Arenal Poshpacker

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Free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Arenal Poshpacker

Arenal Poshpacker

2.0 star property
Lakefront hostel in La Fortuna with spa and outdoor pool

7.6/10 Good

8 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Bathtub
  • Spa
Calle 142, 700m Oeste de la Iglesicia Catolica, La Fortuna, Alajuela, 21007
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Full-service spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • Beach cabanas
  • Bar/lounge
  • Airport shuttle
  • Beach shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Picnic area
For families
  • Private bathroom
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Barbecue grill(s)
Cleaning & safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing
  • Temperature checks

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About this area

What's nearby

  • On the boardwalk
  • Arenal Adventure World - 2 min drive
  • Costa Rica Chocolate Tour - 4 min drive
  • Ecotermales Fortuna - 5 min drive
  • Chato Volcano - 8 min drive
  • Kalambu Hot Springs - 10 min drive
  • Children's Eternal Rainforest - 9 min drive
  • La Fortuna Waterfall - 9 min drive
  • Arenal Volcano National Park - 12 min drive
  • Arenal Volcano - 21 min drive
  • Lake Arenal - 25 min drive

Getting around

  • La Fortuna (FON-Arenal) - 4 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Beach shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Arenal Poshpacker

Arenal Poshpacker is just 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle. You can go for a swim in the outdoor pool, then visit the spa to be pampered with body wraps or aromatherapy. Other highlights include a bar/lounge, a snack bar/deli, and a terrace.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
Property is disinfected with electrostatic spray
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC), CovidClean (Safehotels - global expert), and COVID-19 Guidelines (WHO)

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 36 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - midnight
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 48 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No onsite parking


  • Airport shuttle*


  • Beach shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7:30 AM–10:30 AM
  • Bar/lounge
  • Barbecue grills
  • Snack bar/deli

What to do

  • Beach shuttle (surcharge)
  • Rope course
  • Helicopter/airplane tours
  • Ziplining
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby
  • Hot springs nearby

Working away

  • Coworking spaces


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Beach cabanas (surcharge)
  • Beach shuttle (surcharge)


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • An outdoor pool
  • Full-service spa


  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Well-lit path to entrance

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Local maps
  • Restaurant dining guide

Special features


Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the hostel's full-service spa, esence. Services include facials, body wraps, body scrubs, and body treatments. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology. The spa is equipped with hot springs/mineral springs and a mud bath.

The spa is open daily.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Breakfast costs between USD 5 and USD 8 for adults, and USD 5 and USD 6 for children (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Beach shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • Pool access available from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Hot springs access available from 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM
  • Reservations are required for spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; the property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of:

  • COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)
  • CovidClean (Safehotels - global expert)
  • COVID-19 Guidelines (WHO)


This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher on site.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, mobile payments and cash.

Also known as

Arenal Poshpacker La Fortuna
Arenal Poshpacker Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Arenal Poshpacker Hostel/Backpacker accommodation La Fortuna

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4/10 Fair

Stay was paid in full to Expedia. Upon check-in, i was told by staff that Expedia did not pay the hotel the full amount and that i was liable for the balance which i had to pay on the spot. I felt i may have been victim of a scam. I await reimbursement from Expedia. Additionally, "maid service" was provided unaware to me while i was away from the room. No prior mention of this was offered, and it's not something i expect from a hostel type property. Without an in-room or on property safe, this intrusion could pose problems. Beware.
Gerardo, 2-night family trip
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6/10 Good

chrissy, 3-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

We really enjoyed our stay at Arenal Poshpackers. Very well located, close to stores and restaurants. The common areas are very nice, with hammocks, and a pool. You can have your room cleaned everyday. You can cook your own meal in the kitchen. Very friendly staff, especially the maids. The room are nice and clean. The AC is a bit asthmatic though!
Elodie, 4-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

This was a great budget option in the middle of town in La Fortuna. No air conditioning but for the price we enjoyed our stay in this private room in a hostel style stay. The hammocks and pool were a great plus. We used the kitchen every day which was nice to have. The location is what really makes this a great place! It's in the center of town, in the middle of restaurants, bars, and markets. Easy driving to all of the activities near la Fortuna! Overall, great deal for the price!
Jania, 3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Location. It is right in the middle of everything. Inexpensive.
Tina, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Good located place
Pleasant staff, good located place, travel agency, swiming pool.
Antoine, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

6/10 Good

2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Muy céntrico!
2-night family trip
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