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“Wonderful helpful staff, great volcano view and beautiful comfortable room :)” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel La Fortuna
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 block south and 1 block east from La Fortuna Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 000, Costa Rica   |  
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San Francisco, California
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“Wonderful helpful staff, great volcano view and beautiful comfortable room :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Hotel La Fortuna is not just about a very friendly, spotless and comfortable place to stay, it’s at a great location and many of its rooms have the breathtaking view of Arenal Volcano, and most of all, its incredibly nice staff and efficient breakfast service.

The best way to find a great eatery is always from the place you stay because you can articulate your likes and the suggestions are almost spot on. Excellent service from Mercedes from the front desk - she's super friendly, nice, and genuine. She's also very knowledgeable of the area as I always love to find Tico food and places to have a great cup of Costa Rican coffee. She gave such detailed descriptions, sprinkling with her heritage. That’s how I found out Visquez for the casado and Café Rain Forest for its Monteverde coffee!

The hotel was very clean and the marble floor was spotless. The bed was super comfortable and I just love waking with the view of the volcano.

The breakfast service downstairs started at 7am and even with I had to leave rather early each day around 7:30am, they were nice enough to quickly prepare some delicious eggs, toast and tasty coffee.

This hotel is only a couple blocks away from 2 supermarkets where you can get all the coffee beans and any amenities you might need. It’s also a couple blocks away from the main plaza, making it convenient to get to all the shops, yet keep a quiet and less crowded feel.

And if you pay a bit more attention, you will see the owner around as well as in the area.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

* Location is good, safe, in the city center. Walking distance to every place. Enough parking place on the street.

* Breakfast is free from 7-9am. Really basic stuff: Fresh fruit - pineapple and papaya, scrambled egg and toast with coffee.

* The rooms were clean and basic, one small table, no chair, no fridge.

* The internet is free. Signal is good for 1st and 2nd floor - only can connect to the "La Fortuna lobby" signal. Never worked with other signal - "La Fortuna guest 1" or "La Fortuna guest 2" even they say they have some new router on 3rd floor but not working. So if you really a internet person, stick with lower floors.

* The stuff is nice and helpful. They helped me to book the zipline tour in Monteverde and gave some recommendation for the restaurants around.

* The price is pretty good compare to the location and convenience.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Stayed for 2 nights on a recent trip through the area. We were exhausted and didn't feel like getting our bearings so went straight to this hotel... it was clean, modern, in the center of town and resonably priced ($60/night incl breakfast). Since a 5th floor volcano room was available, we just ended up staying.

Very happy with the choice... super friendly staff spoke excellent English. There was no guarded parking, however no problem as the desk clerk said to leave it on the street in front of the building. From there the night staff could keep an eye on it... but I don't think it would have been an issue anyway.

The 3 star rating is appropriate for the bed comfort and amenities... only comment I can think of is the old tube TV mounted on the ceiling and not facing down at an angle. Really a non-issue as the last thing I came to La Fortuna for was to watch TV :)

Room Tip: Get a room facing the Volcano :)
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We stayed here during easter....no alcohol sales for the WHOLE country Thursday and Friday before easter. This hotel was very modern, simple and cozy. Right in the middle of the town at the base of the arenal volcano. We had a view of the volcano...AMAZING!!!! The staff was ultra friendly, spoke good English. Was eager to practice English, esp if you wanted to practice Spanish! Our air conditioner was leaking when we checked in, the next day we asked the housekeeper if it was supposed to do that since it was super humid and she said no, that someone would fix it. When we came back that night it was not leaking and was perfect for the rest of our stay! The hotel rooms have no phone, but it's only 5 floors so its easy to communicate with fellow travelers. Would recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to la fortuna.

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Oahu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

This hotel was a very good, very basic place to stay. The staff was excellent, friendly, and helpful. The room was nice and clean. The lock on our sliding door was busted and didn't work, which was ok. But overall, a good place to stay. And even better that it was in the middle of downtown.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Grrr. I just wrote a long review and it disappeared! Anyhow, I stayed here for a week and had a room with a queen bed with the volcano view. The view was breathtaking, that alone was worth the money. The room was very clean and comfortable. The ac worked great and the tv had several channels (I think HBO). The staff was incredibly friendly and everyone went out of their way to help us with with anything we needed. Breakfast was included and was served from 7-9am. The restaurant is open air with a volcano view. It consisted of coffee, oj, fruit plate (banana, pineapple, guava), eggs and toast. I ate it everyday and it filled me up. I really liked it's location. I prefer to be in town rather than being stuck out at resorts. Sure, there is street noise but it did not bother me at all. La fortuna is a great little town and I liked the option of roaming around. There is a laundromat directly across the street and a couple grocery stores and sodas within a five minute walk. Overall, a lovely experience.

Room Tip: get the volcano view
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I stayed here for a couple of days in early October.

The view was excellent! Arenal was close by and you could see the steam rising from the top. Amazing!

The room itself was basic and clean. The air conditioning worked, as did the shower and TV. Breakfast was included in the morning, and service was great.

When we checked out the front desk let us leave our bags there for the morning and kept them safe.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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: 1 block south and 1 block east from La Fortuna Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#32 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Fortuna 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A uniquely designed building and an excellent location, make our hotel stands out in La Fortuna downtown. We have a central area extending up all five floors, with interior balconies looking down to the lobby, creating a sense of openness and freshness.Each floor keeps a refrigerator and free coffee. Our lobby area provides computers with free Internet and wireless. Ample and comfortable seating is perfect to relax while you enjoy our well-stocked English books exchange.Just a couple of blocks away, you can find supermarkets, drugstores, restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and everything you need for having a good vacation.And if you are looking for more relaxation or adventure, we offer you a tourist information desk inside the hotel with convenient prices for the guests. Parking lot is free and exclusive for our visitors. ... more   less 
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