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Hotel La Pradera
2 Km West From la Fortuna, San Carlos | (on the way to Arenal Volcano), La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Sebastian, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Delicious Breakfast!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

La Pradera has delicious breakfast included with the room. The hotel has beautiful pools and there are also many fun things to do a short taxi ride from the hotel. We had no problem getting to the attractions in the area. We had a great time! Make sure you climb Cerro Chato and visit Catarata La Fortuna.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Miami, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We stayed here in our 5 nights trip to Costa Rica. We wanted to do many activities, so this hotel was good because we're most of the time outside. We weren't looking for anything fancy, so this hotel has everything we need. It was clean, comfortable, the food was good (breakfast is included), and the service was good too. Very close to the town, so this is a plus too.

Room Tip: Full view to Arenal volcano +
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Indialantic, Florida
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

This hotel was by far the best stay we had in while traveling through the western regions of the country. The staff was great, the rooms were big, comfortable, and quiet, and the amenities were fantastic. We had originally meant to only stay for one night, but ended up staying for three. The view of Arenal was unbeatable, and their restaurant had great food. Best of all, the price did not at all match the accommodations: we found the prices to be very fair and an excellent value.

  • Stayed August 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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Toronto, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

My 12 year old and I really appreciated this comfortable, spacious and well maintained hotel. Relaxing in the hot tub and pool after nearby horsebacking riding, hiking and waterfall tours was great, especially because of the ever present view of the impressive volcano. The gardens at the front of the rooms, and the private patio made for a great place to read and have a drink. This was not a bustling hotel, and is pleasant but not ritzy, which was ideal for us. The poolside waiter was very friendly, providing snacks, drinks and conversation. We played pool while waiting for our food in the outside area. The breakfast buffet also suited our needs perfectly. In the town down the road we found souvenirs to be less expensive than in other areas of Costa Rica, and also a variety of restaurants. It's not Los Perdidos (which is $450 or so a night), but we still got to use the hot springs there and have a dinner there as part of a tour, so who cares! La Pradera is the nicest moderately priced hotel in the area. Loved it!

Room Tip: Some people like the cabins. We preferred the rooms at the front closer to the pool and reception. T...
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  • Stayed July 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lewisville, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We had a little bungalow all to ourselves and we loved it. We were a cheap cab ride into town or to the attractions.

They have two pools, two hot tubs, and two bars! What more can you ask for from a hotel with less than 50 rooms?

The breakfast buffet was very tasty and available until 10AM.

The maids don't wake you up early which is very nice.

Room Tip: Get a bungalow!
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  • Stayed July 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Turrialba, Costa Rica
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Experienced travellers know the difference between inexpensive and cheap. They know a good find when they come across one and understand the meaning of real value.

Given that quality often comes with a marked up price tag, spotting a hotel that is both worthy of your business and easy on the wallet (a “diamond in the rough” accommodation of sorts) can not only add to your overall travel experience by providing comfort, cleanliness, security, and enjoyment, but it can also help you save your hard-earned cash for use towards different aspects of your trip (such as tours, activities, dining, or souvenir shopping).

So what’s our favourite La Fortuna/Arenal “diamond in the rough” hotel? La Pradera Del Arenal. The phrase could not be more fitting as this accommodation option is a real gem.

Located just outside the La Fortuna downtown core, La Pradera Del Arenal is perfectly situated along the main road that runs around the Arenal Volcano towards Arenal Lake. It is within walking distance to souvenir shops and a supermarket (ideal for picking up mid-day or late night snacks to enjoy while volcano-gazing or relaxing in one of the hotel’s three on-site pools/jacuzzis), yet it is far enough removed from the crowded centre of town. The quiet one-floor property (comprised of standard rooms and detached cabins) faces the volcano, allowing the majority of visitors to capture stunning photos of Arenal from the comfort of their room’s front porch. Upon our most recent visit, I could not make better use of the porch’s complimentary rocking chair as I soaked in the view of the volcano straight ahead as well as the lush, green, well-maintained hotel gardens that covered the property – all from the comfort of the handmade rocker set amongst our own private, outdoor, covered seating area.

Inside the hotel rooms, travellers are welcome to a variety of amenities including cable TV, air conditioning, hot water, comfortable beds, and a large bathroom. Although fairly standard hotel amenities, when you add these in-room qualities to the hotel’s location, volcano view, on-site game area (including a pool table and a foosball table), and breakfast (included in the hotel’s room rate) served daily at the hotel’s own full-service restaurant, it is hard to believe this hotel costs as much (or should I say, as little) as it does. The benefits far outweigh the price, which makes La Pradera Del Arenal an easy winner in the category for best value hotel in La Fortuna/Arenal.

Is La Pradera Del Arenal the least expensive accommodation option available in the La Fortuna/Arenal area? Of course not, as there are plenty of hostels that offer room and board for a handful of dollars in return for a merely satisfactory visit. Would we rate the hotel as providing the highest quality experience of any hotel we have ever stayed at throughout out travels around Costa Rica? No, but then again, most travellers looking for luxury and resort-quality experiences would be drawn to accommodation options with prices much higher than those offered by La Pradera Del Arenal anyway. The reason we love this particular hotel as much as we do is because it aptly combines the low-cost appeal of hostels (without sacrificing positive experience) with a degree of quality that well surpasses its affordable price point. In short, it offers travellers a lot for less, which is central to the equation we use to calculate value. Since we tend to put our money where the value is, we would re-visit La Pradera Del Arenal in a heartbeat. We would also recommend the accommodation option to friends and family looking for a hotel that offers them the most bang for their buck, so we do not hesitate to do the same for our extended family – the travel community.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Palmer,AK
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

My husband and I stayed in the one of the private cabins with volcano views. Love the air conditioning, hot water, breakfast,and decently priced room. They offer lunch and dinner at the hotel as well. For such a large scale hotel my only "negative" is that wifi should extend to all the rooms. The hotel also offers a cute pool with jacuzzis .It's also close to many of the hot spring hotels. I would recommend this hotel to anyone that wants a decently priced hotel just outside of La Fortuna.
Nicole and RJ June 2013

Room Tip: Stay in one of the cabins for some privacy.
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  • Stayed June 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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Address: 2 Km West From la Fortuna, San Carlos | (on the way to Arenal Volcano), La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#34 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
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