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“Excellent value and downtown location” 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Bosco Inn
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104 reviews
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“Excellent value and downtown location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Hotel San Bosco offers basic, clean rooms, well-groomed grounds, excellent pool and jacuzzis, very good service with smiles, and very good overall value. It is located in a semi-residential area just a block from the beautiful park and numerous restaurants and souvenir shops of La Fortuna. A great plus is the unimpeded view of the Arenal Volcano.

The reasonable rate includes breakast and WiFi. Coffee is available at all times. The only drawback is the absence of a bar for onsite or poolside beverages. Ironically, the only source of onsite food is an adjacent sushi bar that offers surprisingly fresh sushi.

The location is great if you don't have a car and don't want to take cabs to get around town.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Sewell, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

We could walk to restaurants and shops, there is a view of the volcano from the roof terrace, very helpful staff, booked our excursions for us. We highly recommend the canyoning/rappelling down the waterfall, highlight of our Costa Rican Trip!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

Everyone working here was so nice, and the grounds were lovely, but the beds. Ugh. It seemed like all the rooms were the same, with nothing larger than a double bed with an uncomfortable mattress. Though we'd been traveling since before dawn, neither of us got a full night's sleep. Something as simple as a mattress pad would have made a world of difference. Other than that, my only issue was that the jacuzzi was right in the middle of the dining area, which just seemed weird. There is a nice porch area on the third floor with views of the town and the volcano. It turned out that our next hotel was actually part of the same company, so the concierge kindly arranged a free ride over for us. I'd have given this four stars if it weren't for those beds.

Room Tip: I don't think any of the rooms have views, but the ones on the second floor are a little quieter...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Logan, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

One of the excursion companies in town suggested this spot, which is located right in la fortuna. We enjoyed our three day stay here very much. The staff was very helpful, the room nice and clean, and the breakfast was great!

Room Tip: If youbwant a nice, quiet, clean room with a very helpful staff, this is the place!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

Traveling from the US, we expect a certain level of service and amenities. Hotel San Bosco is GREAT. Staff is knowledgeable and tentative. The facility is clean and well maintained. Breakfast besides the pool is tranquil and tropical.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

We really enjoyed this hotel. The rooms are simple but have everything you need. The breakfast was good, with a wonderful view of the volcano. They have a viewing platform as well. The pool, jacuzzi area is nice and clean. The key thing for us was the price, and the service, both excellent. I would stay their again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

The staff noticed the size of our party and booked us in the "family suites", which one of the rooms had an extra bed. This worked perfectly for us!

The hotel is one block from the town square and easy access to almost anything in Fortuna. The staff is friendly and accomodating, they even spotted me $2 for a water while until the next day. The rooms aren't huge, but they are clean and our two rooms easily fit our party of 7. The grounds were nicely manacured and the pool/hot tub was great after our days of adventuring.

I can't say enough good things about this hotel. I recommend it to anyone that is traveling to/through Fortuna and will gladly stay here again if I make my way back to CR.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: San Bosco Inn
Address: 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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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:
#3 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Best Value Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#8 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#21 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#24 Family 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):
San Bosco Inn, 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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