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Hotel Vagabondo
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Ottawa, Canada
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2 reviews
“Great Spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

We stayed at Hotel Vagabondo for two nights. It was a great little spot and breakfast is included. There's a little pool in the back, which was perfect as it was really hot out. The room we had did not have AC (they do have AC rooms) but the fan over the bed was fine. The hotel is a few kilometers away from the main city centre and has a perfect view of the volcano. There are plenty of restaurants in the area. It was a perfect spot for us to spend two nights in La Fortuna.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

Great place for a great price. Good location, very near many hotspring, arenal park, and the waterfall. easy walk to la fortuna. friendly staff. Good breaktfast, nice clean rooms. Very good & safe. Fun souvenier shop

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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St. Augustine, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

Difficult to find (stopped about 5 times for directions) - turns out they had a sign on the ground painting it by hand as we were trying to find it....but there are two small banners indicating the hotel and pizzeria. Not enough signage, in my opinion. Once we checked it, we were pleasantly surprised by the size of the room, and that it looked as if it had recently been remodeled. Very colorful and very large room, tv, no fridge, nice bathroom. Small parking area - be cautious as cars park tightly, scratched our rental car. Bathroom - have soap and shampoo (which wasn't always the case at other hotels we've seen), bring conditioner if you want it ANYWHERE. The shower has temperature issues: there are instructions on how to use it on the wall, but no, the water seemed incapable of becoming hot. Definitely had cold showers. Breakfast in the morning is served at the pizzeria - told us it started at 7am, which was good because we were leaving early for the airport...but the staff didn't arrive until 7am, which caused a delay in a tight schedule. But they did a great job, the breakfast was excellent. They serve coffee and juice, and offer 3 options for food: 1. pinto tipico (rice&beans, eggs, toast, fruit), or 2. ham & cheese croissant with fruit and eggs , 3 is some variation of that....we obviously selected the other two - they were very good, prepared and served as if ordering in a restaurant. One of the ladies also worked the gift shop/reception counter and offered to take our room key so we could leave right after breakfast. Overall, a great value and we'd be back.

Room Tip: Rooms at back facing pool are peaceful and offer a bit of an escape
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Post Falls, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

We only spent one night here, on our way from the North back to Alejuela. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms in back by the pool offer a pleasant get-away from the highway.

Were traveling with another couple and so we had a long dinner at the Pizzeria, even played cards. The staff was fun to interact with and was happy to have us hang out there.

The next morning we had breakfast that is included. We didn't even know that we got breakfast, and it was made to order.

We enjoyed our stay here, wish it was longer.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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West Hollywood, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

We were pleasantly surprised at how lovely this tiny one story hotel was. When we were dropped off I was just expecting a clean bed, warm shower and not much more! Then they took us to our lil bungalow style room in the back...with the pool right outside the gorgeous spacious room!!!! The street is lined with tons of restaurants , sodas, bars and a supermarket. There is a restaurant on the small hotel's property that gives you a free "traditional or typical " breakfast per person. The staff was wonderful and very accommodating. If you choose to go you will not be disappointed. The check-in is also the souvenir shop with a lot of reasonable priced items.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the rooms in the back next to the pool!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

Great little hotel to come back to at the end of a long, active day in the Fortuna area.
Breakfast is pretty standard. The Tang is great. The attached restaurant is ok for dinner, but there's better food (and bang for your buck) close by.
Showers weren't always hot, but that's ok.

We had one issue in that the hotel receptionist booked our group on the wrong tour - We were supposed to go Mountaineering, but ended up on an excursion to Montenegro. When she found out after we returned early, the receptionist refunded the majority of our fee for the trip (excluding cost of transport).

Room Tip: The rooms on the back-side face a little courtyard with the pool. It's quieter back there.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

Overall, a very great hotel. Our double room was perfect and spacious. The location was great considering we had a car and were easily able to get around to activities in town as well as further away. The stay included complimentary breakfast, which was delicious, but the same every morning. We went to town to celebrate New Years; the locals were very friendly and were happy to provide suggestions on restaurants and on what to do for the day. We were told that the Italian restaurant connected to the hotel was one of the best with authentic Italian cuisine. We found the food to be just ok and at times not what we thought it to be (example, chicken parmesan was actually a lasagna-type dish).

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Vagabondo
Address: | 1.5 km oeste del parque de la fortuna sobre carretera hacia el Volcan Arenal, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 00123, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Vagabondo 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are the Vagabondo Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos and gives us a taste you contact us The rooms have a simple decoration to Italian style, with wooden furniture, feature garden, pool, restaurant and parking Also include Air conditioning or fan, TV, WIFI, safe, private bathroom and shower, plus breakfast included ... more   less 
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