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La Choza Inn
2.0 of 5 Inn   |   Side northwest of the Park 300 meters West, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park ., Costa Rica   |  
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“The inn was a great choice. Not too...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2010 via mobile

The inn was a great choice. Not too expensive and the service was great! It was within walking distance of desafio adventure which was great since we decided to go with them for the tours and we didn't regret it. Eagle tours is also run out of choza inn and I would highly recommend using them for the volcano hike if you choose to do it because they were cheapest and the tour kind of stinks either way- being crowded and touristy it's really not a hike.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2010

Eagle Tours runs its operations out of this "hostel". My room was $25/night and was clean and adequate for a solo traveler. Not sure you would want to bring too much luggage - you would feel crowded. But the convenience of being within walking distance of restaurants, banks and town for that kind of money is great. I stayed 3 nights and took a tour arranged by Eagle Tours each day. I especially recommend the Cano Negro trip. The guides are excellent - cordial, informative and seemingly terribly interested in you having the best time in Costa Rica. There is also a kitchen for your use (thus the hostel designation) and community space with TV. But there is so much to see and so little time ! Who wants to sit in front of a television? Internet Access in the lobby.
I would recommend this hotel to people who don't need frills.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2010

We stayed in the Choza Inn for 2 nights and, since it was raining nonstop we ended up spending days with the staff and in the hostel, The kitchen was nice and there was cable TV which helped us alot during the rain. The staff speaks perfect English and were very nice.The rooms were clean and comfy.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2010

My boyfriend and I took a jeep-boat-jeep (best way to go) from Monteverde to La Fortuna without an idea of where we would stay. During the second 'jeep' ride our driver and I chatted in Spanglish. I mentioned we were looking for a room for a few nights on the cheap-mid range so he took us to La Choza. (It was not a coincidence that the company that ran the jeep-b-jeep, Eagle Tours, operates out of La Choza.) If you can say one thing about the guys who run the hotel its that they are connected. There must have been 30 guys in green 'Eagle'-branded shirts coming and going from the premises. There are a lot of people to answer your questions or book your tours, there is always someone behind the desk and they do speak english for you non-spanish-speakers. (On that note, I think there was more ingles que espanol in CR- an unhappy development for those of us who travel to experience Different cultures.)

Moving on...our room was clean when we got to it. It didn't receive much attention in the way of cleaning during our 2 day/ 2 night stay; but in their defense the boyfriend was sick so I had asked them to come back later which could have been mistranslated into not needing the service altogether. The kitchen communal area is great- free internet, couches, tv, tons of dishes, big fridge. Nice outside sitting area.

I will say that it doesn't have much character as far as art, personality or color goes. So if you are looking for an original experience this isn't your place. It was just like any other hotel, not much style and the guests weren't bubbling over with personality. But for $25 a night for a room with 2 beds, private bathroom and an adorable puppy name Machas! all around it's a great deal. And the people who run it were really great.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2010

Everything about the room, comfort and services is top notch but what sets this hotel apart from others is the friendly desire to assist in the enjoyment of the Costa Rican experience. When I thought about river rafting Daniel was concerned about my safety so I did not go on the most rigorous trip. The atmosphere is like Cheers "where everybody know your name". Travel to any of the tropical displays of the Costa Rican experience is only a word away. My next visit in February 2010 will have more time for exploration.
Hope to see you then.

Stayed December 2009, traveled solo
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Copenhagen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2009

La Choza Inn is combinated with Eagle Tours, which will make sure that you get the best out of La Fortuna in any adventuruos way for great prices. We tried alot of fun things while we stayed in La Fortuna because they always offered us fun trips etc. like horsebackriding, Hotspring-bathing, volcano-lawaflow-watching in thew night, hiking through rainforests, watching animals and different parks, canopying etc. It's so easy to order and they just pick you up at a certain time and make sure that you have a good time. Rooms are clean and has everything you need, even TV and fan. Great and cheap roomrates. They can have your laundry done in less than an hour for 2 dollers pr. kilo. There's a fully-equipped kitchen, so you can cook anything from the ingredients that you buy from the malls, which is like 4-5 min. from the place, 'cause of the prefect location. You can even see the Volcano Arenal from the hotel. Great place - you should stay here and also try their trips! Ask for Danny Padilla - a great tourpresenter, and will give you a nice price if you'rre also staying at the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Side northwest of the Park 300 meters West, 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
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — La Choza Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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