Hostel Arenal Backpackers Resort

2 stars
Arenal Volcano main road, 3 blocks west from Central Park, San Carlos, La Fortuna,
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.0
out of 5
3 reviews
great pool nice place

But a little expensive, especially the food. We spent half a day in the pool, was fun. The hotel... See full review

  • morann
  • Jun 28, 2012
LOUD!!

This is a great place if you don't need sleep. It's clean, and all the basics are covered. The food... See full review

  • Costa Rica betty
  • Dec 24, 2012
Hostel Arenal Backpackers Resort with the best volcano views in Costa Rica is among the cushier hostels in all the country.

This beautiful hostel/resort has a spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano, and is just a few minutes walk from the town centre and bus stop. The open setting of the hostel also makes it the perfect place for meeting fellow travelers. This hostel has everything that you need and more!

Facilities include:

* Pristine swimming pool with wet bar and sun loungers
*A large garden with hammocks
*Games: cards, board games *Free Internet *Lockers *Fully bilingual staff *24 hour security *Bar & restaurant with happy hour every night

Dorm rooms: All of the dorm rooms come with; Air conditioning, key card access, lockers and private bathroom with hot water.
Hotel has orthopedic mattresses and provide all of the bed linen. Tents: Hotel has a brand new deluxe camping area! This area is covered and each tent has a double bed, all the linen, lighting, power sockets and an outside locker room.

Hotel also provides flashlights and earplugs in case you need them. Private rooms: All private rooms have: Flat screen TV with cable channels, 2 Double Beds, A/C, Lockers, Towels, Private bathrooms with hot water, orthopedic mattresses, and provide all of the bed linen. The hotel also provides billiards, dry cleaning, lobby and reception in amenities.

Hostel Arenal Backpackers Resort Rooms

Private Room En-Suite
Private Room En-Suite offers two double beds with air conditioning, cable / satellite TV, color TV, ensuite / private bathroom, internet access and shared bathroom.
Private Room Shared Bathroom
Private Room Shared Bathroom offers one double bed with air conditioning, cable / satellite TV, color TV, ensuite / private bathroom, internet access and shared bathroom.
Safari Tent
Safari Tent offers two double beds with air conditioning, cable / satellite TV, color TV, ensuite / private bathroom, internet access and shared bathroom.
Mixed Dorm - Shared Room
Mixed Dorm - Shared Room offers bunk beds with air conditioning, cable / satellite TV, color TV, ensuite / private bathroom, internet access and shared bathroom.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
Activities
Game room
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Services
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Transportation
Airport shuttle
Parking
Parking

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Hotel Map

10.4716 -84.6524
Area served
La Fortuna.
Nearby airports
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).
Area description
This beautiful hostel/resort has a spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano, and is just a few minutes walk from the town centre and bus stop. The open setting of the hostel also makes it the perfect place for meeting fellow travelers.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (3)

Ratings and reviews for Hostel Arenal Backpackers Resort

Overall score

2 / 5
5.01.0
3 out of 3
Amenities:
2.3
Room cleanliness:
3.3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
1.7
Location:
2.3
Value:
2
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Review of Hostel Arenal Backpackers Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
morann
tel aviv, Israel
Jun 28, 2012

great pool nice place

But a little expensive, especially the food. We spent half a day in the pool, was fun. The hotel and wc are very clean. We booked the tours from the hotel

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Review of Hostel Arenal Backpackers Resort

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Costa Rica betty
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Dec 24, 2012

LOUD!!

This is a great place if you don't need sleep. It's clean, and all the basics are covered. The food is fine. The grounds are pretty and clean. However, it's directly across the street from a club that goes until 2/3 am. Between the loud band, the drunk partiers, the VERY loud inconsiderate drunk guests stumbling over my tent, the motorcycles and fireworks, it was hard to sleep. Once quite came about 4a, I got great sleep until 6 a, people were up early packing up there things, loudly next to the tent, yelling back and forth to eachother about the party that they had the night before. The staff does not enforce the quite area of the tents.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
2
Dining tip: In Hotel

Hours are limited. Eat when they are open or else you need to walk into town.

Review of Hostel Arenal Backpackers Resort

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Central America Check
La Fortuna, Costa Rice
Apr 8, 2012

No room even though pre-paid 48 hours in advance

You're not by much of anything at this location (1 bar) everything else is at least 2 blocks away with main downtown area 5-6 blocks away. It's very easy to find rooms for less as well. AC barely worked, no TV, a light bulb and towels were the only amenities. 1st night they were sold out (didn't contact me either) so they put me up next door. That room had a fridge, AC, dead bugs on the bed and live ones flying around. I eventually slept in the SUV. Upon check in they also were insisting I pay (please note I pre-paid this online to the hostel - for a room they didn't have availability for). Pool & chilling area at the hostel is very nice and price may seem good just know it comes with no amenities (no candles around the tents like in the pics either). Make your reservations at least 72 hours in advance or run the risk of finding other solutions. Also hotel charge vs pre-paid rate showed a ten dollar per night difference - not in my favor. Won't go here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
1
Value:
1
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Lava Lounge (3 blocks) has great prices with a rasta vibe. Things run more expensive in Costa Rica compared to Belize, Guatemala and Honduras (t-shirts twice as much, also airport adds another fifty percent mark-up to what you see in the cities so don't wait to stock up before it's too late). But the beauty hands down wins here. Also compared to machine guns every half block in Guatemala City I only saw one here at a gas station. Also shops stay open late so buy then instead of waiting until the morning. I waited until 10am and about a third of the shops still weren't open, they had been open until about 9/10pm the night before.

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