The most convenient hostel in downtown San José, steps from major museums, restaurants, nightlife and bus stations
This industrial strength, tico owned hostel, has been a popular twenty something backpacker hangout in San Jose for years. It is not difficult to see why it's smack in the middle of city and comes stocked with a pool, a rooftop restaurant –lounge with stellar views and a combination bar-movie theater furnished with bean bags and a stripper pole.
Needless to say, this is a party spot. But the rooms are clean, the mattresses firm and the fresh bathrooms freshly remodeled.
The hostel's two new "presidential suites" have dreamy views and flat screen TVs.
Plus there is free internet; free phone calls to North America and the bilingual staff can help you arrange luggage storage, onward travel within Costa Rica as well as airport pick up and drop-off in their private van.
Of all the amenities, it is the restaurant in particular, that is a godsend –open until midnight, it serves lip-smacking quesadillas, veggie burritos and what has to be San Jose's tastiest burgers.
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.