If you really want to get in touch with the San José carefree spirit, there’s no better place to soak in the Pura vida than at the Fauna Luxury Hostel.
Located in the nearby town of Escazú that lies on the slopes of the mountain range of the same name. (And we really do mean nearby - it’s just 9 kilometers away from the bustle of the capital) - a visit by Hostelgeeks.
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Fauna Luxury Hostel embodies all the good vibes you could ever want, and do an awesome job of providing travelers with a quality experience that’s also totally local.
Don’t blame us if you end up wanting to extend your stay a little longer 😉
1. Sustainable is stylish
Sustainability doesn’t mean compromising on either style or comfort at Fauna Luxury Hostel; actually, it means more of both!
This hostel has a strong focus on making sure they’re kind to the planet.
That means things like washing all their bedding (meaning sheets, towels, pillows, and even mattresses) are taken to a special center where they’re expertly cleaned using rain water and biodegradable detergents.
Each guest gets a sealed bag with their freshly-washed sheets in when they arrive. Ahh, there’s nothing better than sleeping on clean sheets!
Speaking of sheets, all of theirs are 100% cotton.
The hostel also runs a recycling program with the local government that separates out the plastic, aluminum, glass, and paper.
On top of that, all the products in the bathrooms are eco-friendly, and there are plans to install solar panels on their roof.
And one more eco-friendly touch – the food!
The hostel makes homemade shakes and fruit platters with the freshest stuff straight from their local farmers.
Sustainability never tasted so good!
2. “Chepe” Colonialism
Did you know that San José is called “Chepe” by locals?
That’s because it’s a nickname for people called José.
You’re one step closer to going local already!
Anyway, one of the things about San José that many visitors seek out is the intricate colonial architecture.
And you can find a dose of it at Fauna, as it’s in the middle of an old colonial part of Escazú.
They’ve come up with a clever mix of a colonial design boutique hotel combined with the sleek minimalism of modern Asian architecture.
The blend feels both cozy and contemporary, and also totally Costa Rican.
The rooms are designed with a clean style, and each bed is housed in a pod with curtains and individual lights and outlets, meaning you can enjoy your privacy while you snooze.
Don’t forget to gaze out over the gardens from one of the pretty balconies the building has, or to enjoy relaxing by the swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
And you have to make a trip to the rooftop terrace with its 360º view and barbecue area.
That’s also where you’ll find…
3. Awesome “Artistas“
The resident artist’s studio!
Yep, that’s located on the rooftop too.
Fauna Luxury Hostel’s current in-house artist is the one who completed the Mickey paintings in the hostel.
He spreads the feel-good spirit to travelers, and believes you should
“be grateful even for the bad things because they elevate you to the next level.”
Actually, the whole hostel has a strong connection to local artists and the local art scene.
They’ve brought in talent to create masterpieces on walls, rooms, and decorative items around the hostel.
Some have even worked with discarded products from around the hostel!
Hang around the hostel, and you’ll get the chance to chat with local artists yourself, as well as staff and friendly locals.
This is a real taste of the Costa Rican atmosphere.
4. Resort-style relaxation
The hostel’s name says it all – this is a luxury hostel.
You can certainly enjoy a taste of the pampered lifestyle here. The royal treatment starts with the affable staff, who are focused on making your stay comfortable and memorable for all the right reasons.
On top of that, there are also plenty of creature comforts.
This includes private rooms, kitchen access, a rooftop with 360º views, cool hang out spaces with things like billiards and table tennis, a bar, a restaurant and lots more.
Oh yeah, and did we mention the Jacuzzi and pool?
And the soon-to-be installed vapor room?
If you really want to soak in the relaxation, finish off with one of their yoga sessions (the studio has lovely views).
Round it out with a trip to their private art gallery.
Perhaps you really just want to take it easy. Enjoy the sounds of the river flowing by, the birds chirping, and the tree leaves gently rustling in the breeze.
And if you are an adventurous, fear less.
There are plenty of activities nearby such as:
Irazú Volcano: Day trip to the highest volcano crater in Costa Rica
San José walking tour with a taste of Costa Rican tapas
Visit a coffee plantation
Adrenaline seekers, you can have lots of fun too!
Whitewater river rafting in Pacuare River
Canopy and Rainforest adventure
Also on the rain forest, you can take an Aerial tram
5. Carefree culture concept
It’s hard not to feel the contagiously happy spirit at Fauna Luxury Hostel.
There’s always something happening at this hostel, and the events involve a range of activities that are sure to appeal to all sorts of travelers.
Their chilled-out culture concept is gaining traction both with locals and visitors, as each night is an experience.
Maybe one evening you’ll see a yoga retreat or a wellness fair, followed by a celebration of Costa Rican culture the following evening.
Then perhaps a concert from their resident DJ or a live art session.
The aim is always the same – making sure people have a good time without going overboard and being a nuisance.
Many of the events are inspired by helping local artists and creative types (from painters to actors to musicians) to spread the word about their work.
Fauna’s appeal to multicultural guests, friends, and locals is the perfect way to do just that.
New ideas are always flowing, and it’s hard not to feel inspired, too.
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