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amsterdam
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“Very nice backyard”
Reviewed 16 January 2012

To make it short, a average backpacker hostel with everything you need:
- public kitchen
- free wifi and internet
- big comunal area
- TV lounge
- little restaurant and bar
- free lockers inside the dorm
What makes it very nice to me is the very big garden with swimming pool, hammocks, bonfire and sitting area. Just perfect to hang around and to chat to your fellow travelers.
The only downside: The beds are not the best and the furniture looks a bit shabby.
But the next time in San Jose I'll be back.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

First thing... location sucks. If you'd like to sleep past 630am than this place may not be for you. There is a train that passes by the hostel what seemed like every 5 minutes starting REALLY early in the morning. It sounded like an alarm clock you just couldn't shut off!

The beds are alright... nothing bad, nothing great either. We didn't check out the bar, but the restaurant was pretty yummy... the taco con queso was YUMMY -- not a taco at all, but sooo good!

The property itself is pretty sweet -- I love the pool and lounging area for everyone to hangout -- its a really nice escape from the city.

Wifi -- doesn't really exist, unless you're at the restaurant. Airport transfer costs as much as a taxi, if not a bit more...

Nothing terrible, but I would probably go elsewhere if I had to stay at San Jose again.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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South Pole
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

This is a decent hostel, most things about it are average. The computers/internet suck hard. Staff are excellent. Bar is average, beds are average, toilets are average, location is average... you get the idea. Not very memorable but useful if you're just passing through.

Room Tip: Room two has decent wifi, other than that there's no signal anywhere.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Kuopio, Finland
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Reviewed 16 December 2011

The hostel itself is nice. The common areas are great, but our bed in the downstairs private room had bedbugs and my girlfriend is full on bites now. We even used a sleeping bag cause it was cold, so now we have to get the bugs off the bag aswell. I really can't recomend unless you like to itch.

Thuogh i have to say, the staff was VERY nice and helpful.

  • Stayed December 2011
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We stayed two separate nights at this hostel as we were travelling through San Jose. They have free bus station pick up if you call before catching your bus and tell them the time and terminal. We stayed in a dorm for 4 persons and also a dorm for 8 persons. The bunkbeds are old style but the mattresses are comfy. You are given linen and a blanket and have to make your own bed. There is a personal locker for each person in the dorm and they give you a lock with your room key. The hostel is about 5-10 minutes walk from the Avenida Central. They have a small swimming pool and a nice kitchen. The staff are very helpful and well informed about bus departures.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Costa Rica Backpackers
Address: Avenida 6, Calle 21/25 | De la iglesia Sagrado Corazon, 100 metros norte, 50 oeste., San Jose, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 84 Speciality Lodging in San Jose
Price range (per night): $16 - $42
Hotel Class:2 star — Costa Rica Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The #1 budget hostel and meeting spot for travelers in San Jose, Costa Rica and Lonely Planet readers' favorite since 2001. We have excellent reviews from guide books and on internet. Come and meet people from all around the world in our little slice of paradise, swap stories ! Catch the sun in our tropical garden, swim in the pool and don`t miss the happy hour at the "BAR-PACKERS" at 5pm!ALL FREE - internet (7 computers), wifi, coffee & tea; kitchen facilities (save money cook for yourself), parking, storage.TOP FACILITIES - Biggest pool & garden in San Jose, sunbathing, cable tv, international phone calls, hot showers, laundry service, tour desk, 24-hr security. ... more   less 
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