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Tilajari Hotel Resort
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   800 oeste Estacion Servicio Muelle | Muelle de San Carlos, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Devon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful resort in a beautiful place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

This extensive hotel is set in lovely surroundings, alongside a river, which we explored on the second day. The grouds are delightful, and so well kept. Plenty to explore even without venturing out. It is on the edge of the Arenal Volcanic region, near to La Fortuna.
My room was on the ground floor of a two story block. It was more than adequate - with well equipped, spacious bathroom, bedroom, and plenty of storage space. Safes in room. Each room has alittle patio area, with chairs, to sit out and enjoy the lovely surroundings. Wildlife in abundance,Howler monkeys, Igunas, and a lovely dining area, open at the sides. breakfast is a treat as the chefs feed the birds - dont forget your cameras !! Giant Iguana perch on the rooftops and bushes, or up in the trees. We had a wildlife tour of the grounds.
Food is excellent, and quite reasonably priced. Tennis courts, three pools, a shop. Plenty to do, and a wonderful setting to explore the Arenal region

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms face the river across the gardens.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Stonington,CT
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay at Tilajari. It has a lovely location along a rushing river, and the gardens on the property are beautiful. The small butterfly enclosure was very nice to visit. Our riverside room was comfortable and clean, but in need of updating. I loved relaxing outside our room with a roof over our heads watching the rain, the flash of colorful birds, and other wildlife in the trees. This is also a place for lots of sport activities both indoor and out. The food was delicious and bar inviting! The staff feeds the birds fruit on branches outside the restaurant which was another highlight..be sure to bring your camera to breakfast. With free Wi Fi and a computer to use in the lobby, we were able to connect with family at home.

Room Tip: We enjoyed our riverside bottom floor room overlooking the river.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Luton, United Kingdom
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

This Resort Hotel complex is set in extensive and beautiful grounds providing space for a true wildlife reserve. The units of accommodation are sited within 2 storey blocks which overlook a wide river that runs through the estate. Our ground floor unit consisted of one bedroom with 2 double beds and a separate bathroom. It was very clean, serviced daily with both linen and towel changes. The resort offers all facilities,outdoor pool,fitness rooms,tennis,and many other sports. The restaurant/ bar is in a separate building and provides a good selection of meals to a very acceptable standard. Do engage with the staff and you will be rewarded with both friendly and efficient service. The bonus with this resort is the abundance of wildlife and birds which will keep you occupied and enthralled following your early wake up call from the resident howler monkey. This was a most enjoyable stay and is thoroughly recommended to those with a in interest in the environment and natural world. The cocktails are also very good!

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

The hotel grounds are beautiful,restaurant very nice and airy, food is good.The staff was helpful to us. The rooms were a disappointment, however.They need a gut rehab. The tile was cracked in the bathroom, the shower door didn't close all the way, the lamp was chipped in the main room.The beds and linens needed replacing. The walls needed painting.The pillows were very hard.Reminded me of a Red Roof Inn.If they were remodeled, it would make a huge difference.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, Costa rica
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Great hotel, great food, awesome natural experience, I went there and was full of iguanas, squirrels, and birds, everything was nice, the bathroom is just normal nothing fancy but it has everything very clean. They have everythin, pool, soccer and tennis fields, gardens with lots of flowers and great personel. 100%recommended

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Utica, New York
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12 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Tilajari is located in the countryside between San Carlos (Ciudad Quesada) and La Fortuna in Muelle, so it is rather out of the way. But it is a wonderful resort owned by a former Peace Corps member who fell in love with Costa RIca. His love shows. It's a beautiful resort with great amenities, good food, and a wonderful pool and whirlpool. There is a nice butterfly garden and they will arrange tours for you. Definitely a quiet place to spend a few days in paradise. It was neat to see all the beautiful birds who gather around the outside o the dining room. And of course an iguana or two.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Omaha
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6 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Gorgeous place. . . .great food. . . .rooms are spacious and clean! The bed was comfortable and everything worked. . . .well, it worked when I left, at least. When I took a very welcome and wonderful hot shower at the end of a very long day, I thought "This is heaven!" Then I turned the water off, and it kept running. I called Reception and was horrified to find that there was no English-speaking person on board at night. I was a bit surprised since every guest I met while there was English-speaking! I was put on indefinite hold. . .and finally drew on my minimal plumbing experience and got it shut off. Then, I discovered to my horror, the stool didn't flush either. After that was fixed, I finally got to enjoy the very comfortable bed.
There are two reasons I didn't give Tilajari an "Excellent":
*No assistance with the plumbing problems - due to no English-speaking personnel on duty at night despite most of the guests being English-speaking.
*The resort is very spread out, and the lighting was not very good when walking to the rooms after dark

Room Tip: Ask for one close to the restaurant, unless you like long, dark walks after dinner.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Tilajari Hotel Resort

Address: 800 oeste Estacion Servicio Muelle | Muelle de 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:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#31 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tilajari Hotel Resort 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Standard rooms and junior suites spread over the San Carlos River Edge at Arenal Volcano Area. Exceptional Katira restaurant offering a selected international and typical menu and the best facilities in our 5 special events halls. Three swimming pools, sauna, jacuzzi, private forest, sport facilities and much more! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Tilajari Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Tilajari Hotel Resort Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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