When thinking  and designed The Costa Rica Hostel Network we wanted to build something fun but with quality and different than the rest of places to stay in Costa Rica not a simple chain of hotels like the rest around the world, to put it in just few words we have chosen the best hostels in the country in the main destinations of Costa Rica and we work together to make your trip here an unforgettable one.

When you stay with us you can be sure you are staying at the top end hostels of the country and we effort ourselves to provide the service you deserve. The hostels that integrate the network have the highest standard in hostels of Costa Rica; the security is tight, drugs are not allowed, we have a wristband control, and all the hostels are for guests only, you will find orthopedic mattresses in all the rooms, hot water in all the showers and cleanliness is on the top of our list, in the ones that we provide food, we have international chefs and we only cook with premium organic ingredients.

We have won awards internationally and locally, being recognized as the hostels that set the standard for the rest of the hostels in the country. We’ll gladly guide you around all over the country and we will make all the reservations for places to stay, transportation and activities you want at no cost. Remember when you stay with us you are staying in hostels 100 percent costarrican owned and run by us Ticos. Pura Vida!

What Guidebooks say about us


Lonely Planet 2002-2004 /5th edition (when all started)

Hostel Toruma: The number 1 option on the list from all the hostels in the city, Toruma was the headquarters for the network of Costa Rican youth hostels.Hostel Pangea: At the moment (2002) named Buccaneers Hostel and known as “the coolest freaking hostel in Costa Rica.”

Lonely Planet 2004 -2006 /6th edition

This is the first time the lonely planet authors have the chance to pick their favorite hostel in San Jose and Hostel Pangea was the chosen one over the rest. Hostel Pangea:  The author’s choice as the best budget option, they say “if you are going cheap do it here.”Hostel Toruma : The first one on the list for all the hostels in Los Yoses and San Pedro area “ The hostelling international headquarters of costarica located on this classical mansion”

Lonely Planet 2006-2008 / 7th edition

Hostel Pangea: The author’s choice as the best budget option in San Jose, called a backpackers paradise, with a rooftop bar that has some of the best views of the city. Hostel Toruma: The longest standing hostel in San Jose , everything is extremely well kept , this hostel is an excellent choice but it is definitely not for everyone Arenal Backpackers Resort:  The author’s choice as the best budget option in La fortuna and they say “Arenal Backpackers Resort is among the top hostel in all of Costa Rica”

Lonely Planet 2008-2010 / 8th edition

Hostel Pangea: The author’s choice as the best budget option in the city, they say  …”Put simply, this is the number 1 hangout for backpackers in the city”. Hostel Toruma: “Toruma ticks all the boxes for your modern-day flashpacker. The airy doubles are nicer than anything else you’ll find in the midrange options.” Arenal Backpackers: The author’s choice as the best budget option in La Fortuna, “this self-proclaimed 5 star hostel is among the cushier hostels in Costa Rica.” Monteverde Backpackers: “Another branch from Pangea getting good reviews from travelers” Tamarindo Backpackers: “Soon to be an all star backpackers spot with an outdoor swimming pool a/c and full kitchen you will most likely enjoy yourself here”

Lonely Planet 2010 -2012 / 9th edition (current edition)

Hostel Pangea: The author’s choice as the best hostel in San Jose and they say ” Pangea is a party spot but the rooms are clean and the bathrooms freshly remodeled and the restaurant  it’s a God-send open untill midnight, serving lip-smacking quesadillas, veggie burritos and what has to be san jose ‘s tastiest burgers.” 

Hostel Toruma: The author’s choice as the number one option in los yoses . “One of the best budget deals in San José “ 

Arenal Backpackers: The author’s choice as the best hostel in La Fortuna area. “This hostel is among the cushier hostels in Costa Rica, dorm rooms have private hot water bathrooms and you will sleep easy on the thick orthopedic mattresses.” 

Alajuela Backpackers: The author’s choice as the best hostel by the airport. “This is less a hostel than a full blown hotel …” 

Tamarindo Backpackers: The author’s choice as the best hostel in Tamarindo. “this intimate, all star backpacker spot is big enough to make new friends but small enough to feel more like a home..” 

Monteverde Backpackers: “Clean and friendly, with comfy beds and some of the hottest, most powerfull showers we have ever felt.”

The rough guide to central America 3rd edition /2004: Hostel Toruma: This beautiful establishment with neoclassical exteriors and high ceilings is a good place to meet people and make your travel reservations.The rough guide to central America 3rd edition /2004

Hostel Toruma: This beautiful establishment with neoclassical exteriors and high ceilings is a good place to meet people and make your travel reservations.

Moon Book Costa Rica 6th edition 2007

Hostel Pangea: “Splashed with colorful murals throughout, this thoughtfully prepared hostel offers splendid services.”

