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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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Los Angeles, California
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“Great rooms and tasty food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

In every room, there was a volcano view. The restaurant had great pasta and had HOMEMADE alfredo sauce. The spa served wonderful tea, and they had a great complimentary breakfast. I loved the pool and the hot tub, which was more just like a warm pool, and the drinks they served at the swim-up bar. You have to get la naturala pina. Then lounge back on one of the water seats and pretend you're in Florida. The only drawback to this place was that there were large cracks under the doors for bugs to get in.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here during the second week of August. This place was amazing! I loved that it was farther out from the tourist trap that is La Fortuna. There were lots of places to hike around the property and see wildlife and amazing plants. The beautiful gardens were set up not just to look amazing but to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The view of Arenal was spectacular. We almost didn't want to leave our porch, the view was so fabulous. We felt like we were in the jungle, a truly unique experience. Alex at the front desk was personable and gave good tips as to what to do. They offered plenty of excursions and helped set everything up for us. We did have a car, which was helpful as the location is further from the town, but most excursions had transportation so was not necessary. The restaurant was fairly good, with the breakfast buffet being the best meal. I highly recommend the fruit and fruit juices- so unbelievably fresh! Great service, wonderful setting. Can't wait to go back!!

Room Tip: We loved our garden level room- couldn't see the road with the garden in between which added to...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

This "hotel" was more than I expected. It was a 4 hour drive from San Jose but worth it. We were in a bungalow in the farthest back of the facility with an awesome view of the volcano. Usually you can see the top of the volcano only a few days the whole year and we saw it 3 out of four even during rainy season. We did not realize it included a kitchenette or we would have brought food however the restaurant was quite lovely too. We had 2 rooms one with 2 queens and one with a king and 2 bathrooms one with an outdoor volcano rock design. The kitchenette and a living area again way more than we expected in the jungle. Beautiful full porch facing the volcano with a jacuzzi on it. I wish that you could see the volcano from the jacuzzi but you couldn't. The only thing there is to do here is hike and there are really only 2 hiking paths one long one shorter and that is all. Great if you want to commune with nature and just listen to the jungle sounds as we did and enjoyed immensely. They drive you around on golf carts if you can't make the hill to your room. Absolutely stunning views. Pool is smaller than the pictures look but still very nice.

Had a hot stone massage to die for and I have massages every month at home. This was spectacular. Had a massage on the beach side of Costa Rica not nearly as good.

Room Tip: Get the bungalow if available well worth it.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nacogdoches, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Lost Iguana is an excellent place to stay if planning on a trip to Arenal/La Fortuna area, It is only 15 minutes from La Fortuna and the driving is easy if you have a rental, but they have shuttle services to all the fun stuff if you don't. Of course, I would have been perfectly happy never leaving the property at all. Birding, hiking, hanging bridges, butterflies, swimming pools, restaurant, bar and gift shop were all above par. The spa was wonderful and very relaxing. There are no down sides to booking here. It's clean and the rooms are spacious. This place is what it claims to be. Go for it.

Room Tip: It's good to be on the end and upstairs.
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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

A really lovely place from which to explore the Volcan Arenal area. We had a fabulous view of the volcano and no-one overlooking us, so it felt very private. The staff were all brilliant. Make sure to check out the shop while you're there, too!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

This a unique place. The first thing to mention is the view from the rooms. They all face the volcano and are designed to make you feel that the volcano is part of your room. On a cloudy day this is impressive but on a clear one the view is breathtaking. The included breakfast was delicious and the heat pool was a lot of fun. One quick tip: the gift shop is stocked with nice goods and apparel and the prices are reasonable. As an example, we found a Costa Rican-made handbag here for $60 and saw an identical model in a store in Tamarindo later for $200.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Hallandale Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at Iguana Lost Resort very much. It is a beautiful place, the hotel is wonderful and surrounded by nature, it is the perfect mix between luxury and wilderness, our room 20, on los Fuentes was great and the staff was always helpful and very professional, the SPA is a must, do not missed it! Very well located close to the hanging bridges, La Fortuna and its waterfall plus a lot more thing to do!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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
#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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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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