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“Friendly. Clean. Inexpensive. Perfect.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Bosco Inn
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Friendly. Clean. Inexpensive. Perfect.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2008

A wonderful place in downtown La Fortuna. We did not have a car, and the place was recommended by the tour company. The staff was super-friendly, the breakfast buffet by the pool had a big selection including fruit, pancakes, cereals, and breads. The room was small, clean and simply decorated, but was right for the price. It had air and cable tv, free internet access in the lobby and free coffee/tea all day. The room itself was not a place to hang out for long period of time, but the hotel has nice grounds and other places outdoors where it is nice to sit. It was located within walking distance of downtown, supermarkets, post office, ATMS (ours cards worked at one bank, but not another), restaurants. Desafio - the tour company - picked us up at the hotel for a rainforest and volcano tour, and then to the hotsprings (The hotel's pool looked nice but no reason to swim there with the Baldi springs so close which were wonderful despite what Lonely Planet says. Careful with the unattended waterslide there - a couple of people went too fast and got hurt). We stayed one night and left the next day from La Fortuna Airport, which was about a 10 minute drive (the hotel took us for $10).

  • Liked — Staff Friendliness
  • Disliked — no complaints
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Luusmeitli
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chicago
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2007

we stayed 2 nights in this hotel with our friends and we liked the rooms and the helpfull staff. the hotel is located iin downtown la fortuna with an amazing view of the volcano....the breakfast is good and we enjoyed the swimming pool during our free time. thanks to vladimir for all his suggestions...

  • Liked — nice and confortable room
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank viajeroschicago
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Nashville, Tennessee
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52 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2007

Hotel San Bosco is at a good location in the center of town, but quiet. The town is nice with quite a few good places to eat. The landscaping is nice with lots of photo opportunities. They give a discount for paying cash. Also, the staff is very helpful in booking any trips/transport that you need.

  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Mark H
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Vancouver, BC
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2007

This hotel was recommended in the Fodor's travel guide for Costa Rica. We stayed 2 nights in La Fortuna and we were upset that we didn't get to stay longer at this hotel!!

The room was fantastic, AC, ceiling fan, TV with cable, 2 swimming pools which are cleaned every morning...we even watched the guy measure the pH balance every morning!

Staff is great, the included breakfasts were delicious, right around the corner from the main strip (banks, shops, food, supermarket).

Rooms are super clean, bathrooms had very large showers with hot water (super clean too). Hotel staff was very friendly and were very helpful with setting up transportation and tours.

And the maids make these fancy swans with the towels each day...on day 2 they added fresh flowers to them:)

EXCELLENT HOTEL!! We will definitely go back!

  • Liked — Cleanliness and location + view of Arenal!
  • Disliked — can't think of ANYTHING
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Tania_from_Vancouver
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van nuys
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2007

** I just got off the bus from Alejuela, and a woman on the bus (public transportation) suggested different places, so I chose the one that was close by but away from the center of town. The rates were good, the staff is great especially Vladimir, they offer breakfast every morning, air t.v they have a pool/jacuzzi. They offer internet access, and have coffee and tea all the time. It is very clean and close to alot of attractions. It was quiet and relaxing.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — if you have a guest they charge you for the visit
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank spirit68
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Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2007

After reading some of the negative reviews on Hotel San Bosco, I feel compelled to add my two cents worth. Just to provide some background...my husband and I had planned to spend ten days in Costa Rica. We were flying into Liberia and taking a shuttle out to the La Fortuna area for two days before continuing on to Tamarindo. Unfortunately, I did not realize that the NCAA Final Four tournament was going on in Atlanta the same weekend that we were trying to drive in from Charlotte in order to catch a flight....we missed our flight, and our charter....since we were a no-show the first night, we had to make alternate arrangements through a travel agent in order to be able to see Arenal and La Fortuna. He ended up booking us at Hotel San Bosco. From what I understand, if you book directly through the hotel, it's really quite cheap and definitely worth the money.

People have posted reviews saying that it is loud. I suppose that's true, but the majority of the noise that I heard came from noisy American tourists. Everybody that we encountered during our stay was very friendly and helpful. The free breakfast in the mornings was great. It is within easy walking distance of internet cafes, a drugstore, supermarket, gift shops, etc.

Hotel San Bosco is NOT a luxury hotel by any means, but the room we stayed in was clean and comfortable. The grounds are well kept with plenty of attractive flora (important to the amateur photographers) to look at when the overcast skies block any chance of viewing Arenal Volcano. If you stay at San Bosco...remember where you are. It isn't designed so that you never have to leave your room, but then again - you're minutes away from an active volcano, rainforest, hot springs, canopy tours, etc. The difficulty isn't in finding something that you CAN do, it's in deciding what you WILL do.

  • Liked — Proximity to town
  • Disliked — The winding road up the mountain that leads to it
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MarriedinTamarindo
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portland, oregon
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2007

This was a great little hotel in La Fortuna. Three girlfriends and I went to Costa Rica for the first time this month, and I wish all our hotels were as nice and as accomodating as Hotel San Bosco. The hotel staff was super nice and helpful. They had free internet access, an excellent buffet breakfast and clean, nice sized rooms. The A/C was a little wonky, but worked well enough. The beds were decent -- not the Four Seasons, but better than what you'd expect from a budget hotel. The hotel is right near downtown La Fortuna, so we could walk everywhere, and taxis were easy to get to.

  • Stayed June 2007
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
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3 Thank ntdaily1977
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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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Region: 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 Best Value Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#3 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#8 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#20 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#23 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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