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Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed in the six-person mixed dorms and found the rooms a great value for the money. The beds and linens were clean and the frames felt sturdy and did not rock or shake too much when someone moves around in the bunk above you. The bathroom was quite large and featured a huge shower which had about 3-5 minutes...

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Reviewed 8 August 2016

This place was definitely designed with a vision of spring break in Panama City Beach, Florida as if the only people staying here would be 18 years old and too drunk to even notice anything. It was expensive, the staff was rude and misogynistic or simply uncaring and unhelpful, the decor was faux-rocks made out of cement to look like...

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Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

What a fun and cute little place! Bar and food on site, pool hammocks and wifi, can't beat the price. Will need your own lock and towels and they only provide a thin sheet. A/c in rooms. Secure parking lot of car rentals. Loved it. Met lots of interesting travelers

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Punta Cana
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely 3 nights stay here. Private 3 bed with ensuite. Christian and the office staff were excellent at helping us get about and book trips. Enjoyed ATV tour and the natural hot springs at Tabocan were great. Fabio kept us topped up well at the bar with some delicious cocktails too. Only downside was that it was a...

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Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

We stayed two nights at Arenal Hostel Resort (private room) and it was exactly what we needed: situated in the center, large and clean room, helpful staff (we booked a tour with them), reasonably priced drinks and snacks at the bar and a beautiful hammock landscape to relax after an adventurous day. Only downsides: 1. Wifi was rather unreliable and...

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Giussano, Italy
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

The hostel is really well kept. Rooms and toilets (even in the dorm) are clean and quite comfortable. It doesn't really look like a hostel but more like a holiday resort. If you are not into that kind of style (including loud music) you might not fully appreciate it. It is also quite small and it feels a bit crammed...

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

We had a large, clean room which could have easily fitted four people in despite us only paying for two. It was a nice room except that the light was ridiculously dim - you could barely see!! Surrounding were very nice - hammocks, pool an bar were great for socialising. We were promised 'a party every night', which definitely didn't...

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Cavan, Ireland
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights. We checked in and then our two friends joined us in the dorm. We were told to pick any bed that it didn't matter as we were first. When the lady came with the next guest she made a big deal that we had chosen different beds than initially. And made quite a deal over...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 24 June 2016

This was my first time staying in a hostel and it wasn't bad at all. I opted for a private room, which was big and comfy. The room was on the darker side but I could live with it. The bed was comfortable which made for a good night sleep. The WiFi at some times could be spotty. My only...

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Reviewed 24 June 2016

This hostel was a very pleasant surprise for us! We did not book in advance and stumbled upon it when we got off the bus. We were given the best room in the place with a view of the Arenal volcano from our porch. The front desk staff were extremely helpful throughout our stay and gave us lots of recommendations....

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Arenal Hostel Resort have the best location and facilities...( dorms and rooms )There are many reasons to visit La Fortuna, Costa Rica, whether your trip brings you here to observe the majestic Arenal Volcano, or to enjoy the pure natural beauty that the area has to offer. Come here to explore or rest and relax surrounded by the silence and mystery of our mountains. Arenal Hostel Resort is a true pioneer of Eco-Tourism in this area. We offer a great place to stay where you will feel at home and meet new people as you embark on the adventure of a lifetime.Arenal Hostel Resort is a place created for you by one of the premier pioneers of tourism development in this area. ... more   less 

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Address: | South side of catholic church, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 506, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: RM120 - RM422 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Arenal Hostel Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 20
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“Rooms near the bar are very noisy, both at night and in the morning (4:45am breakfast set up...)”
 of 5 bubbles connors776, 27 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Rooms further from bar/pool area are quieter, but all noise shuts down around 10/11 pm.”
 of 5 bubbles P8326ETteresap, 13 Nov 2016 | Read review
“We were in the best room, but the bar is right under it, so if you're looking to go to bed early, I would stay further from the bar.”
 of 5 bubbles V6904PUkatieg, 3 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Dorm Room 116 has the best internet connection. The others are further away from the router and don't always have stable connection.”
 of 5 bubbles athousandopendoors, 8 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Away from the pool/bar area”
 of 5 bubbles 540LisaH, 13 Sep 2016 | Read review
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