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Hostel | Calle Guanacaste, Cont. Rest. Stella, Tamarindo, Costa Rica 30247

88.9% Overall Rating

46 out of 49 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (01/04/2014)

Daniel Gent thinks…

"Great design so the door rooms don't need AC and they don't get hot (it's like a normal buildling but then with a huge roof above to catch the heat), very comfortable and had a great sleep there. The…"

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Car Parking
  • No curfew
  • Currency Exchange
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • Safety deposit
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area

Purchasable Extras

  • Airport Pickup USD 35.00

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen
  • Towel

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88.9%

Overall Rating

46 out of 49 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Pura Vida Hostel'

Atmosphere
92.0%
Location
80.0%
Facilities
88.0%
Cleanliness
86.4%
Staff
92.8%
Value
88.0%
Safety
95.2%
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100.0%
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Daniel Gent

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

01 April 2014 Daniel would recommend this property

Liked: Great design so the door rooms don't need AC and they don't get hot (it's like a normal buildling but then with a huge roof above to catch the heat), very comfortable and had a great sleep there. The owner is really cool and made us feel comfortable. Everything you'd want from a hostel

Disliked: Daniel left no negative feedback.

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

Kristy Sullivan

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

11 August 2013 Kristy would recommend this property

Liked: Secure hostel and 2 kitchens to cook in. Lots of communal space to relax. Property was about 500m from the centre of town and the beach.

Disliked: The private twin room was very small, lucky there was air conditioning!

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

18 April 2013

Liked: The beds in the dorm are clean, there are lockers inside the dorm which is nice. There are 2 full size kitchen so you can cook your own meal.

Disliked: There is no reception area, you have to ring the bell and someone will come out. It is a bit inconvinent because you have to wait around for someone to come. The bathroom in the dorm is very small and kinda gross, even though they clean it daily. The wifi is a bit dodgy.

The property's response is...

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

Julie Roberts

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

16 February 2013 Julie would recommend this property

Liked: Nice atmosphere, great staff. No pool, but that's what the beach is for. Lots of stuff on site to keep you busy. The manager of this hostel is great! He makes himself available to you all day till 11pm!!! He's very helpful with bookings (buses and such) and has the most amazing memory...he knew everyone's name after just meeting them once! It's not too far from the main area. Nice and quiet at night.

Disliked: A bit of a walk to the beach, but it's really not too bad. 5-8 mins maybe.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing

24 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great place to stay, I met so many nice people.Very helpful staff and nice facilities....

Disliked: nothing

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Relaxation/spa

19 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great atmosphere. Staff is super friendly! Very clean and has everything you need- right here!

Disliked: No soap in the bathrooms to wash hands.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Cint Russell

With my spouse / partner

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

13 October 2012 Cint would recommend this property

Liked: I stayedat the Pura Vida Hostel for 11 days. My stay there was very comfortable. It has two kitchen areas with everything you need to prepare your own meals. They provide coffee and toast in the morning which is huge considering I did not see 1 coffe shop inTamarindo. Staff is very helpful and laid back. There is a lot of common area to hangout.

Disliked: The only thing I can say that is negative is that is about a 10 min walk to the beach. I never had a problem with the walk which is very easy. It is just not right on the beach if that is important to you.

The property's response is...

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

Reilly Green

With my spouse / partner

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

24 September 2012 Reilly would recommend this property

Liked: Thomas and Robert were excellent in helping with everything that we needed. The rooms were very clean, the "hangout area" was also very clean and comfortable.

Disliked: The thing we didnt like was the distance from the beach, all in all its about a 8 minute walk which really isnt THAT bad, but when making the trip 5-6 times a day it takes its toll after a while.

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Romantic getaway
Shopping

23 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Miriam and Robert were fantastic hosts. Love the location, far enough from the main drag that it's nice and quiet, but close enough to the beach and main drag that you are there in minutes.

Disliked: Only small complaint had to do with some guests. No fault of the owner.

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

Kelly Nugent

With friends / other travellers

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

11 September 2012

Liked: Nothing.

Disliked: Everything.

The property's response is...

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Louis Gomm

Alone

Business / conference
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

04 July 2012 Louis would recommend this property

Liked: I had a great stay @ Pura Vida. My room was great and the Owners were very attentive. I would not hesitate to stay there again.

Disliked: Louis left no negative feedback.

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

Jan Wright

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

01 June 2012 Jan would recommend this property

Liked: Loved this hostel!!! It’s the best one ever! Friendly and knowledgeable staff, very clean facilities, very well equipped kitchen and the best part was the rancho - the social area where every night I met amazing people and we always went out together. New firm mattresses and pillows in the dorm, and I loved the atmosphere and the whole compound with the garden. Also they serve breakfast included in the price which was very welcomed as I travel on a tight budget. Highly recommend!!!

Disliked: Jan left no negative feedback.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

David Wilk

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

25 March 2012 David would recommend this property

Liked: Good place to stay. Good people, vibe, can go out and party or stay in to chill.

Disliked: David left no negative feedback.

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Jason Raybin

Alone

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

16 March 2012 Jason would recommend this property

Liked: Pura Vida Hostel is fantastic. Miriam who owns and operates the hostel is very passionate about her work and it shows. The hostel is always clean and a great place to socialize. Miriam can help book the next leg of your trip or help you out around the town on what their is to do. It is an extremely great place to socialize whether you are staying for one night or a week. Can't wait to come back.

Disliked: No Dislikes!

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

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

05 March 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great atmosphere. Common area is large, with a pool table, board games, etc. and there are two kitchens for guests to use. Love that it encourages people to socialize but it doesn´t get noisy at night. Hostel rules make it clear that 11pm is quiet time.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

19 February 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great atmosphere with amazing people, good facilities & felt really safe :-)

Disliked: No free towel

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
Relaxation/spa
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

14 February 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The property, especially the kitchen, was very clean.

Disliked: nothing.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

11 January 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Charming Atmosphère, friendly but quiet enough to sleep well and be rested for early morning surf session.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Mark Bhabha

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

20 December 2011 Mark would recommend this property

Liked: I had a fabulous time at the hostel. From the moment I got there, Miriam was extremely welcoming and it was easy to socialize with other travellers in the spacious common area. The rooms were great and the hostel had lots of amenities. The staff was helpful and there was always lots to do. I´m hoping to visit one day in the future.

Disliked: Mark left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

Alone

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

29 November 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The owner is very friendly and helpful, and there is a great atmosphere. When a go Back it will be here again.

Disliked: the water is not realy hot in the shower. (in my private room) maybe the rest is better.

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Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing

27 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Best place I've stayed in Costa Rica. Very clean rooms, great kitchen and great social area. Awesome atmosphere. Staff very friendly and helpful booking tours and shuttles.

Disliked: N/A

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

18 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff and easy to meet new people. Recommend it!

Disliked: none

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

09 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great place, great crowd, clean dorms and the best sleep i had in long time! Rally cool people working here knew everything about Tamarindo and suggested great places to eat and stuff to do.

Disliked: everything was perfect

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Hitomi Naito

Alone

Beach / sunbathing

11 July 2011 Hitomi would recommend this property

Liked: friendly, relaxed,

Disliked: no AC in a dorm,

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

Hassan Shalla

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
City break
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

02 July 2011 Hassan would recommend this property

Liked: kerri sean and ryan are really helpful the hammocks are crazy comfortable tamarindo is a lot of fun the kitchen is really clean

Disliked: n/a