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Reviewed 21 February 2015 via mobile

I really don't know how i took the decision to stay there now that im reading again all the comments... Rooms are dirty, small, smells bad, bathroom is disgusting... There are no windows, so there is no light. Hostess are costarican people but unfriendly and the worst of all I find a bat over my bed... I really love animals but i hate seeing a bat in my room and the attitude of the lady was absolutly frustating saying that this is normal and the solution is easy: just take it outside the room. Please if you wanna enjoy your stay in CR don't stay here.

Stayed: February 2015, travelled solo
Thank LAURA A
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Reviewed 13 January 2015

Sol y Mar was our favorite place we stayed during our Costa Rican adventure! The place was a perfect mixture of homey and adventurous. Monkeys and Tucans were visible from our breakfast table, Solanga, the owner, became our best friend, full of advice and conversation! The hostel is her home and she works hard to keep it clean and beautiful. Plants and animals are abundant and nothing beats Solanga's french toast and coffee breakfast! We couldn't have enjoyed our stay more, and were sad when we had to leave! Solanga was very accommodating and kind. If you are a young traveler looking for an affordable and comfortable place to stay in Manuel Antonio this is the place! Don't be fooled by the neighboring houses, once you enter the gate your in a whole new world! WE LOVE YOU SOL Y MAR!

Room Tip: rooms farther away from the reception do not have as good wifi
  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank ElleryCelery
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Reviewed 21 November 2014

This is wonderful place with wonderful people.

Don't let the neighbors confuse you, this is where you want to be.......Order out of Chaos, some neighbors are trying to place poor reviews because their properties are condemned and will be demolished, as they tried to build resorts without permits or any support from the community.

Sol y Mar Backpackers is the best of the best in Manuel Antonio, if they do not have the ideal place for you they will send you to the ideal place so that you will enjoy your stay and have a fantastic adventure under the stars and by the sea, this is where all your dreams can come true...

Enjoy your time enjoy your life, enjoy god people and beautiful surroundings Sol y Mar Backpackers hostel and villas is one of the many wonderful places to experience the beauty of Manuel Antono Costa Rica........Pure life Puda Vida :-)

Enjoy "Buen povecho solo bueno"

Sol y Mar.......Seven stars

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Bodhi6590
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Reviewed 6 October 2014

My husband and I stayed at Sol y Mar for one night only - and although the host was kind enough to give us a deal and offer us breakfast in the morning, we felt we had intruded on her quiet night and had somehow ripped her off. She even tried to change the price of the room once she had already agreed to our original price and showed us the room.
We were the only guests and were given a private room - which had dirty sheets and a random sock on the floor left over from the last guest were guessing. The bathrooms were very small, dirty and unkept. The water wouldn't turn off after washing your hands and you couldn't sit on the toilet normally as there wasn't enough leg room.
The grounds were unkept and the stairs leading to the entrance/exit were literally falling apart. There were missing sections that a person could easily fall into, or down a few feet that were simply camouflaged with a potted plant, or not at all.
The keys provided by the host did not work on the main gate and we again felt like we had intruded on the host by ringing the doorbell to let us in after our night out. (I too would be annoyed by this, but if the key worked, we wouldn't have had to in the first place.)
There was wifi on the grounds but it did not work in the room - you had to step outside to get any stable connection.
We left promptly the next morning and found another hostel across the street that was much more welcoming.

  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kicius
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Reviewed 17 September 2014

Wow ! As soon as we arrive in that place we knew by the lady Solangy that we would be at a good place. She cooked delicious french toast with a coffee and she is been so helpful with all our bad previous story (had our backpack stolen with passport) The room was clean and really good if you want to share as well. The bad comment must be another place they talk about cause this one was by far the best place we've stayed in Costa Rica. For a hostel it's pretty good!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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