This was our second stay at La Boruca (each three nights). We were with a group that occupied all four rooms. All group members were equally satisfied with the accommodations (which are spacious, comfortable and clean), the ample daily breakfast (included), and the delicious meal prepared by Kenneth and his wife during one of our nights. We also enjoyed the convivial atmosphere of the place, and Kenneth directed me to an excellent, well-maintained forest trail that offered the promise (under the right conditions) of superb birding.
La Boruca is nestled in a residential area not close to restaurants or markets. Kenneth was helpful in engaging transportation for members of our group to venture away from the area (including one full day touring the Heredia area), but they found that transport to be quite costly (and the tour to be tiresome and ill-planned). Keep in mind that these were private transportation providers not associated with La Boruca.
I retain my conviction that La Boruca deserves a rating of "excellent", but I also think that travelers will be most satisfied under certain conditions: first night in or last night out, or with rental cars, or satisfied to pass the time in the lovely garden at La Boruca and in the immediately surrounding area. Under those conditions, the location is very good (or even excellent), but for some other travelers the location may prove less than optimal.
Excluding breakfast, the superb meals are not inexpensive and La Boruca does not accept credit cards. I suspect that for perhaps $5 USD each way a taxi could offer transportation to a reasonably close restaurant (and the well-maintained La Boruca website mentions a few).
As many have observed, Kenneth is a wonderfully informative and entertaining expert on Costa Rican tourism.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- La Boruca Hotel San Jose
- La Boruca Costa Rica/San Jose