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Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

AC doesn't work at all. Rooms too hot. Clicky groups. No free surf board rental (sort your website out). There was a bloody dog under my mates bed. Bit out of town but not too far. Would prefer bluetrailz.

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

every time i come to tamariondo i stay in this place, nice people, good cofe every mornigh, just 5 walk to the beach, they have life music every wednesday, the kitchen is so clean, nice garden around the hostel, there are nice grafity on the walk, is a easy place to meet people, good and relax music, Tomas the owner...

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Orillia, Canada
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

I love this hostel more than any other one I have ever been too. I have been too many of them but I have always had the best time staying here. It's been 3 times now and every time I go back I feel so welcome and meet the best people here. It has the most amazing vibe and the...

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Waterloo, Canada
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Honestly, this hostel made me quite angry. We went there because their website, the Lonely Planet book, and their sign outside advertised free surf board rentals. We asked before we checked in and the very unhelpful man behind the desk said this is not the case. We pulled up the website and showed him and all he said was it...

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Tomas L, Manager at Pura Vida Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Sorry to hear that , Yes we did had free surfboards but we stoped it a year ago. But as I told you before the text from booking engine was removed long time ago. You were claiming the small text with amenities which yes it was there free surfboards, after you told me it was removed since i forget...

Bronnoysund, Norway
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Me and a couple of friends stayed in the 6 bedroom dorms. The room was large and well ventilated (had a fan) with two windows, both covered with mosquito netting. There was live music every other day, two kitchens and plenty of hammocks. Very close walking distance to atm and "town centre". 5-10 minute walk from the beach. No hot...

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Monteverde, Costa Rica
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Had a perfect stay here for almost 3 months. Very clean rooms and the staff was very helpful with ordering taxi and what ever you need. Recomand folks to visit this place. close to the beach and all the things you need. Pura vida!!

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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Awesome staff!!! The Hostel had a great feel about it. Soo many happy travelers all in the same place made its in great place to stay. It's is in a great location not to far from the beach, shops and restaurants.

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Reviewed 11 December 2016

The friendly service mad me feel at home , the rooms are clean and well kept , the location is grate wright up from the playa , I love that they have a pool table , the hole staff is more than help full information , Elizabeth and Stefan are the best so friendly.

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Bratislava, Slovakia
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Pura vida is one of my fav hostel ever! You can feel that the owner is living for his place. Board and bycicles are rented for free (that's not common) and they have great shows and concerts during the evening. Price is still the lowest in Tamarindo. I recommend 200%!

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Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Great hostel. Clean, good vibe, great live music till 9ish, great owners. We had a private room with shared bathroom - A/C, double bed and wifi. Kitchen has microwave, toaster and oven, plenty of space to relax in the common area and much quieter than other places in tamarindo. Best hostel in Costa Rica

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Pura Vida Hostel in Tamarindo, Costa Rica has been providing guests with memorable travel experiences since 2006. We are a friendly, inexpensive hostel that welcomes backpackers and vacationers from all over the world. We welcome the opportunity to host your stay in Tamarindo. Our multi-lingual staff is happy to provide recommendations on restaurants, bars, attractions, getting to your next destination and, of course, surfing. Trips, tours and transportation can be booked at our reception. You can cook and dine al fresco in our 2 spotless, fully-equipped, outdoor communal kitchens. We have dorm beds with ensuite bathrooms and showers and private rooms with air conditioning in multiple configurations to accommodate your travel party. Bed linens are provided. Our "rancho" is the social heart of the hostel with rocking chairs, daybeds, and hammocks for you to enjoy while visiting with other guests and overlooking the lovely tropical garden which enjoys frequent visits from iguanas and howler monkeys. The chill-out atmosphere is enhanced by a great sound system and playlist, good vibes, the fastest wi-fi available in Costa Rica and interesting people from all over the world. We are located a couple hundred meters from the beach, across from Banco National and Hertz Rental Car and next door to Dona Lee's restaurant. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Pura Vida Hostel

Address: Avenida Central | 100m East From Banco National, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Price Range: RM75 - RM198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
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Also Known As:
Pura Vida Guesthouse And Hostel
Pura Vida Guesthouse Hotel Tamarindo
Pura Vida Hostel Costa Rica/Tamarindo
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