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“Romantic and Relaxing” 5 of 5 stars
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The Springs Resort and Spa
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Near Montana de Fuego, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“Romantic and Relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

My wife and I came directly here from a disappointing Costa Rica hotel in a different location and had low expectations. We were beginning to think the entire country was just one big letdown. Thankfully, we were wrong.

After a bumpy ride up the dirt road to the property, we were greeted by pleasant smiling staff and a gorgeous property. The ambiance was romantic and intoxicating and the rooms full of comfortable amenities. All rooms had a terrific view of the Arenal volcano and filled with green vegetation just two quick steps outside.

As the name implies, the geothermal hot springs are the main attractions here. The water is heated up underground and pumped in each day and each pool has a different layout and temperature, with some a lot hotter than others. There's even a poolside bar that you don't even have to leave the water to go to. The best place to relax is the top pool at the Perdido Springs area, followed by a little hot tub like area just offset from the main Perdido pool. It was a great place to relax, have a drink, and chat up other young couples. There were kids around, but they were very well behaved, quiet, and barely noticeable.

Club Rio was a short trip from the main lobby and very much worth half a day of your time. The best things to do are the horseback riding and river tubing (be careful of the currents!). There are additional hot springs, but none as hot or relaxing as those at the Perdido area. The animal sanctuary was very inviting and intimate and our guide was wonderful. Make sure to go at the final tour of the day as the animals are being fed and quite active. The were also building a sloth sanctuary, so if you want to see the cute and furry creatures be sure to check this place out after Summer 2013.

The staff did not speak as much as English as other resorts, but thankfully my Spanish came in handy. They were still extremely friendly and accommodating and went out of their way to make us feel welcome and take care of our room. We even met the owner one night and he was a very energetic, engaging, personable, and pleasant man from the States. The grounds and rooms were well manicured and had tons of modern and classic amenities.

As for the restaurants we only ate at two for dinner. Ginger sushi had traditional sushi choices as well as new takes (the Fondue roll was insanely good), not to mention hot green tea and cold sake. Las Ventanas had very personable service and there were no problems in making changes due to dietary preferences. Tres Cascadas we only ate at for breakfast and lunch, but the food was quick and tasty.

Overall, this resort is a definite must for people who want to visit Costa Rica right. It's on the edge of the rainforest and ideally located as a great first or final leg for any trip. The restaurants are not crowded, the food is delicious, and the drinks are much better priced compared to most other luxury resorts. Not to mention the relaxing geothermal springs! If we ever come back to Costa Rice this will be a definite stop, as we stick to the interior and avoid the coasts. Well worth your money and time.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Every room has a great view of the volcano. The rooms beds have a direct view with a large grand window directly facing the volcano. The hotel has about 18 pools, too many to count, heated from the hot springs of the volcano. The pools at the top of the hill start about 103 degrees and then flow down hill to additional pools at about one degree lower, their are about 18 pools, so you will find a beautiful private pool, if you want. Their are two sets of pools, both with full bars and the lower set has a water slide, don't miss it with warm springs. The hotel has a animal rescue on the property, don't miss it it's free, with toucans landing on you, you will see monkeys, variety of wild large jungle cats, and monkeys. Their are beautiful birds and flowers all over, I saw a toucan every day in a tree just off my balcony. Don't miss the breakfast, the buffet is about $15, great selection, coffee and value. Sit out on the patio and enjoy the view of the volcano and birds. The French press, if you request is included and great! The property also has tubing, horseback riding and ATV riding for a fee, but it's nice and easy. You will like this one, we travel often and this hotel is unique, different and relaxing. We spent many hours in the hot pools in the evening, like a private spa! Rent a car, great roads, easy to get around and try hiking the volcano, you do not need a guide, EASY TO NAVIGATE. If you want to try something fun, if you turn left out of the parking lot of the volcano, follow the signs to the butterfly preserve, you will not be disappointed.( It's about 3 miles on a gravel road, but spectacular! Do not forget the camera, monkeys and birds everywhere in CR.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

