LONELY PLANET. This extremely popular hostel has dormitories and 13 privates, a nice garden with hammocks and a free form pool. Chill out music completes laid-back ambiance, though you can always take things up a notch in the attached bar-restaurant.

MOON BOOK. Number one choice is Costa Rica Backpackers, run by two friendly and savvy French guys, Stefan and Vincent. This splendid, spotless, secure backpackers’ pad is in a large house with small kidney-shaped swimming pool and garden with hammocks and swing chairs. It offers clean male, female, and mixed dorms with shared bathrooms, all with heaps of hot water. A huge TV lounge has leather sofas. It has cooking facilities, plus laundry and storage, as well as free 24-hour Internet and coffee, plus a tour-planning room, and movies are shown nightly. All dorms have lockers.

LET´S GO. Packed with young, swin suit-clad vacationers, this inexpensive backpackers magnet adds tropical flair to what feels like a spacious college dorm...Guests often spend their mornings laying out under the sun or swinging in hammocks near the pool while munching on breakfast...Free wifi and swimming pool will make you stay forever.

PETIT FUTE . Costa Rica Backpackers est une Auberge de jeunesse située à San José. Tenue par 2 français, Vincent et Stéphane, elle comprend une piscine, un immense jardin tropical en plein cœur de San José, internet - Wifi et Café gratuit, bar/restaurant ouvert 24/24, et happy hour. Un véritable oasis depuis 2001 pour rencontrer les routards du monde entier.

ROUGH GUIDE. A great place to meet fellow travellers, this is one of city´s best budget guesthouses with both single and mixed sex dorms plus a few private rooms. Facilities include a fully equipped kicthen, a garden with swimming pool, luggage storage, laundry service, a tv room, free internet access and free parking.
FOOTPRINTS. Top billing (with a pool at this price), but also with good dormitories and rooms, kitchen and a laundry service, free internet, coffee and parking.
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