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“Stunning views of Arenal!” 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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Victoria, Canada
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8 hotel reviews
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“Stunning views of Arenal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Nestled in the jungle on the side of a hill facing Arenal Volcano, Lost Iguana Lodge is a beautiful full service resort and spa. We were in room 5, which is a corner first floor suite with a lovely outdoor shower and a jacuzzi tub on the patio, which had an incredible view of the volcano! It had a king sized bed and a sitting area next to a mini kitchenette. Sitting on the patio in the early mornings, enjoying the coffee and the birds was wonderful and peaceful! There were plenty of birds to watch, hummingbirds, parrots, toucans, etc.
The swim-up bar in the heated pool was a nice touch, although it was too cold to go into the unheated pool at the time we were there. The breakfasts on the terrace in the restaurant were just lovely, with a buffet of fruits and pastries as well as anything we wanted from the menu. Wifi was a bit sketchy in our room, but was very strong in the main lobby area. Everyone on the staff was very friendly and helpful!
Since we were celebrating our 40th anniversary, our kids gave us a wonderful couples massage at the spa and with nothing but the sounds of the jungle and the thunder as our background music, we can't say enough about what a magical experience that was! It was followed by a romantic dinner on the terrace, what an experience!!
While there, we visited La Fortuna, Arenal and Nuevo Arenal. Just up the road is the Suspension bridges trail, which was amazing!

  • Stayed November 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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

This hotel is excellent. Nestled in the mountains overlooking lake Arenal, and surrounded by lush and exotic forests, this was by far one of the most relaxing places I have ever stayed! The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary there, and they went out of their way to make our experience wonderful. The restaurant is wonderful. Alos, the spa and services are unbelievable. The spa overlooks a small river (or brook), resulting in a calm and smoothing sound, rather then the typically pre-recorded river sounds. Just a fantastic place.

  • Stayed November 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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Dousman, Wisconsin, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

The Lost Iguana is the only place to stay in Costa Rica!!!!! You won't be disappointed!!!!!

We stayed at the Lost Iquana for a week over Halloween with our 2 daughters ages 7 & 12 and we had the best time ever. We stayed in room #44 on the 2nd floor and had an amazing view of the volcano, an incredible outdoor shower and whirlpool tub with candles and bath salt. Our room was very spacious and the outdoor patio was a great place to sit, relax and watch butterflies, birds and the volcano. Our girls had their own room with bunk beds and a full size bed complete with their own full bathroom. Everyday we came back to our room the maids made very cool designs with towels and left them on our beds. The rooms were very clean and had everything we needed. You can even drink the water from the tap as it comes from a spring.

We loved that the resort was tucked away in the jungle and enjoyed walking the paths around the property, including the maze, and seeing so many different things. It was an adventure! The pool was heated and has a swim up bar with happy hour every evening. It was so nice after a day of activies to sit in the heated pool and have a cocktail. We ate almost all of our meals at the restaurant and the food was very good. The breakfast was included with our stay and consisted of frush fruit, sausage, toast, Costa Rican food, cereal, eggs, juice and coffee. The dinner entrees were very good. Our favorite was the stuffed tilapia among others. We were NEVER disappointed with the food.

The front desk was extremely helpful in making all of our excursion reservations. We went to the Hanging Bridges, went ATVing around the base of the volcano (wild, wicked fun!), Zip lined with Ecoglide (awesome!), went to Asis Wildlife Rescue Center and prepared food and feed the monkeys among other rescued animals (amazing!) and went to hot springs at Baldi. We also went into town (La Fortuna) and took the employee shuttle there and back (which was free but we did tip).

What truly makes this resort spectacular are the people who work there. Everyone was so incredible, friendly and helpful. They treated us like family. I have to call out Eddie & Louis who are the best. We looked forward to seeing them everyday. They went out of their way to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. They were very courteous and the service they provided was impecable. If I had a resort I would want staff like them on my team. Nancy in the gift shop was very helpful and very warm and friendly. Deanna who worked at the front desk booked all of our excursions and arranged our transportation. We didn't have to do anything but show up. By the time we left we felt like we made friends for life.

Elaine, I know you read all of these reviews and I want you to know that your resort is one of our favorites. Your staff are very good people who really care about the guests and take pride in what they do. Your resort is so beautiful and the location is great. We miss Lost Iguana and all of the employees. Our kids keep asking when we can go back. They love looking at all of the pictures and both girls made photo albums (that we purchased at the resort's gift shop) and they look at them all of the time.

In our opinion there is no better place to stay than Lost Iquana. We thank you for all of the wonderful memories and look forward to returning soon!!!!!

Keep offering GROUPON deals!!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Highland Beach, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

There is a reason I keep going back to Lost Iguana, I KNOW I'm going to Relax, be somewhere special, that isn't just another androgenous Hotel Room. The great friendly service , is prompt and pleasant.. The rooms are clean and suitably appointed, bringing the feel of the enviroment into the room. The food is superb, and fresh. Lost Iguana is iwell situated within close proximity, to a variety of attractions and activities, and you can't beat the views, whether it's morning Yoga over looking the Volcano ,or relaxing on your balconey watching and listening to the the Wildlife, and the world go by..I Love to indulge myself at the Spa, which is Top Shelf, in terms of ambience,products and ServicesI ...This Resort, is truly a Gem in the Jungle. I'll go back again over and over....If it works, don't fix it

Room Tip: Go for the suite with the private out door Hot Tub.
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Deerfield Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

I have been there 4 times and I just love the place. It is the best resort in Costa Rica. I fould the beds very comfortable and the room amenities were outstanding. I consider the service as outstanding also. The prices are very reasonable with or without Groupon. The service from the airport to the resort was very comfortable and quick. We even stopped half way for a snack and a glass of wine. When it comes to Lost Iguana "JUST DO IT!"

Room Tip: Grab the end rooms with the Jacuzzi on the balcony.
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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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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We stayed at the Lost Iguana for 5 nights in July 2012 and had a great time.
Pros: Gorgeous grounds including hiking trails on property, volcano views, leaf-cutter ants on our patio, hot pool, lovely indoor/outdoor bathroom with two showers and jettedi tub, comfortable bed -- slept best here during whole vacation, great housekeeping staff, friendly desk staff to help with activities, close to Hanging Bridges
Cons: Because it is outside of town we ended up eating here a couple of night due to tiredness from activities. We wished that the dinner menu had more light/casual options.
If you don't have a car the location could be a problem.
If you can't easily walk hills, the location could be a problem.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 31. It had a king-sized bed and they brought in a single bed for our son. There...
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Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Delray Beach, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

I returned from taking a group last month on a yoga retreat to this wonderful resort for the third year. Each year we return for the same reasons. We return to practice the sacredness of yoga at the beautiful "Lost Iguana" in the rain forest because there is NO better place to go in Costa Rica. It simply is the perfect place to experience all that we seek to transform our lives. Nothing has been missed from the rooms, friendly staff, cleanliness, great meals, beautiful landscaping, spa treatments, creative space to every detail that the owner should be very proud that he/she has masterfully created. Everything on site and nearby is available for your Costa Rican experience. Look no further!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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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
#5 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*
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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Also Known As:
Lost Iguana Resort And Spa
Lost Iguana Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Hotel Lost Iguana
Lost Iguana Resort & Spa Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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