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“Quality hotel with friendly service, complete breakfast and beautiful decor” 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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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Quality hotel with friendly service, complete breakfast and beautiful decor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2010

Excellent choice for staying in the center of town in La Fortuna. The hotel is centrally located, walking distance to shops and restaurants. Some rooms have views of the volcano. The lobby/restaurant is pretty, I loved the beautiful wood details. Free internet and WIFI is a bonus. The rooms were clean and comfortable. I felt like I was staying in a hotel in the US. The staff was helpful in booking tours and transportation. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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London
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174 reviews 174 reviews
79 hotel reviews
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194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2010

This hotel acts as a great base for a visit to La Fortuna, especially if you get a room on the 3rd floor with Volcano view.
La Fortuna is so small its difficult to be out of town - but this hotel is centrally located with hot showers, free interent and classic 80's hits on most of the day :-)
And free aircon which is great...

A visit to Baldi Hot Springs is only $5 by cab and the front desk will organise cabs and tours if you want them.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2010

While the rooms might not be overly stylish, the rooms facing the volcano are clean, comfortable and large.

The resturant/bar area is a nice place to chill out.

Walking distance to the main streets, church and supermarkets.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010

I stayed here two nights with my girlfriend, the hotel is nice and located in the middle of La Fortuna (I'm not sure if this is a good or a bad thing).

People were nice the little time we spent there.
My biggest complain is that they told us breakfast was served from 7 thru 9 a.m, we got there at 8:45 and they said the kitchen was already closed, so, no breakfast :(

We had dinner there the night we arrived, the dishes were pretty good and nicely priced.

All in all, I think this is a good hotel for the price, if it wasn't for the issue with the breakfast I think I would say it's a very good hotel.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2010

We booked through a travel agency so we weren´t sure but when we arrived we were very pleasantly surprised.
FREE internet, great room. an amazing view of the volcano. hint: if the clouds are covering the volcano during the day, try getting up around 5am or when the sun rises and check it out..that is when we saw the most beautiful and clear view of the top!

we highly recommend this hotel!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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San Francisco Bay Area
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2010

My husband and I stayed at Hotel La Fortuna and it was booked by Pacific Trade Winds S.A. (a great travel company).
Pros: Great location, clean, free use of internet in the lobby, yummy free breakfast in the mornings (fresh juice, fresh fruit, toast, eggs), GREAT views of the volcano
Cons: beds are a little hard, thin walls (could hear something/something banging around in the afternoons)

Since we booked most activities already, we didn't have much interaction with the staff; however, the fact that we didn't need to ask for anything says a lot about the hotel.

A note about Costa Rica hotels--many, including Hotel La Fortuna, don't have clocks or phones in the room. It was not really a problem, but it was something I wish somebody had told us.

A final note: We went on a hike during one of the afternoons and picked up about 15 other tourists. We were definitely staying in the most "budget friendly" hotel (most others were staying in resorts) and many of them were complaining about service, cold showers, bugs in room, etc. Even though our hotel cost the least amount of money, we seemed to be having one of the more positive experiences--a good deal for the money!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

Pro: Clean, light, efficient aircon, great view of the Arenal volcano, service from the staff was excellent, good location (bars, restaurants, excursions are all nearby), good wifi in the lobby.

Con: Light curtains, so woke up early as the morning sun streamed in, not much protection from road noise, basic room amenities (e.g., no chair). WiFi from the lobby didn't reach my room.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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:
#7 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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