Hostels? Really??

  by Theresa  |     October 23rd, 2010   |    2View Comments

I always thought there was an unwritten rule that you can’t stay in a hostel after you turn 30.  After all, by that age, you’re supposed to have a decent career and be able to afford more comfortable accommodations, right?

But I found myself staying in hostels twice since turning 30, and both times I was pleasantly surprised by how nice they were:

Hostel #1: Arenal Backpackers Resort in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

I didn’t feel like I was staying in a hostel because we had a private bedroom with a private bathroom.  But they did have dorm-style rooms and even camping for the hard-core budget travelers.  There was a restaurant, pool (with a swim-up bar) and an incredible view of the Arenal volcano.

Pretty Swanky for a Hostel!

A Hostel with a Swim up Bar? Unheard of!

View of Arenal Volcano

Hostel #2: The Hostel-Inn Iguazu, Argentina

Once again, we had a private bedroom (with a patio) but a shared bathroom, which was surprisingly not an issue.  This hostel also had a huge pool, bar, restaurant, and lounge area.

This is a Hostel?!

Hang Out Area

The Main Attraction: Iguazu Falls

If you have an open mind and a sense of adventure, you might surprise yourself with the inexpensive comfort and luxury you can find!

Tags: Argentina, Costa Rica

2 Comments → “Hostels? Really??”


  1. Max

    6 days ago

    Thank you, Theresa. You’ve inspired me. I too thought I was too old for hostels and my budget recently has prevented me from traveling. Think I may check into a few …. especially if they look anything like yours!


  2. Theresa

    5 days ago

    Hi Max, thanks for your comment. I’m glad you’re considering checking out some hostels! I was really surprised at how nice they can be. I had a conversation with a friend on Facebook about this, and we think that there’s a completely different perception in the US when it comes to hostels, than there is in other countries. Our hostels are usually kind of scary, but they seem to be more like hotels in a lot of other countries. Bon voyage and let me know how it goes!


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