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Costa Rica Backpackers

Avenida 6 calle 21 y 25


First backpackers hostel in Costa Rica. We are independent and locally run, and as such you will get the personal touch not found in big chain hostels. We opened our doors in 2001, and have been the number one meeting spot in the San Jose ever since. A real slice of paradise in the heart of San Jose. Meet travelers from all over the world. We are located in Downtown San Jose near bus terminals and nightlife's activities.

ALL FREE Breakfast, Backpack-sized lockers with power points, wifi, bed linens & towels, Storage of luggage ,5 computers with internet, coffee-tea, parking.

AMENITIES - swimming pool & garden, comfortable lounge, Kitchen facilities, tour desk, tv room, Bar & Restaurant, laundry service, hot showers, cable tv, hammocks.

LOCATION - Downtown near BARRIO ESCALANTE nightlife's activities and BARRIO LA CALIFORNIA (restaurants, bars). National museum and banks nearby, supermarkets only 5mn walk.

COMFORTABLE DORM ROOMS - With privacy pods, bed light and power outlet. Capacity of 4, 6 or 8 beds with orthopedic matresses. We provide male, female and mixed dormitories (with sheets, blankets, pillow and lockers).


  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Bar
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Included
  • Cable TV
  • Cafe
  • Ceiling fan
  • Common Room
  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Fax Service
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Games Room
  • Hot Showers
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Meeting Room
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Parking
  • PlayStation
  • Restaurant
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Towels Included
  • Washing machine



Traveler Reviews

“Bad.... unprofesional staff”

Rating: 1 Reviewed on April 15, 2024

Bad... i have never being greeted in such bad way..... the volonteer and worker just dont want to do their job.... plus the hostel was noisy... i recommand to go at other place where you would have...

“Room with cockroach, great food and location”

Rating: 3 Reviewed on March 18, 2024

I rented a room to myself with 2 bunk beds. It looked clean and was comfy although very basic, with only some shelves next to the beds. BUT I SAW A COAKROACH in my room on my last day and that's when...

“Don’t bother. Wouldn’t return if you paid me”

Rating: 1 Reviewed on February 13, 2024

So noisy barely slept a wink. Even after 10 pm when supposed to be quiet. The front desk staff are useless and didn’t tell me when I needed to meet my tour group. Really basic accommodation. Only 1...


Costa Rica Backpackers is located near bars and restaurants of the lively La California district. The National Museum is a 5-minute walk away, while Plaza de la Cultura is a 15-minute walk away. Free parking is available on-site.


Prepayment policies vary according to room type. Please check the room conditions when selecting your room above.