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“An All Around First Rate B&B in Fortuna!” 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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Houston, Texas
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“An All Around First Rate B&B in Fortuna!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

My wife, father in law, and sister chose to stay at the Vagabondo for 4 nights in January 2013 after deliberating between this hotel and La Bijagua which is down the street and priced similarly. WE chose Vagabondo primarily b/c the # of great reviews it had and available pics, Bijagua seemed to be newer and less established. We have grown very fond of staying in smaller B&B hotels and the Vagabondo did not disappoint. The complex comprises approx. 8 rooms, both double and single, a pool, hammocks, parking, gift shop, and an attached restaurant/wood fired pizzeria which was a highlight of our stay. We had two double rooms around the back by the pool that were wonderfully decorated with local art and most every amenity you would need including showers, toilets, fans, A/C, and a safe. A woman named Janelle (spl?) works the morning shift and was a pleasure to speak with and very helpful. She and another woman we did not have the chance to meet serve breakfast every morning (included with the room rate of $54 for January) which consisted of fruit or rice/beans and eggs, toast, juice, & coffee. Perfect for starting the day as you will likely be walking/hiking quite a bit during the day. In the evening, we were served dinner by Erol (again spl?) who mentioned being a fill in for the primary waiter who helped us get cabs, gave advice on night life, and was generally just nice and helpful all around. We ended up eating at the pizzeria three times during our four nights there as it was incredibly delicious. The pizzas and pasta were prepared using hand made, fresh dough and were quite possibly the best I have ever eaten. We had no problem recommending it to another group of travelers we met. If you prefer to eat out, there are a number of small and large restaurants near the hotel within 10 min walking distance. There was one sleep less night when a dog's barking went on for hours at a neighbors home behind the complex but it was not the hotel's fault and probably due to the owner being gone for the night as it did not occur again. Also, the hotel is located to the west of Fortuna approx. a 15 min walk to town and a 4 min cab ride which would cost about 3 USD. We walked it on two occasions and while it was short compared to some of the hiking we did, it is not a walk you would be doing without good reason or while inebriated. However, it is convenient to many of the tours you will be doing which are west of Fortuna near Arenal volcano. i.e. you will need to head west of town anyway. One block from the hotel is a large grocery store with beer, snacks, vegetables, meats, etc...basically any and everything you will ever need easily within a 5 min walking distance. We stopped here pretty much every evening to stock up for the night or next day. I would have no problem recommending this property to other travelers and would stay here again without hesitation. I took an awesome video walk through of the property which will give you a great idea of what to expect but TripAdvisor won't let me post it. Feel free to contact me through my profile if you'd like a copy emailed. Happy travels!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

There are no words to describe how great the food here is, we stayed a couple of nights (me and 2 friends), the staff and owners were really friendly, the place is so relaxing, hot showers, comfortable and nice rooms! all very clean. And has a nice view of the volcano arenal. I would definetely come back here on my next trip to Costa Rica!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Basic room with pleasant service. Stayed there with my sister in a room with A/C and 2 single beds. We had to wait an hour for room on first arriving but the front desk person watched our bags and sent us out to relax in a hammock in the quiet garden courtyard while we waited. Small pool in backyard was a blessing on returning back from outings and we were the only ones who seemed to use it, so good privacy. The location halfway between town and ziplining/hotsprings areas worked well for us. There is a grocery and laundry service very close so no need to walk to town for those amenities. The only time we wished to be in town was when we wanted to rent bikes to cycle around to the lake - they had to be returned downtown but we took a taxi back (little $). The (included) breakfast was good. Not a fancy hotel but well worth the money.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

Had a wonderful stay at Hotel Vagabondo. It was clean, welcoming and very well priced. Staff was nice and helpful and food was great. It's small and isn't fancy but for that reason, it seemed homey and comfortable. The location was good, kind of mid-distance from a lot of things. Mostly very quiet except for the bar next door. It didn't bother us too much but it might if you had small kids.
Other than that, everything was great and I would definitely stay here again!

Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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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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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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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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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
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 28 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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