We spent 3 nights here for part of our honeymoon. The resort is very private and gorgeous. The honeymoon suite was amazing, very spacious with a jacuzzi tub and private hot spring on the balcony over looking the volcano. The service was great. The food was good at all the restaurants. I wouldn't recommend staying for a full week as the restaurant choices are limited in the area. The spa was great, my husband and I both had wonderful treatments. I highly recommend this resort!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Nashville, Tennessee
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Let me start by saying that Costa Rica is a beautiful place. It is not, however an easy place to get around. My wife and I travelled to San Jose quite easily from the States.The bus from the resort was there to greet us at the airport. Being a typical impatient American, I was ready to start my Costa Rican adventure. Unfortunately, getting anywhere in Costa Rica requires time and patience. We were immediately swept up and taken to Peace Lodge in La Paz. This took about an hour.
The peace lodge is far within the rain forest. The owners have created a magnificent nature preserve there. We went through the butterfly preserve, which was nice but I found their monkey, panther, puma, sloth, exotic frogs, and toucan exhibit far more interesting. The most fascinating exhibit is the hummingbird grounds. One can actually feed the hummingbirds by hand! To give a perspective, later in the trip we were talking with another couple about their experiences in the country. They said that they were able to take pictures of monkeys and toucans off in the distance with their high powered camera. My wife and I didn't have the heart to tell them that I had fed a wild monkey by hand and held a toucan on my arm at the Peace Lodge. The rooms at the Peace lodge were created to fit in with the landscape. When touring this place, my only thought was that I wish my kids could see this. I was truly sad to get back on the bus and steal away from this beautiful place.
We then travelled to The Springs Resort. The resort is nearest to the town of La Fortuna at the base of the Arenal volcano. The resort is strategically placed on a mountain ridge adjacent to the volcano. The rooms all have eight foot windows to allow full view of the Arenal volcano. We arrived after dark and were sped to our rooms by the staff in a golf cart. I later realized that this was necessary because the resort is built into the side of a mountain. When I awoke in the morning and opened the curtains of our room, I was taken aback at the view. I have seen many beautiful vistas in my life, but wow, there was a real life huge smoking volcano! Of course my first question to the locals was "Is that thing gonna blow?". I was assured that it had not had any activity since 1967.
Now that we had cleared that up, we started our first day. After a hike up to the main pavilion, (which is 5 stories) to the restaraunt. I finally made it to the 4th floor for breakfast. Breakfast is a buffet. Let me qualify my review... I hate buffets. Most are just piles of poorly cooked meat, runny eggs, stale bread, old fruit, and greasy potatoes passed off as hash browns. I was pleasantly surprised. There is an omelet bar (which I didn't trust at first but later found to be quite good) lox and bagels (fresh), full fruit bar, etc, etc,... We were then whisked off by bus to the river. The resort has a pavilion placed at the base of its mountain ridge by the Arenal river. The pavilion also has a rock climbing tower, full bar, access to the artesian springs, horseback riding, toucan reserve, and three toed sloth reserve. Our first morning in the pavilion was spent doing yoga. I am not necessarily a big yoga guy but I must say that I was rather limber after the hour long session. The instructor taught me how to squeeze out my liver (being an MD back home, I was skeptical) nontheless it was quite tranquil.
The next three days were filled with repelling, kayaking, zip lining, horse backed riding, ATVing, tubing, climbing, karaoking, monkey sliding, artesian springing, etc, etc,.... I must say that four days spent at the Spring resort seemed much longer. I truly feel that this was the most relaxing and rejuvinating vacation that I have had in a long time. Let me say that if you wish to experience Costa Rica, it is worth it to spend it at The Springs resort. The food is great, the staff is wonderful (we were on a first name basis the first day), the excursions are fabulous, and the facilities are as nice as I have ever experienced.
From a cynical and jaded world traveler.
Sincerely,
J. McDowell
Nashville, Tennessee

Room Tip: All of the rooms have a view of the volcano. Our room was exquisite (not the presidential). Any room...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Enges, Switzerland
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

We were there by chance, my husband, my three years old little boy and myself. We hadn't planned for this hotel but sometimes somebody else plans for us. WE LOVED IT! Worth every penny. The rooms are more clean than CLEAN. The bathrooms very nice. the views unbelievable. some of the members of the staff were very friendly. The pools are very well imagined. The access to the river and some outdoor activities very good. There is also a guided tour to some ocelots and other wild cats that were taken from houses that had them illegaly. My son loved the day and didn't want to get out of the river and the hot pools. My husband and I enjoyed every minute. I highly recommend it. The only one thing would be that food is too expensive for what it is. But served with the views of the volcano: who cares?

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Coral Springs, Florida, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Every inch of the property is impeccably designed/decorated. The food, drinks and service are top notch. We had four fun filled days that included waterfall canyon reppeling, canopy ziplining, ATV extreme tour and of course enjoying cocktails in the natural mineral springs. I highly recommend!!!!

Room Tip: All the rooms are large and have an breath taking view of the Volcano!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Coral Springs, Florida, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This hotel is as close to perfection as possible. The architectural details are incredible. Little details like every key place in the hotel from the infinity pool bar to the restaurants to the rooms themselves having a perfect view of the volcano. The staff is as well trained and friendly as any place I have ever stayed. My wife and I are complete foodies and they absolutely did not disappoint. No need to ever leave the hotel for a restaurant. I don't know how many mineral pools they had but it was likely almost a 1 to 1 ratio to rooms. If you have a lifetime travel checklist you must put this one towards the top of your list. You will not be disappointed. Oh, and make sure you do the zip lines, repelling down waterfall cliffs, horsebacking, tubing and ATV adventure. We packed all that in 4 days.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: Near Montana de Fuego, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#6 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Springs Resort and Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A world class luxury resort featuring spectacular Hot Springs, picture perfect views of the Arenal Volcano from every guest room and four restaurants including our famous Ginger Sushi Bar and Las Ventanas fine dining. Enjoy our 18 mineral-laden, artesian hot springs and our 14,000 square foot Spa and Fitness Center. On our exclusive 165 acre rain forest and riverfront property we offer horseback riding, river activities, ATV and hiking tours. ... more   less 
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