Hotel San Bosco is an affordable, well-located option if you plan on staying in La Fortuna. We stayed here just one night to take advantage of the local hot springs and to try and catch a glimpse of Arenal Volcano. Below I will go into detail on the attributes of the hotel, but first I must warn anyone who stays here not to arrange a shuttle through the hotel.
Right when we arrived to the hotel, the girl at the front desk offered to help us get a shuttle to San Jose for the next morning. First, she called Interbus (our first choice), but unfortunately the early shuttle was sold out. She assured us, though, that she knew of a local shuttle that was the same exact price and offered the same exact service as Interbus. The only downside was that we would have to pay in cash. We agreed and she arranged us seats for the next morning. She did not, however, give us any reciept or tickets. When we asked about this, she assured us they weren't necessary and that the shuttle would come for us the next morning at 7:30. The next morning, the shuttle arrived a little early, and the driver came and found us in the breakfast area and told us we had to leave right that minute to pick up the next couple. He told us there would be only two more people, so we put several of our bags on the single seat all the way in the back where we could access them. We left our breakfast and hurried to the shuttle. The man drove us to the next hotel, where we waited about twenty minutes for the couple we were picking up. This was a bit irritating, as he hurried us and then didn't seem to mind that the other couple wasn't ready and made us wait. When they finally arrived, there was a couple AND a small child. No big deal, except we had to move our bags and he got carsick on the ride...Yuck. The worst part of the whole situation is that when we dropped off the first passenger at the airport, the driver told us to get off and that he wouldn't take us to our hotel in Santa Ana (a residential area in between the airport and the Centro, where he was dropping off the family). We were shocked, because our hotel was right in the middle of where we were and where we were going, and we had told the girl at Hotel San Bosco where we needed to be dropped off. Also, she said the service was the same as Interbus, which would have dropped us off at another hotel in Santa Ana about 5km away from where we were staying. After arguing for a few minutes, the man told us that the mistake was Hotel Bosco's, and that he would send another shuttle for us which would arrive in twenty minutes and take us to our hotel. Reluctantly we agreed, and he left us standing at the Arrivals gate of the San Jose Airport. Almost an hour and a half later, we got sick of waiting and decided to call the hotel. I had to get change, find a pay phone, and find someone to help me dial the appropriate prefix numbers to call the hotel. Finally, I got through and spoke with a man at the hotel who claimed he knew nothing about the shuttle that was supposedly coming for us. He apologized profusely and after fifteen minutes, told us that the same driver who dropped us off would come back and pay a taxi driver to take us to the hotel. I was glad, because I had some choice words for the driver who obviously dumped us off and didn't really arrange a ride. The hotel worker assured us the driver would be there in five minutes. Of course he wasn't, and in about twenty minutes, a DIFFERENT shuttle driver arrived for us. He was very nice and had us to our hotel in about fifteen minutes. This was all-in-all, a very annoying situation and we wasted over two hours of our limited time in San Jose. Long story short, Hotel San Bosco is fine (see below), but DON'T USE THEIR SERVICES TO ARRANGE TOURS OR SHUTTLES!!!
LOCATION: The hotel is just one block away from the gorgeous central park in Fortuna and the main drag that houses most of the restaurants and shops. It is a five minute walk from anywhere you want to go in Fortuna.
CHECK-IN: Our check-in was very quick, and the ladies at the front desk were very friendly. They offered to book us tours and to help with arranging a shuttle to San Jose. The shuttle, however, as I explained above, ended up being a very big down-point in our vacation to Arenal.
ROOM: The room was decent for what we paid (around $60 including taxes). Definately nothing fancy, and the decor and pictures on the wall were faded and outdated. However, it included a comfortable double bed and a single bed, had a small refrigerator, and a bathroom with only a shower. The room probably could have been cleaned a little better, as we found a dead cockroach in the middle of the floor when we got there, which was a little disconcerting. Other than that, it was fine, and I appreciated how our towels were folded into the shape of an elephant on our bed. :-)
FOOD: We didn't really get to enjoy the breakfast in the morning, because our shuttle came for us right as we sat down, but it looked pretty decent. They had papaya, pineapple, and watermelon as well as cold cuts of fresh cheese. There was also gallo pinto (seasoned mixed beans and rice), some sort of fruit in a yellow sauce that we thought was potatoes, toast, and very unsightly sausages. There was also two kinds of cold cereal, two kinds of juice, and coffee. The best part of the breakfast, which we missed out on, were eggs cooked to order. If you are looking for something more substantial to eat, I highly recommend looking for the man cooking chicken skewers on the corner of the park. If you want toward the main drag from the hotel, you will run right into him. The chicken was delicious!!! We came back for more as soon as we finished the first ones!!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- San Bosco Inn Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park