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“Great location if you don't have a car-Affordable option” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Villas Vista Arenal
San Carlos, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 3345, Costa Rica   |  
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Houston, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Great location if you don't have a car-Affordable option”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Pros:
The cabins were clean, beautiful surroundings, birds, hummingbirds passing by when you sit on your porch
Great views of the volcano...you can actually see the Arenal Volcano from some of the cabins. They offer laundry service.
Great location if you want to walk to the town of Santa Elena. We did, for the New Year's Eve celebration in the main plaza of the town.
Breakfast was good.
Swimming Pool

Cons:
I does rain a lot in that region and the parking space was really muddy. To get to the front door of the cabin we had to walk through mud.
No safe box in the rooms.
Not really the best place if you want to spend the whole day in your room. It's a very affordable option if all you want is a place to sleep after all your outdoor activities in the area.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Ontario, Canada
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11 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

My husband and I stayed here and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was clean, safe, included a very good breakfast, and was in an excellent location. We did not have a car but were close enough to walk into town for meals etc. but took taxi to Baldi to use the hot springs.
We would have no trouble staying here again or recommending to others.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

It's my very first all 5star-rating! (May be I've been a bit lucky, too.)

Nice cabins located in beautiful garden-like surroundings with perfect view to the volcano.
Animals, birds, hummingbirds passing by when you sit on your veranda and enjoy...
All cabins seem newly renovated, offer very clean room and bathroom, AC, fridge, TV, table and chairs on a little veranda.
The place also offers a free breakfast, a small pool, a cheap and basic restaurant onsite and good wireless connection in all cabins.
It's well professionally family run, what you will love as soon as you have a wish.
All this for small money (we've been here in low season), just slightly more than the hostels nearby

Only small cons:
Tours offered and the laundry service seems a bit more expensive than at competitors.
There could be more light in the room (only a small lightbulb)

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Denver, CO
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

We opted to not rent a car in Costa Rica and the location of this hotel was great - about a 7-10 minute walk to town meant that we could get food anytime we wanted but didn't have to deal with the traffic and noise that comes with La Fortuna. We even hiked all the way to the La Fortuna waterfall one day. Now, we are the kind of people that enjoy "rustic" accommodations, but I was not expecting to have a faucet with a broken hot water knob or pillows that felt like they were stuffed with newspaper. Breakfast was not memorable, though the tico-style breakfast was significantly better than the American one. I paid $65 cash and had asked for a larger cabin but was given a smaller one, so it seems like the room rates are assessed randomly.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Flagstaff, Arizona
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

What a find off the main road. I have not stayed in the area before so not sure how the hotel compares to others. Pro: Great price, view of volcano and lake from front deck of hotel. Friendly staff and owner. Hiking trail outside of room. Cons-Food is ok, but maybe it's just me.

Please drive the extra kilometers to enjoy the friendly atmosphere.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

I stayed here with a friend for spring break. We werent looking for a really wild spring break experience but this place was too quiet for us. There's no central lounge or hangout area. The rooms were fine but there were some ants. I will say that it was nice that the showers had pressure and were hot. The breakfast, which was included, was delicious and the front desk was pretty helpful if we had questions. All and all the accomodations were fine but too quiet.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mid Hudson Valley, NY
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

With a nice view of the Arenal volcano and within a long walk to the town of La Fortuna (about 1/2 mile), the traveler has a choice of two cabins. The small one ($40 plus tax in March 2011, includes breakfast) and the large ($55 plus tax in March 2011, includes breakfast) both offer a good value for the money in the touristy town of La Fortuna. The larger, where my wife and I stayed featured a large bathroom, a TV and air conditioning. It was clean and comfortable and you can even drive your rented car right up to the cabin and park. The two separate beds were comforable and there was ample storage space. The home cooked breakfast in the outdoor cafe near the front was especially good. Recommended for the economical traveler.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: San Carlos, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 3345, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 56 Specialty Lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Arenal! We have very naturistic log cabins that are private and in large open spaces. Beauty is all around us! Very close to the city center of fortuna, only 5 minute walk to the park. Very clean rooms that sleep 4 to 8 people people depending on size of the room you choose. Great American or Costa Rican breakfast included from 630am to 10am. Come experience Arenal with us and we can make your trip a great experience! See you soon.... ... more   less 
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