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“Good alternative in fortuna” 4 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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“Good alternative in fortuna”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

This place is really in the jungle/ tropical setting some people crave. It is definitely rustic. We had rooms in the upper level, they were good. The patio outside was the best part. Definitely is a great place to hang out. The furniture could us an update. Breakfast was good, dinner is overpriced just go to town. I found the downstairs portion to be a little run down, perhaps some renovations wouldnt hurt. The setting is beautiful, so many trees and nature. One morning I came out and saw so many birds! Toucanets included. JOnathon was very nice.

The road there is definitely something you need to know. Have a car is a must, and it's going to be bumpy. Also, it's too far to walk so it could feel confining if you didn't have your own car.
Lastly, there is no hot water. I guess it comes with the atmosphere. Overall, We had a good stay!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Akron, Ohio
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

What can I say about this place? Huge rooms and huge beds. Picture perfect deck overlooking the jungle for a lazy moments of birdsong and reading. Wonderful home style meals. Stunning grounds. Wonderful trails (to a private waterfall no less!!). Beautiful fresh-water pool. Gracious and helpful host. We had a blast. I'd go back again in a heartbeat. All you have to do to get all this is drive on a bumpy dirt road for ten minutes. Well worth it.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Southampton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We had a lovely time at this Eco Lodge, where we stayed for 3 nights. When we arrived, Jonathan, the owner, and Paco, head of security (the cutest dog), greeted us and made us feel right at home. We stayed in a room at the end of the walkway from the kitchen area. When Jonathan opened the doors to the little terrace our jaws pretty much dropped. The property is breathtakingly beautiful. We had the place to ourselves for the 1st night as well as the following day and enjoyed spending the day (it was raining heavily) on the deck of the main building overlooking the stunning property. Jonathan was very attentive and interesting to talk to. It was nice that he took the time to sit down and chat in the middle of preparing for the arrival of more guests. He even brought us coffee to the deck that afternoon.
The breakfasts we had there were delicious. We enjoyed having fresh fruit that was grown right on the property. Sadly, we only had one dinner there on the first night we arrived - it was a freshly prepared local dish, which was excellent. The meals are served on the terrace from where you enjoy great views of the magnificent property. We were able to hike the beautiful trails on our second day when the sun came out. I highly recommend doing that.

We approached Jonathan with 2 maintenance requests, which were taken care of immediately.

I would agree with other reviewers that said this place isn't for everyone, but if you are looking for spectacular views and for being immersed in nature and spending time with wonderful people who actually care and enjoy community - this is the place to be. Don't look any further. I'd come back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Man, we sure did fall in love with this place. There were 7 of us, so they gave us run of the Pineapple House. The building is a 3 minute walk from the main lodge and absolutely perfect for those in search of a communal atmosphere. 3 bedrooms, a large living room, a basic kitchen and a bathroom. The best part, however, was the huge covered patio area with large picnic table and couches. We basically spent all the time not spent sleeping or off on adventures (whitewater rafting, hot springs, ziplining) hanging out here.
When Jonathan realized that I was interested in exotic plats and fruit, he started bringing over lovely edible gifts each day - many fruits I had never even heard of. There are about 6 miles of fairly well-maintained paths to wander around the property, which is stunning. We loved the pool - I think it's fed by the waterfall in the rainforest and feels amazing!
Johnathan was a star for helping us manage transport with a local driver named William. William picked us up at the airport in San Jose and brought us to the Princesa. He drove us to the various activities we did in the area and then he even drove us to the West Coast for the second half of our trip. He's ridiculously nice and we fell in love with him. So much so that we asked him to pick us up at the beach and take us back to San Jose and he kindly agreed. The price was absolutely fair and SOOO much less stressful than renting a vehicle big enough for 7 people and trying to navigate the crazy dirt roads. Definitely recommend hiring William! If you're really nice, he may even bring you the freshest pineapple you've ever eaten.

