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“Fantastic rooms, excellent stopover to Caribbean coast” 5 of 5 stars
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La Boruca
Moravia San Jose, San Jose 1200, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 55 San Jose B&B and Inns
Assen, The Netherlands
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
44 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Fantastic rooms, excellent stopover to Caribbean coast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Very comfortable rooms for an excellent price. Very quiet neighborhood. Spacious rooms, excellent beds. The safari room has an especially nice view. The owner and his wife are very friendly, and serve tasty and varied meals. But beware that everything except room and basic breakfast is charged separately, which can change the value-for-money, especially since the place is a bit remote from San Jose and from other restaurants. Nevertheless absolutely recommendable!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Southport, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Ken, the owner, exteremely helpful & knowledgable about the area.
He was happy to lend us his sat nav, and all questions (as it was the first placed we stayed in there wer many!) were answered in an honest & friendly manner- he also recommended a canopy/white water rafting trip which was excellent (it had rained the days before so the river was fairly full & 'active'!).
Rooms of a very good standard & clean.
Food was also good.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

The best choice I made throughout the trip to Costa Rica was staying at La Boruca. The food was homemade, very tasty and very reasonably priced. Ken, his family and staff were the perfect hosts. Ken knows the country and travel issues very well so he gave us some valuable advice that enabled us to use our time more efficiently, and that is very important for tourists. I travel quite a lot so I can attest to the fact that La Boruca feels like home away from home - complete with hosts who care about you like family.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Turrialba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We found La Boruca through TripAdvisor, and we were very happy with our stay there. We have stayed in many places in Costa Rica, and this was one of the most comfortable and inviting places that we have stayed. For a place to stay near San Jose -- if you don't want to be right in the city (we did not) -- it is perfect. The rooms are large, clean, and comfortable, and they are decorated nicely with original art. The beds are very good. They have thought through the details and made these rooms very nice while also making them feel friendly and inviting. The internet access is excellent (we often have had problems with this in other hotels in Costa Rica), and each room has a computer with a large-screen monitor and video and music libraries. Very fun for all of us during our stay. Breakfast was delicious. The owner, Ken was helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, and fun to talk with.

While the hotel is a bit our of town, it was easy to find -- even at night. The surrounding area was scenic. The location was a good point from which to set off to the eastern part of the country.

I highly recommend La Boruca as a great place to stay near San Jose.

  • Stayed March 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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Houston,Texas
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

I highly recommend staying at La Boruca. We stayed here 5 nights from November 30 - December 7, 2012 (2 nights were spent at Manuel Antonio). We traveled with my elderly parents, husband, and 17 month old toddler. The rooms are very clean, and the service is excellent! This is a family own and operated B&B, and Kenneth and his family were excellent hosts. The excellent service started even before we booked the rooms; Kenneth went out of his way to provide guidance when planning our trip before we arrived and during our stay. We said we were staying 5 nights and Kenneth suggested that depending on what we wanted to do that perhaps staying that many nights might be inconvenient for us. Turns out that we have family in the area, so staying here for most of our trip was very convenient. He also suggested places we could go eat and even suggested routes to take when going to the places we wanted to go to. He even lent us one of his navigation systems, which I would almost say is a must to have in Costa Rica. He also lent us a car seat to use, and even provided guidance on choosing the type of rental car contract when the rental company showed up at the hotel. The breakfast served every morning was excellent and just the right amount and they even had a high chair at the table for our toddler. Breakfast included a combination of local fruit, coffee, toast, and a main entree which would be different each day. The only meals we had there was breakfast. They will only prepare other meals per request and requires advance notice. Kenneth is an absolute joy to chat with; my parents absolutely loved chatting him up. He also allowed us to leave a few of our bags on the days we were going to the beach, and he also provided a key to the safe as well. Just be sure you don't lose the key, or else he'll have to break the safe! Luckily that didn't happen to us, but we were warned that it could happen if we lost the key.

