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“Decent accomodations for the money” 4 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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New York City, New York
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Decent accomodations for the money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of this hotel. For about USD$100/night, we had a nice room with a great view of Arenal. The breakfast left a little to be desired but it's included in the cost of the room and compared to some of the hotel breakfasts here in the states, you really can't complain. Overall, I was very pleased with the level of service. The one thing that I would have liked to have been made aware of is that I expected a room with two double beds. I got a room with one double bed and one small twin bed. The Shower also has now walls around it so the bathroom got very wet.

Room Tip: make sure you ask for a room with a view of Arenal
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 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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London, England, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We are on honeymoon and having spent six days in a fab villa in Montezuma, only planned to spend one night at this hotel until we got our bearings and found a resort in the rainforest. As it was, we found Hotel La Fortuna to be so comfortable, convenient and friendly that ended up staying for three nights and availing of the restaurants nearby - Don Rufino and Lava Lounge were excellent for food and drinks. It helped that we had a 4WD to get out and about during the day but the super friendly reception staff will organise any transport and trips you want to take. Breakfast is fruit, scrambled eggs and toast with juice and coffee. Wifi is strong in the rooms and lobby. Luxury it isn't but it did the job and saved us a few pounds in this expensive country before going upmarket again.

Room Tip: We enjoyed seeing the volcano status from our balcony room
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013 via mobile

Hotel staff, especially Mercedes on reception we're extremely helpful, location is perfect as you also have the bars and restaurants in la fortuna.

Thanks for making our vacation to Costa Rica amazing! Would totally recommend!

Kimberley and Matt Spencer

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is not a marriot, but it it a budget botique hotel with great amenities in walki g distance to everything at an affordable price. I love that they have computers as well. The staff is great and very accomodating. It was a great way to start the new year.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

The front desk staff always had a cheerful attitude and very accommodating when it came time to plan or schedule tours in the area. The view of the volcano was nice but not essential for the extra money. I would definitely return or recommend to others for the price and pleasant faces.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Besides our GPS not being able to find the hotel and the building itself not having a sign indicating that it is Hotel La Fortuna, the hotel itself was decent. It was in a good location, the room was clean and had basic amenities. It's nothing special, but my wife and I just used it to sleep there as were out and about during the day exploring the city and the surroundings. There is a continental breakfast included as well as free wi-fi. Overall, you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We were given a room (404) with a great view of the volcano. Rooms are large and clean and have good AC but no safe. Mercedes, the staff person on duty in multiple roles spoke good English and was very helpful in arranging taxi services for us. Breakfast was not buffet style and not very good.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#31 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Fortuna 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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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Hotel La Fortuna Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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