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“Excellent with one caveat...” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Vagabondo
2 km oeste del parque de la Fortuna | Sobre Carretera al volcan, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 00123, Costa Rica   |  
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Excellent with one caveat...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

First, the caveat. As other reviews have noted, you are a bit out from town, so unless you have a car or don't mind a healthy walk (that's what we did), you may want something closer to town or in a more inclusive resort sort of place. I'm guessing if you are looking at this review, you don't fall in that latter group. The rooms (we stayed in 2 different ones because we extended our stay in Arenal) were both great. Comfortable, clean, nicely decorated, hot shower. No complaints. Breakfast was your typical Costa Rican b&b breakfast of eggs, toast, gallo pinto, and fruit. There is a small pool that we never used, but it's nice to have options. This b&b also has a great little gift shop attached to it with a wide variety of products. There is a also a great Italian food / pizza place attached. I really can't comment on anything but the pizza since it was so good we had it twice. I believe the exact one we had was called the Diabolic. If you like spicy and you like pizza, you might have it twice too :) Finally, the staff was very friendly and helpful. All in all, a fantastic value and highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2011

We stayed in this hotel for $43 a night with breakfast included. they serve eggs, toast, fruit, coffee & juice. There's also a souvenier shop at the hotel & a pizzeria and lounge right next door. The receptionist is very nice. The rooms are very comfy, they have heater/AC, TV,safe & hot water for showering. Town is 5 mins away by car, The springs Resort is like 15 mins away, Arenal Volcano is 20 mins away..overall a great place to stay, its a very safe place too. i truly reccomend it. :)

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vankleek Hill, Ontario
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2011

We stayed at the Hotel Vagabondo 1 night and I cannot say anything bad about this place. Since we were going to leave early in the morning, we paid $40 for the room with no breakfast. Jonathan was very nice and helpfull. We had the first room just beside the little patio where we could relax either on the hamac or in the rocking chairs. Room was very clean and service very good.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2011 via mobile

Good value at $40 per night with breakfast .
Jonathon and Errol very helpful employees with good English.
Rooms safe secure but basic.simple rooms not an issue for me as am out touring most of the day.
Pizzeria great but not cheap.
Located two kms out of town.if you don't like walking or don't have a car,maybe Vagabondo is not for you.
Could not get water in room any hotter than tepid!

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2011

We stayed at the Vagabondo for three nights in February, 2011 and it was perfect for us. It was clean, quiet and at $48 per night with breakfast included, the best value of any of the seven places that we stayed at in Costa Rica in our three week vacation. We were a bit concerned about possible noise from the disco which is at the back of the restaurant but as it turned out, very few people go there and they keep the music way down - we didn't hear anything at all from our room or the pool area (except occasionally someone chopping up wood for the wood burning pizza oven.) Not having a car, we really liked the location - about 800 metres from town and there is a sidewalk for almost all of that distance. We did speak with a few other travellers who stayed at other places right in town and were kept awake by the noise from a festival that was going on. There is a public bus stop at by the grocery store about a hundred metres away and we had a good meal (chicken casada) at the Soda Tipical which is near the grocery store. The grocery was convenient for picking up beer, ice cream cones and other supplies. We were in room #7, around back, by the pool and it was great - we were the only ones at the pool most of the time! The showers in the room worked great once you figured them out - like most showers in Costa Rica, they heat the water on demand with an electrical element - they only have one knob to turn and the more water you turn on, the less hot the water is - so if you want hotter water you adjust its flow. You had a choice of either eggs or a continental style breakfast at the restaurant next door - both were good. We had a pizza at the restaurant one night - very tasty - nice thin crust. One of the best things about Vagabondo is Jonathan (Jonny) the young guy who works at the reception desk in the gift shop and who also served us breakfast. He is a delight! He went out of his way to get us information on the various tours available in the area; let us use the computer in the gift shop; and worked hard to make coffee that was to our liking (we like our coffee somewhat stronger than what is usually served in Costa Rica.) We would definitely stay at the Vagabondo if we are lucky enough to return to the La Fortuna / Arenal area!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scotland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2011

Clean, basic hotel, friendly staff and good value for money. Breakfast consisted of either traditional costa rican fare or fruit salad. The room was comfortable but there was no hot water, which was ideal as it was quite wet and cold whilst we were there. It's located on the main road between town and Baldi Springs - about a 20 minute walk (not the nicest route to walk) and about 1,500 colones by taxi. If you don't have a car we would suggest you find somewhere closer to town.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2010

I meant to write this review a year and a half ago when my best bud and I stayed here in April of 09. I came across it planning my trip back and thought I would get in my two cents. Hotel Vagabondo was one of our favorites in all of Costa Rica. It is a beautiful, quiet get-a-way just down the road from town. The service was fantastic and the rooms were very clean and cozy. The free breakfast was by far the best we had in Costa Rica. The hotel staff helped us get around town and made sure we got the best prices on every adventure we did. We were able to walk to town and even to Baldi (the hot springs). We are looking forward to visiting again in a few months and have recommended this hotel to many :) Enjoy your visit!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Hotel Vagabondo Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park
Address: 2 km oeste del parque de la Fortuna | Sobre Carretera al volcan, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 00123, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are the Vagabondo Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos and gives us a taste you contact us The rooms have a simple decoration to Italian style, with wooden furniture, feature garden, pool, restaurant and parking Also include Air conditioning or fan, TV, WIFI, safe, private bathroom and shower, plus breakfast included ... more   less 
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