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Gaudy's Backpacker Hostel

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for a quick overnight. It was noisy and we felt overpriced. We were frustrated that they did not have any bottled water we could purchase and they said there was no where close that it was safe for us to walk to get some. They were a great help in getting picked up at the airport and...

Thank Katya S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to stay if on a budget. Staff very helpful and room clean and comfortable. Included breakfast is great varies between pancakes and traditional beans and rice. Better off paying in American dollars not local currency as much better exchange rate - this is common throughout most hostels I stayed in. Good internet speed.

Thank DAtraveller2016
sf bay area
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a descent place to stay for one night for a family. The place is in a fairly safe neighborhood with a grocery store just 3 blocks away. The rooms were very simple and due to some dust from the ceiling and few little ants in the beds, it gave the impression the rooms were not the cleanest. Although...

Thank stephanie k
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great little hostel near the bus depot with nice breakfasts (albeit only for the sliver of time between 07:30 and 08:30) -- and while the dorm is windowless, it has a skylight allowing ambiance light in. Spacious shared / communal spaces make it a great place to spend a night (or two), but don't expect to be near any action....

Thank Carlos Scott L
Freehold, New Jersey
Reviewed 6 December 2016

We stayed in a private room at Gaudy's for one night. The Balcon room faces the street and has a private balcony. It is really nice, except when you have to sleep, the traffic light right outside beeps ALL. NIGHT. That was the downside to this room but not Gaudy's fault. The staff are super helpful. However, they gave me...

Thank Alexandra S
Detroit, Michigan
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Gaudy's is a decent option if you are staying in San Jose, but not much more than a place to stay the night. We stayed in a dorm with five beds and the cleanliness was fine for a hostel. The bathroom was another story; It was dirty and wet and we had very little hot water. The location was fine...

Thank Connor S
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

After spending a night at Costa Rica Backpackers, this was an absolute breath of fresh air! We stayed for 5 nights and felt comfortable and at home immediately. Everyone is so nice and helpful, breakfast really personal and delicious, it really does feel like you're being looked after in someone's home. Perfect for those who are looking for a chilled...

Thank Jade T
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Gaudy's was one of the highlights of my trip! The staff were unbelievably helpful for us first-time expeditioners, giving us useful contacts, advice on transport etc. and were always pleasant and kind. The hostel and the rooms were clean and this includes the cooking facilities - which we used on multiple occasions! Very nice and friendly atmosphere. Breakfast was delicious...

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Reviewed 13 October 2016

Me and two friends rode in on motorcycles and they were very accommodating. The only issue was the road noise early in the morning, so if you like to sleep in try to get a room in the back. We did have good wifi in the room and throughout the property. I will be staying again!

Thank Kevin H
Chester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

We were booked in to stay for two nights but found that the hostel is so clean and well organised with very friendly staff that rather than change location we booked in for the whole week. The breakfasts are wonderful! We took advantage of the airport taxi service which took away the worry of arriving late in the evening. Also...

Thank ahackland

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Kitchenette
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Ideally located in a safe neighborhood of San Jsoe, a few steps of: 3 different banks, supermarkets open untill midnight, main street in san jose, all fast food restaurants (KFC, taco bell, wendys, subway...)2 minutes taxi ride from coca cola bus station (buses to pacif zone), ticabus (buses to all central america), sabana park (largest park in san jose)As you can see, you will all what you need close by.We also offer: free breakfast, internet, wifi, parking,kitchen, dvds to watch, cooffe and tea all day ... more   less 

Additional Information about Gaudy's Backpacker Hostel

Address: Ave. 5, Calle 36 y 38, Casa 3636 | near Banco de Costa Rica de Paseo Colon, San Jose, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Price Range: $16 - $52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
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“Balcon room is very noisy at night with the traffic light!”
 of 5 bubbles AlexandraS22, 5 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Private rooms have en suites”
 of 5 bubbles lilyroberts232, 16 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Rooms in the back my be quieter, but not sure how the wifi will be.”
 of 5 bubbles kevinhP2084NJ, 12 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Get a private room if it fits your budget!”
 of 5 bubbles ianb261, 23 Aug 2016 | Read review
“People who want their privacy should book a private room which is offered to a reasonable price”
 of 5 bubbles sarahC4002VB, 24 Jun 2016 | Read review
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