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Catarata Eco-Lodge
2.5 of 5 Lodge   |   1 km escuela Z-13, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 4417-7, Costa Rica   |  
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“A pleasant lodge with good views and friendly staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2010

A comfortable room which was good value for money with a huge breakfast and a good pool! A little way out from town but if driving not too much of a problem around 5 minutes. Good staff who give comprehensive information and speak english, not biassed towards commission, so always better

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 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 March 17, 2010

We spent three nights at La Catarata. The rooms were a little small but perfectly adequate for a couple or a couple with one young child. The hotel rooms are grouped in pairs around a beautiful garden; two rooms to a cabin. Outside each door is a veranda and hammock. The garden was very peaceful and a wonderful place to watch toucans, parrots and hummingbirds. The rooms, the pool and the restaurant were immaculate. There is a fantastic view of the volcano from the grounds. You can walk to the waterfall. The service was very friendly and helpful. We were allowed to use the hotel computer, all questions about the area answered enthusiastically, given free coffee when we asked, charged very little for having our laundry done (some places charge $5-10 a load).

Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Catarata Eco Lo... S, Gerente at Catarata Eco-Lodge, responded to this review, 1 week ago
thanks for reviewing us!!!! we are very happy that you enjoy when you staid here!!!!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2010

Catarata Eco-Lodge was clean, with beautiful flowering bushes, trees, & colorful birds everywhere. We really enjoyed the peace & quiet there. Everyone at the hotel was very accommodating. Victor was especially helpful, made suggestions on activities and was very patient to answer all our questions regarding the area. The hotel is located just a few minutes from downtown La Fortuna and a short hike to La Fortuna Waterfall. When we schedule our next trip to Costa Rica, we will definitely stay at Catarata Eco-Lodge.

  • Stayed January 2010, 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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Catarata-Eco-Lodge, Director de Recepción at Catarata Eco-Lodge, responded to this review, September 7, 2010
Hello, Thanks, we're still waiting for you, One minute is one minute, was great have to you in here and all our guest, thanks. see you soon!!!
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2009

This lodge is for the rustic lovers. It is located a few minutes drive from the town and is surrounded by the animals. We the landscape is very natural. The rooms are very small and basic with a double bed and single bed, but clean. What makes this place stand out in my mind was the service from the young lady who manages the front desk, support desk as well as being the watiress. She was friendly, helpful and helped us work on our spanish. She is a true gem! The breakfast was included in the price. You were given a choice between 3 types of breakfast were were filling and yummy. We also ate dinner there which was an excellent value and a yummy meal (compared to the tourist trap restaurants that we went to in town). There was a basic swimming pool, which was nice to cool off in.
This is a good place to go if you like being surrounded by nature and not requiring/wanting a lot of room space.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Catarata Eco Lo... S, Gerente at Catarata Eco-Lodge, responded to this review, 1 week ago
hello, thanks!!! this on 2009, now on 2014 you will have many more good services!!! all our staff very friendly and helpful!!! our chef will cook for you as best he can!!!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2009

Catarata Eco-Lodge is a set of apartment-style rooms set in a beautiful garden full of flowers, birds, and a lovely pool. It was to be the first stop of our itinerary, and we were attracted by the promise of a quiet location and pool, and the fact that it is Costa Rican owned and run, with an ecological ethos. The place exceeded our expectations: We loved it. Spacious clean rooms with great showers and a good view of the famous volcano; a lovely setting; and warm and friendly staff who made us feel special.
I was worried about the lack of air-con in the rooms, but we found that the ceiling fans do a perfectly good job.
The kids loved the pool and spent many happy hours in it. We walked into town and felt glad we could return to our hotel oasis.
The walk up to the Fortuna Waterfall was fun. The walk into town took us about half and hour the kids, but should be about 15 mins, and a the taxi back was cheap. When we wanted to go further afield we got a taxi to come and pick us up at the hotel.
I made use of free internet access. The food was simple but pleasant: A choice of breakfast including traditional Costa Rican (loads of fresh fruit), and a good selection of evening meals satisfying children and adults alike.
All in all a real jewel of a place, excellent value for money, and somewhere we'd all love to go back to.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Catarata Eco Lo... S, Gerente at Catarata Eco-Lodge, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Thanks for your message, after the last 5 years we were working a lot to give the best service!!! so come back!!!!
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2009

The lodge is located a couple of miles outside of La Fortuna, close enough if you have a car like we did, but it might be somewhat inconvenient if you don't. It has a very beautiful setting in a rural area, fairly close to the La Fortuna Waterfall. The service was friendly upon check-in and the rest of our stay.

The grounds are beautiful and well-maintained. There is a nice, small swimming pool. The rooms are large and decently furnished, but very dimly lit to the point of annoyance. The water is hot, and the rooms were clean. There was a friendly security guard present during the evening, although I doubt one was necessary. Breakfast is free, but it can be a mixed bag. Stick with eggs and gallo pinto, and stay away from American-type things like pancakes. You can use their business computer for free Internet.

This hotel was fine and I certainly don't regret our stay, but I didn't LOVE it. Going back to La Fortuna, I would probably try a different place.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Catarata Eco Lo... S, Gerente at Catarata Eco-Lodge, responded to this review, 1 week ago
thanks, right now are many changes, Wi-Fi acces, good food with our chef!!! and many more!! after 5 years everything is better"""
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Atlanta, Georgia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2008

I recently stayed at this eco-lodge and want to echo "davenaff"'s review. We also found it clean, nice, quiet, and would stay there again. Victor at the front desk speaks very good English and was helpful and patient as we tried to plan our days. Although there are no public computers, they allowed us to use their business computer to access the internet during off hours. The lodge is situated 1.5 km down a very bumpy dirt road (although passable even in heavy rain) in a residential and agricultural area. there are 2-3 other eco-lodges also on this road. It is a a not-so-easy 2.5 km walk uphill to see the waterfall, but worth the trip (watch out for tourists who cannot ride horses trying to ride horses- can get dangerous).

Although we did not have a car, I might recommended getting one. The taxis to the hanging bridges are $20 each way, $4 each way into La Fortuna (although we walked), $10 each way to the hot springs,, and $20 each way to go to the west side of the volcano to see the lava at night. I saw car rental places in la Fortuna.

  • Liked — Clean, quiet, eco-friendly
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Catarata Eco Lo... S, Gerente at Catarata Eco-Lodge, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Hello thanks for this comment, the roads are in asphalt now!! easier to drive, just a few meters not asphalted, !!! Victor say thanks!!! this recommendation is very helpufl for us!!!
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Address: 1 km escuela Z-13, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 4417-7, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 54 Specialty Lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Catarata Eco-Lodge 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the shadow of the Arenal Volcano , away from the noises of the city and from the highways, will be able to discover the captivation of returning to feel the nature, the singing of the birds and the creek of the sound of the gully. you can walk up to the majestic La Fortuna Waterfall, to share with the villagers, to walk along the National Park Arenal Volcano and in the night to relax in the thermal waters - mineral of the resorts of the zone, among many more things ... more   less 
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