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Pagalu Hostel
Certificate of Excellence
United States
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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“Glad we found this hostel”
Reviewed 2 June 2012

When we arrived on the bus from Bocas del Toro the first place we approached was full and a guy we met on the bus reccomended Pagalu. We ended up staying a week in a private room. The room was clean with a comfortable but firm bed and a lot of small touches that were well thought out. We enjoyed the large open air kitchen which was well equipped. We especially enjoyed the preparing the fresh fish we bought at a little seafood market down by the beach. The communal area was pleasant. Wifi worked well. Coffee and tea available all day. The grounds are nicely landscaped. The owners/staff are efficient and provided excellent information regarding local activities. It is a very secure place. There is a supermarket just half a block away which was very convenient. During our stay it was quiet and not a loud party spot. They do not take reservatons thus allowing for extension of your stay day by day. It is popular and was usually full with people being turned away so try to get there early.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 May 2012

This place is highly organized, really great private rooms. The bathroom was so nice! Comfortable beds, great pans in the kitchen. Clean, clean, clean! There was hot water, oil and condiments for cooking, lots of nice dishes. Good ceiling fans, and clean new sheets. The best was they had this water cooler that you could refill your bottle for a fraction of what it would cost in the store. Loved it.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

We heard about this place from everyone throughout our travels and decided to give it a try. Pagalu is beautiful and very clean. The cooking utensils are awesome, which is key in a hostel. The rooms are clean and very nice. Probably one of the nicest hostels I have seen throughout Central America. The owner is the nicest guy ever and is always giving you any information you need about Puerto Viejo. It has a very chill and laid back atmosphere. They don't take reservations though and are always full, so just ask everyday for openings!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

This is a lovely, clean place in a slightly quieter section of town. The people who run it are very sweet. It has a great kitchen with lots of light. Still, it´s close enough to the main drag that you won´t feel left out. Good price, too! I highly recommend it, especially if you don´t feel like being totally absorbed in the surfer-stoner vibe that´s common in other parts of town.

Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

Perfect Hostel!!!! Very very very nice people, very clean rooms, big kitchen <3!!!! Good Price!
The best hostel I ve ever been. I really deeply recommend to backpackers who go to puerto viejo to stay in this place. You ve a good location close to all bars and clubs. It is easy to rent bikes close by for going to the amazing beaches around! We also got the tip to go to playa manzanillo, which was awesome!!! Apart from this the owner is very very very helpful. I forgot the memory card of my camera in this hostel and they made it to send it to me, due it caused some troubles!!!

Thank you so much for the great time at your place =)

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Pagalu Hostel

Property: Pagalu Hostel
Address: Av. 69, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 121-7304, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 105 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to this nice cozy hostel. Choose between Dorms, Singles and Doubles in in a good central part of town. The bus station, supermarket, restaurants and bars are within two blocks from the hostel as is the beach! Enjoy free internet, free coffee & tee, hot showers, nice common areas and great beds. Lockers are included with the dorms! Discover the Caribbean side of Costa Rica with us! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Pagalu Hotel Puerto Viejo
Pagalu Hostel Costa Rica/Limon

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