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Montana de Fuego Hotel & Spa
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna. | 8 km west from La Fortuna downtown. On the way to the National Park., La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 824417, Costa Rica   |  
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“OK for a one night stay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We stayed here for one night en route from Sarapiqui to Monteverde. The accommodation initially looks very nice but needs some TLC to prevent it becoming too shabby. There seemed to be no heating or air-conditioning (we needed the former!). It's quite a long walk from the rooms we were in to the main restaurant and reception area.

The (included) standard meal was pretty disappointing - if I'd had the option I would have preferred to eat a la carte.

To some extent this review is coloured by the fact that the weather was dreadful with no view whatsoever of the volcano. Without that the place becomes just another hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Montaña d, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Montana de Fuego Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Dear guest.
Thank you for visiting La Fortuna de San Carlos and take the time to write your comments, which are very important for our Hotel.
We regret that your stay has not reached the goal that you had in mind. Our main gold is that all guests leave our Hotel pleased and satisfied.
Those situations are not common and we are working on all the observations that you made will not happen again.
In the following days we will be in contact with you to provide a better personalized follow to your comments and inform the improvements of the Hotel and our efforts to achieve a better record of service.
Once again, thanks for your comments
Cinthya V. Köpper
Online Reservations & Online Marketing
Phone: (506) 2479 1220
Email: reservasonline@montanadefuego.com
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Richfield, Wisconsin
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We stayed for two nights at the Montana de Fuego. These bungalows were very roomy and comfortable. We got one with 3 beds so our kids each had their own bed. Staff were friendly, views were great, excellent food, and we got some great family pics after decorating each other in the mud pot!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Montaña d, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Montana de Fuego Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Dear guest.
Thank you for visiting La Fortuna de San Carlos and take the time to write your comments, which are very important for our Hotel.
First, thank you very much for staying at our Hotel Montaña de Fuego. We greatly appreciate your comments, because it encourages us to persevere, our goal is to achieve maximum satisfaction of our customers.
We will like to encourage you to repeat your experience and see for yourself the quality of our services. I sure you will not be disappointed. Again we appreciate your trust and your positive review of our Hotel Montaña de Fuego Resort & Spa
Once again, thanks for your comments
Cinthya V. Köpper
Online Reservations & Online Marketing
Phone: (506) 2479 1220
Email: reservasonline@montanadefuego.com
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Jersey City, New Jersey
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Hello,

My girlfriend and I stayed here for one day and found the amenities to be very good, the staff very helpful and knowledgable. The entire experience was serene and calm. I would recommend this place to anyone wondering where to stay in Costa Rica. I also like the fact that it was close to all the activities that I was looking or such as canopy tour and rappeling.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Montaña d, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Montana de Fuego Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Dear guest.
Thank you for visiting La Fortuna de San Carlos and take the time to write your comments, which are very important for our Hotel.
First, thank you very much for staying at our Hotel Montaña de Fuego. We greatly appreciate your comments, because it encourages us to persevere, our goal is to achieve maximum satisfaction of our customers.
We will like to encourage you to repeat your experience and see for yourself the quality of our services. I sure you will not be disappointed. Again we appreciate your trust and your positive review of our Hotel Montaña de Fuego Resort & Spa
Once again, thanks for your comments
Cinthya V. Köpper
Online Reservations & Online Marketing
Phone: (506) 2479 1220
Email: reservasonline@montanadefuego.com
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NYC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

in trying to be objective the front desk staff was friendly so were the 2 guys who offered to help us with our bags to our room. They were soooo helpful it was as if they would not leave once at the room. The place is dated we arrived and they do keep things clean. But the furniture is old not very comfortable and dated. The layout of things is not well thought out, in our room the refrigerator was in the living room with the TV but the microwave was in the hallway with an extra sink and coffee maker. The bedroom had a kingsized bed but my husband kept tripping on the doorstop which was on his side of the bed to keep the door from hitting the bed (put a smaller bed?) it seemed as if the bed took up the entire room...no real space for our suitcases.

The pool had broken chairs, the spa pools (3 of them) all different temperatures and the warmest one became crowded quickly. The outdoor jacuzzi ice cold the indoor jacuzzi policed by the spa - limited by the hours of the spa 10-6p.

This place is far from town - a $15 US cab ride to town each way and the only food nearby is the hotel restaurant which is OVERPRICED and ok and adds surcharges x 2 ...every meal for us cost us 50+ US without a tip.

We booked a morning trip from the hotel through their GO adventures desk for walking (hike) tour of Arenal volcano the morning we were to leave was drizzling and foggy and the guide offered to postpone in case the weather cleared up - said we could try to head out at 1p or even 3p that afternoon....because if we went at that time we would not see anything on our walk. Low and behold it cleared up and we were in the Lobby and they were not....we chalked it up to our own loss - but still left a bad tast in my mouth...do not offer if you are not willing to provide. They got to walk away with $106 US for myself and my husband. Needless to say I would say ultimately of the 3 places I visited in Costa Rica this was the worst and Monteverde the nicest...This place is the epitome of a tourist TRAP.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Montaña d, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Montana de Fuego Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Dear guest.
Thank you for visiting La Fortuna de San Carlos and take the time to write your comments, which are very important for our Hotel.
We regret that your stay has not reached the goal that you had in mind. Our main gold is that all guests leave our Hotel pleased and satisfied.
Those situations are not common and we are working on all the observations that you made will not happen again.
In the following days we will be in contact with you to provide a better personalized follow to your comments and inform the improvements of the Hotel and our efforts to achieve a better record of service.
Once again, thanks for your comments
Cinthya V. Köpper
Online Reservations & Online Marketing
Phone: (506) 2479 1220
Email: reservasonline@montanadefuego.com
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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

This didn't really feel like a hotel or a resort- our little bungalow felt more like camping. It was very rustic and as a result didn't feel all that clean. The A/C also didn't work very well and frequently went out.

