La Fortuna is a town with a few nice buildings going on – and a lot of tourists, too. But it’s not necessarily the town ITSELF that you should be visiting for: this place is pretty much basecamp for the Arenal Volcano National Park (complete with two volcanoes) which makes La Fortuna more than worth a few nights.

Couple that with a load of other natural goodies in the surrounding area, everything from hot springs resorts to trekking for a swim in a waterfall plunge pool, and there’s a lot going for this formerly quaint little town.

Depending on what you want to do in La Fortuna, and how long you want to do it for, finding accommodation right for the task can be a little tricky. There’s a fair range of hostels here, so cherry picking the perfect one can take a while.

Don’t you worry. We’ve done the hard work for you and come up with this categorised guide to the best hostels in La Fortuna, so you can easily find the hostel that suits you, your budget and your itinerary.

Without further ado, let’s go through and find your perfect hostel!

Quick answer: The Best Hostels in La Fortuna

Best Hostels in La Fortuna

Best Hostels in La Fortuna

Deciding where to stay in Costa Rica can be tough. But when it comes to choosing whether to visit La Fortuna or not, the answer is pretty clear. Hell yes! If you’re a nature lover, this place will look like paradise to you.

As a popular backpacking Costa Rica destination, booking your accommodation early enough is recommended, especially during peak season. Check out the following hostels in La Fortuna!

Best Overall Hostel in La Fortuna – Arenal Container Hostel

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Arenal Container Hostel is our pick for best overall hostel in La Fortuna
  • $$
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Airport Transfers
  • Air Conditioning

A lovely little place that’s set in a great location for exploring the area, pretty much EVERYTHING is in walking distance from this La Fortuna backpackers hostel. The people who run the show are super friendly and put on a bunch of activities that will make sure you never get bored, too.

It’s our top pick for the best overall hostel in La Fortuna, naturally. Next door there’s a Tex-Mex bar next door, which is good for drinks at night, as much as for its free coffee in the mornings. An awesome base for exploring the area.

Oh, as a bonus: it’s also set in an old shipping container!

Best Party Hostel in La Fortuna – Arenal Backpackers Resort

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Arenal Backpackers Resort is our pick for best party hostel in La Fortuna
  • $$
  • On Site Bar
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Pool Table

If you want to party in La Fortuna, then book yourself a bed at Arenal Backpackers Resort. Even in off season this place has party vibes. And yes, it can get pretty wild. That’s probably down to the awesome happy hour (partly, anyway). Shots all round! No wonder it’s the best party hostel in La Fortuna.

And to ease your hangover the next day, you can chill out with some food from the on site cafe and simply stare at the views of the Arenal Volcano – or take a dip in the pool. Your call.

Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in La Fortuna – La Fortuna Backpackers Resort

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La Fortuna Backpackers Resort is our pick for best hostel for solo travelers in La Fortuna
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Laundry
  • Late Check Out

Not only is this the best hostel in La Fortuna for solo travellers, but it’s also a great option if you’re looking for somewhere that can save you a bit of money. There’s a free breakfast on offer here AND the chance to get your laundry done for free, too! What more could you want on a budget?

But it’s also a small, friendly hostel with welcoming vibes (attracting a nice mix of people) and staff who can tell you a lot of tips about the area. It all feels very safe, being in walking distance to a load of restaurants and bars – always a plus if you’re travelling by yourself.

Best Cheap Hostel in La Fortuna – La Choza Inn Hostel

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La Choza Inn Hostel is our pick for best cheap hostel in La Fortuna
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Shuttle (To Hot Springs!)
  • Bicycle Hire

With its free welcome drink, we’re pretty much sold on this place being the best cheap hostel in La Fortuna. That’s on top of all its other free-of-charge perks, like a free breakfast and even a free shuttle to the nearby hot springs for a VERY chilled soak indeed.

There’s also a great location going on at this relaxed La Fortuna backpackers hostel: staying here means being in walking distance to pretty much every bite to eat and drinking hole there is in town. But that free stuff – that REALLY adds the value for money to La Choza Inn Hostel.

Best Hostel for Couples in La Fortuna – Arenal Hostel Resort

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Arenal Hostel Resort is our pick for best hostel for couples in La Fortuna
  • $$$
  • Free Pizza!
  • On Site Bar
  • Pool Table

A hostel that’s… also a RESORT (no, really), this is easily the best hostel for couples in La Fortuna. Spend your time chilling in on site bar, snacking on some of the free pizza, and generally enjoying the laid back atmosphere of this place.

The people who work at this place are super nice and will make sure your stay goes without a hitch. Did we mention the swimming pool? With the swim-up bar? No? Well, there’s one of those here, making this La Fortuna backpackers hostel feel much more like an upmarket hotel. We mean, their slogan is “More than you thought”!

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in La Fortuna – Selina La Fortuna

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Selina La Fortuna is our pick for best hostel for digital nomads in La Fortuna
  • $$
  • On Site Bar
  • Work Space
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool

Well, if you’re looking for somewhere to work – here’s the place. Possibly THE coolest hostel in La Fortuna, this place has pretty much everything you could want: yoga classes, cinema room, design-led interiors and even a swimming pool. We think all these perks make it the best hostel for digital nomads in La Fortuna, too.

