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“The most special hot springs retreat” 5 of 5 stars
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Aguas Calientes, San Carlos | 6 km al oeste de la catedral de Ciudad Quesada, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Orange County
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16 hotel reviews
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“The most special hot springs retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We visited this place back in summer of 2008 and it was a spectacular experience. The moment we went down the trail into the forest leading to the hot springs, a chorus of seemingly hundreds of birds overwhelmed the air. What a tropical welcome! Then the trail winds through and along a beautiful stream at the same time descending lower and deeper into the forest. Soon the tropical canopy is way above you and at times you cannot see the sky anymore. At the end, you have this series of some 6-7 hot springs with varying tempatures all built along that stream. There are natural sitting areas in these pools and we got mesmerized by the frolicking stream and sound of water all around us. The clouds that gathered above but now have come down into the trees like a cloud forest.

It was rainy season and soon drops of rain the size of quail eggs started hitting the surface of the pools but everything was still warm. The rain came and went but continued for the 3 days we were there. That was the best memory we have of Termales del Bosque. That was the most natural and beautiful hot springs we have seen anywhere.

You should also check out the horse rides offered there. Our daughters had a wonderful time learning horse riding in Spanish and by example. We trotted and galloped on these rolling hills, down the creek, under the trees. ... We even scared off (unintentionally) a big tropical bird incubating her eggs in the grass when we rode by her nest. She was in midst of the tall grass and we did not see her. Then we got to see the eggs in that nest. It was so fun riding horses in this natural environment that we signed up again the next day. There is no way we could have done that in the States. For some $10 per person, it was a wonderful bargain.

The room itself is simple but authentic and we appreciate the cultural aspect of it. The hotel ground is very scenic with tropical plants, birds, ... The meals were good. We especially found the ceviche there to be the best and nothing since then have come close even at other Costa Rican resorts later on the trip.

The only thing that went wrong was the road back to the main highway after our stay. It was closed for construction so we had to join this caravan of other vehicles on this long, winding detour that went into people's backyard, narrow alleys, huge pot holes and hours of delay on our way to Arenal.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Atenas, Costa Rica
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

The thermal springs are very nice: Quiet area, nice surroundings, changing area, towels. The room itself was mediocre -- mattresses were hard and not mattress cover; pillows were lumpy, only an overhead lamp (one wall lamp was in the room but there wasn't a bulb). The shower did not have hot water except for the first 2 seconds.

There was also a problem with the reservation, but we made do. Food was very good and the staff were all very friendly. Good value for the money.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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mel
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We visited Termales del Bosque twice during our stay in Costa Rica. It is great value for money.
The staff are friendly and helpful, the food was delicious (particularly the mixed meat platter), there is wireless internet and although simple the rooms are clean and well kept.

The thermal baths are fantastic. They are in a natural forest setting that is particularly special at night. (Sorry no description or photo can describe the experience). The walk to the thermal springs itself is nice, and although there is a shuttle, the walk is only a 5-10 minute easy stroll.

What I like most, is that this place is honest, good value. For under $100 for a couple, you have entry to the baths, dinner and breakfast included for both of you.

Unlike so many other places in this country they don't try to sell you anything. If you expect 5 star luxuries then this may not be for you but if you want a good quality, relaxing, value for money experience, then I would recommend this place. I hope it stays this way!

PS The pina coladas at the thermal springs are very good.

My only criticism of the hotel is that the gym could do with a bit of an upgrade.

Oh,this place is just past ciudad quesada, an hour before arenal. Interbus have shuttles between here and numerous places in Costa Rica..when you book with interbus it is actually in the area called "aguas zarcas". Approx $45 to san jose. For those that criticise its location..check your google maps before you book:)! Its a great stop to / from a visit to arenal.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Pedro Sula, Honduras
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15 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Located 7 km from Ciudad Quesada. In general well maintained site, the rooms require a bit of maintenance but generally OK. Meals are very good, Service is very good. In general I'd recommend it. Two things I would strongly suggest: Horses require attention. Room 24 had no cold water and hot water was hotter than the hotsprings!! Mattresses!!! a bit on the soft side for my taste!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville, Tennessee
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

My husband and I recently enjoyed the thermal bathes at Termales del Bosque. We were very pleased with the room, the restaurant, and the scenic walk to the bathes. There is little to do except lounge in the warm waters from a nearby volcano but that was exactly what we were looking for.
Our room was large, lots of windows looking over their beautiful gardens. Very nice shower, comfortable bed, although their linens were quite tired and had no mattress covers. The restaurant was very good. We took the dinner inclusive package and enjoyed a nice buffet. The very best part of the buffet was the salad bar. We feasted on lots of fresh vegetables, homemade salads, & vino blanco that wasn't overpriced.
This is a place that the trip is at least 75% of the joy. The countryside surrounding this hotel is incredibly beautiful. We drove from San Jose' and the vistas were breathtaking.

We would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for peace and quiet and a relaxing atmosphere.

Room Tip: All of the rooms look out to beautiful gardens.
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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oregon
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83 reviews 83 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

First of all, Termales del Bosque is NOT in La Fortuna. It's in Ciudad Quesada, and when we had to leave from La Fortuna on the next leg of our trip, we had to pay a cab driver $80 to take us there. The hot springs and the restaurant at Termales del Bosque were very nice, but the room was terrible. There was a strong mildew smell in the bathroom, the toilet seat was cracked, and three of us were only given one tiny soap and two towels. (More were brought later after we asked) There are no phones or wi-fi in the rooms, so when we had to find a cab, we had to buy a phone card at the front desk, and use a customer phone in the reception area. The furniture in the room was in desperate need of replacement. One nightstand and lamp were cracked, and the mattress on the bed was hard. Sheets and towels were threadbare, and the walls were thin. The location is just lovely, and the restaurant does such a nice job that I hate to see them lose business because they are not taking care of the rooms.

Room Tip: Don't count this place out. Maybe ask for one of the bungalows...they might be nicer than the st...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

This place is amazing.

However there are 2 things I really disliked.

1. We rented a 6 people bungalow. It was nice and confortable. However, inmediatly after our check in we went to bed and at the time we grasped a pillow.. we found a lot of hair on it. None of us had used the bed ... We asked the hotel to change our bedclothes, however, we ended doubling about theCleanliness
2. Horses are sick... really sick. They should take a better care of them.

Room Tip: bungalows are great
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Aguas Calientes, San Carlos | 6 km al oeste de la catedral de Ciudad Quesada, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 64 Hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 48
Also Known As:
Termales Del Bosque Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Termales Del Bosque Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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