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“Simple, but Impressive” 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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Saint John
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Simple, but Impressive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2010

Our room was simple enough, but the view of the volcano was gorgeous. At $65/night, I thought it was a great deal. Drinks and food at the restaurant downstairs was very reasonable and delicious. The few staff emembers tha tyou saw there, were warm, friendly and accomodating. If you need a hairdryer, jsut ask the front desk. They will also help you book any daytrips you need to, or you can walk a block and meet up with some of the guys on the street who may be able to work out a deal for you. Everything is within walking distance to the super market, restaurants, and shops. I have nothing bad to say about this hotel, and the employwees were more than accommodating.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Niagara, Ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2010

With rooms around $50 /night during Costa Rica's green season, this hotel is a great option when visiting La Fortuna and the surrounding area. Rooms with a view of Arenal Vocano wasn't much more than the starting room and the extra cost is definitely worth it! The price included a continental breakfast (fruit, toast, scrambled eggs) and you can add other items at a low cost. The price also included free wifi access and the use of their public computers with internet access which came in handy to plan things.

The location is near the center of La Fortuna making it easy to explore the town. On a side note, when looking for souvenirs in town it might be best to buy from shops, I found the one street vendor selling things 2 or more times as much as the stores were.

Being so centreal, it also meant that the hotel wasn't the quiest place. You can hear noise from the town from your room and their was a rooster right across the street that liked to crow every morning at 6am. I needed to get up early each morning so I didn't mind at all but you may want to bring ear plugs if you want to sleep in.

The rooms were basic but clean. They came with an AC unit and hairdryer but no phone or alarm clock (the front desk has at least one alarm clock that guests can borrow though). The only real complaint about the room is the pillows weren't of the best quality and a bit lumpy making it no so easy to fall asleep.

The staff were really friendly with special mention of Enrique. When checking in, he made sure to use my name several times and throughout my stay as well which is always a nice touch. The owner Lorraine brought her dog and puppies to the hotel several times and let guests play with them. The staff will help you book activites with tour companies although they tend to push ones that they work with and probably get a commission from. I used two tour companies they help me book and both were great so its not like they're pushing ones that won't give you a good time or are rip offs.

I'd stay here again if visiting La Fortuna.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2010

The view from this hotel is amazing. You are able to perfectly see Volcano Arenal from the Hotel. The hotel is also modern and has an open floor plan which adds to the relaxing ambiance of this wonderful hotel. Staying at this hotel really helped me to enjoy my visit in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed April 2010
    • 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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toronto
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2010

My boyfriend and I travelled to Fortuna a day before planned. We booked one night at Hotel La Fortuna, as we had already arranged the following three nights at another hotel. Once we checked in we were so pleased to see how accommodating and friendly Enrique at reception was. And how nice and clean the hotel was. The room was comfortable and had a great view.
The next day, we sadly said goodbye to Enrique and walked to our next hotel. When we saw our new room, we grabbed our bags thanked the lady, and ran back to Hotel La Fortuna, where Enrique graciously checked us back in for the remainder of our stay in Fortuna. That should tell you right there, how awesome Hotel La Fortuna was. Its the best choice for the price and location.

  • Stayed March 2010, 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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Cincinnati
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2010

If you're looking for a clean, reliable place to stay with American style, this place is good. The owner is great, very friendly. The whole place is completely handicapped freindly, if you're looking for that. I definitely suggest it.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled on business
    • 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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Unites States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2010

The family that owns Hotel La Fortuna is very nice and helpful. They answer all questions and will help you find anything around La Fortuna or Arenal. The location of the hotel is right in the middle of La Fortuna so easy access to the bus station, taxis, resturants, stores, park. Rooms were a little small and shower curtain didn´t work so bathroom flooded a little everytime we showered. Beds were also a little hard. But continental breakfast in the morning, air conditioning, and cleanliness made it worm the $70 a night.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2010

Balcony rooms on the front have a great view of the Arenal valcano. The 2 young guys that work at the front desk (Manrique and Jose )are freindly and a great help for advice and conversation. They even repaired a pair of glasses for us.

The hotel is new , clear and in a great location to walk around the city.

Roger
Houston Texas

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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Additional Information about Hotel La Fortuna

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:
#8 Spa 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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