Hostel Toruma: “The headquarters for hi costarica is a beautifull old colonial-style structure”

Arenal Backpackers Resort: “Boasts a lovely swimming pool plus hammocks on spacious lawns, orthopedic mattresses,silent ac’s, flat screen tv’s, are among the treats at this first class budget option.”

Let’s Go Costa Rica 2nd edition 2005

Hostel Toruma: “A backpacker magnet on central Av. with over 80 beds

Let’s Go Costa Rica 5th edition 2008

 Hostel Pangea: “This is a backpackers paradise

Let’s Go Costa Rica 6th edition 2009

Hostel Pangea: “This is a great place to meet travelers

Foot Print 2nd edition 2004

Hostel Pangea: “Friendly and clean spot with good local information

Central America on a shoestring 5th edition 2004-2006

Hostel Pangea: First on the list ,” This renovated and expanded hostel has alot to offer

Central America on a shoestring 6th edition 2007-2009

Hostel Pangea: “A backpacker’s dream digs, serving great breakfasts and beer .The installations are well looked after and the bilingual service is typically outstanding”.

Hostel Toruma: ” Cool Spanish colonial mansion with amenities like a swimming pool ,tv lounge, free internet all extremely well kept, you can count on great bilingual service ”

Arenal Backpackers Resort: As glamorous as hostels get, starting with a crystalline swimming pool and covered bar area. Springy mattresses, air-con and scrupulously clean bathrooms guarantee your comfort. It is the most secure hotel in town and offers great service to boot .Will you ever leave?

Monteverde Backpackers: “The bilingual managers work above and beyond to offer a 5 star hostel experience, rooms are cozy and spotless with private bathrooms.

Central America on a shoestring 7th edition 2010-2012

Hostel Pangea: The author’s choice as the best hostel in San Jose and they say ” Pangea is a party spot but the rooms are clean the mattresses firm and the bathrooms freshly remodeled ”

Hostel Toruma: The author’s choice as the number one option in los yoses .  “One of the best budget deals in san jose “Arenal Backpackers: The author’s choice as the best hostel in La Fortuna area. “This self proclaimed 5 star hostel with volcano views hostel is among the cushier hostels in Costa Rica.”

Alajuela Backpackers: The author’s choice as the best hostel by the airport . “This is less a hostel than a full blown hotel  …”Tamarindo Backpackers: The author’s choice as the best hostel in Tamarindo. “this intimate, all star backpacker spot is big enough to make new friends but small enough to feel more like a home..”

Monteverde Backpackers: ” Clean and friendly , with comfy beds and great showers.”

Real comments from real costumers from hostelworld , hostels.com and hostelbookers

What the Press says about Hostel Pangea

Hostel Pangea has all the right ingredients for a bumpin’ party. This is not just a hostel; it’s a bar, a restaurant, a movie theater, a pool and a nightclub. With a stripper pole and a variety of club lights, this rooftop hangout begs you to get your groove on. The bar is fully stocked with every drink imaginable and boasts “the coldest Imperial in San José.”

The best part? Thanks to the tight security system, you don’t have to put up with some of the riffraff that frequent the San José nighttime scene. The party is exclusively “in the house” as only hostel guests are allowed in the complex.

Other cool features are the solar-heated pool, which makes for a balmy swim even on a cloudy day. The movie theater is reinforced with soundproof, double-paned glass so the loud surround sound stays in. And with a capacity for 250 guests, Pangea hosts an eclectic mix of travelers from many cultures, all mingling together.

Pangea sets the bar high among hostels in the city. The spring – not foam – mattresses are replaced once a year, the doors feature electronic locks, and the hot water is piped, not heated by an electric showerhead attachment. All the walls are decorated with colorful murals.

Hostelbookers

Backpackers: Rooms are spacious with comfortable beds. We arrived late, but the restaurant reopened just to cook us supper, which was fantastic and meant that we didn’t have to haul our hangovers from New Year around town looking for food.

Hostel Pangea: Outstanding. The quality of the staff is unparalleled. Polite, professional, patient, bilingual. The owners are awesome. Superior. I have lived in over 40 countries in five years. This is the place to meet true world travelers and have privacy throughout the stay if so desired. Cleaning constantly. Beds are great. Airflow throughout the building. Rooftop bar, rooftop restaurant and pool. All excellent. Even the restaurant has extremely fair pricing with variety. Computers 24\7. No curfew.

Hostel Toruma: Liked: The airport pick up was very useful and the driver was really friendly and helpful. Free wifi was good.

Arenal Backpackers: The management and staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The hostel was very clean and the amenities were great. Overall, I had an awesome time and would definitely stay again and recommend this hostel to others. So much fun!

Monteverde Backpackers: Nice room, good bed, towels provided!, lovely hot water shower!, nice interior, very helpful staff member who advised us on local tours .”

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