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Tranquilo Backpackers

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Reviewed 11 January 2012

I stayed at this hostel for a total of 4 nights over 2 stays in San Jose and found it to be comfortable, friendly and sociable. The breakfast was good and the staff very nice and helpful (an exception in this part of the world). The place could do with a lick of paint but otherwise was a good choice....

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 December 2011

pros: cheap, dvd's to watch, friendly staff, arty, private rooms, free internet use. cons: not that close to the airport. Recommend catching the bus rather than paying for a taxi as much much cheaper. Didn't notice any problems with bedbugs as has been mentioned in some other reviews. Bedroom,bathroom and communal space seemed clean and tidy.

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Thank yvonne m
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 November 2011

I stayed at Tranquilo Backpackers as a one night stopover en route elsewhere and was glad my stay was so short. On arrival the receptionist was charming, polite and helpful and made me feel very welcome. The bedding I was given, however, was stained and dirty. The dorm room was also inhabited by people under the influence of drugs. This...

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Thank Michael H
Florence, Italy
Reviewed 1 November 2011

Is little bit expencive but they serve a very good breakfast....more there is a very nice tv roomas and is located in the center of san Jose...around there are many restaurants.....the room was nice....is a standar Hostel , but i was feeling like a home....i reccommend this place....

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Thank tempestaespectral
Hamburg, Germany
Reviewed 7 October 2011

I stayed 4 nights in that hostel in September 2011. In the first night I got bidden from BED BUGS in the TV room. Later I had a lot of new bites of bed bugs from my bed matress. I changed the bed and still got new bites everywhere. When I complained about the situation, the first girl at the...

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Thank Elena123456789
Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 16 September 2011

Lots of people, many staying up late talking (isn't the point of traveling to see the outside world, not the inside of your hostel?), showers with questionable hot water, etc. Like the title of the review says: standard hostel. But it was a place to sleep. Didn't feel completely safe leaving my stuff in the room unattended. Breakfast included two...

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Thank cmk_11
Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 5 September 2011

My friend and I got to San José around dinner time and we were leaving in the morning to catch a bus to Puerto Jiménez so we decided to take the first option in our travel guide, which was Tranquilo backpacker. It was horrible. We got there and the lady at the reception showed us to our room. It was...

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Thank Roselyne G
Reviewed 4 June 2011

I have been staying at Tranquillo for two nights every year since 2004. I saw something that bothered me this time. The owner is rude to his help. Many of these kids are in difficult situations and the job does not pay too much. Chew their ----- in private. Location is good. The coffee is good. The kids try hard.

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Bangkok, Thailand
Reviewed 2 June 2011

What can i say? The only good thing about this Hostel are the two girls working in that horrible hostel. The first one helped us realy a lot when we were looking for a yellow fever vaccination and the second girl during the night shift tried to make our stay in the "lobby" as good as possible! Why did we...

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1Thank perser
San Jose
Reviewed 25 May 2011

Right now i am lying on the floor of our dirty room in Tranquilo Backpackers because dozens of bed bugs have forced us off the bed. No kiddin, there were less bugs in our dormitory at Sirena Station in the middle of the jungle in Corcovado. When asked if we could change rooms the member of staff just laughed and...

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Address: San Jose Downtown. 7th Street,, between 9th and 11th Avenue | yellow house to the right, San Jose, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Number of rooms: 20
Also Known As:
Tranquilo Backpackers Costa Rica/San Jose
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“I've only stayed in dorm rooms, but there are many so it's possible to get one with just 1 or 2 other people.”
Lisita86, 3 Jan 2014 | Read review
“Don't book the dorms! Take a private room!”
EvaP367, 5 Feb 2013 | Read review
“Anything not facing the back yard.”
Monolov, 4 Feb 2012 | Read review
“our private room for 2 people was a basic room with bunk bed. no other furniture besides a small bedside cabinet. fine for a stop over.”
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yvonnem491, 6 Dec 2011 | Read review
“.....try to find something else!”
perser, 1 Jun 2011 | Read review
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