First of all, I know that being in Costa Rica you should be prepared to see bugs and deal with them. But this hotel I felt especially vulnerable. I thought the idea of having our own little villas would be good, but these ones are constructed so poorly. The structures seemed very flimsy and not air tight. Bugs could crawl under the doors freely. At night you could hear things in ceiling rafters (assuming this is bats). Bats are sooo scary too since rabies is (if left untreated) a fatal nightmare, and they were flying in proximity of our sleeping quarters. And since there is such a large gap under near the doors, it would not be surprising if these unwelcome visitors made their way into the villa! Scary! I was constantly checking for spiders, insects, etc. and the bathroom had lots of crawly/flying things around. The atmosphere here kind of reminded me of when I was a kid in summer camp. Not the type of thing you want to pay big bucks for on a holiday.
On the plus side, the grounds were really beautiful and in some ways it was nice having our own private space. In Costa Rica, for us anyway, we didn't spend much time at the hotel and travelled around to see the natural beauty during most of the day. La Fortuna is a great spot for bars and restaurants, with tons of tours (volcano tours, hot springs, ziplining, kayaking, hiking, waterfalls, horseback riding, etc.) but be careful who you plan your excursions through. If you go through the hotel be prepared to be ripped off! The prices the hotel provides are jacked up and if you just go into the town there are other tour guide places you can go who will give you more information and better prices. That's how we got around and we saved a lot of money getting the same services.
The restaurant at the hotel is expensive. For breakfast, since this is complimentary is good. They offered a lot of different items (coffee, tea, juices, fruits, pancakes, cereal, etc...) so we were happy with this aspect. For dinner, however, meals are expensive and the selection isn't very good (I only saw one item on the menu that I would have ordered: pasta, but upon review of the menu my husband and I decided to go elsewhere in the town for dinner).
Overall, this hotel was okay. I might stay here again but I would probably try to go with somewhere that bugs are not such a prominent issue. If you don't care about such issues, this place might be for you! Good luck :)
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First we want to thank you for the time taken to write this review.
We really regret that your stay at our mountain lodge wasn´t a pleasant stay due the bugs and the noise from something you assume or think were bats.
We have to remeber to the people coming to Lomas del Volcán we are not a city hotel contrary to this we are set in a RAIN FOREST area, next to Arenal Volcano National Park and with a reservation of woods at only few meters from the rooms. We can not imagine a mountain lodge in Costa Rica, a tropical country, in the hart of a city or town like La Fortuna, where noises, people, vehicles come and go 24 hours a day. We are located at a distance of 4,5Km from the town and at a distance of 1,5Km from the road towards to the Arenal Volcano Park.
Refering to our rooms, we have to say we built under international standars and all the constructions are supervised for professional in different disciplines such as architecture, engineering, municipal supervisors and others so making flimsy constrtuctions is not allowed in Costa Rica! There is a seismic code which set the regulations for building houses, hotels, and others.
Last words to say, we have 109 species of bat in Costa Rica and only 3 are vampires, the vampire is the responsible of the trasmision of the rabia in case it bears the virus and the only way of trasmision is through the bite when the saliva gets in contact with the cells of the humans or other animals. We have not heard anything related to this situation in Costa Rica and this would be the first registered case.
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