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“Great View of Volcan Arenal” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Lomas del Volcan
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   PO Box 4-4417, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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“Great View of Volcan Arenal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

My wife, daughter and I stayed here for 3 nights over new year 2012. This hotel is comprised of 50+ cabins set on a large property adjacent to Volcan Arenal. The cabins are quite private as they are set a good distance apart. They are well appointed and have a huge shower (honestly you could turn it into another bedroom!). We didn't have any problems with our booking and our check in and check out process were flawless. The hotel is a fair way out of town down the end of a very long driveway (road) so if you haven't got your own car then you will need to catch taxis everywhere. Taxis are plentiful and not too expensive. The buffet breakfast is OK without being great and the buffet dinner is in the same category. We were a bit disappointed that they didn't plan anything special for new years eve, especially as they are out of town a bit. The staff were very friendly and helpful. WiFi is available in the dining room and reception area and sometimes in the cabins (the closer to reception the better). We had a cabin that was up a fairly short but very steep hill and getting to and from the reception area gave us our exercise. On the plus side was that we had an uninterupted (and if no clouds) stunning view of the volcano from our back verandah.
Tour buses stop at this hotel so you need to time your breakfast and dinner times to avoid the crowds when the bus is in.
I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again but I would have my own car next time.

Room Tip: The cabins numbered from 50 onwards are up a fairly short but steep hill and are the furthest from t...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Cabins are clean, spacious, well appointed. Food is very good. Hotel grounds are beautiful and view of volcano perfect (when sky is clear!). Travellers should be aware that it is an uphill climb from reception/dining/pool to most of the cabins. There are cabins for handicapped but these travellers should let hotel know beforehand. We really enjoyed our stay here.

Room Tip: The higher up, the better the view, BUT it is an uphill climb on foot!
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  • Stayed January 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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West Linn, Oregon
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

I stayed here two nights with my brother and sister-in-law at the start of a Costa Rica trip. Like them, I had mixed experiences. The lodge and grounds are beautiful with a nice trail, and very conducive to wildlife. We had numbers of both species of toucans next to the road across from my brother's cabin. I spent one night in a standard room, which is much cheaper, but spent the second night in a cabana, which was worth the extra cost. he staff were very friendly, even as they explained that they had made a mistake with my reservation, and bumped me from the cabana to the single room.The breakfast buffet was outstanding, and part of the overnight cost. We made the mistake of eating in the dining room our first night, and paid way too much for food that was not very good. So unless they improve, I'd suggest eating at another lodge or in Fortuna. The lodge is well situated to use as a base for exploring the Fortuna area, and were it not for the dining room experience, would give this lodge a 5 out of 5.

Room Tip: Cabanas are worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

The individual cabins are well appointed and spacious, each having an unobstructed view of the volcano (except of course when the view is more or less obstructed by cloud cover--which was most of the time we were there) but when the clouds cleared the view was spectacular. The bird watching from the cabin and from the restaurant was lovely and was enhanced by the simple expedient of spreading a few bread crumbs on the back lawn of the restaurant each morning. The buffet was high class albeit not world class. Our stop in La Fortuna was for two days and was part of a Caravan tour, it was an excellent value for a modestly priced tour.

  • Stayed January 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Swoope, Virginia, United States
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Service, accommodations, food and views were all awesome. The birding is fantastic here. We saw three toucan species in one tree. It's a good walk to the village. We walked down and got a cab back up for $6 (US). Our breakfast table was right next to the gardens with a view of the volcano. We watched Passerin's Tanagers, Blue Gray Tanagers and Great Kiskadees while we sipped great Costa Rican coffee and ate from a full Costa Rican breakfast buffet.

  • Stayed January 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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Belfast
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at Lomas del Volcan. The buffet breakfast was typical Costa Rican fare and very tasty. We had lunch in the bar and it was very good. Rooms are very big and tasteful, bathrooms are huge. All very clean and well maintained, with super views of the volcano. Lovely pool, again, with great views of the volcano. We found this hotel to be well located for getting in and out of la Fortuna (5 min taxi ride) which meant we could head into town in the evening for meals at local restaurants. Other hotels in Arenal seemed to be further out. More remote, yes, but less opportunity for variety when it comes to food etc. Lomas del Volcan was the perfect balance for us and I would highly recommend it.

Room Tip: We stayed in 401 and had great views.
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  • Stayed January 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saskatoon, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here as part of a tour group and found this was a great place to stay. The view from our cabin was fantastic. We could see the volcano quite clearly the first morning. The rooms were large and clean and the staff were great.

We did have a problem with ants the second night but we called reception and they came and sprayed around the cabin

The grounds are gorgeous with lush vegitation everywhere and many birds to watch

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 4-4417, 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:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#8 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Lomas del Volcan 3*
Number of rooms: 47
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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