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“Good budget option in this part of Costa Rica” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel La Amistad
Avenida Central | La Fortuna, San Carlos, Costa Rica,, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Istanbul, Turkey
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“Good budget option in this part of Costa Rica”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

PROS
Good value for money in an expensive town ($30 a night for a double)
Plenty of secure parking
Friendly staff that are very helpful for organising any tours
They had a kitchen
Good shower with plenty of hot water
Clean rooms with TV
Good location

CONS:
Although rooms had hammocks and rocking chairs outside, the view was of the car park
Not much character - very businesslike and basic

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JonnyTee, Manager at Hotel La Amistad, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
We value your feedback and use it to make positive changes.
Hotel La Amistad has secure parking many other central locations do not.
The roof top Common Area is equipped with kitchen ,billiards table, plenty of space and a better view. More plants are being placed around the perimeter of the rooms providing more privacy and a better view as well, thanks again, see you next time...
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 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 of 5 stars
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Seongnam
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

One of the cheapest private rooms in town...the room is very basic...we got a triple, and there was barely enough space to move around...hotel staff can set up just about anything for you...location is good, but if you get anything in La Fortuna town, it's a good location...room without AC was quite uncomfortable to sleep in...I would've have paid a few bucks more for AC if I can do it again...

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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JonnyTee, Manager at Hotel La Amistad, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Thanks for your review, Hotel La Amistad has a common area with plenty of room to move around, which includes a fully equipped kitchen, pool table, tables and chairs and roof top patio. AC is available for those sensitive to heat or do not find a fan adequate.
See you next time
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

I paid $20/night for one person, without AC. It is a good value. The hotel is located in the town, close to every thing. The kitchen is not clean though. But if you do not use kitchen, it is a good budget option.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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JonnyTee, Manager at Hotel La Amistad, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Glad you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for bringing this to our attention.
The hotel has cleaning staff in the mornings and people are expected to leave the common areas and kitchens the way the found them. New respectful guidelines will be posted in these areas to insure this. You can see by reading previous reviews that cleanliness is never overlooked.
Thanks Again
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

For $32 a night (low season rate) we stayed in a room with AC, cable, and hot water. It was immaculately clean and the location couldn't be better. It's right in the middle of town, but the surroundings immediately around it are very quiet and you don't get any of the town noise. It's the perfect combo of location and peacefulness. The staff is very helpful (and speak good English) and the location is safe (there are bars on all the windows which is nice in CR - indicative of safety, not crime). There is a general pool area and kitchen area overlooking the main street but it's away from the rooms and there is a limit on when people can use it so it's never crowded or noisy at night. The rooms are small - very small - but perfect for 2 people. Overall, it's a GREAT value and would highly recommend it for both the price, the location, and what you actually get. I have stayed there on 2 separate trips and wouldn't stay anywhere else again.

Room Tip: Pay a few bucks more and get a room with AC. Not only do you get AC, but it helps serve as a "s...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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JonnyTee, Manager at Hotel La Amistad, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Thanks so much, your review goes a long way in helping others discover hotel La Amistad, we are constantly working towards pleasing our guest making their stay in La Fortuna comfortable and safe. See you next time, Pura Vida!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

The best hotel during our 15 days in Costa Rica!

Staff is friendly and welcoming.
The rooms are really clean with a fan and a TV, private bathroom and hammocks to sit in the garden.

It is located on the main street close to all the amenities and also a park near the church very nice to sit and relax ...

Strongly recommended!

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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JonnyTee, Manager at Hotel La Amistad, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Thank you, your recommendation is very welcomed, it motivates us to continue finding ways to satisfy our guest and grow in the right direction...
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

I followed the advice of another post and asked for an individual room in the back. It was much quieter. It cost $20 for the night for a room with a fan but I had my own bathroom and it was all very clean. The water takes a little bit to warm up, but considering how hot La Fortuna is you won't really want warm water. There is a small grocery store next store and the kitchen isn't too bad all things considered. The staff was great. When I got there my fan wasn't working properly and when I brought it to their attention the fan was changed out right away.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JonnyTee, Manager at Hotel La Amistad, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Thank you, your review has changed a few ways we do things around here.
Guest are now escorted to their rooms so we can show them the basics and answer any question they may have. The hot water works fine, you just have to ease it on slowly until you get your desired temperature. The water is heated electronically if the water passes to quickly the coil does not have time to heat the water.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

Hotel la amistad offers decent rooms for a decent price. Nicely located near town it is private and not so noisy. Good option to consider in La Fortuna. They have rooms with ac and without ac. Beds are okay

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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JonnyTee, Manager at Hotel La Amistad, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Thanks for your review,
We only use the room closest to the street when we are full; its mainly for staff.
No more leaky ceiling or squeaky beds and the guard is now there to keep it quiet and safe.
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Address: Avenida Central | La Fortuna, San Carlos, Costa Rica,, 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 High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 54 Specialty Lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel La Amistad is located in the heart of La Fortune, 125 meters from Central Park, close to all shopping centers, recreational areas and restaurants. Visitors have a choice of private Rooms for up to 4 people and 3 dorm rooms with room for 7 in each. All of the rooms and dorms are clean, quiet and come equipped with private bathroom, WIFI access, hot water, cable TV and 24 hour security(Private rooms with AC available.)A shared kitchen and common area with a pool table is also located on the second floor patio overlooking Fortuna. "NEW" Paradise Adventures Costa Rica has teamed up with Hotel La Amistad to insure visitors are informed about all the exciting adventures and activities available in La Fortuna and throughout Costa Rica. Come stay with us, the Amistad and PACR crew are waiting to fill your vacation with memories and experience you'll never forget. ... more   less 
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