Hotel Lomas del Volcan is beautiful and clean; very well maintained. With that being said it was also a bit touristy. There were many families with children and the food was not native and kinda bland. The hotel put out fruit to attract birds and had obvious alliances with certain tour groups. Out of the three places I stayed in Costa Rica, this was the least authentic.
However, this hotel was very clean and well maintained. The grounds were beautiful and if you go at the right time of year (we did not) the views of the volcano are probably amazing. Be sure to check out the best time of year for this part of Costa Rica or you might have breath taking views of the fog. As silly as it may sound, I was stoked about the bidet in each bungalow. In a country where you often cannot flush your toilet paper a bidet is an excellent accommodation! There were also air conditioners in each room, which though we did not use them very much can be a nice break from the humidity. They do not have screens on the windows, so if you are sensitive to mosquitos be mindful of the windows. Also there is no humidifier or clothesline. The cabins themselves are well crafted and have high ceilings with interesting wood patterns.
The location is great for access to volcano activities and the city of La Fortuna, which is quaint and beautiful. However, the next major investment this hotel should make is to pave the drive from the front gate to the reception. Like other roads near the volcano, it is rough and unpaved and can be discouraging. As far as activities as concerned, be forthright about which companies you want to tour with b/c the hotel will book activities with companies that they have relationships with, which can mean significant differences in tours, especially for zip-lining.
Then there is the food. The breakfast is typical and comparable to the other places we stayed, but I would recommend that you eat somewhere else for lunch and dinner. The food gives the impression that it is meant to accommodate a wide array of palettes and pleasing few. Their buffets and entrees are overpriced and mediocre. Go into town and eat someplace local. It's worth it.
Overall, these are more than nice accommodations for the price. However, I am ok with trading niceties for authenticity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lomas del Volcán Hotel is a warm mountain hotel that maintains it's rustic style with wood cabins, each one with 2 decks that invites you to enjoy nature, one with a view to the Arenal Volcano and the other with a view to the tropical forest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lomas Del Volcan Hotel
- Hotel Lomas Del Volcan Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park