We stayed at Monte Real in La Fortuna for 3 nights after arriving by local bus from San Jose. The hotel is located in a quieter part of La Fortuna, but given the town is small this is no problem for being accessible to restaurants, bars, supermarkets, bus station, etc.
The room we were initially given had a problem with the bathroom which could not be sorted out immediately, so we were moved without fuss into another room. The room was basic, but standard for Costa Rica based on our experience - bed/s, bathroom, tv (with cable), wifi & a fridge.
Daniel at reception and his brother (we didn't get his name) were helpful at talking us through various tour options available in La Fortuna & booking those we decided on. In hindsight we would have explored these options further with hostels in La Fortuna, as you are likely to get a cheaper price booking through a hostel. They also offer a laundry service for $4 per kilo and we made the most of this which had a quick turnaround.
Breakfast is included in the room price and is taken at a local cafe down the road with 3 options available from 6am each day. The early opening was good as we did have a couple of early morning starts.
There is a pool located in a garden area, with a view of Volcan Arenal (if it is clear). Chat to the gardener if he is around and he may be able to show you wildlife around the property (we met guests during our stay who had been shown a sloth & various iguanas).
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We are very glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us, we will continue doing our best so our guests have the best time here in La Fortuna. Just for you to know we are about to considerably improving our standard rooms to reach similar quality levels as our premium rooms. Our goal will always be the continuous improvement to make our guests as happy as possible.
In regards of the tours, we are proud to say that our rates are one of the best in the whole town when it comes to taking tours with CERTIFIED and the most professional companies (we sacrifice our earnings to provide great discounts). We will not put in danger the safety of any of our guests as it is our main concern. Second main concern will always be that you enjoy as much as possible the tours :)
Hopefully you were able to see the sloths and the iguanas as well! they are beautiful!
Have a nice day and we will look forward to having you staying with us again!
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