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!
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Vagabondo Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vagabondo is a small hotel with 9 Italian style rooms, combinated with quality Mediterranean service and attention and great italian food like real italian pizza. It is an excellent place to live a new experience in adventure, music and taste on your next vacation!We offer everythin; inexpensive lodging in the Arenal Volcano area, Italian Pizza Restaurant, Sport Barand Discotheque, Shopping, Souvenir Store with great Costarican souvenirs, we also make your reservations to all tours in the Arenal Volcano area. All this plus the spectacular view of the Arenal volcano that you can enjoy right from the hotel! ... more less