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“VERY RELAXING” 5 of 5 stars
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Lost Iguana Resort & Spa
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   1.5 km North of Arenal dam, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park A2004, Costa Rica   |  
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Orlando, Florida
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“VERY RELAXING”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

My husband and I just returned from a four night stay at Lost Iguana. We loved it! The staff was so friendly and helpful; every single one of them. We felt as if we were in the midst of the beautiful lush landscape when sitting on our back porch. We booked activities (there is SO much to do) thru the front desk and everything went just fine without a hitch. This was our first trip but we will be back....

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

My partner and I stayed at The Lost Iguana, last week. The resort is charming, luxurious, and beautiful. There is so much to do both at the resort, and in the neighboring towns. We enjoyed the 5 star spa very much, and all of the staff were great. Our restaurant server named Jordan, was kind, helpful, and eager to answer any questions we had. The bartender Luis, took extra great care of us, and went out of his way to make sure we were well taken care of. He is a truly wonderful employee. We will be back, for sure!

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This was a return visit to Lost Iguana – the first visit was about 7 years ago. We enjoyed the resort as much this time as we did the last. The rooms are clean and nice, and the view from each – with its own private balcony – is amazing, as all pictures attest to. A note about the rooms: this was a visit during low season and there was a memo in the room about the fact that they do work on the resort during low seasons. Currently, they are in the process of upgrading all rooms the memo said: marble sink tops, new bedding, new furniture, etc. The list was extensive. So, I suppose when we return again (as we will), the rooms will be more modern looking. (Also a note: the memo mentioned they will be closing the pool at some point to retile, so you may want to ask when this is happening if access to the pool matters to you.)

ROOM/ RATES: The low season rates are great – buy two nights, get two free! We booked a Luxury Suite to have a small fridge and coffee in the room, though we never actually used the coffee maker. Another bonus of the luxury suite was a Jacuzzi on your balcony – totally private. We thought this sounded awesome. We never used it! Between going to hot springs at night and the heated pool on premises, it just never seemed worthwhile to use all of the water to fill the Jacuzzi.

FOOD: The daily breakfast provided was good – choice of eggs, French toast, pancakes, “typical” (which is two eggs, gallo pinto (rice and beans), fried plantains, and two small corn tortillas), huevos rancheros, and a couple of other items. So you order a la carte on those items, and there is a buffet for juice, fresh fruit and a few pastries. There was OJ and another juice each day – two days it was watermelon, another soursop….which I LOVED! Coffee is made table side. We ate dinner at the resort two nights – once in the restaurant, once by the pool. At the restaurant, we had a salad ($4), tilapia ($12) and seafood pasta ($16 – I think). The tilapia was good, basic. The seafood pasta my husband had he thinks was made using frozen seafood because he said it was all sort of chewy. We ordered a bottle of wine which was good – they have a lot of Chilean wines, which we like. I think the bottle we ordered was about $30. The bottles are normal restaurant prices for wines. The other night we ate dinner there was by the pool and I asked if there was a burger or sandwich menu and the bartender said that is the lunch menu but said we could order from that if we like, so we did. My husband had a cheeseburger and fries – he said the burger was good; fries were nothing spectacular, but fine. I had a large salad with grilled chicken. The dressing they give you is delicious, sweeter than I usually like, but really good.

DRINKS: by the pool each day, from 3-6, there is happy hour so it is buy one, get one. Drinks are really well priced. Beers at Happy hour were $5 (for 2), mixed drinks were $6 (again, for two). There is a Costa Rican rum they have – Cacique – that is delicious. They also make smoothies and other non-alcoholic drinks

