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“Simply magnificient view and food” 5 of 5 stars
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La Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 506, Costa Rica   |  
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Simply magnificient view and food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

Highly recommended. We stayed here in February/March 2012. The location is away from the city center and we always felt VERY safe. As, three young women travelling alone, this was important. The location is about 10-15 minutes on one main road out of the city center and 5-10 minutes on a gravel/dirt road. Use the map on the website to help find, since there is no address, and make sure you have the phone number, in case of trouble finding. Once you get there, you will realize chosing to stay here was the right decision. You immediately feel like part of a family. Jonathon is so welcoming and passionate about the natural surroundings. Cenyeca (pronounced Seneca) is the chef and cooks delicious, fresh, simply perfect meals for the guests. She made the best food we had in Costa Rica, by far. They gladly help you figure out plans for the area (ziplining, white water rafting) if you would like recommendations, and will even make calls for you to set everything up.
It is located in the middle of the forest, and there are many paths built so you can spend hours and hours walking the land and hiking, taking pictures. The "watchdogs" (best dogs ever) are so friendly and will accompany you on hikes if you'd like. You can even just sit on the porch and have a spectacular view of Arenal Volcano and the forest and do bird watching. The room was free of bugs and very large and comfortable. I cannot say enough about how great our stay was and will absolutely be back again. I am not exaggerating about my ratings. Everything was excellent, and our trip would not have been as great if we had not stayed here.

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  • Stayed February 2012, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

Read the other reviews carefully and get a good idea of what Jonathan is offering so that you can decide if you are a match. (They seem pretty accurate - especially the one that lists pros and cons). If this is for you, you will have an excellent time. It was wonderful to hear birds when I awoke in the morning, and frogs when I went to sleep. It is probably best if you have a vehicle because you will be fairly isolated. If you don't, arrange with Diego next door to drive you to the "other" park on the volcano, and to the thermal river where the locals go. Two tour companies drive right past the lodge bringing guests canyoning (rappelling down waterfalls), so if you decide to do that they can pick you up at your door on the way to the waterfall. The neighbors are wonderful, so you can definitely meet some Ticos if you speak a bit of Spanish.

The housekeeping is not perfect, but the housekeepers are willing to help if asked, and are trustworthy and very friendly. I enjoyed the people and the atmosphere.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Greenville, South Carolina, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

This is a very beautiful place to visit in Costa Rica, and with a great view of the Volcano. Jonathan and the local gentlemen who work for him are very hospitable. There is also an organic farm very close where the owners gave us a tour and a handful of delicious groceries.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

This place is amazing. We spent 4 days here and didn't want to leave. Jonathan is a wonderful host. They made breakfast every morning and introduced us to new things every day. One day we cranked out sugar cane water, another, coconut milk and fresh fruit every morning!!! It was so relaxing. My boyfriend and I walked up the creek to find the second pool. Unfortunately, high waters during the rainy season washed most of it away. After finding the pool, we continued up the river to find a waterfall. All this on the property!!! It was so easy to relax in all the beauty of the plants. Since it is 2.5k off the main road, you don't have any noise and can truly relax in peace and quiet. I hope to return some day.

  • Stayed January 2012, 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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Panama City, Panama
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

La Princesa de La Fortuna is just about as close as you can get to a tropical paradise, and the view of the volcano was magnificent. I would highly recommend La Princesa to any person or group.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona, Spain
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

This is the best place I have ever seen , absolutely awesome setting ! I imagine that this will be full in the years to come I can not understand why anyone would want to stay in a normal hotel and sleep in a small boxroom compared to this, we were really so lucky someone recommended this place , we had no idea what to expect....this was a great surprise. We arrived early evening and the atmosphere was incredible , subtle lighting and tropical plants everywhere.....it seemed that we were in the heart of the jungle and in the morning the Volcano was straight infront of our balcony, and we were on the edge of a valley in the rainforest, lots of birds , we saw toucans.

The breakfast was excellent ...first time we had sugarcane juice that was made from a sugarcane press....lots of fruit and then rice and beans egg..... I think it is better if you have a car as it is 2 km from the mainroad, about 10 minutes from La Fortuna , a tourists town some good bars and restuarants. They do not have an open food service ,but one of the nights we had a dinner prepared by some local people it was simple and well worthwhile, the people were genuine warm and very friendly, we really appreciated the effort they made.....Jonathan is the owner and was very helpful has some good local connections and ideas for alternative tours , we followed his recommendation and hiked up the el Chato volcano next to Arenal and got into the crater and swam in the lagoon , great advice as this didn´t cost anything ....we also visited some of the nieghbours and met interesting country folks ....it is not necessary to buy all the tours they try to sell in La Fortuna....although the canyoning and zipline canopy tours that we did ...were great fun.

If you want peace and quiet, or some adventure or a family group this place deserves your business, we have nothing bad to say ....there was no tv and no internet , Jonathan said internet will be available soon ...this was the only negative, but who cares this is a place I will always remember...fantastic well done!

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Easley, South Carolina
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

Located on a large, beautifully landscaped mountain side, with a view of Volcano Arenal, we were treated to several nights of paradise. The lodge is beautifully crafted with a large, open air living space and accommodating kitchen. There is plenty of nature to enjoy, including a waterfall on the property, several walking paths and hiking trails nearby.

  • Stayed January 2012, 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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Address: La Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 506, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#19 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#22 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Park Princess of the Moon Ecolodge is nestled in a lush tropical plant farm with a great location. This magical place is unusual, with more than 100 types of fruit trees, including many threatened and endangered species. The area is one of the most biodiverse and fertile in the world so wonderful to understand, observe and experience wildlife and nature. The aim is to integrate the principles of permaculture and creating a lifestyle self-sufficient and sustainable in harmony with the local biodiversity. Swimming pools, waterfalls, jacuzzi and many hiking trails on the farm as well as many other activities in the area. This is an interesting place for a honeymoon or a romantic adventure. ... more   less 
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Princesa De La Luna Eco Lodge Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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