You can get your work done in one of their cool work space areas, whilst sipping on a coffee from the cafe, and then once you’re done – the world is literally your oyster at this place. Thanks to its decent location you can even walk just a few minutes and explore the town, too.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in La Fortuna – Cerro Chato Eco Lodge

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Cerro Chato Eco Lodge is our pick for best hostel with a private room in La Fortuna
  • $$$
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Volcano Views
  • Airport Transfers

If you want a bit of privacy, Cerro Chato Eco Lodge will NOT disappoint. Not only has it got some awesome private rooms, but the location is pretty much one of the best in town. We’re talking unobscured volcano views, which you can soak up whilst toucans hang out in the trees around the cabins you stay in.

It’s, without doubt, the best hostel with a private room in La Fortuna. The cabins you stay in at Cerro Chato Eco Lodge are cosy, comfortable, clean and nicely designed; staying in one of these feels like you’re having a sleepover in the jungle!

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More Best Hostels in La Fortuna

Nice Place Hostel

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Nice Place Hostel
  • $$$
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Luggage Storage

Nice Place Hostel really IS a nice place. It really is. For starters, this La Fortuna backpackers hostel has a great location: close to a bunch of bars and nightclubs, which means getting out and having a few drinks is easy. Thankfully the hostel itself is pretty quiet and surrounded by greenery, meaning you can get a good night’s sleep.

There’s a pretty decent communal kitchen here, perfect for keeping costs low by making a few midnight snacks for yourself, as a well as a chilled garden area. If you’re not expecting a top-notch social (or party) atmosphere, then this chilled out spot is the place for you.

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Hostel Backpackers La Fortuna

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Hostel Backpackers La Fortuna
  • $$
  • Free Shuttle (To Hot Springs!)
  • Air Conditioing
  • On Site Bar

With its big, clean dorms and a huge bar (perfect for meeting other travellers), this place is one of the best hostels in La Fortuna for solo travellers. Not only that but the staff are helpful, and will help you book up all sorts of activities and stuff to keep you occupied.

There’s even a swimming pool here. And we all know a swimming pool is the best place to meet people. Chill out, catch some rays, go for a swim, and then retire to the bar after the sunset. It’s a great place to go if you’re travelling to this town by yourself, so we’d recommend booking if you’re here to be social!

Sagu Hostel

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Sagu Hostel
  • $
  • Gym
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Outdoor Terrace

A great option if you’re looking for a budget hostel in La Fortuna, Sagu has a great location, good nightly rates and a good vibe. It’s definitely a good place to stay if you want to make your trip easy on your wallet. Even the bus station is nearby, making your onward travels pretty easy, we gotta say.

This one is a pretty rustic hostel. That’s code for “don’t expect anything glamorous”. But besides all of the no-frills aspects of this La Fortuna backpackers hostel, there’s a lot going for this quirky little place. Free use of the gym next door is an unexpected but definitely massive perk!

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What to Pack for your La Fortuna Hostel

We don’t often travel without these essentials. Packing for Costa Rica is just as important as planning your trip.

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1. TRTL Travel Pillow: Nothing is worse than a sleep-deprived and grumpy backpacker. Do yourself a favour and get some decent rest with this comfortable TRTL travel pillow. The ergonomic design (fancy!) makes it possible to sleep upright, which can be a real struggle with normal neck pillows. Having this cool pillow makes long bus rides or flights way more enjoyable – and who knows, maybe you’ll even be looking forward to it next time. If so, leave those guys a good review.

Noise Cancelling Earbuds

2. Noise-Cancelling Earbuds: You’ll have some pretty sorry roommates – it happens from time to time. These noise-canceling earbuds help mitigate the damage. The comfortable and ergonomic design won’t hurt your ears while sleeping no matter how long you keep them in. Increase the quality of your sleep by listening to some relaxing music at night or just enjoy the silence.

Luggage Travel Lock

3. Padlock: Unless the thief literally spends hours to figure out the code (he won’t), this three-digit padlock is going to keep your stuff safe. It’s great for keeping the zipper of your backpack secured or your locker properly closed. This basic and very flexible padlock saves you from having your essentials stolen. Definitely a must-have for every backpacker!

Travel Pocket Soaps

4. Sea to Summit Travel Soap: The Sea to Summit multipurpose soap leaves are the perfect hygiene travel companion. The individual, Leave-no-Trace-certified strips are great for keeping your hands clean before you eat in that dodgy but delicious restaurant. There are also little strip packs for laundry, shampoo and shaving.

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That marks the end of our handy guide to the best hostels in La Fortuna. And there’s a LOT of choice in pretty much all aspects.

No matter what, we reckon you are going to be able to find one that’s perfect for you while you backpack your way through Costa Rica. There are so many great hostels all over Costa Rica that you can be sure to always find a comfy bed and a safe place to rest your head at.

Our guide to the best La Fortuna backpacker hostels takes in everything from the chilled to the not so chilled, the budget-friendly, to the not so budget-friendly, so there’s a lot going on here for you to think about!

If it’s all too much, don’t panic! Just take a look at Arenal Container Hostel – our top pick for the best overall hostel in La Fortuna. Booking a bed in this cool spot guarantees an amazing stay in this mountain town.

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