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“Beware: Bed Bugs!” 3 of 5 stars
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La Choza Inn Hostel
Melbourne
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23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Beware: Bed Bugs!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This review is regarding staying in the 4 person dorm. Although my boyfriend suffered little to no bites I was covered in them! Upon further investigation found a few under my mattress/on the bed frame. When we tried to explain the situation they seemed to think we were referring to other types of bugs and informed us if we left the door one with a light on this happen (which wasn't the case at all). So I doubt this problem is being addressed. I can handle Mosquitos and other insects, but not Bedbugs!

The Positives: Cheap, great breakfast included, good communal kitchen, close to town but on a quiet side street.

Other Negatives: Hot water didn't work so communal shower is freezing (we asked a few times, but other than being told it should work nothing was done), some of the dorm beds are missing the supporting slats so choose your beds wisely, thin walls, 4 bed dorm had an opened area which led right down to the kitchen area so you can hear everything going on. Also the 4 bed dorm was tiny, it was fine for 2 of us but would hate to be in it when it was full.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

If this is La Choza Inn owned by Daniel with employees Danilo, Carlos, and Marta: these are the sweetest, nicest people with the prettiest rooms for just $5 or $10 above hostel prices. They are extremely helpful in arranging activities as well, have their own van, offer some tours, and serve an egg, fruit, toast, juice, and coffee breakfast included. The big kitchen and living room is charming and always open. The garden is beautiful. The location is very close to center of town and down 10 meters of dirt road from Wave Expeditions, my other favorite organization in La Fortuna. I am not sure why there are 2 La Choza Inns listed in La Fortuna. The other one listed in Trip Advisor is Hotel La Choza. Is this the same place?

  • Stayed July 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

We stayed at La Choza inn by recommendation of friends who have stayed here before
the place is located right by La Fortuna but away from the street or noise
right there we were able to arrange transportation and tours as they have a travel agency right in there

the rooms are clean and comfortable, you can take rooms with or without private bathroom
there is a communal kitchen and other facilities

hope to be back some day

Room Tip: we stayed at rooms 8 and 207
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

we spend a few nights in la fortuna, we decided to stay here, because the place is close to any thing, bank, central park, sodas, taxi stop or bus stop, any thing

Yuaner was very helpful always with good information

they have private or shared bathroom rooms

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

This place was 10 USD and I got exactly what i paided for. They offer dorms or private rooms.

The dorms look like a summer cottage from 1945. The plugs didnt work. Walking made the floor move. He communal showers didnt have hot water when i tried itn

The guys who worked the desk were great and sympathetic.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Thank Janner519
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Squamish, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

The inn is located very close to the center of la fortuna, but far enough from the main road. A quiet place with very clean and nice rooms.
The owners and the staff are very nice and welcoming (say hey to Carlos zikokim...)
And they also have a very good laundry service with the best prices in town.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ella B
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Salzburg, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We stayed here for three nights in a double with ensuite in the main building. The last two nights we moved into a room with aircon. This is US$45 instead of 35 a night, but we managed to get it for the same price for the last night :)

The place is clean, wifi is good in the rooms and the free breakfast is good, too. There's eggs, toast, fruit, coffee... the usual. Staff is friendly and the kitchen is well equipped, if you want to cook your own meals.

It's located one block behind the main street, which means it's very close to all the action but still very quiet.

The only thing we didn't like was the fact that the rooms smell a bit musty because the bathrooms don't have a window (but a fan). We tried to air the room as much as we could and hang the towels outside to dry, but there's only so much you can do. But I guess you don't spend that much time in the room anyway.

We would certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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