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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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Ciego de Avila, Cuba
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“paradise found!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

We had a magical time at this gem of a hotel hidden away in the rainforest. It is nestled in the hillside and our room, a suite had a picture perfect view of the volcano. We woke up every morning to the wondrous sight of the smoke swirling from the cone of the volcano. Nights were spent in the jacuzzi on the porch. You are surrounded by lush foliage but have all the modern comforts. The bed and furniture in the room were amazing, everything carved out of wood, very rustic. Excellent bedding, nice bathroom.
Facilities at the hotel are great, especially the golf carts that pick you up from your room, the hotel is very spread out, you feel like you are alone at the top of the mountain so the golf cart helps or you can take the trail and get down to the restaurant where we had a great breakfast each day.
The service is so friendly and accommodating, we were impressed. My boyfriend was so impressed that he decided to propose to me on the balcony at sunset in front of the volcano! The staff organised everything, private dinner, music, it was sensational. This is a fabulous hotel for couples, its far from town but all the tour operators pick you up so its no problem. SPA IS NOT TO BE MISSED!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

We recently spent 2 nights at Lost Iguana and enjoyed every minute. It was peaceful and tranquil and the view of the Volcano is amazing. The property is wonderful and the grounds are well kept. We are a family of 4 and had a room not far from the reception. The breakfasts are great, try the omelets. We also ate dinner there on both nights because we didn't want to drive the roads at night. Juan Carlos, our waiter was very attentive. The dinners were equally delicious, but didn't care for the beef. The hotel is out of town and since we had a car we preferred that. After driving thru LaFortuna we were glad we chose this location. Check out the Hanging Bridges which are just up the road from the hotel and purchase tickets at the front desk to save a few bucks. Bring flashlights because the trek back to your room in the evening is dark.

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  • Stayed May 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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New York NY
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

This little slice of paradise is located 20min by car from the main strip in town and closer to some of the volcano attractions. We had a two bedroom suite up the hill facing the volcano in the most tranquil and luxurious setting one can imagine. This is the closest you can be immersed in nature without missing urban luxuries we have grown accustomed too. The decor is tasteful, everything looks like it was made locally with local material (I have no idea if that's indeed the case), the rooms are huge, with enough room for everything. The outside lava shower, or terraced Jacuzzi overlooking the volcano is just another amazing feature this place has.

The best part was waking up in the morning, sitting on the balcony overlooking the volcano and just listening to many species of birds chirping their happiness. We saw tiny little hummingbirds drinking nectar straight out of the huge brightly colored flowers less than 10ft away. The occasional iguana and a host of other lizards can be seen all over the property. Breakfast was ample and omelets were custom prepared upon request - we were initially disappointed with the wildlife sighting (See that howler monkey? No, you can't see it? Why not? It's about 800 meters to your left, see? No no no, not there, look more up, between the big tree and the smaller one - you get the idea), but it depends on the season and, of course, the time of the day. We were told that tucons are usually around daily, but the wet season was about to begin and they were busy preparing.

If you want to taste paradise do yourself a favor and book this hotel. Having a car (which we parked outside of our cabin) is a good idea, otherwise the golf carts will shuttle you around.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

My husband and I recently spent 5 nights at the Lost Iguana at the end of April. We enjoyed every bit of our stay there. The property was beautiful and well kept. We hiked one of the trails that is on the hotel property which was fun although tiring.

The room we stayed in was probably the farthest from the reception area so we took advantage of the golf cart rides to our room. The room was beautiful, clean and very comfortable. There is air conditioning and as far as the humidity and smell...you are in the rainforest!! What do you expect? We didn't have a problem at all with the humidity or the smell. Also the view from our room was spectacular!!

The restaurant food was pretty good and most things were reasonably priced, although dinner was a little pricey. We enjoyed breakfast and lunch in the restaurant and we ate dinner at the bar because we liked the bar's dinner menu better.

The staff was very very courteous and friendly. Germon (pronounced Herman) was very helpful by scheduling all of our activities for us. Johnathan at the bar was very nice and fun to talk to while we had dinner. I don't remember their names but the three guys who drove the golf carts while we were there were always very friendly and willing to help. We also enjoyed an amazing massage at the spa!

The pool was always clean and we liked that they had a heated pool. Two of the nights we were there we had dinner at the bar while sitting in the pool.

The only downside to this amazing property is the distance from La Fortuna. We didn't rent a car so we had to be picked up for all of our activities. If you don't mind a little bit of scheduling and waiting for the employee shuttle it wasn't that big of a deal being far away. There isn't much in town so we only went twice and we mostly just did some souvenir shopping. All of the activities we did were very accomodating and picked us up on time and dropped us off at the hotel. Also the front desk employees were very helpful (especially Germon) in scheduling for the employee shuttle to drop us off and pick us up at different places i.e La Fortuna and Tabacon.

All in all we had a fantastic vacation at Lost Iguana and would definitely recommend this hotel to everyone!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Stayed for three nights in mid-April. Very nice setting in the jungle with amazing views of the volcano from my room (and the pool, and the restaurant). Great balcony with rocking chairs looking out over the trees. The room was quiet except for the birds, which was a great way to wake up. The staff was helpful setting up excursions, and the spa was tranquil. I highly recommend getting dinner by the pool and watching twilight hit the volcano. This was a perfect place to relax with friends for a few days and forget work.

  • Stayed April 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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Newmarket, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

We just returned from a trip to Costa Rica and we stayed for 3 nights at the Lost Iguana in the Arenal area. The hotel is a little away from the town of La Fortuna and is close to the Arenal Lake. The hotel is amazing and our room was beautiful. The furniture is so beautiful and the room is spacious and very comfortable. The views from our room and balcony was absolutely amazing. We got a beautiful view of the Volcano and the forests and gardens were beautiful. We saw a great many humming birds. The walk to the restaurant was about 5-7 minutes but it is very nice. The hotel drives you in the electric golf carts everywhere within the resort and we used it a few times when we felt lazy to walk. The restaurant was nice and the location of the restaurant again is very beautiful. The hotel is close to the forest with the hanging bridges and the hotel staff drove us back and from the forest which was very nice. We loved the hotel, our stay there was extremely pleasant, the staff is friendly and courteous and we would love to go back.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Annapolis, Maryland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Like most places in CR, it takes a while to get here, but a great hotel and retreat. The staff was very friendly and spoke English very well. The hotel is built on the side of a hill/mountain so there are a lot of very steep hills to climb to get to anywhere, but they have golf carts that will pick you up or drop you off any time. Since it's 20 minutes by car/shuttle to get into town, the restaurant is the most convenient place to eat, but it's worth it. The food at dinner was excellent, and very fresh. The rooms were updated with all the amenities, and when you went outside the lush vegetation provided a great backdrop to the volcano. There's so much to do in Arenal, and the hotel will help you coordinate anything you want to do. The hanging bridge walk is just a couple of minutes up the road and you shouldn't miss it. The only thing I would say to improve is the "maze". It was in disrepair and essentially unusable. Would have been fun if it was better maintained. If we went back to the area, I would certainly consider staying here again.

  • Stayed March 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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Also Known As:
Lost Iguana Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Lost Iguana Resort And Spa
Lost Iguana Hotel
Hotel Lost Iguana
Lost Iguana Resort & Spa Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park
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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#7 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#12 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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