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“Budget friendly, great location.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel El Volcan
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   150M Norte del parque de la Fortuna San Carlos, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Arlington, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Budget friendly, great location.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We stayed at Hotel El Volcan for four nights, and enjoyed it. Location was perfect, only one block from the main street in La Fortuna. The price was also very affordable. The manager, Luis, was extremely friendly and helpful. He gave suggestions on day trips, and we were able to book directly with him. Rooms were clean. A/C and hot water worked well.

We would stay here again if travelling to La Fortuna.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

This trip to Costa Rica was for business and this place fit or budget. It's a nice small hotel close to everything. The owners are super helpful, accommodating in every way. The rooms could have been cleaner but the being and bathroom were great. There is a meeting area in the center of the hotel were you can use the fridge and microwave. There is free wifi and security cameras for safety, although I never felt unsafe. La fortuna is a very safe little town. The beds in unit#3 could have been better

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We liked our stay for two nights here. Honestly, next time, we would have stayed one night then continued towards the beach and stayed somewhere along the lake. This was a real nice place and Luis the manager is the best. he stayed for many years in the US and came to La Fortuna because the pace is slower. No doubt. yes its a minimal hotel. Luis said he could have gotten us $30 tickets each for Baldi hot springs. be SURE to take him up on the offer. After buying on Kayak.com, he gave us a better deal the next night. Be sure to tip people in CR! it pays off.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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new york
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Spent few nights in room 1 - hopefully others are not much worse.

Positive side - decent location, clean room, cheap rates (was like $42/night), management is friendly and speak English, available parking.

Areas for improvement - virtually no furniture in the room - no closet, really had to live out of the bag. Wall between bathroom and the room itself is not all the way to the ceiling - all the bathroom sounds and "aroma" are shared freely. Shower temperature is tricky to regulate and the water easily travels to the room - expect puddles. Sounds from other rooms are very well heard - cardboard walls don't do much in this respect. 13" TV nowadays looks kinda antique. Door locks require some mechanical skills to operate and your luck in actually locking the room from outside depends on humidity level.

All in all it was OK, we were not there to spend much time indoors anyways.

Room Tip: Would try a different room in this hotel if I ever go there again.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Berlin, Germany
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8 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

The owner is very nice and helpful guy. They made me feel like i was at home. I actually moved from Baldi Resort & Spa to this place. Staying here made everything so easy. Room was simple, nothing fancy but clean, which is fair ($35 - high season). I was able to walk anywhere from this place.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Check in was super easy. The Owner was waiting for me and I got a better room than I had reseved La Fortuna is a small pueblo and you can walk anywhere in just a few min. Hotel el Volcan is about 3 Blocks from the Central Park. Comfey bed hot water, soap and shampoo along with nice towels were provided. The room was clean with large closet with hangers a few bugs but not a bother.I would stay there again.

Room Tip: Spring for the A/C it is hot and humid
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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6 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

The hotel is really small, and is really much more a hostel than a hotel. There are a few rooms and a shop. The staff is really nice and helpfull, but the room itself was very simple and not very clean. Another good thing is that there's a fridge and microwave guests can use.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 150M Norte del parque de la Fortuna San Carlos, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel El Volcan 2.5*
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