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Barrio Pilo | 75m south from the Bus Station, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in room 18 which consisted of a private bathroom (hot water) a double bed and single bed all for 22$ a night. Its found a little bit off from the main road but it was no hassle. 3 minute walk and your in the middle of all the action. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. And just... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This review is strictly for the hotel - NOT for the tour of arenal and the hot springs that runs out of here (that was five stars for sure). Hotel Dorothy is very cheap and you certainly get what you pay for. My sister and I stayed for one night. Behind the toilet in our room was covered in mold... More

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Chur, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Hotel Dorothy for three nights. The first night we where the only guests. The room on the second floor was simple with some mold on the wall to the bathroom. There was no locker/safe. The communal kitchen was average. The staff almost didn't care at all that there were guest (some didn't even greet...). Location is good,... More

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St. Pete, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

A hotel with a hostel-like feel. This is the second time I've stayed at Hotel Dorothy. First time was in 2010 with my mom and it was absolutely wonderful. I travel on a budget at this time around it cost $22/night total for 2 people. The rooms are very basic: bed(s), fans, end table, bathroom and open closet to put... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Located right in the center of town!! Cant ask for a better deal. For only $20 you can stay.. Hot water, fan ok beds. The management and staff are very professional. Also they have laundry service and a Kitchen you can use to cook your own meals.

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Granada, Spain
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21 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

This hotel is a nice and affordable option in la fortuna. We had a double room with private bathroom for $22. Clean, hot water, WiFi( it doesn't get to the back rooms), some of the rooms have views to the volcano, nice big balcony with good views where you can get internet, coffee, filtered water and a kitchen. It's a... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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30 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This hostel was basic, clean and perfect for our stay in La Fortuna. Communal kitchen was great. Location is close to Grocery Stores and the Center of Town - all walking distance. They also offer tours from reception. Wi fi works pretty well too.

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36 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This was the cheapest place we stayed in Costa Rica - $22 for a private double. The room wasn't the best; it was a bit cramped with a window straight onto the alleyway next door at ground level and the hot shower (of the suicide shower variety) was very temperamental. But it was perfectly fine for a few days. The... More

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Ithaca, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Stayed here for three nights while in La Fortuna. Very easy to find after getting off the bus from San Jose! Room was tiny and basic, but we weren't expecting much. It had a great view of the volcano from our window and from the balcony. Easy walk to all main sodas and restaurants. We even walked back from La... More

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London, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

This is a decent budget hostel in la fortuna. It is located off the main square, near some really excellent sodas (half the price of those on the square). We had a triple room on the first floor. It was spacious and the beds were comfortable. It was quite bright in the room until the landing lights were turned off... More

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Address: Barrio Pilo | 75m south from the Bus Station, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
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