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“I loved this hotel!” 4 of 5 stars
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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“I loved this hotel!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Me and my husband stayed here for 3 nights on our recent vacation to Costa Rica. We stayed in a junior suite with a river view and it was very nice. The room was clean and comfortable with all your basic necessities but the real reason to stay here is the beautiful grounds. The hotel is on acres and acres (and acres) of property with a river running through it so the wild life you see on a daily basis is really amazing. The dining room is the open air type typical to Costa Rica and every morning we were able to watch the birds, iguanas and butterflies with our breakfast. We had an all inclusive package so we ate all our meals in the restaurant which had a nice variety of dishes to choose from. The food was pretty tasty and the portions are enormous. I ended up ordering half portions the whole time. We did a "safari float" and horseback riding with a guide named Pedro who was fabulous. He's super knowledgeable about the wild life and plants and can spot animals from a mile away. All the hotel staff were SO nice, it really made us sorry to leave when our stay was up. Tilajari is a beautiful, quiet place to enjoy nature and relax. I highly recommend!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Tigard, OR
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101 reviews 101 reviews
56 hotel reviews
Reviews in 63 cities Reviews in 63 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for a few nights during a work trip. Rooms were good size, a/c worked well when needed. It is located right on a river. There is a nice short walk through some tropical fruit trees. I didn't get to see the medicinal garden or butterfly garden but would be interesting. Food was fine and there is an abundance of iguanas around the restaurant in the morning (look in the trees on on the roofs). It appeared as though it was mainly tourist groups passing through.

Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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102 reviews 102 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

This was a wonderful place, the employees were very nice. The room was very nice great view of the gardens and river. The breakfast buffet was very good. Nice little gift shop. Got to see crocs in the river. They also had a exercise room.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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20 hotel reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

The Hotel Tilajari was a great stay--they have everything at the resort and the food was good (if you need a food escape, try the second floor of the cattle auction about 15-20 min walk...take a left out of the main entrance to the hotel, turn left at light, it is just past the gas station on the right). Staff was friendly and very helpful!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Louis area
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62 reviews 62 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Tilajari is one of my favorite places in the world! It's not a 'resort' by modern standards, the rooms aren't new and the fixtures aren't shiny. But the entire space is a lovingly tended botanical garden. The outdoor dining pavilion is such a pleasant space, and the tiled pool and hot tub overlooking the river are an oasis of peace. There are iguanas and small lizards all over the property, a butterfly house, and the front desk can arrange a wide assortment of adventure and exploration activities for you, all of which are fantastic. The tourist town of Fortuna and the volcano are only a short drive away.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Penicuik, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

We stayed here for 7 nights as part of a tour. The service and the food were great . The rooms very comfortable. There was lots of wildlife in the gardens, sloths, snakes, including a boa constrictor, crocodiles down by the river, butterflies in the garden etc

Room Tip: All the rooms were quiet and over looked the river.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We participated in an Ultimate Frisbee tournament hosted at the Hotel Tilajari. It was a great setting for this type of event. The rooms were very acceptable, for the price. Don't expect the Holiday Inn Express - this is Costa Rica. But the rooms were clean, the sheets acceptable and there were a few room perks (coffee maker, closet space). The included breakfast was better and more than at most hotels - gallo pinto (Costa Rican rice and beans), a meat, lots of fruit, potatoes, omelettes to order. There was a very pretty setting by a river and the birds at the feeders were fun to watch. Finally, the tennis courts, basketball court, soccer field, and pool were all very nice. The hotel obviously had good adventure tour services as we saw ATVs and mountain bikes picking up guests each morning.

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  • Stayed May 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: 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:
#23 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tilajari Hotel Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 76
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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