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Reviews of Sol y Mar Backpackers

Hostel | 618, Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica 6350

69.4% Overall Rating

15 out of 25 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (16/04/2014)

Emma-Jane Heaton thinks…

"The owner was very helpful, going out of her way to help us find out bus times. It is very peaceful at the hostel, away from the busy beach area but not too far to walk or take the bus."

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free city tour
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Wake-up calls
  • BBQ area
  • Café
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area
  • Pets allowed
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Airport Pickup USD 200.00

What's Included

  • Breakfast
  • Linen

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69.4%

Overall Rating

15 out of 25 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Sol y Mar Backpackers'

Atmosphere
69.6%
Location
68.0%
Facilities
60.8%
Cleanliness
67.2%
Staff
77.6%
Value
66.4%
Safety
76.0%
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88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Emma-Jane Heaton

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

16 April 2014 Emma-Jane would recommend this property

Liked: The owner was very helpful, going out of her way to help us find out bus times. It is very peaceful at the hostel, away from the busy beach area but not too far to walk or take the bus.

Disliked: Emma-Jane left no negative feedback.

42.9%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 20% Safety - 40%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Work / volunteering

26 February 2014

Liked: Cheap place

Disliked: Difficult to find. To many stars. Looked like a house that now is a hostel.

31.4%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 40% Facilities - 40% Safety - 40%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Connor Bogin

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Romantic getaway
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

14 January 2014

Liked: The breakfast was alright.

Disliked: This place is essentially located in a slum area outside of the desirable Manual Antonio center. Although it is an 8 minute bus ride away from the beach, you feel very removed. Also the large, aggressive dogs they have make guests feel at risk. Finally some of the doors did not lock properly.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

22 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Solangie and the breakfast

Disliked: the sheets were really old, we could see through...

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

27 March 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the owners are very friendly, the breakfast good, the dogs cute, good information, its quiet

Disliked: there was no toilet seat

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 20%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

ANA SIMONA VOICAN

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

11 August 2011 ANA SIMONA would recommend this property

Liked: great breakfast, the lady working at the recepcion is great and sociable, great landscape like in a jungle

Disliked: too many dogs, 40min far away from the beach walking distance

48.6%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 20%

Coral Mika

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

10 April 2011

Liked: It seemed pretty secure.

Disliked: For what we paid for this private room, it was absolutely not worth the money. The state of the bathroom, no hot water, and the room was 93 F at 10pm when we attempted to go to sleep. There was no way someone could sleep in that tiny bunk bed by the ceiling with it being those temperatures down by the floor. The night there was so terrible that we had to leave. The owner would not refund us for the second night and we ended up eating all that money. The internet only works in one spot outside. This place was the most disappointing of our 2 week trip travelling around Costa Rica.

54.3%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Yves Bastarache

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

18 February 2011

Liked: The owner was very friendly.

Disliked: I was the only guest at this hostel for 2days. It was a very boring place. When I came back at night to make dinner, the kitchen and the common areas were locked so I had to go eat at restaurants.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Jessie Usselman

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

27 January 2011 Jessie would recommend this property

Liked: French toast and fruit for breakfast that was included was great! Solangie is so sweet!

Disliked: Maybe the locks on cabinas could be improved-we could never get our keys to work

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 40%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Beach / sunbathing
City break

24 January 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The Friendliness and helpfulness of the staff

Disliked: The location because is down stairs... is like "bajo" "guindo" And you can't see by street, but inside it is nice

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Amanda Lombarski

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Beach / sunbathing

28 August 2010 Amanda would recommend this property

Liked: Clean rooms, great free breakfast, safe, and friendly staff. Solangie (the lady who runs the hostel) booked all our expeditions, and she gave good ideas of things to do in the area. We had fun too because her son helped take us around to all these great locations so we felt really at home. They cleaned our rooms every day too!

Disliked: Nothing really. It was a great atmosphere! Just be careful w/ the hot water...I kept getting slight shocks in dorm 1 since the hot water is run w/ electric...feels like a sting. Hot water is more tepid then hot.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

20 March 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The rooms were like living in small townhouses and very spacious. A homecooked Tican breakfast in the morning was great too! When looking for this place, it was a little difficult to find, as the sign isn't too big... don't get it mixed up with other hostels called Backpackers!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

15 February 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Lage mitten im Grünen, etwas ruhiger, sehr freundliche Hostelbesitzerin, nettes Zimmer und sauber, Wäscheservice, direkt neben leckerem, günstigen Restaurant und nur 200m von COSI entfernt, vielleicht etwas teuer, aber für CR schon ok!!Danke für eine tolle Zeit

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Saskia Stahl

11 January 2010 Saskia would recommend this property

Liked: The host was very nice and very friendly. She made good breakfast. The rooms are extremely spacious. It is really a good place to stay even though you don't have an ocean view.

Disliked: Saskia left no negative feedback.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Fabio Apone

28 December 2009 Fabio would recommend this property

Liked: the staff was really nice and friendly. it has a very familiar atmosphere. great place to meet people and make new friends

Disliked: Fabio left no negative feedback.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Maria Baijens

27 December 2009 Maria would recommend this property

Liked: Really nice owner, Solangie!!!!We had a great stay!

Disliked: Maria left no negative feedback.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

09 September 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: it was clean and safe. the manager (angie) was very helpful and sweet. It has 3 levels with rooms on the 1st and 2nd levels. the bus to manuel antonio national park passes by every 15 min and is $0.50 to ride. it was way better than i imagined. there is a big rottweiler that guards the place, its huge! all in all awesome place for the $$$ and right between quepos and manuel antonio beach.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

07 August 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Keep your eyes open on the bus from Quepos, as it goes to Playa Manuel Antonio via Manuel Antonio itself. Very friendly place, a great place to practice your Spanish if you want to, and also in a nice quiet location handily positioned close to a supermarket, bars and restaurants. Worth staying here!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.