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“Inexpensive, great location, basic hostel” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Dorothy
Barrio Pilo | 75m south from the Bus Station, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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St. Pete, Florida
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12 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Inexpensive, great location, basic hostel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

A hotel with a hostel-like feel. This is the second time I've stayed at Hotel Dorothy. First time was in 2010 with my mom and it was absolutely wonderful. I travel on a budget at this time around it cost $22/night total for 2 people. The rooms are very basic: bed(s), fans, end table, bathroom and open closet to put your luggage. The first room we were put in was downstairs in the back, right. This was not an ideal room. It did have a window, but the view was the wall of the next building. There is no need for A/C in the area, it is quite cool...but this room was muggy with no circulation. We asked to be moved upstairs the next day and we got room #18. WONDERFUL room! It was bright and cheery, the window opened up to a beautiful view of the volcano, the room was nice and cool and had a much nice bathroom. Ask for an upstairs room when you check in.

They have a great communal kitchen area with a fridge, sink, stove, filtered water etc. There is awesome porch area with rocking chairs and a picnic table where you can look out onto the volcano and also pick up the wifi ;)

Room Tip: Room #18 was amazing. Any room upstairs on the right hand side is a good one!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Located right in the center of town!! Cant ask for a better deal. For only $20 you can stay.. Hot water, fan ok beds. The management and staff are very professional. Also they have laundry service and a Kitchen you can use to cook your own meals.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Granada, Spain
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

This hotel is a nice and affordable option in la fortuna. We had a double room with private bathroom for $22. Clean, hot water, WiFi( it doesn't get to the back rooms), some of the rooms have views to the volcano, nice big balcony with good views where you can get internet, coffee, filtered water and a kitchen. It's a couple of minutes walk from the center, supermarkets,bus station, in a quiet area. Very good.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Huntington Beach, California
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30 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This hostel was basic, clean and perfect for our stay in La Fortuna. Communal kitchen was great. Location is close to Grocery Stores and the Center of Town - all walking distance. They also offer tours from reception. Wi fi works pretty well too.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Guildford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This was the cheapest place we stayed in Costa Rica - $22 for a private double. The room wasn't the best; it was a bit cramped with a window straight onto the alleyway next door at ground level and the hot shower (of the suicide shower variety) was very temperamental. But it was perfectly fine for a few days. The kitchen was clean and staff were helpful but not pushy about selling tours. You can find cheaper tours in town than those at the hotel.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Stayed here for three nights while in La Fortuna. Very easy to find after getting off the bus from San Jose! Room was tiny and basic, but we weren't expecting much. It had a great view of the volcano from our window and from the balcony. Easy walk to all main sodas and restaurants. We even walked back from La Fortuna Waterfall which took about an hour but was pleasant. For only $22 a night, we couldn't have asked for a better deal! As we are both in our 20s, we would have liked a more social environment but it was nice and quiet at night if that's what you are looking for! Overall a great stay!

Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor had a great volcano view (even though it was covered in clouds most of the...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

This is a decent budget hostel in la fortuna. It is located off the main square, near some really excellent sodas (half the price of those on the square). We had a triple room on the first floor. It was spacious and the beds were comfortable. It was quite bright in the room until the landing lights were turned off as the curtains were very pale, but this didn't bother us. As other people have mentioned, the landing is a good space to hang out, with picnic tables and comfortable rocking chairs.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Barrio Pilo | 75m south from the Bus Station, 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 56 Specialty Lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have 20 rooms with Arenal Volcano view, private bathroom, hot water, fan, free internet, free coffee, office information, share kitchen, laundry service, green areas and balcony.We are located at 75m south from the bus station or at 200m south from the Catholic Church. ... more   less 
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