Just got back from Costa Rica and we had ups and we had downs. Tabacon wasn't one of the ups. Uniformly (with the exception of the bartender, Michael) the staff seemed unhappy and unhelpful (or worse, uninformed). The food was less than exceptional and the prices were almost as high as New York. The only plus was its hot springs, they were nice, but [again] not worth the expense. None of the rooms have views of the central feature of Arenal - the volcano.
The lack of enthusiasm we had for Tabacon was only increased when we went to Nayara for dinner. They treated us as if we were long term guests at their hotel and provided service and advice with sincere happiness of mind and spirit.
There are much better (and cheaper) hotels to stay at in Arenal.
- 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