Hostel Bekuo is Nonetheless San Jose’s High Hostel

In 2005 Hostel Bekuo opened their doorways and have become, in keeping with the Lonely Planet and lots of different guidebooks, “Costa Rica’s nicest hostel”. At this time, not like many hostels in San Jose, Bekuo is bettering much more, and reinvesting of their enterprise, making it straightforward to see why they’re nonetheless the best rated hostel in San Jose in keeping with Hostelworld.com, in addition to a number of different hosteling websites.

On my most up-to-date go to to Bekuo, the latest upgrades to the hostel have been simply noticeable; a brand new 50″ flat display in the lounge, a brand new Wii for the outdated 42″ flat display, a Foosball desk, some wonderful lamps, in addition to a good quantity of recent artwork created by previous visitors and staff. I’ve at all times observed the little issues, and loved them very a lot, that they do at Bekuo as nicely. For instance, the staff really reside within the hostel, and so they stand up each morning to make breakfast for the visitors. Not some milk and cereal, a reasonably hardy breakfast of pancakes, recent fruit, toast and jelly, espresso and tea. At nighttime, when issues are winding down for the night, lights are turned off in favor of candlelight all through the home. The house owners say this helps cut back electrical energy prices, and in addition discourages folks from being loud at nighttime Best Party Siem Reap.

Bekuo has additionally been upgrading their mattresses as of late. The non-public rooms, in my expertise, have at all times had nice beds, and now the dorm rooms are getting top quality mattresses and covers to match. After I ask the house owners how they’ll afford to make all of those enhancements whereas charging solely $12 an evening for a dorm mattress, they level out that the hostel is not their solely revenue (Ramon is a veterinarian and Storm does design work), so they do not want the revenue from the hostel to outlive. They’re additionally fast to level out that the hostel is principally house to them and their staff, and so they would not need visitors in their very own house sleeping on an outdated, uncomfortable mattress and don’t have anything to maintain them entertained. The house owners even requested Hosteling Worldwide (HI) to take away Hostel Bekuo from their internet web page. HI is among the largest hostelling organizations on the earth, and have been sending fairly just a few reservations to Bekuo, however in keeping with Ramon and Storm, they weren’t sending the form of backpackers they sought, and it made it actually troublesome to take care of a cool/relaxed ambiance within the hostel with these visitors.

It is taken years for different hostels to begin opening in San Jose. For the longest time, there was Toruma, Pangea and Backpackers. However as we speak, there are a handful of upper finish hostels like Hostel Bekuo, Mi Casa Hostel close to La Sabana, and Hostel 1911 close to La Clinica Biblica. Nonetheless, nonetheless, even these higher tier hostels fall brief when in comparison with Bekuo. Different hostels which have opened in the previous couple of years like Casa Yoses, Kabata, Tuanis, Tranquillo and some extra, have actually fallen off within the high quality space. It is as if they’ve turn out to be an excessive amount of of a burden for the house owners, and their amenities proceed to deteriorate, versus bettering.

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