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“Great location, but poor service” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Lost Iguana Resort & Spa

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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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2005

Yes, go now, because they are adding another guest room building and a spa, which will be lovely additions to this beautiful resort...but they will be able to charge twice as much! Justifiably so, this place is amazing. We thought we were getting an incredible deal.

This resort is special for so many reasons, including the beautiful and new accommodations, the friendly staff, a killer restaurant (by far, the best cuisine we had during our stay throughout Costa Rica -- the kitchen staff really knows what they are doing), the personal service and attention from the owner, and the remote location. But perhaps what distinguishes it most from other hotels in the Arenal area is the view of the volcano. We were there on nights with stunning views of the volcano, however other travelers we spoke to who stayed in hotels on the more populated stretch of road around the volcano had no view whatsoever on the same nights. You're a little further from the volcano, but that gives you a much better vantage point. And all the rooms have balconies facing the volcano -- it was very relaxing to just sit for hours watching and listening it erupt.

We didn't have a car, but the remote location wasn't a problem at all. The staff was more than happy to call taxis for us, and a one-way ride to/from the town of La Fortuna was only $10. Get away from the more populated area and go to the Lost Iguana -- you will NOT be disappointed. It is a beautiful and special place.

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2005

I am a world traveller and this hotel and its amazing view of the volcano early in the morning while lying in bed is surely one of the highlights of my life. It is a bit out of the town of La fortuna so you will need preferably a small SUV(not a sedan) to navigate the road conditions and travel the steep inclined and curvey roads from both San Jose and La fortuna. This is truely one of the more fantastic hotels of the world and you will realize how fortunate you are to have stumbled on to this hotel and the energy around it. After this visit, we drove to the central pacific area, more specifically, Quepos and Manuel Antonia National Park and stayed in an overly priced hotel. This area is overrated and too commercial unless you are a surfer or an older type who wants luxury.

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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
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 Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Lost Iguana Resort And Spa
Hotel Lost Iguana
Lost Iguana Resort & Spa Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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