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Linda Vista Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 183-4400, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in El Castillo
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“Beautiful location and view.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

My family and I stayed here for a few nights in November. Beautiful view of the volcano. It is a bumpy dirt road to get to the hotel, but the hotel is set up nice, has beautiful views from the rooms of the volcano and the lake, and good, typical Costa Rican breakfast. The hotel is closer to many of the Arenal activities, such as the canopy tour, sky bridge, and Arenal National Park than those in La Fortuna, however it is farther from the hot springs, which are all on the opposite side of the volcano.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We arrived after dark but were able to get a room since it was low season. We knew the view would be lovely in the morning, but it turned out to be spectacular! The location of the hotel for the lake and the volcano couldn't be any better. Once you have traveled very much in Costa Rica you know about the number of horrible, unpaved roads that you must travel on to get to many tourist locations. The road to Hotel Linda Vista is one of them, but for me worth every bumpy minute just to be able to sit in or by the pool for the view. We also very much enjoyed going between the pool and the hot tub. We did not eat at the restaurant; instead we went into town and ate at a soda. The breakfast was just as nice as reported in the other reviews I have read. The room was ample, the balcony nice, everything clean and tidy. The grounds are nicely kept and well laid out. The reception staff were very helpful and friendly. This is a good mid-range hotel; not a spa, nor a hostel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

I arrived with my family in early August. To our surprise the weather was really nice--occasional thunderstorms at night but always very sunny and dry during the day.
Hotel Linda Vista was perfect for our stay. The grounds are nice and well kept and the pool is great with a hot tub and 180 degree views of the lake and arenal. The restaurant and upper deck are a great place to sit with unobstructed views of arenal. The complimentary breakfast was the best we had in Costa Rica with fresh fruit and choice of either a Tico or American breakfast. We did not have a car but were able to walk to the center of el castillo and beyond. We also walked to the national park entrance--6km and saw lots of wildlife on the way. You can take a cab easily to and from the hotel. The rooms are clean, spacious and well kept. If interested in taking a zip line or canopy tour sky tours is in short walking distance of hotel. Located on a hill Linda Vista has the best views in el castillo. The staff are very helpful and after looking at all the other hotels would not recommend staying anywhere else!
On a side note If you like pizza- pizza Johns is a must with homemade pizza and ice cream--3 km away.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Hotel Linda Vista does live up to it's name.... It's view is Spectacular. We only got to see the Volcano on the day we arrived and being that we were there for just two days we could not have been happier, because upon awakening the next day you couldn't even tell there was a volcano. My family and I were not thrilled with our stayed at Linda vista, and here's why. Everyone speaks of the road leading to the Hotel and how horrible they are because they are unpaved. This is true in fact it took us 26 minutes driving in a 4x4 at moderate speed to get from the main road to our hotel room each time we left the hotel grounds, which makes you think twice about leaving, so to avoid this treck we chose to eat a few more meals than we would have other wise preffered at the hotel restaurant. The hotels menu is so limited, and when your stuck in a place haveing lunch and dinner there for two days a little variety wouldn't hurt especially with children. The prices are definetly overpriced, and the selection is poor. Not to mention besides the fact the resterant always looks empty they take forever to bring out your meal. The only meal we looked forward to was breakfast, They had a nice fruit dish and a nice typical CR dish of rice & beans and eggs and plantains and cheese. Next let me tell you another reason why we would not be so quick to recommend this hotel. This hotel is the first hotel we have ever stayed in that does not have a phone in the room so you can reach the front desk. This means that when our family of four went to take showers at 10pm and realized we only had 3 towels my husband had to get in the car drive up the winding road to reception and ask to have another towel, which was then delivered to the room about 10 minutes later. We had a problem with our safety deposit box. It kept locking and then not opening back up to the code we had pre-programed, this happened no less than 5 or 6 times, each time ending in my husband haveing to get in the car and drive up to reception to let them know the safe had once again malfunctioned. Finally after not being able to fix the problem they gave us the key to our safety deposit box. We were there for two nights and both nights housekeeping couldn't get it right that a family of four needs enough towels. We always came up short. On our last night there after I had just come out of the shower, and thankfully both my husband and both kids had already showered, I was about to blow dry my hair when in the middle of a really bad storm we lost all power, we had water coming in through our sliding glass doors that faced the volcano. The very same sliders that were once the highlight of the room were now our main fear with the wind being so strong and their constant shaking and water seepage. We had brough our own small flashlights and boy did they come in handy, because other than our flashlights it was picth black. Eventually I went to sleep with the children while my husband stood awake wacthing the shaky sliding doors, lets just say the storm was bad enough to scare us, and we are from Florida, Storm capital of the United States :) not to mention our fair share of Hurricanes. Any how, in all fairness, it was not all bad, we did have a very nice young man at the front desk his name was Brian, he was able to set up a horseback riding tour for us, with a local rancher that was perfect for our family. Since our two boys ages 8 and 11 had never been horseback riding we were not sure the tours offered in the brochures would be appropriate for them. They all seem to be very long, some were 5 hours long, others spoke of haveing to go through heavy bush, but Brian set up a 2.5 hour tour with a local rancher that was the most memorable time. We went up a beautiful mountain path and the sights were incredible. It was perfect. Thanks Brian. In conclusion other than the view on that first day we got there, I say it was really not worth it at all to stay at Linda Vista del Norte. We would not go back. They really need to improve their customer service. It's a huge shame because I do believe they have a gem of a complex there, unfortunatly it's being managed by the wrong hands.

