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Reviewed 31 July 2013

The only upside was an air conditioned room. Otherwise our room was terrible. The beds were rock hard and extremely uncomfortable. I can't emphasize enough how uncomfortable these beds were. They were like sleeping on a wooden pallet on top of a slab of granite. Room had water stains all over the roof. Hostel had no vibe whatsoever. There was...

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Diego E, Manager at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and for your personal opinion regarding your experience at our Hostel. These aspects are some of the upside that this particular guest forgot to mention in his review and we hope our future guests can understand. Our Hostel is located door to door to Manuel Antonio National Park, and its privilege location is a great...

OKC
Reviewed 16 July 2013

National Park Backpackers was a very pleasant surprise! I had a private room, so I'm not sure about the dorms, but the A/C worked perfectly and the bathrooms were immaculate! The staff at the Funky Monkey were very polite and friendly. It's not far from the beach or the restaurants and shops. If traveling by bus, you can call them...

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Diego E, Manager at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

We are so happy that we exceeded your expectations! Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful experience with other readers on TripAdvisor!!

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 18 June 2013

I stumbled into NPBP by accident and have somehow never left , the people are phenomenal, and their desire to make this area more spectacular than meets the eye is ongoing. From Candy your server at the Funky Monkey , Diego the manager and their host of expert tour specialist's, along with reserving any trip imaginable you can sometimes get...

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Diego E, Gerente at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

Dear Curtis: Wow... We are over the top pleased that you had such a wonderful time at National Park Backpackers (NPBP). Your very kind words mean a lot to our staff. Thank you once again for recommending us on Trip Advisor and we look forward to welcoming you back in a not too distant future. Kind regards, Diego Elizondo. Manager.

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 24 March 2013

I was sleeping at National Park Backpackers for 3 nights in March 2013, really liked the swimming pool and the vibe in the evenings when are outdoor movie screenings above the pool. The best located backpackers hostel in Manual Antonio, really close to the beach and to the National Park. I liked the big lockers beside each beds in the...

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Diego E, Gerente at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

Wonderful.....!! We are very pleased that our recent guests from Toronto, Canada were over the top about our service, location, staff and pool. Please come back soon!!! Thank you for sharing your experience on this TripAdvisor forum. Cheers, Diego Elizondo. Manager.

Mount Pleasant
Reviewed 19 March 2013

I´ve stayed at many hostels and this is a pretty good one. Only things that would make it perfect are air conditioning, included breakfast, and provided water. Other than that they have it all. They have a kitchen you can use, a refridgerator, power outlets everywhere, fans near the front and back of the dorms, a pool, they provide sheets....

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Diego E, Gerente at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

Dear Robert: Thank you so much. We really appreciate your glowing comments on our Hostel. Indeed, our beach in Manuel Antonio is just gorgeous!!! And the nature in the National Park is abundant, good that we are just 100 mts away from it... :) We look forward to your return visit in the not too distant future. We get so...

Everett, Washington
Reviewed 11 January 2013

This place is super cool! We had a little misunderstanding at the beginning with our reservation, but they made it right with us and gave us a good deal to make up for it, so we feel lucky about that. The facility, pool, kitchen, lounging area is really nice, clean and we had a lovely time here. My husband and...

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Diego E, Gerente at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you ... Thank you ... Janelle from Washington! We are thrilled and excited that you loved our Hostel. It appears we did the right thing by our recent guests. Thank you for pointing out all of the wonderful things you experienced here between our pool, room, cleanliness, proximity to our wonderful National Park and our helpful staff. We look...

Oklahoma City
Reviewed 10 January 2013

I recently traveled to Manuel Antonio in mid November and was looking for an affordable place to stay. I was looking around and found National Backpackers. The description said it was was minutes from the beach and steps from the National Park. This was no lie. The entrance tot he park is just to the left of the hostel and...

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Diego E, Gerente at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

Dear Guest: Thank you for taking out your valuable time to post your review on this TripAdvisor forum and for choosing National Park Backpackers (NPBP) for your recent stay in Manuel Antonio. Guest satisfaction is our main goal and it is rewarding to learn that it has been achieved on this occasion. NPBP Team is proud to keep up with...

Brooklyn, New York
Reviewed 2 January 2013 via mobile

Being from NYC, the first thing I always do when I get to a hotel is check for bedbugs. I got my flashlight out, and they were in every bed of our room in the hostel. When we told the person at the front desk, he gave us our money back, as there was no way we were going to...

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Diego E, Gerente at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

I must say we are very surprised and disappointed with this review... After trying to dispute it with Trip Advisor (because it seems a suspicious review) with no results.. I have to reply in our defense: 1) First, we DO NOT have bedbugs problem in our hostel. 2) We DO NOT have in our records any money refunded for this...

San Jose, Costa Rica
Reviewed 30 December 2012

I stayed here with to of my friends in a dorm for a night just becuase we alredy payed for it. Well the dorm was dirty, dark, and smelled like smoke. I'll try to explaint who are the dorms, porbably it was a place where they have chikens before, so they just divided it into dorms with a terrible ventilation...

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Diego E, Manager at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

Dear Arskasv: Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this forum! We feel bad that you didn´t have a great time with us... In our defense, I have to say that our electrical stove is working pretty well as always. What happened is that some guest left the stove on for a long time so it started to burn the...

Greensboro, NC
Reviewed 3 December 2012 via mobile

National Park Backpackers has a nice location, right next to the entrance of the park (though the trade off is that you're further from The beach and supermarket and "town"), but unfortunately that's where the compliments end. The real deal breaker was the mattresses, which are by far the worst I have encountered in 3 years of backpacking in some...

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Diego E, Manager at El Faro Beach Hostel, responded to this review

The management and staff here at NPBP are extremely sorry that this guest was not happy with her stay at our Hostel. However, for the sake of TripAdvisor readers, we feel compelled to reply. If this particular guest had simply told us about her situation during her stay we would have done everything possible to ensure her stay to be...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
El Faro Beach Hostel is conveniently located within steps from the entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park and only a short walk to Playa Espadilla (the main beach). We have an outdoor swimming pool and several common areas which provide a great place to relax and have fun with fellow guests from all over the world. We offer both private rooms and dorms with hot showers and a fully-equipped guest kitchen. Manuel Antonio is a mecca for the adventure seeker whether it is sportfishing, ziplining, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, horseback riding, ATV tours... our friendly staff can arrange it all. It is also a haven for nature enthusiasts with all the flora and fauna and wildlife in the park.On-site we have our restaurant, the "Funky Monkey", which serves both local and international flavors from 6am to 10pm daily... including beer, for a great price. Also, we have a nightly poolside movie feature (and yes, we will take requests on what to show). We are the only hostel in the area with our amenities AND a great location. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or if there are any special arrangements you should need. We are here for you and to ensure your time spent in Manuel Antonio is the best it can possibly be. Other amenities:• WiFi • Swimming pool• No curfew• Lockers• Nighttime security guard• Free parking• Tour information• Snacks and beverages for sale• Fully-equipped kitchen area• Pura vida!!! ... more   less 

Additional Information about El Faro Beach Hostel

Address: | Next Door to Manuel Antonio National Park, 300 Mts from Restaurante Marlen, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range: $17 - $52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — El Faro Beach Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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