WHAT TO DO on premises: Sit on your balcony and stare at the volcano at any and all times of the day!!!! It is mesmerizing for some odd reason even though it is no longer spewing lava at this time. We enjoy a pool, so loved taking dips at random times of day. There is a gift shop with seemingly fair prices – I bought a wooden salad bowl with servers for $48. They have a hiking trail that splits into two for a longer/shorter hike. We took the long trail. Perhaps the tape blocking the entrance should have been a clue: the trail was almost non-existent at a couple of points (not that we got lost, but we were wondering if we were on it at times. There are spots where steps carved into the trail are completely washed out so you have to sort of haul yourself up. It was a tough hike due to some of these conditions – one of the more rigorous hikes I have done in a while. The staff told us the long loop takes about 2 hours; it took us about 1:15. We are fit and do day hike, just to give you a gauge. The trail winds around the valley, over the river and back. Not a particularly gorgeous train as far as scenic overlooks – though there is one spot where you see the volcano. If you consider a trail in your average state park to be medium to high challenge, this is not a trail for you. If a paved trail is the bane of your existence, do this one.

EXCURSIONS: You can read each of my individual review on the following outfitters/locales individual pages on Trip Advisor. We did Hanging Bridges (which is actually just up the hill from Lost Iguana) – book through the front desk, they get a discounted rate. We had the front desk book all of our excursions, actually. We did zip lining with Ecoglide – were torn between that and Skytrek, but the price (almost half) swayed us, and we loved it. Went to Ecotermales, a return visit, and it was just as nice. Went to Tabacon for massage – did not have a great experience. La Fortuna waterfall is amazing, one of our favorite memories. Hiked around in the National Park (all well groomed, wide trails that are more like walking other than the area near the 1998 lava flow which is lava rock.

FOOD IN LA FORTUNA: we ate dinner at Lava Lounge (see my separate review) and got a take away smoothie from there another day. There are two supermarkets in town – Super Christian and Mega Super - you pass Super Christian on the main road, Mega super is found in going into La Fortuna from Lost Iguana at the point where you have to turn right because the road becomes one way – make the right, then a left and it is right there. We like having yogurt and snacks and beer in our room, these had all we would want.

Tips: Build in time to relax at the resort – the views of the volcano are great, but you also have a chance to talk to staff and other guests. Go during the “rainy” season! We went during the dry season 7 years ago and had more rain and cloudy days than during this visit in the wet season! We never saw the top ¼ of the volcano in dry season due to clouds. This time, we saw the whole volcano every day and night. Most days were brilliantly sunny, one day we had 45 minutes of a light consistent rain in the morning and then another day it down poured for about 2 hours in the afternoon. Other than that, and some rain in the middle of some nights when we were asleep, the weather was glorious. There were less crowds and better rates on air and hotels in the wet season. Car or no car? We rented a car at San Jose airport, as we did last time we were in Costa Rica. It is worth it in our opinion. La Fortuna is about a 25 minute ride and if you want to go out at night or have the ability to get places and see things without arranging transport, it is the only way. (NOTE: There is mandatory (government regulated) insurance you must take when renting in CR that does not come up in the prices of your quote when you use the US websites. Google, for example, “(name of major car rental company and Costa Rica” and you will get their local site that give a quote with all mandatory insurances accounted for. Our US quote for one major agency’s rental was $145ish, the Costa Rican one with all insurances listed was $285. You will get charged all insurances when you get to CR despite what your cheap quote tells you!!! That being said, I think it is worth it when you account for the freedom and the ability to get yourself to excursions. The Ecoglide excursion, less than a 20 minute drive, would have cost us $40 just for transport. Extrapolate those costs out and the rental price is a much better deal. Many cars are manual, but you can get standard. A four wheel drive jeep/SUV was necessary last time we were here, since then, all roads from San Jose to Lost Iguana were fully paved – including the one into the resort. The only non-paved roads we encountered were the ones to La Fortuna waterfall and inside of the National Park.)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oakville, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Hubby and I stayed at the Lost iguana 10/6-10/13. Our first time in Costa Rica, plan to visit again.
Staff was always very friendly and kind. We booked all our tours through hotel reception, Jennifer was most helpful and a delight to chat with. Accomodations were lovely and clean, the outdoor shower was heavenly, food at hotel delicious, grounds breathtaking!
We went rafting, waterfall rappeling, did a night safari and tons of hiking and the hot springs at Ecothermal (highly recommended). The spa is heavenly and not to be missed!

