can soak in extremely warm and relaxing hot springs and pools. Around Arenal Volcano, there are trails which take you to various waterfalls including the famous Fortuna Waterfalls.

Alajuela is a wonderful region with plenty of things to see and do, and your Alajuela, Costa Rica hostel should be able to help you make the most of your trip.

Written by local enthusiast for Alajuela hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Alajuela hostels dittoboy

Alajuela Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Alajuela, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
Total number of hostels 5
Average dorm price $15
Average private room price $40
Cheapest hostel in Alajuela Mangifera Hostel with $11
Party hostels in Alajuela Mangifera Hostel (1 in total)
Average rating of all hostels 7

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Other Nearby Cities

Alajuela City (0.9 Km / 0.6 mi.)
Tambor (4 Km / 2 mi.)
Heredia (11 Km / 7 mi.)
Grecia (13 Km / 8 mi.)
San José (17 Km / 10 mi.)
Ángeles (18 Km / 11 mi.)
Atenas (19 Km / 12 mi.)

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