Front desk spoke English well, seemed nice enough
Good view of Mount Arenal if you are on the right side of the building
Close to supermarket
Large kitchen, seemed well equipped- if clean
Short walk from town- probably quiet when local fair is not on across the street
Large balcony –if clean, beer cans littered all over
Rooms in bad shape- cracked chipping paint, windows don’t lock, linens threadbare, no TV in room
Shower will not drain- stagnant water pooling at bottom
Kitchen is filthy! Ants on everything. Fridge is very dirty and small. A shame because it was decent size and actually had cooking utensils
My stay at Hotel Dorothy was not BAD, but not great. I am also not that fancy, if I was I would have said it was bad! This is a very basic bare-bones hostel (private rooms available). I can’t say that I would recommend this place to anyone but, if you need a roof over your head for the price point they provide it will serve you alright. The room (bedroom area) was clean enough, sheets were tired and old but clean. Private room had a double bed, a small night table and a fan, that is it. There is a wrap-a-round balcony just outside the window and the windows would not lock properly; this was a bit of a concern as I am a solo female traveler. The sink ended up having a leak and when I returned from the fair across the street my bathroom floor had a bunch of water on it. I reported to the front desk but they could not do anything until morning (I would be leaving at 7:30am anyway), they offered to move me to another room but it seemed like a lot of work to move all my stuff, and the room looked worse than the one I had and I was tired. It was late. I settled for a whack of towels to jam under the sink until the morning to keep the leak contained so that I could pack and get some sleep.
I asked the front desk agent to call me a cab to go to the hot springs, I specifically asked that he call an official cab, which he assured me he had, only to have a “red car” show up. It was not an official taxi at all but just some guy with a red car. I found this to be unprofessional and deceitful. Tourists are given many warnings about how they should not take unofficial cabs, when asked what he had called the front desk agent flat out lied. Although this was by no means the end of the world it really irked me.
The location is good, maybe 3 blocks from the town center, a 2-3 min walk. Large grocery store only a 100m away. I think it would probably be a quiet location but still close to the main area normally; I happened to be there when they were having a town fair across the street though and it was very loud. The balcony upstairs could be very nice! It was large, had picnic tables and rocking chairs, a decent view of the volcano. Unfortunately there was a half dozen beer cans/ pop bottles left lying around which was not the end of the world but not very nice.
Hotel Dorothy does have parking, as advertised. It is a deserted lot next door to the building. My car was fine there and it was nice to have off street parking.
End of the day, you get what you pay for… This place is very budget. If you are okay with that it is probably fine. I was hoping based on pictures and other reviews for a bit more… Nothing fancy! But a little bit more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have 20 rooms with Arenal Volcano view, private bathroom, hot water, fan, free internet, free coffee, office information, share kitchen, laundry service, green areas and balcony.We are located at 75m south from the bus station or at 200m south from the Catholic Church. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Dorothy Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos