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“In the Lap of Arenal” 5 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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Maryland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“In the Lap of Arenal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Stunning views of Arenal right from your cabin. Rooms are large, clean, and well appointed with comfortable beds. Breakfast buffet is very good with many choices. Pool and Jacuzzi are surrounded by exotic birds and plants. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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High Wycombe
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30 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We stayed here for 4 nights in April 2014. The hotel is set about 1km up a dirt track from the main road through La Fortuna and the closest other restaurants and bars are back down by the main road (although the centre of La Fortuna is another couple of kilometres further still). The peaceful location is stunning surrounded by volcano, vegetation and wildlife.

The rooms are individual wood cabins which are a good size with huge bathrooms. Each room has a balcony with views towards the volcano and our room had no other obstructions to the view (although in the 4 days we were there the volcano was on full display for a total of about 5 minutes - its normally shrouded in cloud!).

Inside, the room had comfy beds, decent enough aircon, a TV with plenty of channels and tea & coffee making facilities. At night you do get a lot of wildlife noises either from monkeys and birds in the surrounding jungle or from various critters scurrying across the roof of your cabin - all part of the ambience! Talking of ambience, the one thing that would put us off returning here is the incessant arrival of various coach parties, particularly when coach parties of children turned up and crowded the swimming pool area. The room had a safe but it wasn't particularly large so don't expect to squeeze a laptop in there. One other thing we missed was somewhere comfy to sit as the chairs on the terrace were solid wood and not at all comfortable to sit on.

The restaurant was ok but there's much better food to be had in some of the restaurants in La Fortuna itself but there are great views if you take a table near the terrace. The staff were very friendly (as they were everywhere around the hotel) and do a good job of looking after their guests.

The hotel grounds are beautiful with bags of flora and fauna whichever way you look and a pleasant swimming pool area (when not full of school kids). There's also a short "nature trail" in the hotel grounds which is a nice little introduction to Costa Rican wildlife (we saw numerous birds as well as several poison dart frogs). Also, watch out for the large toads that hang around on the hotel footpaths after dark!

Overall this was a great place to stay and with some improvements in the food offering and coach party management it could be even better.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Georgia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

You're literally under the volcano here (Arenal). Guests stay in separate cabins. The cabins are lovely, with a deck and huge bathrooms. The view is outstanding, the landscaping is beautiful and chirping birds can be heard at all hours. Our package included breakfast, which was great. We ate at the restaurant one evening and the food was delicious. Staff was gracious and helpful. Located close to the Arenal Observatory and Butterfly Conservatory. We had a wonderful stay here and would recommend it to anyone visiting Costa Rica.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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OCala
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Just an awesome and affordable place. From the quaint cabins to the delicious breakfast this hotel is now my favorite in La Fortuna. Can't get any closer to the volcano and it is centrally located. Must sees while in La Fortuna, Eco Termales, The waterfall, eat at Don Rufinos, and the ATV tour.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Collins, Co
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Beautiful grounds, nice cabins with roomy bathrooms and a private back deck. We had one on the end with a great view of Arenal. Cable TV worked great. Nice pool and Jacuzzi, restaurant was also good. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet as well, which is included. The hotel is off the main road a ways, so it is a bit of a walk to other places in the area. We used a taxi to go off the property.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Vancouver, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This place is stunning! The location is great! The views are just as amazing as in the picutures. I would stay here again in a heartbeat! The free breakfast was very good as well. The front desk employees were very helpful in planning our tours and activities.

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Malibu, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Spent 3 nights here using it as a base. The property is beautiful and very well kept, with helpful, friendly and attentive staff. The landscaping is amazing, and I can only guess the daily effort required just to maintain the grounds.

Each cottage is detached and private from the neighbors. The air conditioning could knock about 10 degrees off the outside temperature as there is no insulation and many gaps in the outer shell. Ours (503) had a sweeping view of the Arenal volcano, which was fully visible on two days. The front porch looked over the valley, also a magnificent view. The pool is adequate. The buffet breakfast was good, and the one supper we ate in the restaurant was there was also good.

I loved the place, but my wife found the geckos to be a challenge at night.One was constantly going in and out through roof cracks while hunting insects, chirping occasionally to its neighbors outside. No, they didn't bother us beyond the low and very intermittent noise, nor fall off the rafters, but the wife spent the first two nights with the sheet over her head, and missed a bit of sleep in the process. I slept well.

Room Tip: 503 had an unobstructed view of the volcano, and was close to the dining room, but we heard no noise...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#9 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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Lomas Del Volcan Hotel
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