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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed for one night in a private room. Had a very comfy double bed, safe and ensuite. Room and ensuite was nice and clean as was the communal areas. Garden area was very pretty. I stayed in Room No 8. Great location, close to everything in Puerto Viejo town. I don't normally stay in hostels but would be happy to...

Thank Cathy W
Reviewed 24 October 2016

My boyfriend and I got a private room and we were very pleased. Things you may take for granted at home are a real luxury in central america such as: 1. working hot water with good pressure 2. overall clean room 3. still has a little safe in a private room (have had maids steal in other places) 4. they...

Thank Allee L
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

The doorms are spacious and comfortable, everything seems clean and the kitchen aria is good. Everything you need is here. It is a quiet place perfect for relaxing. There is a supermarket just next to it and the beach and restaurants/bars are all in a walking distance. But it is a bit expensive. I paid 13 dollars, and there is...

Thank Heidi S
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

The hostel is really good! Has a great kitchen and also a great lobby. Bathrooms are always clean and it generally seems so be pretty new. Price is totally fine for what you get. I totally recommend this hostel!

Thank Jessica C
Edmonton, Canada
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Almost everything is done perfectly well here. And their popularity shows. They do not take reservations and obviously don't need to - the place is usually full and for good reason. Everything is scrupulously clean and well maintained. The dorm rooms are a good size and have a personal fan and reading light at every bed. Clean towels are provided...

Thank MarcusEh
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Loved almost everything about the hostel. Great location (in contrast to the popular rocking J), spacious and clean rooms, large enough common area and nice vibe. Also very affordable private rooms. The only thing that was unacceptably bad was the staff, with the exception of Michael. The German staff member, Michael, was always very friendly and helpful. Everybody else who...

Thank Kevin S
Scotland, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Reception: The guy on reception when I arrived wasn't entirely friendly, he seemed extremely bored when he gave me the welcome talk and showed me the room. This didn't improve throughout my 4 day stay at the hostel. The other staff were a bit friendlier. The common area: The lounge is nice to hang out, normally quite busy with other...

Thank JenniScott5
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Where do I start?! This hostel has exceeded all my expectations of Central American hostels. Let's start with the open air communal area. With hammocks, benches and big tables this area was a great place to relax in. The kitchen was well equipped and has plenty of room. The wifi was the best I have experienced on my trip to...

Thank easteuropetraveller
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Large spacious bunk beds in the dorms, a cupboard to lock things away (bring a padlock) and an amazing shared bathroom, the hostels sleeping facilities are great. The shared area has sofas, hammocks , a clean kitchen with a fridge, extremely cheap water to fill up your bottles and excellent wifi connection. Even the quiet background music they play is...

Thank Rebecca P
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

The staff is really helpful and friendly they will help you with anything you need. The rooms are very comfortable and convenient with the bathrooms. Kitchen is well equipped and easy. Located close to shops and restaurants, beach. Cool relaxing area and they have a lot of info on trips and transportation.

Thank Guy G

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to this nice cozy hostel. Choose between Dorms, Singles and Doubles in in a good central part of town. The bus station, supermarket, restaurants and bars are within two blocks from the hostel as is the beach! Enjoy free internet, free coffee & tee, hot showers, nice common areas and great beds. Lockers are included with the dorms! Discover the Caribbean side of Costa Rica with us! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Pagalu Hostel

Address: Av. 69, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 121-7304, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Pagalu Hotel Puerto Viejo
Pagalu Hostel Costa Rica/Limon
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  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“Private rooms have a double bed and ensuite shower room.”
 of 5 bubbles cathyw826, 16 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The dorms are so well set up! Shared bathrooms are brilliant too....so if that's all that's available, you wont be disappointed!”
 of 5 bubbles S2500RYmatthewm, 20 Mar 2016 | Read review
“We slept in a dorm the first night and then a private room became available, would recommend both. Both were very comfortable.”
 of 5 bubbles nunapuna, 24 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Bring a lock for the locker!”
 of 5 bubbles Abeeguyale, 12 Aug 2015 | Read review
“The 4 bed dorms are great - and a reasonable price for Puerto Viejo.”
 of 5 bubbles Keelinmac, 20 Apr 2015 | Read review
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