Here's the bottom line: this place is not posh. It is not luxurious. There's no hot water in the shower (but it's not super cold either and actually feels great once you get over the idea of no hot water.) It's not a hotel. It is, however, absurdly beautiful. It is unique and welcoming and totally charming. It is also staffed and owned by some incredibly wonderful people who are dedicated to making sure you are taken care of and have a good time. If you are seeking to get an authentic, unforgettable experience and you don't mind the occasional dog coming up for a cuddle or a random insect here and there, this is the place for you. If not, then find a reputable hotel complex nearby.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mesa, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

If you want an authentic, cultural Costa Rican experience, I would definitely recommend this lodge. It is beautiful and situated on 25 acres that has some of the most picturesque areas in all of Costa Rica. Ironically, we came to this lodge to hike around the Arenal volcano, but we found the hikes around the lodge much more challenging, adventurous and beautiful.
Jonathon, the owner, is an extremely charming gentleman. He is extremely accommodating and wants to ensure the comfort and happiness of all his guests. My boyfriend and I, had a couple challenges at the lodge and Jonathon was there at the moments notice to make sure everything was taken care and that we were satisfied.
The eco-lodge component is another facet I found extremely fun. The lodge is surrounded by fruit trees that bore delicious tropical fruits that we were able to eat at every meal. Also, most of the staff lived around the property. Diego, the driver lived a few meters from the lodge. He was super laid back and always available to take the guests to their destinations or serve as a guide and show some really cool areas around La Fortuna, that we would not have been able to see otherwise.
I can go on and on about this place. But essentially, it was lovely and a definite backpackers' dream. I would highly recommend this place to all those seeking fun and adventure in Costa Rica :)

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gilbert, Arizona, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

I stayed at Princesa de la Luna Eco Lodge last week and WOW what a great place to stay. I had no idea what to expect going in but upon arrival we were greeted by the gracious owner and host Jonathan. He was so welcoming and made us feel like we were at home.

The eating area, kitchen and lounging decks are all open air with great views out over the valley next to the Arenal Volcano. The many sounds and sights make this place a must stay. There are tons of trails on the property including one that takes you to a secluded waterfall.

The food was great and they even let the girls in our group learn some of the local cooking secrets. The neighbor Diego is a great taxi driver and such a pleasure to be with.

To top everything off, they recently got the most adorable puppy that wants nothing but love.

I highly recommend staying at Princesa de la Luna Eco Lodge when you visit La Fortuna!!

  • Stayed March 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

It was late and we had already endured many hours of flight delays and traffic in Costa Rica so perhaps we weren't off on the right foot. When we got into La Fortuna, the gps coordinates (from their website at the time) took me to some dark road where we drove around aimlessly until we found another hotel to ask them where this was. They didn't know but after making some phone calls, we were pointed back down the main route 702, where there were signs (in the dark), pointing down a dirt road. For 2km, our rental car endured to bumpiest and most unsettling ride into the pitch black, over huge uneven rocks. Finally we saw the lodge's sign and the British owner came out with is dog and flashlight and pointed us down his driveway to the hotel. When he let us in, he opened up the deck doors and then left the front door open, urging us it's ok to leave them because it's safe and there aren't any mosquitos. Uncomfortable with the doors wide open while we slept, we shut the doors but his dog refused to leave, so he ended up sleeping in our room for the night. Our room was lovely and rustic with a nice deck facing the the plant farm and you could see Arenal in the distance. Our bathroom however needed a major update. The old cast iron bathtub had rust stains, and there was a used soap with hair on it still. We only stayed that one night just to catch the canyoning tour in the morning. Up and early, the owner prepared us a nice breakfast overlooking the back of the mountain, and then we took a short walk down through the garden and to the pool. The pool was very dirty with tadpoles swimming everywhere- so they shouldn't be advertising that they even have a pool. Back up to the hotel, the owner started asking us why we were only there for one night and started lecturing us about how it's a shame and the roads are awful in CR. We told him we had a 7hr drive to our next destination and we had booked our hotel already, but he kept saying we shouldn't even be on the road after sunset, and he'd give us a discount on another night etc. I think he was being more pushy than helpful because the lodge was empty and we were the only guests.

When it came time to do our canyoning tour, the truck almost drove right past the hotel without us but the owner flagged him down. It turns out all the canyoning tours are right up the end of that same rocky road, and we jumped onto the back of their pickup truck. After the tour we decided he was trying scare tactics to make us stay, and just the thought of driving down that rocky road and back just to go into town was another thing, so we checked out and made it to our next hotel 7-8hrs later in one piece.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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
#18 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#25 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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