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Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel

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Garden view
Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
Standard Double Room | 10 bedrooms, in-room safe, free WiFi

Overview of Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel

Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel

2.0 star property

7.4/10 Good

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast available
  • Business services
  • Parking available
Avenida 6, between Calle 21 & 25, San José, San Jose, 10104

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationNational Park6 min walk
  • Popular LocationMorazan Park13 min walk
  • Popular LocationSan Pedro Mall19 min walk
  • AirportSan José (SJO-Juan Santamaría Intl.)37 min drive

Room options

About this area

San José

Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel is located in Catedral, a neighborhood in San José, and is near a train station. Estación del Ferrocarril de Costa Rica and El Fortín are local landmarks, and some of the area's attractions include Simon Bolivar Zoo and Children's Museum. Spirogyra Butterfly Garden and Museo de Insectos are also worth visiting.

What's nearby

  • National Park - 6 min walk
  • National Museum of Costa Rica - 7 min walk
  • Asamblea Legislativa - 7 min walk
  • Morazan Park - 13 min walk
  • San Pedro Mall - 19 min walk

Getting around

  • San Jose Procuradiria Museum Station - 5 min walk
  • Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 37 min drive


  • La Destileria - 5 min walk
  • Restaurante La Casa China - 4 min walk
  • Craic Irish Pub - 2 min walk
  • Antik Restaurant + Bar - 3 min walk
  • Bar Bahamas - 3 min walk

About this property

Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel

Hostel located in Catedral
A roundtrip airport shuttle, a poolside bar, and a free daily manager's reception are just a few of the amenities provided at Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel. In addition to a terrace and a coffee shop/cafe, guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
Other perks at this hostel include:
  • An outdoor pool
  • Continental breakfast (surcharge), self parking (surcharge), and a reception hall
  • Concierge services, a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff, tour/ticket assistance, and smoke-free premises
  • Guest reviews give top marks for the breakfast
Room features
All 31 rooms feature comforts such as separate dining areas, in addition to thoughtful touches like free WiFi and safes.
More amenities include:
  • Separate dining areas, ceiling fans, and daily housekeeping


English, French, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi and wired internet

Parking and transportation

  • 24-hour roundtrip airport shuttle on request for a surcharge
  • Self parking on site (USD 5 per day)
  • Limited onsite parking

Food and drink

  • Daily continental breakfast available 6:00 AM–10:00 AM for a fee: USD 5 per person
  • A bar/lounge
  • A coffee shop/cafe
  • A poolside bar
  • A restaurant
  • Coffee and tea in common areas
  • Free daily manager's reception
  • Snack bar/deli

Things to do

  • Library
  • Outdoor pool

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Separate in-room dining area
  • Snack bar/deli


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Safe at front desk

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Multilingual staff
  • Tour and ticket assistance

Business services

  • Business center
  • Computer station


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • No elevator
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk


  • Reception hall
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Hair dryer on request
  • Shower only

Food and drink

  • Separate dining area


  • Ceiling fan
  • Safe

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Check-in from 2:00 PM - midnight
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age: 18


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

  • Fee for continental breakfast: approximately USD 5 per person
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 28 per vehicle (one-way)
  • Self parking fee: USD 5 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

This property does not have elevators
No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property

Property is also known as

Costa Rica Backpackers Hostel San Jose
Costa Rica Backpackers Hostel
Costa Rica Backpackers San Jose
Costa Rica Backpackers
Costa Rica Backpackers Hostel
Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel San José
Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

Frequently asked questions

Does Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel have a pool?

Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.

How much does it cost to stay at Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel?

As of Mar 28, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel on Mar 30, 2023 start from $11.86, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

Is Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel pet-friendly?

No, pets are not allowed at this property.

How much is parking at Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel?

Self parking is available for USD 5 per day. Limited spots are available.

What time is check-in at Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel?

Check-in is from 2:00 PM - midnight. Late check-in is available during limited hours.

What time is check-out at Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel?

Check-out is at 11 AM.

Does Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel provide a shuttle to the airport?

Yes, there's an airport shuttle that runs on request. A fee of USD 28 per vehicle applies.

Where is Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel located?

Located in Catedral, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Estación del Ferrocarril de Costa Rica, National Park, and National Museum of Costa Rica. Plaza de la Democracia and Asamblea Legislativa are also within 10 minutes. San Jose Procuradiria Museum Station is only a 5-minute walk and San Jose Atlantic Station is 6 minutes.




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Rating 2 - Terrible. 22 out of 202 reviews" "
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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Beautiful place, enjoyed 2 nights, was very comfortable. Very friendly, food is great.
Stayed 1 night in Mar 2023

6/10 Okay


Liked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Staff was not unfriendly but not super welcoming either. It is oddly dark and kind of gloomy inside but the walls are painted with very fun jungle murals so that was inviting! Dorms are nice and the each bed has curtains/light/chargers which is very helpful. Outside pool, bar, and restaurant area is nice. Kitchen clean. Price is inexpensive and location is convenient. They do not provide a towel.
Stayed 1 night in Mar 2023

4/10 Poor


Disliked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Property online notes private bathroom for private room reserve option. No private bathroom is on site, You have to share toilets and showers with other guests. Cockroaches in Lobby. Bugs on private room floor. Area around dingy and possibly dangerous. I actually saw a female guest run to the property from a nearby main road. The guest has to be buzzed in and out. Tried to contact Expedia on the inaccurate online note that the private rooms offer private bathrooms but Expedia would only allow calls to their customer service Office and my cell phone would not work outside the United States. I would rate the property a step above being in Jail but not much more. Avoid the site unless all you have is $12 a day for a shared bedroom and that does not include any free breakfast.
Stayed 4 nights in Feb 2023

10/10 Excellent


Stayed 2 nights in Feb 2023

8/10 Good


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Great price, for the convienences, sketchy downtown location.

6/10 Okay


Traveled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Great property and friendly staff. Biggest complaint is we booked and paid for a private room but when we arrived we were put in a shared dorm with a few others
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2023

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
The community of people that stay here are great. Lots of travel information gets shared. Centally located. Walking distance to everything. The restaurant chef makes great food. Staff is attentive. Would definitely stay again.

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Really liked the food, the convenient location, and the easiness to store luggage and too get help with taxi. Very nice place. And again mention the food was awesome.
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2022

10/10 Excellent


Stayed 1 night in Oct 2022

6/10 Okay


Stayed 1 night in Oct 2022

General hotel information

Highly Rated Amenities
Outdoor Pool & Great Location
Star Rating
Nearest Airport
San José (SJO-Juan Santamaría Intl.)
Avenida 6, between Calle 21 & 25, San José, San Jose