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San Bosco Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   200 mts North from Gas Station, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel San Bosco)   |  
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Tilburg, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Truly budget hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

We were here for 3 nights in december 2012 and were a bit disappointed. Good points are this hotel is situated in downtown La Fortuna with everything within walking distance, and it has a pool and jacuzzi. Rooms are small and walls are thin though. Breakfast was ok at best.
The weather was really bad when we were there (cloudy/rainy all day), so we didn't get a change to check the vulcano from our hotel. Might be a better experience when the weather is better.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Starting with the booking by email, my experience with the hotel was great. Diana was very helpful in arranging for us to have rooms for all of our family. The rooms were clean, and we enjoyed comparing the towel animals each day. Breakfast was good and fresh, which got us into our sightseeing days. Good location just off the main street so it wasnt too noisy. Beautiful sunset view of Arenal, especially from the small porch on the top level of the hotel.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for three nights when we first arrived to Costa Rica. The rooms were clean and the staff was friendly. Breakfast was included and it was a buffet typical style. The food was good and the pool was clean as well. The best thing about this hotel is the location, right in the middle of town. If you want the typical resort style lodging this isn't for you. You'd be happier up the volcano but if you want to be in the middle of it all hotel San bosco is a great choice.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Stayed here for a week while visiting my wife's family. We enjoyed our stay and was very satisfied with the heplfulness of the staff. Specially Natalia and Allan from the front desk and Salvadora from the breakfast buffet. Thee room we stayed in is very clean and confortable. My wife loved the cute towel animal arrangements. The location is excellent, it's near the center of La Fortuna and a lot of the shops and eateries are within walking distance. The property is very clean and grounds are well kept, the view of the volcano is a sight to see every morning. The pool and the jacuzzi is excellent for chilling out. Wi-fi in our room is adequate enough. Breakfast buffet is filling - rice and beans, eggs and fruits, could use a little bit of variety. We were given a trip to their affiliated garden hotel , The Volcano Lodge and the property is a garden paradise. We were able to use the amenities for free. Overall we are very satisfied with our stay at this hotel. Definitely will stay here again and highly recomend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Avon, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Our group of 10 people had a very comfortable, relaxing 2 night stay at Hotel San Bosco. The rooms were basic, but very clean. We too, loved the cute towel animals left on our beds each day. The front desk staff and breakfast staff were very accommodating and friendly! The buffet style breakfast was served on the outdoor covered patio overlooking the large pool and grounds, and it offered a delicious variety of food and beverage. The grounds of the hotel were nicely manicured and spacious. The pool was the focal point, clean and refreshing! From one end of the pool there was a fantastic view of Arenal Volcano. The hotel is located 2 blocks off the main park square of the small town of La Fortuna, surrounded by shops and restaurants. We recommend Hotel San Bosco highly.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Eureka, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

I arrived unannounced at the Hotel San Bosco and was able to check in immediately. While the room is quite basic I found it to be clean and most adequate for my needs. Staff went out of their way to be helpful. When I was unable to book transit to my next destination until one day later than I had planned they allowed me to stay an extra night despite being totally booked due to a bicycle race. The view of the volcano was wonderful as was the breakfast. On the day of my departure the staff packed me a sack breakfast to take along since I left to early to enjoy the buffet. I will definitely stay here again when I return to La Fortuna in January 2013.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

This place is just ok, it's very basic. The bathroom is small, I just didn't feel too comfortable being here. The walls are thin, you can hear everything going on outside. Like many mentioned before the staff is just ok, they don't go out of their way to help you like other places.
On the plus side the grounds are well kept, there's a very clean pool and spa. The breakfast is pretty good, a lady cooks you fresh eggs, rice and beans of course. The location is great, about two blocks from town.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about San Bosco Inn

Address: 200 mts North from Gas Station, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel San Bosco)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#22 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — San Bosco Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 34
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

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