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We had a wonderful time!!! Staff was very friendly and a very clean eye appealing get-away.
We enjoyed the pool, nice company of the staff, and the food. The staff was helpful and spoke both English and Spanish. We went during the off season so it wasn't overly crowded. We are planning to go back again sometime.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Weston, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Stayed at LI 10/2-10/8. First time in CR, and won't be the last. We plan to bring the family to this amazingly beautiful and peaceful place. People were great, food was outstanding - breakfast and dinner. Lost iguana was very accommodating in all aspects. Things to do- We did the sky trek up the volcano and zip lined down....great thrill. Not quite as adventurous as renting a car and driving from San Jose to the hotel, however. Hanging bridges behind LI was the best. Saw monkeys. We also had a great time at ASIS wild life preserve and floating down a local river (blanca?) with Decents Tours across from the lava lounge. We highly recommend to anyone considering a trip to CR to GO! The people are amazing as is the beauty of the land. Arenal is a cool place. Hit the Lava Lounge, stay at Lost Iguana and enjoy the many treks you can
choose from. Kudos to the LI hotel!!!

Room Tip: Every room seemed to have a great view of the volcano and forest...
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Bristol, Tennessee
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stayed at the Lost Iguana from 9/13 - 9/17/12. This was our first trip to Costa Rica and we saved the Arenal Region for the last leg of our journey. If we had known what awaited us, we would have made our stay much longer!
The location of the resort was fantastic! Just below the dam of Lake Arenal and with a front and center view of the volcano, the setting was amazing. Our ground level suite offered us a wonderful view of the volcano, framed by a private, lush tropical landscape. Every morning and evening, we relaxed with a cup of complimentary Costa Rica coffee, while watching a variety of butterflies and hummingbirds putting on a show for us. (We even saw a tucanette - the smaller version of a tucan).
The suite was perfect. Twin showers were set outside in a tropically landscaped & walled area (ROMANCE defined). The jetted bath was set just off the terrace in it's own private area, and (once again), outside. No worries about privacy, the rooms are arranged so that you are in your own world.
The grounds are beautiful. Two swimming pools, located below the restaurant offer you both a heated and unheated option. Just swim up to the bar for a drink.
My husband and I each enjoyed a couples massage at the Spa. This is one of the highlights of the resort. You are treated to an experience that is truly indescribable. (Try Asia meets Bali) The sights, sounds and smells of this area are perfection personified! Imagine entering via a beautifully landscaped, winding walkway, set just above the gurgling waters of the creek below. You enter into a candlelit casita, filled with the aroma of exotic incense. You are then led outside onto the verandah (hot tea in hand) while you have your feet washed in a ceremonial manner, as you listen to the water's song and the sounds of the jungle. You are then treated to a wonderful massage and facial. (As amazing as the Lost Iguana is, you are transported somewhere else that only this experience can conjure)!
We had great service and especially enjoyed our "Costa Rica Style" coffee demonstration at breakfast. The Gift Shop Manager opened the Gift Shop after she had already closed, so that we could make our final gift purchases before leaving for home. This left us with one problem; too much stuff for the luggage we had available. Once again, we were offered us the "no worries" experience that we had enjoyed all along at this resort. The owner of the resort gave us one of her personal pieces of luggage to bring our goodies home in!
We truly can not wait until our next visit. Lost Iguana is a sanctuary amongst sanctuaries in this wonderful area of Costa Rica! Thank you all at the Lost Iguana for a life experience that will forever be remembered.

Room Tip: Go for the Luxury Suite! A real value for the experience!!!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1.5 km North of Arenal dam, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park A2004, Costa Rica
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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#6 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#7 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#11 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lost Iguana Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lost Iguana Resort is Arenal's newest hotel, offering luxury accommodations in the rain forest The resort's 100 acre property overlooks the world's most active volcano, Arenal Volcano located near La Fortuna, Costa Rica. A premiere, upscale retreat nestled gently in the jungle, the Lost Iguana Resort only offers rooms with large private balconies overlooking the Arenal Volcano and Arenal River Gorge. All rooms are spacious and well appointed with first-class furnishings, artwork and full amenities. ... more   less 
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