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“Too Nice” 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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“Too Nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2009

I titled this review, "too nice", because we did not leave! This is far and away the nicet resort I have ever stayed at. The view of the volcano is awesome and very interesting. It is in a unique location in that you have a view of both the green side, and the active side. Although many people say they did not get to see the top of Arenal, we were in the area for 5 days, and it was clear every day. We sat in hot springs and watched lava and boulders come down the active side.. unbelieveable!! The rooms are just awesome, huge, clean, and comfy. The bathrooms juts off into separate areas for maximum privacy. The front porch has hammocks, tables, and chairs. If you have the money to splurge, you won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Bradenton, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2009

We spent 3 days and 4 nights at the Springs Resort and Spa. We were in one of the Casa's and we were blown away when we checked in and saw it. Everything was amazing. They were new, clean, roomy. The staff was very friendly and efficient. Restaurants were good. We wished we could stay longer. We really did not need to leave the resort. There were many activities that actually took place right in the resort.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cicero, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2009

If all the reviews that you have read about the Springs Resort in La Fortuna Costa Rica have not made you book your reservations directly with the Springs Resort this review will certainly pursuade you. They say that a picture says a thousand words and yet pictures do not do this resort justice. It is far too beautiful and much to relaxing to be captured by any mere image.
My Husband and I were originally booked for 7 nights at the Paradisus Playa Conchal in Guanacaste but decided to break the trip up a bit for our honeymoon "adventure". That was probably the most inspired idea we could have had, but when we chose the Springs resort based on the great reviews our genius was revealed. This place was amazing the moment we arrived they knew it was our honeymoon gave us a complimentary bottle of wine (which all of the mini fridges have in the rooms - less than $20 and you get a full bottle...not bad). Also we were given what we understood to be a complimentary 15 minute couples massage which turned out to be 50 minutes and was absolutely heavenly.
The hotel was eager to help us with our tour adventures which we decided upon the Sky Trek zip line tour (and we were not disappointed). The tour group picked us on time and we had an amazing experience. Once back at the hotel we enjoyed what seemed like our own private resort we were there from May 9th - May 12th and although I must say the cloud cover never rose above half of the volcano as we sat on our our own private veranda we still though we had a million dollar view.
All the hot springs, hot tubs, pools etc were fantastic and beautiful beyond words. There has been really no expense spared on this resort, owned and operated by an American (which shows). The food was excellent and plentiful, the drinks were reasonably priced at around $7 per drink. They had a fabulous outdoor gas burning fireplace where they served lunch and although no one else thought that was the hot spot we did, every night we had drinks by the fire and thought we were the luckiest people on the planet.
Well I certainly hope that this review whet your appetite for an unimaginable piece of heaven here on earth in a country that is breath takingly beautiful and exciting.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sonoma, California
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2009

We had not orginally planned on staying at this resort. Our plans were to stay at the Peace Lodge owned by the same people, but when the earthquake caused damage to the Peace Lodge area they offered to move us to their new property for the same price (a fantastic offer). We had in our plans of this vacation to stay in this area but at the Tabacon Lodge. I must tell you this is not a place to miss, even though I hate to see it get as crowded as Tabacon gets with day visitors to the pools. From the moment we arrived it was pure heaven. The staff is very accomodating, but not in your face. The rooms are even better looking than what you will see in pictures. They all face the Arenal volcano and you have garden views as well. The size of the rooms are large in comparison to the norm and we were in the standard room and it was like a deluxe. The pools are wonderful too. There are 18 to choose from and it was never crowded at all. Like we had the resort to ourselves at times. It is the beginning of the rainy season, but this never got in the way of any of our plans. If it rained in the morning, the afternoon was great and visa versa. There is some construction going on of another building which eventually there will be 115 rooms (37 open now). We were NEVER bothered by any noise at all. The restaurants on the property are a little pricey, but the food was excellent and celebrated my birthday at one of the restaurants. The sign to the resort is small from the road so be on the lookout and then you will drive up a gravel road and think where in the heck are we going, but then when the road meets the resort...you are in Shangri-La. Would return again as this and the Peace Lodge are first rate and all Tico's are wonderful people.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, CO
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2009

Me, my wife, brother and his wife went to The Springs to try their "hot" springs. I was VERY disappointed in the temperature of the pools. There was only one pool that was above 100. With all the other hotels being very close to the road, this hotel is about 2 miles back on a rough dirt road. The grounds are pretty and the lobby/restaurant is massive and looks great. We did try their casual restaurant and it was very good but expensive or in line with their room prices.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
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Denver, CO
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2009

Our family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids ages 5 and 7) stayed here for 3 nights May 3-6, 2009. It was a little out of our price range but we decided to "splurge" and we are so glad we did! My husband and I both agreed that this was probably the nicest hotel we've ever stayed at. The decor can be described as a sort of understated elegance. It's not too over the top, just very tasteful and comfortable. Our room was a family suite and it was huge. The kids had their own room and bathroom upstairs which they loved. The view of the volcano from our room was awesome! One day, the skies were clear (apparently this is rare) all day until 3pm and we had unobstructed views of the volcano.

The pools have to be seen to be believed! Pictures do not do it justice. If you have kids that love to swim, you must stay here! Our kids were in the pools from morning till night, we couldn't get them out of them! In particular, the Perdido Springs (Lost Springs) which is about 100 meters south of the property are breathtakingly beautiful. The landscaping and the architecture that went into building these springs are amazing. Careful of the monkey slide! As others have stated, it's quite fast. My daughter hit her head on it the first time she went down.

The food at the resort is good, not great. It's exactly to be expected at a resort in the middle of nowhere. They had a very good, reasonable kid menu - $6 for grilled mahi mahi that was so delicious. The rest of the menu was good, just not very extensive. After 3 days we were a little tired of it but this would probably happen at any resort. The breakfast was a good value. $10/adult for buffet and they only charged us $5 for both kids.

Overall, I would wholeheartedly recommend the Springs Lodge and Spa. It seems to fit the bill for both honeymooners and romantic couples, as well as for families.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Herndon, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2009

This resort is wonderful! We were traveling with little kids and they loved the pools and the Monkey slide at Los Perditos. The grounds are absolutely breath taking and I can only imagine how nice it will be once it is completed. The price is high but I beleive the grounds and rooms were definitely worth it. The staff was so accomodating and pleasant. We felt the restaurant food was just okay and expensive but it was obvious that they were trying. The chicken club sandwich was great for lunch in the patio dining area. We actually left the resort to go eat dinner in La Fortuna to eat something good and a little more reasonably priced. The best meal we had was at La Choza de Laurel in town.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 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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The Springs Resort And Spa At Arenal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
The Springs Hotel
The Springs Resort And Spa Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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