This was my second stay here. My first was two years prior. Then as now, this place is good for students and budget travelers who don't mind, or actually prefer (as I did), to be in the middle of a little town (La Fortuna) with restaurants,bars, a park, and various shops, rather than secluded in an Arenal "resort" where you need taxis to go everywhere. If you are fine with the budget hotel size and comfort level, then you will be fine with this place. The young people who are behind the desk seem to be on top of things and speak English pretty well. They were helpful to us when we needed them, and didn't get in the way when we didn't. The breakfast was basic, tico style, buffet breakfast, which was fine with us well. The cook makes a pretty good omelet to go with your gallo pinto, fruit, bread, coffee and juice from the buffet. The manager/head waiter (?) on duty both mornings we were recently here was very friendly and very welcoming. He seemed actually to enjoy his job, on both days in fact - not an insignificant fact if you have visited enough other hotels throughout this country, as we have.
I would stay here yet again, if and when I return to the Arenal area. By the way, if you want to experience the hot springs of Tabacon (and you don't, you don't know what you are missing) or one of the other places (such as Baldi), book a day pass of some sort directly through their website (www.tabacon.com I think). This hotel tried to sell us a tour package that was not worth it, and was not nearly the value we got that way. Taxis are a fixed rate (at present) of $12 each way to and from Tabacon.
If you wish to see the volcano up close and do a tour, again, just go there yourself and deal with them directly, rather than get caught up in the seeming convenience of a "tour" deal (i.e., hike at Arenal, dinner and four hours at Tabacon springs, all transportation included).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel San Bosco is located in the center of La Fortuna, in the nicest tranquil area of this beautiful charming town, just 15 minutes from the majestic Arenal Volcano.Our strategic location in the town of La Fortuna allows you easy access to all of the services of the area.Our friendly staff is always available to serve you and advise you. We assure our guests an unforgettable stay in La Fortuna. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- San Bosco Inn Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park