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Cabinas El Buho

150 m north east of the Catholic church, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

What I loved most about this place was its simplicity! It is a stone's throw to the edge of the forest. We were really excited to see the biggest lizard we'd ever seen hanging out on the top of a tree near the forest edge. We thought it was some sort of cat at first because it was so large... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

we got to the place ( located in a neighborhood) and were greeted by 5 8yearolds at the reception that laughed at us and tried speaking english. they called their mom and she checked us in. the son brought us to our room and the room was dirty and the ac didnt work. There were brown handprints on the wall... More 

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Cahuita, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I stayed at the El Buho with my girlfriends for two nights and it was great. Before, we were a little freaked out by past reviews but when we got there everything was good. The beds were as clean as possible, it was very quiet and amazing for the price that we paid! The shower and bathroom are only separated... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

For $25/night you get clean basic room with private bathroom, fan that works and that's all you need. It's within walking distance to the main street with all the amenities. The Wifi didn't work from our room but we went out on the balcony, sat on a bench and the connection is stronger there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

I had to change some money in the bank and I asked for some recommendtion where to stay in La Fortuna. El Buho is clean, the bed was comfortable, the street was quiet. The owner and her family is very kind and helpful. The walls of the room are quite thin and the bathroom is not very well separated from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

Cozy little place, hot water, balcony with view of the volcano and cable (if you need to know what's going in the world). We paid what I believe was a local rate which was $12/night...we both speak Spanish but are not Costa Ricans. What this means to you is that the price is obviously negotiable. It was a great spot,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

Mmm so i´ll start with the positives....friendly staff,fairly cheap, free Pura Vida soap, towels. But there are plenty of other Cabinas around for the same price and I would recc going to one of those.Just grotty room i´m afraid, bathroom with clear glass(didn´t matter much as I was on my own).However the shower water was piping hot which was great.But... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

I only stayed one night, but the room was clean, the shower hot and the view of Arenal was great! Also, the owners were friendly, helping me book activities and showing me the iguanas that live in a nearby tree! My only (minor) complaint was that the curtains didn't block the light from the streetlight nearby.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

We stayed at El Buho for 2 nights. It was pretty difficult to find, since it is a few blocks away from the main drag of La Fortuna, off of a dirt road. The room was fine if you aren't planning on hanging out there are all, it is fine for sleeping and showering. Our sink was outside of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2011

When we booked El Buho we were rather apprehensive, as $10 each a night for the double room, en suite, seemed too good to be true. However, when we were shown to our room (Room 8) we found it to be clean and with a great view of the Volcano. The en suite facilities were adequate, with plenty of hot... More 

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