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Las Cabanitas Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   North Zone, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Edmonton, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Costa Rica 2013”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Excellent facility enjoyed the entire time we were there. Cabins are perfect size with air conditioning in the cabins. The pool was nice for the cool down after a long day out on excursions. Breakfasts in the morning at the hotel were great bonus to the stay. Service was great and friendly.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
    3 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Colorado Springs
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21 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at the Cabanitas. The landscaped grounds were just beautiful. Our cabin was nicely done...we saw some that were much nicer. My only complaint is that we didn't have windows or screens in our cabin (just wood shudders). The room didn't feel very secure and, although not as buggy as many places in Costa Rica, we still had quite a bit of insects in our room. We also loved the town of La Fortuna...it was our favorite town on the entire trip. Safe, lots to do, very friend people, and about a 10 minute walk from the Cabanitas.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

I stayed in this hotel for two nights. On the outside it is absolutely beautiful--very green and scenic with local wildlife.

Our room was basic, except we had a coffee maker without coffee, we had no hot water (we had to go to our friends' rooms!!), and the internet and TV didn't work (not that we particularly cared, but for those who do).

Breakfast the next morning was somewhat pathetic: a few pieces of fruit and two slices of limp bread.

I'm giving this hotel two stars because it is in a convenient location to the Desafio Office, it is visually appealing, and the man who works in the reception/breakfast is very friendly.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are different. Some have hot water, others not. Some have coffee, others not. Some...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Niagara Falls, ON
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Stayed here with G Adventures so hotel was pre-booked. The little cabins were cute & spacious. The staff were very attentive & grounds were nice. Our shower was so strong it felt like our skin was peeling off, but after being in 2 hotels where we had zero water pressure it was a welcome relief. The hotels are not well-insulated so some partiers in the pool area kept us up one night. Also, our roof wasn't the greatest. You could see light through it, and when it rained we ended up with little puddles on the floor. We came home to iguana poop on the beds & an iguana in our roof rafters. Staff promptly removed the iguana & replaced the bedding. Ideal situation? no,,, but it was dealt with & we came home with a good story!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Janesville, Wisconsin, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

When traveling to other countries, we have to remember that US standards are very different. In my travels, I stayed at five different hotels in various parts of Costa Rica.   Las Cabañitas was a beautiful hotel. The view of the Arenal Volcano is simply amazing. I loved seeing the wildlife, including toucans, at the hotel. Bring a camera with a good zooming capability. The room was not modern, but I had my best nights sleep there. Most of the rooms are little cabins, hence the name. It issuer cute. My room was large and spacious. the hotel was air conditioned and there was Wi-Fi in the dining and pool areas. I had a strange one time leak from the ceiling, but I am not sure why. It didn't rain. Possibly condensation from the air conditioner built up. There is a pool. It is nothing fancy, and it could use some maintenance like the rest of the property.  Overall, for being so rustic, I really enjoyed it.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AnanB
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197 reviews 197 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We stayed here as a group, it is a few miles out of town - a $2 taxi ride per person so factor that in if you're in a budget. The only shop nearby is the garage across the road that sells drinks and crisps.

The rooms are basically sheds with beds! There were ants everywhere, all over the room including beds. The bed sheets were slightly too small for the beds and pulled up during the night exposing the mattress. They also remove the TV and AC remote controls from the rooms for the following reasons...

What made this place particularly unpleasant was the blackmail the owner tried on us: AC would cost us $10 per room per night, unless we bought breakfast for $8 per person per day.

Our guide spoke to the owner and by the second day AC was free, and breakfast was €5 per person. But, they had 'lost' the remote control to a few of the AC so ours wouldn't work at all.

Even at $5 the breakfast was a rip-off! They seem to take advantage of the fact that G Adventures send their groups here which must be guaranteed business.

I'm sure there are better in La Fortuna.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sioux City, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Background: I stayed here with my group of 15 high school students(along with 17 students from other schools, plus chaperons) traveling with EF Tours. I also always travel with the mentality: things are not going to be like they are back home. With this in mind:

The “resort” is a nicer option if you are on a stricter budget. The cabins were quaint, but spacious, with AC. Our cabin (#3, I think) was always clean and did have one rocking chair on the porch. We always had hot water. There were probably more bugs in our room here than other places we stayed in Costa Rica, but still not bad considering the climate and environment. We kept the windows as closed as possible (especially in the bathroom, which had glass panes and no screens), but still managed to have a lizard in our bathroom one afternoon. Normally I am really squeamish when it comes to these things, but I was able to get it out the window.

I did not use the pool (it looked clouded the day we were there), but the grounds were nice to walk around. There was wifi in the common eating area that worked well. The food was good, though as we were in a group, our food preparation may be different than usual. What others have said about noise is true—those chickens get up very early, so maybe bring some earplugs.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: North Zone, 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 ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Las Cabanitas Resort 3*
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