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“Absolutely Luxurious and Gorgeous!” 5 of 5 stars
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Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   13 Km Northwest la Fortuna de San Carlos | Arenal, Alajuela, Costa Rica, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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new york
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Absolutely Luxurious and Gorgeous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

GO!! Is all I can tell you. Spent 3 nights at Tabacon and it was one of the most amazing expereinces ever. We landed in San Jose international airport from NYC, had a private car waiting from the hotel (cost is $175 one way to Tabacon). The car ride was about 3 hrs. Arrived at Tabacon at 1pm, welcomed with a drink and cold towels. Checked into our room (with a HUGE Jaccuzi rate approx $500 a night) and from then on, everything was perfect. The Hot Springs are a 1 min shuttle ride away from the hotel. The admission is included. The food is fabulous. Coming from NYC, we did not find anyhting overpriced as we are used to paying $30 for breakfast. The food was fresh, the staff was amazingly friendly and courteous. We spent day 2 at the hanging bridges which was also a great experience. Must go to Tabacon, get a luxury room, get a couples massage in the Grand Spa (unreal expereince- we got massages in a little hut in the middle of the forest, when it was pouring rain outside), eat some good food, drink some cocktails, relax in the hot springs and pamper yourself. Will def. return for more!!

Room Tip: Rooms 702, 703, 704 are seperate from the main resort- very quiet, private balcony, beautiful!!
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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Massapequa, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We recently spent two nights here. The view from my room was breathtaking. The hot springs were magnificant. As some people stated, they are not directly on the hotel property, but there was a shuttle running constantly or you could just walk the short distance. The food is a little overpriced, but remember that you are staying in a luxury hotel and the prices go along with that.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
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Managua, Nicaragua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

The hotel is very good in itself, and excellent because of the hot springs, where one could spend hours and hours relaxing in the beautiful surroundings. Service was good, room was clean with a gorgeous view to the Volcan Arenal.

The only minus were the prices of the breakfast, which are ridiculously high; 17 USD for a continental breakfast.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

There has to be 2 different ratings for this hotel because i felt that the hot springs and hotel were seperate. The hot springs are fabulous and truly a wonderful experience. We enjoyed them the most at night after busy days. Know that they are open to the public, are across the street and slightly down the road from hotel. The hotel does provide a shuttle service to and from so this is why I consider these seperate in my review. The hotel felt very motel when you park your car directly in front of your door. The rooms have a patio but no seating to enjoy the outdoors from your room There is also no view to the volcano from this property, the pool on property was closed for remodeling so no outdoor space to hang out in at hotel. I will add the people are very nice and helpful. We only ate sandwiches and snacks from the bar and were very good. I reco having a car to get to the town of la fortunate close by for breakfasts and dinners. Overall a great stay .

Room Tip: We had a handicap room which we did not request? Ask for rooms on 2nd floor
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Salem, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

The hot springs are simply amazing and make this resort worth it. The rooms are adequate, but nothing fancy. The restaurants are over-priced. We opted to travel into town and get some authentic Costa Rican food in La Fortuna for a small fraction of the price. Not only did we save money but it was better food. But, as I said, this resort is about the hot springs. Check out the photos and you'll see for yourself. We will definitely return to Tabacon one day!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

We spent three nights on our Costa Rican honeymoon at the Tabacon Resort, and loved it.

At checkin we upgraded to one of their honeymoon suites ($50 more per night than our original package), and loved our second floor room.

All of the staff were courteous, welcoming and warm. We enjoyed the breakfast buffets and two dinners at their "formal" restaurant (Tucaran?), and adored the intimate scale of the resort and the adjacent hot springs.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bogota, Colombia
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

we only stayed for 3 nights, and i wish we could´ve stayed longer.
the good: we stayed in one of the suites and it was amazing; you could´ve fit and entire football team in one room! theres a tv in the bathroom area, for those who like that, nice shower, really nice tub so you can relax...... the beds are super comfortable, and a complete mini bar with all sorts of goodies, including a toaster and coffee maker.
the staff is super friendly and very accomodating! the hotel itself has one pool, which is really nice. the food is really good: dont miss the nachos and the asian buffet.
although i didnt use the spa myself, someone in our party did, and they couldnt say enough about it!
the awesome: the hot springs are either 5 minutes away walking , or you can take the shuttle; they are just around the corner! there are endless little trails you walk on, and each one leads to a different hot spring and each one is at a different temperature. there´s even a section for adults only, where it is super quiet, there´s nice music, and you find people just taking it easy! the main pool has a slide for the kids to enjoy, and the bar tenders at the wet bar are so friendly, it makes you want to sit there all day!
we met so many different people from all corners of the world.... it´s just a happy place!!
the ugly: my daughter did not like the hot springs at all, so my time under the water falls and some of the other springs was very limited. remember this is in the middle of a rainforest, so you run into all sort of crickets, butterflies, lizards, etc...... pretty!

suggestions: dont miss the springs late in the afternoon or as the sun sets; as the temperature drops, the hot springs become unbelievably delicious!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed July 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 13 Km Northwest la Fortuna de San Carlos | Arenal, Alajuela, Costa Rica, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#7 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#14 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#16 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 102
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the heart of the tropical rainforest at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano in the northern Region of Costa Rica. This five-star carbon neutral resort offers a unique blend of nature, adventure and relaxation. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Tabacon provides luxurious accommodations, services and amenities in a picture-perfect natural setting. The resort's unique healing thermal mineral spring river emerge from the volcanic earth, cascading to form waterfalls, streams, tranquil pools and ponds. Explore Shangri-La Gardens an hotel guests and adults-only hideaway, delight your senses with world- class cuisine inspired by local fares or surprise that special person with a gala dinner in the middle of the rainforest. Inside the gardens is the resort's Grand Spa, member of The Leading Spas of the World which combines a beautiful location with a singular spa experience, where treatments are rendered in open air bungalows all of them with private jacuzzi. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Tabacon Grand Hotel Thermal
Tabacon Grand Resort Thermal
Tabacon Resort
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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