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“Great location, particularly if you won't have a car!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Las Colinas
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Centro de La Fortuna | Half a block from the bus station, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21006, Costa Rica   |  
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great location, particularly if you won't have a car!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Most hotels in La Fortuna are somewhat outside the city, but Las Colinas is right in the middle of town. Alvaro (at the front desk) was extremely helpful. He had great (and not too touristy) suggestions for activities and restaurants – he suggested Rancho Perla and La Cubana Pizza which were both delicious. He also helped us book a great whitewater rafting tour.

The hotel itself was clean and simple. There is a great deck with couches and rocking chairs, and Las Colinas has some board games and books lying around for guests. The free breakfast buffet was tasty and substantial. There is also a grocery store right next store, if you want to grab snacks or a few beers.

We got a room with a balcony, which probably wasn’t worth it – the balcony faced a brick wall and the public deck was much nicer. Also, the room was a bit noisy (particularly in the mornings) due to the traffic on the street below, but was worth it for us to be right in town.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

A good hotel for sure in La fortuna. Central location (perfect for us as we did not have a car and relied on public transit mostly), clean rooms, good breakfast, excellent view of the volcano on a clear day, and very helpful and pleasant staff. Great value for the price range we thought. Good all around.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is located close to restaurants, stores, waterfall is located at only five minutes! and this hotel has a great view to the Volcano. The best is the customer attention, this place is owned by a family and they are attending personally.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We researched hotels and excursions before deciding to book this one. After the reviews we read, the positive seemed to outweigh the negative. The hotel booked our excursions for us, and they DO NOT try to rip you off as some reviewers have posted. We researched excursions on our own and the prices were the same. Prices of excursions change, and when we checked in, they let us know that the book of excursions needed to be updated and prices were different than December so there were no surprises. The staff was very friendly and helpful with recommendations.
We had a room facing the street and did not have a problem with street noise (we live in a neighborhood with college frats). The noise goes away at night. If you are planning on spending a lot of time in your room and think the noise will bother you, you shouldn't be planning a trip to La Fortuna....there is too much to do and see in the area to waste your time in the room.
If you are out at night, or need out at night, the security guard will open the doors for you.
There is a grocery next door and many restaurants within a short walking distance. We took taxis to locations outside of town and were never once cheated by a taxi driver.
The only negative was that coffee is only available during breakfast hours and there is not a coffeemaker in the room.
There is an excellent view of the volcano, and each day, the view is different depending on the cloud cover so be prepared to take pictures of the view every day and several times a day.

Room Tip: The third floor has the best views from the rooms facing the street, but if street noise bothers you...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Trondheim, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

This hotel has a great view of Volcano Arenal, is very central, nice, clean and has friendly owners and employees. The rooms are nice with air condition and good room service. It's cheap to do laundry and they do it in just a couple of hours. The breakfast is typical and very good. I can highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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 June 13, 2013

There we were in need of one night's accommodations in the La Fortuna area during, of all times, Easter. We'd been at an unacceptable rental house so had to scramble. Using our cell phone, we were able to book this on a booking site. That was it for availability. It wasn't easy to find, but Alberto talked us in. Not easy because we'd just driven from Monteverde and were suddenly confronted with another Costa Rica town with one way streets, etc. to contend with. We didn't have much if any choice of rooms and got the handicapped room on the first floor. A large room with a large bath area. Not fancy by any means, but workable. Alberto arranged for us to park right in front of the hotel all night. Also there is gated parking across the street. They close the hotel area off late at night and also have a guard. So it's pretty safe. A nice street to be on. Right across the street from the hotel is a little eating place - I can't remember the name - reasonable prices and good food. Very friendly as well. We also ate a good breakfast there. I wouldn't recommend the hotel breakfast. The outside eating area is in the shade, though, and has plenty of tables just to sit there. Almost next door is a nice super mercado. You have a great view of the volcano from anywhere on the street, and the town square is just at the corner a half block away and across the street diagonally. A nice fashion shop on the same corner, and a few nice boutiques just around the corner on the main street - just keep on the same sidewalk, don't cross the street for them. Some great buys to be had. A quality farmacia is across the main street from the boutiques. La Fortuna is a nice town. Looks a little scruffy and some strange characters here and there but overall an enjoyable visit. As you probably know by know, the volcano is not doing anything (2013) but is still an amazing sight.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Flower1989, Propietario at Hotel Las Colinas, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
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Muchas gracias por su respuesta y por las sugerencias
Trabajamos cada día para mejorar
Esperamos tenerlos de vuelta en CR de nuevo y por supuesto en Las Colinas !
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bay area, ca
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

we took the standard rooms and it was great. It was near the la fortuna downtown , which meant we could walk to most places. The taxi stand is right next to the hotel and this was very convenient . They were great with recommendations , booking tours and accommodating us .

The breakfast in the mornings was also good. Make Sure you tell them about early morning plans so the breakfast is ready. One of the days the breakfast was served late after we left. After that whenever we told them how early we would leave , the breakfast would be ready.

Good value , great stay

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Flower1989, Propietario at Hotel Las Colinas, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
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Muchas Gracias por haberse hospedado con nosotros
También por sus comentarios sobre la hora del desayuno
Vuelvan pronto!
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Address: Centro de La Fortuna | Half a block from the bus station, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21006, 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 Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#24 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#30 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Las Colinas 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Las Colinas Arenal Hoteleco-friendly accommodation, Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica Las Colinas Arenal Hotel offers quality accommodation and all the facilities of a small hotel. We are an eco-friendly, family run hotel. Located only 1 block away from La Fortuna central park and 10 minutes driving from the famous Arenal Volcano, our hotel combines the truly local hospitality with the lovely natural attractions.Our accommodation provides comfortable en-suite rooms all with Wi- Fi access, Cable television, Décor stylish Eco-rooms and an open-air terrace offering a refreshing volcano view. To complete a relaxing stay we can also offer in-house beauty treatments.From us you can visit the Arenal Volcano Hot Springs, the Volcano itself, interesting attractions the Fortuna Waterfalls, the hanging bridges or enjoy the adventure tours as zip-lines, horseback ridings, raftings or rappelling and much more.Las Colinas Arenal Hotel is conveniently situated to visit both tourist attractions and shops. We are minutes walk from center; Enjoy a walk into town to get immerse in the typical life of La Fortuna.Flor and Ivette are the proprietors of this family run hotel and have many years experience in tourism and hotels and will personally supervise all your arrangements during your holiday or business trip. ... more   less 
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