Room Tip: Room 25 has a spectacular view of the volcano, if you do go.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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william a, Guest Relations Manager at Linda Vista Hotel, responded to this review, August 19, 2012
Dear
FLfamily_LED

we thank you for your comments that help us get better, actually we are working on the restaurant loma linda menu

please note, the safety box offer instructions in 3 languages

the fact that there was a storm and there was not electrical power, that is out of or hands

please note we are a hotel who try to do our best to make your staying here the best as possible, we dont offer phones at the room to give our guest a time to rest and relax, however we do offer free local calls at the front desk

as for the road, please note this road goes right by the national park, where you can see mammals and birds, can you imagine a pave road right there??
it will ruin all the fun and adventure

thank you for your visit
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Fairfax, Virginia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Getting there was the most difficult part of all. Beautiful views of the Arenal. The cleaning crew arrange the towels in different shapes and added flowers too! The pool is much smaller from what it seems...the food at the restaurant was ok, and not overpriced. William and Johnny in reception were very helpful and accommodating, but when their shift ended, and they were replace by a woman, who's name I don't know it got so bad! She wouldn't greet us and she seemed annoyed every time we asked something. Such a shame she spoiled our visit in an otherwise great place!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

We had a great stay in the hotel which is a short drive away from the main town. The staff were very welcoming and great for organising tours et al. The breakfast and restaurant is also of a good quality.

Amazing views from the pool and restaurant, the only downside is that its a drive into town which costs unless you've got your own car.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carrollton, Texas
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Incredible views of Volcano Arenal and Lake Arenal. You won't believe your senses which are all fully awakened with incredible sights and sounds of the rainforest. The staff were really amazing, knowledgeable and friendly. This resort is close to the mountain and far from the city. It's a good thing the restaurant onsite was so good because a taxi into town would be about $50USD round-trip. This hotel was very clean and an easy place to relax. I had a massage on my private patio while looking out over the jungle canopy and delighting in the views of the volcano. Hard to beat! Meanwhile my family was off enjoying a horseback ride across the base and into the valley. The staff arranged white-water rafting for us the following day and a private van back to San Jose for our flight home. Nice pool, great food, big rooms, awesome views. Go for the great outdoors, NOT the nightlife!!!

Room Tip: If walking distance is an issue for you then ask for something close to the pool, reception area and...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 183-4400, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > El Castillo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in El Castillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Linda Vista Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Linda Vista Hotel is located at El Castillo, just 22 km from La Fortuna downtown. A perfect choice for hikes in the Arenal Volcano National Park or activities on Lake Arenal. There is, however, a nice range of amenities located at the hotel for those that would rather stay put. Guests will enjoy lounging within the hotel's unique three-tiered swimming pool, which affords spectacular views of the volcano, and relaxing jacuzzi. The Loma Linda Restaurant serves up a nice variety of international and national meals, including a large free breakfast every morning. Guests in need of libations can visit the bar, which is stocked with beers, wines, juices, liquors and more. The rooms at Linda Vista are clean and spacious. Tile floors extend to private terraces, where guests can sit and enjoy astounding views of the Arenal Volcano. All rooms are equipped with a private hot water bathroom, ceiling fan, a/c, and coffee maker. Wireless internet helps guests to stay connected to friends and family at home, while an in-room safe ensures that valuables remain secure. The Badilla's would love to share the secrets and beauty of this area with you and your friends or family! General Information Hotel Facilities & Services: Safe deposit box Mini bar Wet bar Swimming pool (for adults & kids) Jacuzzi Restaurant Bar Free WiFi Laundry Service - We accept all Credit Cards Accommodations: All rooms come equipped with a private hot water bathroom, ceiling fan, terrace, coffee maker, safe deposit box, and wireless internet. Standard Room - these rooms have one double and one single bed. They do not have a volcano view and can sleep up to three people. Junior Suites - these suites have two queen size beds, air conditioning, mini bar, hairdryer, satellite TV, and a private parking lot. They have a volcano view and can sleep up to four people. Master Suites - these suites have two queen size beds, air conditioning, mini fridge, hairdryer, private terrace, coffee maker, satellite TV, bathrobes, and an iron. They have a volcano view and can sleep up to four people. Honeymoon Suite - this suite has one queen size bed, air conditioning, mini fridge, bathtub, hairdryer, coffee maker, private terrace, satellite TV, PC station, and a private parking lot. It has a volcano view and can sleep up to two people. ... more   less 
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