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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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Nova Scotia
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67 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Location, location, location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2009

We stayed only two nights here and wish we could have stayed more. I know the nicer resorts are located outside of town but we did not have a car and so accepted our travel agent's recommendation for the San Bosco. What a find! This was our favourite hotel of our trip eventhough it wasn't the fanciest or the priciest. The room was huge (we had a standard) and really enjoyed the TV and fridge and free internet. The place was spotless. We didn't get to use the pool as we were busy with tours and the weather wasn't the best. We only ate breakfast here but it was very good. But the location - one block to the bank, two blocks to the main square, restaurants and shops abound everywhere. You cannot get lost, practically every street had a sign pointing the way to the hotel. Service in the hotel was also very, very good, We would return in a heartbeat.

Like - location, room, service, food
Disliked - nothing

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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Twin Falls, Idaho
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111 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2009

i stayed here for one night in February as part of a package. I am a student and was on a budget so I didn't know what to expect since its so much less than most places in the area. what a nice surprise. First, the hotel is in town so walking distance to range of shops and places to eat with nice view of the mountain. The rooms are very nice, great beds and linen, coffee maker in room, nice pool with lounge area and great breakfast buffet. Also free internet, and tea served all day in the lobby. OK so its a nice place for a great price but what really sold me was the staff. I had some problems with a horseback tour I had booked (not through hotel) because the horses were in bad shape so I asked to be taken back to hotel. The staff were really helpful in getting a hold of the travel agent for me-it took several calls and even then I got an assistant who was rude and made me cry. At that point the guy behind the desk took the phone from me and "talked" to the assistant-who suddenly became more helpful! They had no problems holding my luggage for me well past check out while I lounged pool side waiting for a 2pm pick up. If I returned to la Fortuna I would stay there again-no doubt

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm, Sweden
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30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2009

When in La Fortuna, you have two options regarding accomodation. Either you stay close to Arenal Volcano and the thermal baths, or you stay in the town of La Fortuna. We chose the latter, as this would make us non-reliant on transportation.

San Bosco is located in the middle of La Fortuna with great views of the volcano. Many restaurants are located within a five minute walk from the hotel. Many tour operators are located around the central park, which is one block away from San Bosco. The tour operators took care of transportation for any activity, so we did not need a car.

The hotel has a great pool area and the breakfast buffet is good. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. Our party had one quadruple and one quintuple room. It got a bit crowded as the rooms were not huge, but we only use the rooms to sleep in anyway. The bathrooms were very clean. I can highly recommend San Bosco as a base for exploring the area.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed January 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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oklahoma city
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2008

Just returned and loved the location of the hotel. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Laundry service just across the street and very reasonable. Easy to walk around town to shop, eat, or hang out at the park.

  • Liked — location and staff
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santiago, Chile
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2008

We drove from Grecia where we stayed the night before, and arrived to Fortuna in the early afternoon. I heard of this hotel before so we went right here. It was the best choice.

There is plenty of "Cabinas" in La Fortuna where you can find a room with shared bathroom for $7-$10.

Unique Qualities: Unbelievably friendly and helpful receptionist, nice terrace with a view at Arenal volcano (even though it was mostly in clouds), comfortable and clean room, pool and 2 jacuzzis.

This is the only real hotel in Fortuna and it is the most expensive place to stay. We paid $50 for 3 persons which still didn't seem much especially comparing it to Grecia ugly hotel where they charged us $55.

  • Liked — No complaints
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2003, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2008

The Hotel San Bosco is a really good place to stay in LaFortuna. The prices are reasonable especially considering the location, cleanliness and ammenities. This is my 3rd time in LaFortuna in 10 weeks time and this is definitely my best hotel choice so far. The hotel is right in town (as compared to many of the nicer accommodations in the area which are several kilometers down the road and require a cab ride into town) yet it is off the main street so it is quiet. The room and the grounds are very clean and the staff is helpful. The rooms have all of the basic comforts including internet access, aircon, hot water and cable tv. The breakfast is great and includes pancakes, eggs, cereal, fruit and of course rice and beans (with varying other sides on different days). I am not much of a coffee drinker but this hotel has some really good coffee as well. You can eat your breakfast with a nice view of the Arenal volcano. There is also a clean pool and 2 jacuzzi's and even an ice machine (which many hotels in Costa Rica don't have). I highly recommend the San Bosco Hotel for your stay in LaFortuna if you want convenience and comfort.

  • Liked — location, cleanliness, ammenities
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Orlando, FL
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2008

First time in CR, and my girlfriend and I didn't know quite what to expect. But this hotel was great! The biggest part was the staff. They are fantastic. The hotel itself is basic. It is clean, great location if you want to stay in La Fortuna, and actually offers a pretty good breakfast! the daily room service is also awesome! If you are looking for jungle beauty, this is not your place, if you want a central location for all the activities in the area....this is great. We would stay again, without a doubt if we wanted to be in La Fortuna, but if we went back, there are other places that are "prettier" outside of town that we saw while driving.
Get a car!!! It's worth it. Driving isn't bad at all.
Thanks again to the GREAT staff!!!

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — The town.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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:
#21 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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