I would suggest that if you plan to stay here, pack warm clothing; it gets pretty chilly early in the morning and in the evening. The rooms can get pretty chilly as well. The grounds and landscaping is absolutely beautiful! I highly recommend taking a stroll of the grounds. There are a few insects here and there; they are located in a rainforest setting after all. However, the bug situation was not that bad. Also, the Wi-Fi connection is excellent. There isn't any TV cable available, but there is an extensive library of movies available in the room (the TV is hooked up to a computer in the room). Although SIM cards were not available for iPhone 5 in Costa Rica at the time, Kenneth offered to give me one of his cards and attempted to cut it to fit my phone, but unfortunately it didn't work, so I would highly recommend you contact him beforehand and find out if the cards he has will work for your phone before purchasing one from the airport. Thanks to the Wi-Fi connection, I was able use Face Time to call family and friends in the States, and we used my parents' phones to call family in Costa Rica. I also recommend checking out his gift shop. One of his daughters makes really unique and cute jewelry at a very affordable price. We bought several pieces from her and get compliments when I wear them.

If I had to say anything negative, it would be our experience with the taxi service. Apparently the guy that Kenneth uses isn't an official taxi driver and he was not outside the airport waiting for us like we expected. The guy that wheeled out our bags was nice enough to lend us his phone so that I could contact Kenneth to find out what was going on. Turns out since he is not an official taxi driver, he can't stand outside like the rest of the taxi drivers and wait for their passengers, or else he would get a ticket. A man approached us and told us he was the guy that was going to pick us up and was telling us to follow him to the parking garage across the street which made us quite uneasy. After calling Kenneth again, he convinced the driver to drive up to meet us at the airport exit rather than to go into the garage. It also turns out that the guy that approached us was not the driver either; it was the driver's friend, which was hitching a ride to San Jose. We were obviously not pleased with this since that took space away from us, and we were quite cramped in the vehicle as a result. We also had to stop and get gas right afterwards, and we wondered why he didn't do this beforehand. Also personally I found the driver's friend annoying; he tried to come across as clever and witty but instead came across annoying and arrogant. He constantly talked about American politics and it didn't help that we disagree on many things regarding that topic and several other topics he brought up (he wasn’t from the States but lived in Boston for a few years). Needless to say we were quite uncomfortable and uneasy and made for an awkward ride to La Boruca. I did tell Kenneth about the friend riding with us, and he said he was aware of what had happened and told the driver to not do that again in the future. I will say that the navigation system was able to direct us to La Boruca quite nicely so if you plan to rent a car at the airport and rent a navigation system, it will take you there without much trouble.

On a side note, I highly recommend exchanging money at the banks or even at Walmart; their exchange rates match the current exchange rate unlike the airports which charge a hefty premium. I highly recommend staying here and would stay here again, but probably would not use the taxi service again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Orange, California
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Excellent B&B outside of San Jose. Great location for using as a base for excursions farther away (such as Poas volcano). Very friendly family runs the B&B. Good price. There is a taxi service to help transport you to various places. Clean rooms. Good food. Very bucolic countryside.You can be in the San Jose area without having to actually be in the noisy city.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Alberta
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We stayed 4 nights at La Boruca. The accommodations were beautiful. Ken and Susanna are wonderful hosts. The food was delicious. Thank you Susanna. Ken was always ready to provide information on things to do and see in the area. He provided us with a local cell phone we could use in an emergency. Thank you Ken. We highly recommend this B&B. I could go on and on about La Boruca but I would be repeating everything other reviewers have already said.

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  • Stayed February 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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Address: Moravia San Jose, San Jose 1200, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 55 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located 15 minutes from downtown San Jose on the hills heading to the Caribbean. The whole property is surrounded by lush gardens our rooms are modern and large all of them have high speed internet and a computer in the room with a nice flat screen to use our movie or music archive our beds are king size orthopedic, we offer hot water safe box and always free helpful advice on Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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