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“The Four Seasons on Steroids” 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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San Diego, California
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“The Four Seasons on Steroids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2008

Quite possibly the nicest hotel I've ever stayed at in my life. We just stumbled on to this place when we heard they had a promotion for $25 hot springs. We had already visited Ecotermales and were just curious about other hot springs in the area. After driving 2 miles along the bumpy dirt road off the main highway, we stumbled onto this massive, massive project in the jungle. First reaction was: WOW......what is this?

We walked up to the main lobby and were greeted by the employees at the front desk. Inquiring about the hot springs, we were told that they were running a promo on hotel rooms and that the price of the room included the hot springs. I won't tell say what price we got the room.....it was a killer deal. You can see from the hotel website that this place is paradise.....and priced accordingly!

We stayed in the two - bedroom family suite. One word: Insane. Two massive king - sized beds (total luxury) -- pillow tops, luxury sheets, etc. Incredible mini bar (wines, liquor, etc).....massive bathroom (jacuzzi, great shower, his/her sinks--pure luxury). Incredible view of the volcano and valley (socked in with fog when we were there). Awesome balcony (two hammocks, great chairs, peaceful......incredible) for relaxing. The whole room was built with beautiful bamboo and other types of beautiful wood. Absolute luxury, is all I can say.

The hot springs were incredible. There are two hot springs: the main hot springs near the hotel and the "Perdido Springs." the main hot springs have a wide variety of temperatures -- just amazingly beautiful landscaping and views. They also have cooler pools (for those hot days) and pools that let you swim right up to the bar and get a drink.......WOW! (Just keep in mind, you can rack up a big bar tab quickly......cheapest drink is $8 and a drink w/ top shelf liquor will set you back $20+).

The pictures on the website and brochures don't give this place justice.....something you need to see in person. If you can't afford the room, just pony up the money to go to the hot springs. The "Perdido Springs" are a short walk down the hill -- and in my opinion, the best hot springs in Arenal. Think: it took 6 years to build this hotel (from what the hotel employees told me) -- and it shows. The landscaping at the Perdido Springs is unreal. I think I saw more flowers here then I did in many of the national parks! We actually saw toucans there, too (the only toucans we saw when in Costa Rica). The Perdido Springs are huge.....there is even a water slide and another bar! We went there at night and had the whole place to ourselves. Nobody else was there. It was incredible. We returned the next morning only to have the place to ourselves again. Very romantic at night and super fun during the day. The construction of the pools is incredible. I don't think I've EVER seen my girlfriend so happy as she was there. Yes.....it's like the Garden of Eden.

The restaurants in this place are incredible. First class all the way. Fairly reasonably priced meals (think Tenderloin w/ mashed potatoes and vegetables for $18)....but go for the sushi! (Sushi, in the rainforest??? Yes.) The ginger rolls----wow. I know it sounds crazy, but the sushi here was the best thing we ordered. When we were there, the electricity went out in the restaurant.....so we ate by flashlight (they cook by gas). The views from the restaurant are unreal. I would love to go back and have dinner overlooking the volcano (again, socked in when we were there).

They've also got a gym...(lots of equipment, free weights, etc--I worked out and nobody was there). A day spa for men and women where the only limit is your credit card! A maximum pleasure day could set you and your hunny back 1K easily......!

Keep in mind, this place has like 4 levels and they're planning on building a casino and dance club? We met the owner/manager.......that guy has some serious vision for building an uber-luxurious place in the jungle.

Does a place like this really fit in the rainforest? It's up for you to decide. On our vacation to Costa Rica, we stayed in a variety of places, from super-basic cabinas, to middle of the road ($70 buck a night) hotels, to this place. It was really interesting to see the variety of hotels available in the country. If you're a Four Seasons kind of person, this is the type of hotel for you. It was definitely a highlight of our trip. Highly recommended for honeymoons.

  • Liked — Luxury
  • Disliked — Electricity Going Out Twice!
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2008

The Springs is a new resort, still under contruction, but you really don't notice. From the moment you pull up to it you will realize what a wonderful place this is. The views are incredible, there is amazing woodwork all over this hotel. Very interesting design, the entire back of the hotel is open air, all 5 floors. So everything looks out over the Arenal Volcano.
The rooms are spacious, with huge windows overlooking the volcano, you also have a really large patio with table, chairs and a hammock. The rooms are really well done, have a plasma TV, huge bathrooms with a giant tub. They have thought of everything.
There are pools, waterfalls and hot springs everywhere 18 in all. The pool bar is fantastic with the best sushi I have ever had.
With only 18 rooms you feel like the place is all yours.
One note- the elevator was not working yet when we were there, so if you can't do alot of stairs, this place would be tough for you right now. Once the hotel is complete this won't be a problem.
This place is top notch. I wouldn't hesitate to go again! We stayed at 5 hotels on our trip and this one was by far everyones favorite.

  • Liked — The View
  • Disliked — The stairs
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2008

Stayed 2 nights at this magnificent resort and hope to return again soon. Our Vista Room was large, comfortable, and beautifully furnished and in addition, had a great view of the Arenal Volcano.

We dined at all of the restaurants on site. Food was well prepared, reasonably priced and great service. We had dinner one night at Las Ventanas and were able to see lights of surrounding cities for several miles.

The multi-level pools and hot springs throughout the property were gorgeous, lushly landscaped and well maintained. One of the pools offered a swim up bar (La Laguna Bar) with wicker chairs submerged around the bar for comfortable seating while having a cocktail in the pool.

Many thanks to the wonderful staff who went above and beyond to make sure that we had everything needed to make our stay perfect.

Words are not enough to describe this incredible resort so I have included several photos - enjoy!

  • Liked — Attentive Staff, Wonderful Food, Beautiful Rooms, Very Comfortable and Relaxing stay!
  • Disliked — Road leading to the resort was still under construction, but it was only a short distance
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2008

One word to describe The Springs - "HEAVEN". Even during construction, the place is fabulous! The staff is very attentive and enjoyable. The food (I mainly had chicken) was terrific. The facility itself is kept extremely clean. During our 2.5 day stay, the pools were being cleaned on a rotated basis. The rooms and views were out of this world. The stay at The Springs was the highlight of our 10 day vacation to Costa Rica. The Springs is a vacation on its own merit and definitely worth the drive from La Fortuna. I visited with a group of friends...I am going back with my husband as soon as possible. Debbie D. from Wisconsin October 11-13, 2008

  • Liked — The view of the volcano, decor, food, rooms, and most of all - the hot springs!
  • Disliked — The current "road" to The Springs is not friendly. I was told that would be improved.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 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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Also Known As:
The Springs Resort And Spa At Arenal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
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The Springs Resort And Spa Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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