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Galileo Hostel

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Vancouver, Canada
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2014

This seems like it should be such a cool hostel, with artsy decor, common areas, and a bar... it's a shame it's been neglected the way it has. As others have said, cleanliness was a huge problem, partly because of the dogs but partly just from lack of cleaning. The bar was not stocked, but everywhere else was covered in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 23 September 2013

I'm sure once this hostel was lively and had a fun atmosphere, but it just seems that nowadays no one seems to care about it enough to clean it properly. I'm used to roughing it and have spent plenty of time camping, so am more than comfortable with a couple of insects, but this place was crawling with roaches and... More 

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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2013

I should say first that the staff were helpful and friendly. The place was filthy however. Twice I had to inform the staff about turds that the owners dogs made. And the dogs pissed on the floor as well. The whole place stinks. Avoid.

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1 Thank Leafygrass
Paris, France
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2013

I dont recommend this place... The hostel was very disgusting... You always needed to search for the bathrooms in the hostel that were no overfloaded with poo... or the one that didnt have dog poo on the floor (the whole hostel smelled like dog poo anyway as when it happened that someone was cleaning they were just wipping out but... More 

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1 Thank sophiedoudou
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2013 via mobile

This hostel was the worst hostel we've stayed at while travelling Central America. The room was tiny and resembled a jail cell,we had a private which was a bunk bed, we could barely fit our backpacks in and the both of us at the same time. It was incredibly dirty and there was junk everywhere. The bathrooms were dirty and... More 

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1 Thank Teepaige
Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2013

I stayed here for one night and would not recommend it at all. I stayed in the largest dorm room which was the most expensive (the reason given for this is because the smaller dorms are nearer the bar and 'noisier' however the large dorm faces on to the street), the beds are small and not very comfortable, there are... More 

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Dublin, Georgia
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386 reviews
93 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2013

Galileo is an awesome value ! Great service from both Brians . The staff is super helpful with local and country wide information. Great location. Neat, little, well stocked bar. Dynamite comes in small packages. Will stay again on my return.

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Thank CobaltConnection
Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2013

Would not recommend this place at all! The dorms were tiny and filthy dirty, the kitchen was gross and there are scruffy dogs allowed run around and p*ss on the floor, which none of the staff bother to clean up so the whole hostel stinks. Although the staff were nice and the bar was open 24 hours, definitely not worth... More 

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1 Thank AnnaGoes
Palmer,AK
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42 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2013

We stayed at Galileo because the website made it sound alike cool place to meet backpackers. The staff were somewhat friendly, but not very knowledgeable about getting around San Jose and the bus system. To their credit some of the staff we talked to had only been in the area for a week. We paid for the private room with... More 

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1 Thank MissPerkyAK
Bozeman, Montana
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 May 2013

Almost could not stay here. The pillows were about 6 different colors and the floor had not been cleaned for years. Even had blood all over it. Would never stay here again. In unsafe neighborhood and people were let in the locked gate that should not have been.

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Additional Information about Galileo Hostel

Address: Avenida 2, Calle 40 | De la Soda Tapia en Sabana, San Jose, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Number of rooms: 29
Also Known As:
Galileo Hotel San Jose
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“I doubt there is a good room in this hostel.”
 of 5 bubbles MissPerkyAK, 19 Jun 2013 | Read review
“Cheaper rooms are fine if you plan on staying up late in the bar. Otherwise, spend a few extra bucks for a quieter room.”
 of 5 bubbles Devin_Patrick, 19 Apr 2013 | Read review
“Los dormitorios estan super que esta hacia la calle principal hay dos apartados super bien.”
 of 5 bubbles dannya36, 8 Apr 2013 | Read review
“it's all about the hallway beds yo”
 of 5 bubbles absolbegs313, 7 Nov 2012 | Read review
“The room above the bar is also further from the street. if you're early to bed, early to rise, choose the rooms above reception. If you don't mind the bar noise until about 11pm, but you want to sleep later than 5:30am, choose a bed above the bar.”
 of 5 bubbles hbud75, 22 Jun 2012 | Read review
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