Hostel Pangea

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6 reviews
Ranked #3 in San Jose hotels
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Barrio Amon Ave 7 st. 3-3 bis, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Brighton and Hove, UK

Someone I met on the bus from Cahuita was returning for a second time to stay at this backpackers hostel located in downtown San Jose. Dorms and private rooms are available and it is apparently clean, well-maintained and secure. A rooftop restaurant and a solar-heated swimming pool make it a perfect place to chill out in the middle of the city.
Staff are friendly and helpful with ongoing travel arrangements.

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San Ramon, Costa Rica

So, i made a reservation for 1 night and when i arrive at the hotel they didint let my friend in. According to them she needed to have her ID, (she had other documents like credit cards etc.) so they kicked us out and they never gave me the money back neither another room or service for that matter if you don't want your money to be stealed you need to stay away from this place. Plus i waited for 2 weeks just to talk with the Girl in charge because apparently shes so busy she cant even answer the phone she only sent me an email. Btw theres a lot of better hostels in San jose that are chepear and the treat is better to avoid this place.

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Los Angeles, California

This hostel is fairly large and very cheap. It has a small pool in the center but the bar is big and has great food at low cost! They also have shuttles going to the San Jose Airport when you need them. They have a lot of amenities though the location, due to being in San Jose, has something left to be desired in terms of safety at night.

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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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I have stayed at Hostel Pangea three times in the last ten years. So, why do I stay there if I can only give it 3 stars?

Well, for one it's a hostel. And 3 stars is pretty generous on the hostel scale. Probably the number one reason I stay here is because of the convenience - well, that and the tight budget I'm usually on.

But here's the scoop. Pangea will reliably pick you up from the airport when you prearrange it. The shuttle is not free, and I believe it's about $10 or more per person. But it is worth it to have transportation pre-arranged and not deal with all the taxi dudes outside the airport. Every single time Pangea has been reliable and they are waiting there with a sign with my name on it. No hassle at all. Just arrange it by email after you book a room and receive your confirmation.

Another reason I like Pangea is that it's a safe haven in the downtown area of San Jose - which is generally not a safe place. I like that there are young travelers from all over the world staying here, and there is a great outdoor patio upstairs with computers and internet, and a bar with excellent greasy food (like burgers, and especially the nachos). This food can be a great reprieve after a couple weeks of Tico food (which isn't bad - the break is just nice). However, the food and drinks can be a little pricey.

Don't expect much from the rooms. It's a hostel. But do expect that during the touristy season you can meet a lot of people and have a lot of fun at Pangea. It's a good, safe place to party and get a little bit of sleep ;) in San Jose - and make sure you get to and from the airport reliably.

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San Diego, California

Arrive, grab a beer, meet some people and start an adventure.

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