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“Very friendly, helpful and honest staf” 5 of 5 bubbles
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La Choza Inn Hostel
Utrecht, The Netherlands
1 review
“Very friendly, helpful and honest staf”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2012

We stayed at La Choza Inn last November and had a great experience. The room was very clean, and perfect value for money. But I would recommend this place mostly because of the staff, and Yuaner especially. When we went on the rafting tour (great experience!!) the guides told us they had to take us to another river, because of the heavy rainfall in the previous days. That tour was cheaper, and we would get our money back from our agency. However, we were not going back to La Choza, but would continue to Cahuita instead. We didn't think we would get the refund, but Yuaner contacted us (we didn't even call or e-mail) and asked how he could best get our money back. He suggested to transfer it to the next hotel we were going to stay in, so that he would pay our hotel for us. Amazing service!! We would warmly recommend Yuaner, La Choza and the rafting tour!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Birke_b
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Chateauguay, Canada
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22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2012

At first sight, the room was nice. At first, we had a reservation made with hostelbooker and it seems they didn't have it. Fortunately, I had print my reservation so we were able to have a room for the night. They gave us a room with a balcony and repeat us a lot of time that we didn't pay enough for the kind of room that we have on our reservation. We stayed there 3 nights and there was no hot water for half of our stay. The fridge was also very very noisy. We unplugged it for the 1st night as we had nothing to put in it. The sheets smell bad like very old ones. The mattress was ok and the rooms were clean. As for the breakfast, it was a poor one. Only white bread with jam and pineapple. We had breakfast at an hotel in San Jose that cost us half the price and was twice better.

Normally, it's not very hard to satisfied us but we had better expectation of this hotel. As for the positive part, the staff was very friendly and eagle tours was very usefull. The rooms were also very clean and it was not to close from the main place but close enough to reach it in 2 minutes by foot.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ihajoa
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New York City
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30 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2012

La Choza Inn is a great value if you want a simple, peaceful place to stay in La Fortuna. The concierge was very helpful and friendly and made booking reservations for different activities easy. Breakfast was basic, but the dining area was like an open air cafeteria. La Choza is away from the main drag, but only a few minutes away - it´s in a quiet location. The bed was comfortable and cleaned daily with fresh linens. The bathroom was a little dark and the shower head was missing, but it really wasn´t a big deal. I´d definitely stay there again.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2012

My boyfriend and I spent three nights at la Choza Inn and had a lovely stay. David on the front desk was so friendly and helpful and Eagle tours also can also be booked from here. Our room was a luxury room with air con, a flat screen tv, fridge, king size bed, private bathroom and breakfast. The room was cleaned every day, and also had a private balcony with views of the volcano. I would highly recommend this hotel

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank missjoke
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2011

The staff is very useful, Eimey was especially helpful when booking a tour for us. The pros:
In town, great value for your money,in house tour agency, has a family feel to it and it has lockers if you pick a room without a safe box The cons: water could be hotter when showering and the walls are thin in the lower level. My advise is to pay the extra money and get a room upstairs.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lenin T
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Daniel S, Gerente at La Choza Inn Hostel, responded to this review, May 14, 2012
Hello dear

Thanks for choosing

Lately we've been working on remodeling our facilities,
we now have a better system shower where you can get more hot or cold water according to your preference.

Please stay with us again, our staff will be waiting to serve you and give you all the information you need on tour, prices and offers.
A pleasure to greet
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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2011

The staff at La Choza was very helpful and friendly and made us feel right at home. (Yuaner at the front desk was especially helpful and went out of his way to help when my father got sick). The prices are very reasonable for what you get which includes free internet, free breakfast and a nice common kitchen - being close to a lot of restaurants and one block away from the two major tour providers in town is nice as well. I would definitely recommend La Choza Inn for independent travelers who want a good deal!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BeardogExpeditions
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Brooklyn, New York
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2011

I had a lovely four night stay at La Choza Inn. I immediately felt right at home, and lucked out with a shared room all to myself with a view of the volcano. The staff and the family that runs it were all very friendly and helpful. It's a rustic place, which I mean genuinely and not as a euphemism for dirty. The building with the dorms felt like a log cabin. Sure, there were a couple of details that reminded me I was paying $8 a night - a bit of dirtiness here and there, and the bed wasn't very comfortable - but overall I really enjoyed my stay and thought it was a great value.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank starrynight114
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Daniel S, Gerente at La Choza Inn Hostel, responded to this review, May 14, 2012
hello dear starrynigth114

We are pleased to hear that you enjoy your stay at La Choza Inn.
we always like to make the customer feel at home, so our personal and rooms reflect the family feeling.
Thanks also for your advice to help us always to improve, we hope to see you in La Choza
Best regards
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Property: La Choza Inn Hostel
Address: Avenida 331, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica
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 Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — La Choza Inn Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostel backpackers environment, La Choza Inn is a corner of paradise on earth. Located next to Arenal Volcano. in La Fortuna town near all services and attractions. Guests staying at the Hostel backpackers La Choza Inn will be gratified by its ideal location, only a few blocks from landmarks, and just beside the Corocodile Farm. Visitors will be within walking distance to important places such as waterfall, cafes, bars, rock pools, hot springs, National Park, Cerro Chato, restaurants, sodas, banks and casinos await visitors in their Costa Rica vacation while staying in the hotel & hostel -backpackers La Choza Inn in downtown Fortuna. Your stay at this premier hotel & hostel will give you the opportunity at tour desk give to you the whole information and tips of Arenal area, and to enjoy the active Fortuna nightlife after dark. ... more   less 
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