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“Family Inn, great for budget travellers” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Vista del Cerro
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2 miles west from la fortuna | (on the way to arenal volcano), La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Toronto, Canada
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9 hotel reviews
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“Family Inn, great for budget travellers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2010

This place is great for budget traveller! It is a family run Inn with spacious, basic and clean room. The whole family was very friendly to us and they were more than happy to help with ANYTHING and EVERYTING! The price has complimentary breakfast too! Free internet at the reception area!
We felt so safe and felt like a home away from home. Across the Inn has a supermarket and it is about 20 mins walking from La Fortuna central, 15 mins drive to the Volcano NP. Great location where you can find selection of restaurants and hang out at night; I find staying near La Fortuna is better than staying in the remote Volcano area unless you’re in a resort hotel with amenities. We had a rental car so it’s no problem going anywhere. (ps. it's so safe to drive!)
Overall this place was great for the price! It truly felt like a home away from home.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Milan, Italy
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32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2010

This small tiny hotel is just perfect: good price, good location, good rooms, excellent breakfast from a nearby soda. You have a parking lot to park your rental car; on the other side od the road you have a supermarket, and it takes 3-5 minutes drive to go downtown in La Fortuna. And the price is good, too. Recommended !

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Alberta
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2010

You can't beat this hotel for the price, location, cleanliness and friendliness. This is a family owned hotel, and the owners are caring, helpful and very nice. The hotel, although basic, is clean and safe and has everything you need for your stay in La Fortuna. Breakfast is included at the Soda next door, there are fabulous views of the volcano and you are close to town, and no rugged roads to travel on to get to it. While you are here, eat at Soda Typico (Jonathon will show you where it is, accross the street), buy your souvenirs at Mariposa (walking distance to the hotel, great prices and the owners are very nice and helpful) then enjoy everything there is to do at La Fortuna. We will be back soon!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2010

We stayed at Hotel Vista del Cerro the first 3 nights we were in Costa Rica. I picked the place because of the good reviews and the pricing was pretty decent. Having been to the Arenal area before I knew that seeing the Volcano was quite often hit or miss, mostly miss so having a hotel with lava view or that was closer to the volcano was not a huge priority given some of the crazy high prices at other locations.

Hotel Vista del Cerro is on the main road to La Fortuna but we did not find it that noisy, it gets very quiet at night which is good and during the day we were out doing stuff. Its a fairly decent location as you are sort of in between the town and the volcano so its not far to reach either.

The rooms were very clean and well taken care of. It is a family business and we found them all very friendly and helpful. You get free breakfast with your stay which is right next door, the breakfast is very good.

There is a pool there but we never used it, the hot tub also didn't work but that didn't matter as in the evenings we went over to Tabacon Hot Springs were they had a two visits for one deal at the time, well worth every penny.

Bottomline the place is a great value for what you are getting, we basically just needed a place to crash for the night that was reasonably priced. We are very active and were out hiking and exploring around the Arenal area every day, if you are looking for a resort type place to spend all your time then this isn't the place for you but if you are an active person looking for a clean reasonable place to sleep and eat and this place is great.

If you are interested please check out some of my vacation pictures from the Arenal area and else where in Costa Rica:
http://www.zerokarma.com/nggallery/page-3/album-1/gallery-10

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2010

This is a no-frills hotel compensated for by the fact that it is cheap ($50 per night) and provides you free breakfast tickets at the great little restaurant next door. Rooms are basic but adequate. Our greatest complaints are that the spa wasn't working while we were there and the wifi wasn't accessible from within our room (we had to walk out on the balcony to get a signal). Also, there was a *lot* of road noise audible inside the room at night, but I think that this would be the case with any hotel positioned along the main drag in La Fortuna. On the bright side, it is very cheap compared to US standards and they have a laundry service for ~$10 per plastic shopping bag's worth of clothes (They say that they charge by the kg, but this is roughly how it worked out). For what it's worth, we talked to another tourist group during a canyoneering trip, and they mentioned that the hotel that their all-inclusive vacation package set them up in didn't have hot water. So maybe Vista del Cerro shines brighter when viewed alongside the competition.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2010

This hotel was similar to a mom and pop htel in Canada or the states, decent rooms, clean and roomy and a good breakfast. The family who run the place are friendly and helpful. We couldn't see the volcano through the clouds while we were there, so the issue of seeing or not seeing the volcanoe was moot. La Fortuna is a nice little town which seems to be crammed with tourists. We found a coffee merchant adjacent to the town square who chatted with us awhile and gave some very interesting information about the coffee biz in CR. We went ziplining at the Ariel tram place it was pricey, but very exciting. We reccomend the $25 dinner and hot springs soak at Bali sold at the front desk. The pools were incredible and the buffet was good also.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2010

My wife and I stayed here over a year ago and I had wrote a review that did not get posted for some reason.Vista del Cerro was a great place to stay.The rooms are nice and clean with a warm shower and beautiful pool area.You have a great view of the volcanoe,and you get a free breakfast with each night you stay there.The hotel is not opulent or anything,it is a nice clean hotel with wonderful people running it.Melania and Gilberto took us to a new hot springs that had just opened up while we were there.We went out to dinner with them.They took us to see the volcanoe at night and only wanted gas money from us.I hit it off with Melania's husband right away even though he could not speak english ,and I next to no spanish.We did all the slides together like little kids at the hot springs they took us to and could not have been any friendlier, or more accomadating.They even had us over for dinner the night before we left and took us to the airport the next day.I believe we made good friends of them thru the good fortune of staying at their hotel.The thing everyone else can consider fortunate is that ,thru reading other peoples reviews you can come to the conclusion they are just great people and treat everone well.The other thing I am definitely compelled to mention is the free breakfast next door.Delicious food for breakfast ,lunch or dinner.John,Erica and their daughter Maria were delightful,warm and friendly and interesting people.John makes a unbelievable cerviche.For a reasonably priced place to stay with some warm,friendly tico flair and taste you cant go wrong here.See ya again soon.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2 miles west from la fortuna | (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:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#22 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Vista del Cerro 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Vista Del Cerro is located in La Fortuna San Carlos Costa Rica, one of the most wonderful areas of the country.We offer very comfortable and spacious rooms where you can enjoy the most relaxing rest, while admiring spectacular eruptions of the Arenal Volcano, from the commodity of your room. In addition, we offer nature lovers a large variety of activities such us the La Fortuna Waterfall, ATV tours to the Arenal River, hot springs, or the fascinating Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and for those who prefer thrilling adventures we have Canopy Tours and White water rafting. ... more   less 
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