On the other hand, the views are fantastic. Worth it just for that. We also weren't in the hotel much because there is soooo much to do in the La Fortuna area, and Montana is located very close to it all (especially if you have a car- everything is within 10 minutes or so).

The free breakfast was pretty good and they had plenty to choose from, but I would recommend going into town for all other meals. The food here was extremely overpriced for such small portions, and there are a lot of great options just down the road in La Fortuna.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Montaña d, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Montana de Fuego Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Dear guest.
Thank you for visiting La Fortuna de San Carlos and take the time to write your comments, which are very important for our Hotel.
We regret that your stay has not reached the goal that you had in mind. Our main gold is that all guests leave our Hotel pleased and satisfied.
Those situations are not common and we are working on all the observations that you made will not happen again.
In the following days we will be in contact with you to provide a better personalized follow to your comments and inform the improvements of the Hotel and our efforts to achieve a better record of service.
Once again, thanks for your comments
Cinthya V. Köpper
Online Reservations & Online Marketing
Phone: (506) 2479 1220
Email: reservasonline@montanadefuego.com
Report response as inappropriate
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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We were pleased with this hotel. ROOM & GROUNDS: Our individual room had a front porch with a table/chairs and two rocking chairs. It also had a back deck that looked out over beautiful green hills. The room was a little dated and in need of some updating. It could have also used some extra counter space. We would have had a perfect view of the volcano had it not been for the clouds everyday! The grounds were very nice. We spent some time in the hot springs on the property. It was nice nice temperature but not as warm as you would have expected it to be. FOOD: We only had breakfast at the hotel and it was very nice. There was an omelet station, hot foods, fruit and fresh juices. STAFF: I give the staff an A+! Very professional, accomodating and extremely friendly. LOCATION: The hotel is about 15 minutes from "downtown" La Fortuna. From Liberia airport, once you reach Fortuna Lake, it was about a 1 1/2 hours drive around the lake until you reach the hotel. You REALLY don't want to drive at night. Our GPS took us in the wrong direction and ended up having to drive at night. It's very mountainous, sharp turns and tight curves. Be sure to bring a map along with your GPS because the GPS will loose it's signal at some points and there are no street signs once you leave the main highway.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 243 and from what I understand, they are the better rooms
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montaña d, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Montana de Fuego Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Dear guest.
Thank you for visiting La Fortuna de San Carlos and take the time to write your comments, which are very important for our Hotel.
First, thank you very much for staying at our Hotel Montaña de Fuego. We greatly appreciate your comments, because it encourages us to persevere, our goal is to achieve maximum satisfaction of our customers.
We will like to encourage you to repeat your experience and see for yourself the quality of our services. I sure you will not be disappointed. Again we appreciate your trust and your positive review of our Hotel Montaña de Fuego Resort & Spa
Once again, thanks for your comments
Cinthya V. Köpper
Online Reservations & Online Marketing
Phone: (506) 2479 1220
Email: reservasonline@montanadefuego.com
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We arrived at Montana del Fuego and found it very nice looking. But then looks can be deceiving. The check in staff was very pleasant. The room was a nice size but with only a double bed and clean but in disrepair. After the super comfy king size bed in Monteverde this was a big let down, we slept horrible all 3 nights here. The safe wasn’t even bolted to anything, I could have walked out with it. The security chain was barely hanging by 1 screw. The back sliding door barely opened and closed. The front set of windows was screwed shut. The first morning we had no hot water and no working light in the bathroom. They had used so much room freshener that I had an asthma attack. Dinner at the hotel was expensive and not very good, small portions. The wait staff was rude and made frequent snide comments under their breath

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Montaña d, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Montana de Fuego Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Dear guest.
Thank you for visiting La Fortuna de San Carlos and take the time to write your comments, which are very important for our Hotel.
We regret that your stay has not reached the goal that you had in mind. Our main gold is that all guests leave our Hotel pleased and satisfied.
Those situations are not common and we are working on all the observations that you made will not happen again.
In the following days we will be in contact with you to provide a better personalized follow to your comments and inform the improvements of the Hotel and our efforts to achieve a better record of service.
Once again, thanks for your comments
Cinthya V. Köpper
Online Reservations & Online Marketing
Phone: (506) 2479 1220
Email: reservasonline@montanadefuego.com
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Address: Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna. | 8 km west from La Fortuna downtown. On the way to the National Park., La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 824417, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#14 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Montana de Fuego Hotel & Spa 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ALL THE SPLENDOR AND ADVENTURE OF LA FORTUNA JUST IN ONE PLACE!Welcome to an experience full of adventure and nature in Costa Rica...Just by the foot of the Arenal Volcano stands Montaña de Fuego Hotel & Spa, a hotel inspired by its great natural environment, surrounded by 35 hectares of tropical forest on our prívate reserve.In balance with nature develop a site of rest and fun that makes you feel in a new world.With our All-Inclusive Package in La Fortuna, you can enjoy aholiday full of sustainable adventure and cultural experience.Montaña de Fuego Hotel & Spa has received the Fordor's Choice Award for several consecutive years, distinguished by Fodor’s Travel as the best of hotels in the region of La Fortuna de San Carlos.PURE ADVENTURE IN OUR Experience the best and exclusive eco adventure tours, feel the extreme nature of tropical forests and the powerful energy of the Arenal Volcano! A BREATH FOR TOUR SOUL… ... more   less 
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