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“Loved San Bosco”
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San Bosco Inn
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Chicago, IL
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Loved San Bosco”
Reviewed 23 May 2008

Hotel San Bosco provides the perfect escape the town of La Fortuna, yet is only two blocks away from the action. The staff is incredibly helpful and attentive to the needs of its guests. We loved having transportation at the hotel any time during the day. The morning breakfast was good, the rooms clean, the pool and hot tubs refreshing, and the atmosphere superb. Definitely will stay there again!

  • Liked — Staff and accessibility of transportation
  • Disliked — Ants
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with friends
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Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 April 2008

We just returned from Costa Rica where we stayed at Hotel San Bosco for 3 nights of our trip. This hotel is one block from a park in the center of La Fortuna. La Fortuna is a great little town at the base of Arenal Volcano that is clean and has a ton of restaurants. Everywhere we went spoke at least some English. The hotel itself is safe, clean, and has a friendly and helpful staff. A breakfast buffet is included and there is a small pool to enjoy. We paid $75, which may have been too much for the place, but it was high season. It is certainly not a resort. Go up the road closer to the volcano if you are looking for one because there are few really nice ones.

  • Liked — Front desk staff
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank SuburbanAdventurer
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vancouver, bc
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2008

Hotel San Bosco was an excellent base for exploring La Fortuna and the surrounding area. It is located 2 blocks away from main street and is in a quiet area but is with walking distance of all the amenities of town. An excellent bakery is close by, as well as banks, restaurants and shopping.

An excellent breakfast is included in the cost. The rooms are comfortable and clean. The viewing balcony has a great view of Mt. Arenal.

Josamir and Jose at the reservation desk are very helpful and very informative for booking excursions and shuttles. They are very efficient and are the reason I ended up booking the hotel - they made my booking hotel and shuttle reservations very easy.

The hotel also has a nice pool for relaxing by when not exploring.

  • Liked — The efficiency, the breakfast, the view of Mt Arenal, the location
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank jibacoababe
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Washington, DC
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2008

The location is great--a block from the central park, easy to get to restaurants and shops etc. but quiet. If you don't have your own car, I'd definitely recommend staying in town rather than in one of the resorts closer to the volcano; it just makes life much easier. You can always get a taxi or join a tour to the volcano. Note: the volcano is shrouded in fog for parts of the year, so you may not get to see it if you're in town for only a few days.

The rooms are nicely furnished. The bathroom wasn't quite as immaculate as some other places in the same price range elsewhere in Costa Rica, but it was fine.

Breakfasts (included in price) are good and include warm and cold foods as well as coffee, tea, juice, etc.

If you're headed on to Monteverde, you can book your jeep-boat-jeep transfer through the hotel desk; the price they gave us was a tiny bit cheaper than travel agencies in town. There is free internet access in the hotel lobby.

  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with friends
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Thank Reiseplanungsfreude
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Silver Spring, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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
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Thank Luusmeitli
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chicago
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
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Thank viajeroschicago
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Nashville, Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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
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Thank Mark H
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Property: San Bosco Inn
Address: 200 mts North from Gas Station, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, 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 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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