I stayed in an 8-bed basic female dorm for 2 nights in December. The first thing I noticed upon arrival is that the neighborhood is very run down. This is not an area you want to be wandering around alone during the day, let alone after dark. The grounds of the hostel itself are very secure though, and you must buzz to be let in or out. Check in was easy enough, and the staff was nice enough. Wi-Fi was fine, I had no issues connecting. Some of the bathrooms have been renovated and are very nice, although you may have to try out a couple showers before you find one with hot water. The room itself was very run down and the bed frames flimsy. The bedding isn’t the greatest either, but luckily, the room was almost empty, so I was able to take extra bedding from another bed. The lockers in the room were so beaten up and damaged that only 1 of the 9 actually closed. Not that it mattered, they weren't secure to the wall/floor in any way. The pool area looked nice, but I did not go in the water, so I can’t comment there. Breakfast included was pancakes and coffee, which was fine. I did order dinner from the restaurant one evening and wasn’t a huge fan of the food or the service. Note that there are train tracks right behind the building, so when trains go by – which happens a couple times a day, including really early in the morning – you will both hear it and feel it. In the end, this place was just ok. I will probably look around next time to book a place that is in a better neighborhood.
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Response from mareeba, Director General at Costa Rica Backpackers
Responded 23 Jan 2019
Hello, Unfortunately the whole San Jose is a bit run down as you said, its a quite like that in the latin american capital cities im afraid, im glad you liked th hostel though, we're are working on finishing changing all the beds. The train you mentioned is running though the entire city but the municipality is on the verge to fix it with gates and lights. Regards, Vince
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