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“Good location if you don't have a car” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Magic Mountain
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   La Fortuna Rd., La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 00000, Costa Rica   |  
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Bonney Lake, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Good location if you don't have a car”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We stayed in July in a standard double room for our family of 4 (2 teenagers). Clean, nicely decorated, large bathroom, hairdryer, shampoo/conditioner, room safe, TV, Fridge and Coffee Maker (comes with 1 packet of coffee....additional packets are $1.00 each). I believe that all of the rooms (not a huge hotel), face the volcano. The weather never let us see the view from the room :-(. There is a pool which was too cold for our taste, but alongside that is a large hot tub/pool that you can sit next to the bar for drinks. They have Happy Hour for certain drinks 2 x 4000 colones (about $8), but look at the menu as some drinks are much less even without the happy hour. A breakfast buffet was included, which had, coffee/juice, cereal/breads, fruit/pastries, rice/bean, some kind of hot dog meat, pancakes and eggs made to order. We didn't eat at the hotel restaurant, but right down the street, a few minutes walking, are some restaurants and even a grocery store. We did walk all the way into the center of La Fortuna to look around and it took us 30 minutes one way. Be sure to have an umbrella/raincoat with you as it rains a lot in July....ponchos are $6 in town to purchase. I would stay here again if I was to do a lot of activities in the area. A suggestion for the hotel, would be to put a clothesline in the bathroom shower to hang your wet things.....they won't dry to well outside on the chairs.

Room Tip: We were on the bottom floor and the volcano never came out of the mist......I would think that if it...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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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Winnipeg, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Hotel Magic mountain is a great place for couples as well as other travellers. It is minutes away from other hotels and very popular hot springs in the area such as Tabacon hot springs and Baldi hot springs, (walking distance). In addition it is fairly close to the Arenal volcano observatory (although you would probably need to drive). A fair breakfast was provided and included in the cost of the room. The service staff are particularly helpful when it comes to inquires regarding reservations and activities in the area. Overall the hotel is very cozy and you get a lot of bang for your buck.

Room Tip: ask to face the volcano .. view is amazing !
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I am a teacher and was traveling with a group of 24 teenagers on a school trip through Costa Rica for 10 days. We stopped in La Fortuna to visit the Arenal Volcano and stayed here for 3 nights. After our previous hotel didn't have any A/C and minimal internet, our group was relieved to get to a more modern hotel. We enjoyed the previous hotel, but were ready for comfort that we were more used to! All hotel rooms have a balcony that face the pool and volcano. The view is exactly what is portrayed on the photos on the website. The colors are so vivid and the view was incredible! When the sky cleared on a few occasions we were able to get some great pictures of the volcano. The pool area was nice and the students had a great time hanging out there and in the hot tub. Some of our students had problems with the A/C in their room and when we left for the day they told the reception. It was fixed upon their return. Several of us had trouble with the keys not opening the rooms and had to make several trips to reception to have them re-issue them. In our room, the tv didn't work and neither did the refrigerator. When I called to inquire about fixing the refrigerator I was told that someone would try to look at it the next day. Needless to say, it wasn't fixed over the course of our 3 night stay. Many of our students told us that their tvs weren't working either. For the most part, the staff was friendly. Although there was one extremely unfriendly man working at the reception that seemed annoyed to even be there, let alone helpful. Very rude and standoffish. Another employee started talking to our students and inviting them out with him that night, encouraging them to sneak out of their hotel rooms. Luckily, our students told us about him and would never go with him, but we didn't appreciate him even speaking to our UNDERAGED students. The location is right down the street to the city center of La Fortuna. It'd be a bit of a walk, but we took our tour bus and it dropped us off for dinner two evenings. The employees in the restaurant area were the most friendly and were mainly attentive. Unless you wanted coffee in the morning! Overall, the view from the rooms is great and it's a great location if you're planning to visit Arenal and do some hiking. A few of the staff members here and rooms leave something to be desired.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Gilbert, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

4 of us stayed here June 17-21. We arrived to pouring rain, but were greeted by friendly staff and cocktails! Our rooms were clean and had everything we needed. We couldn't see the volcano the first day, but had gorgeous views after that. The pool was great, but only 1 of 2 hot tubs were working. Our breakfast was included, which was just a buffet but it was pretty good. The hotel is in a great location- only a $3 cab ride to the city (you could easily walk but it was raining most of our trip). The only concern we had was the front desk closing at 10pm so we had to wait for our airport shuttle outside in the rain. But overall, this is a great small hotel and I would recommend to anyone.

Room Tip: All rooms have a balcony and view of the volcano
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Chino Hills, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We spent two nights at the Magic Mountain hotel. It was very nice and within walking distance to town. A good walk though. The taxi ride back was relatively cheap just in case you are in a down pour. We did the 4x1 tour and had a great time. The tour takes you to the hanging bridges which was amazing, La Fortuna waterfall which is a must see. (bring your suits). We then ate lunch at this little place on a back road that our guide took us to. It was amazing food and the view was awesome. We then went on the volcano hike which wasn't much. Saw a better view from our hotel room and we got completely rained on the way back. We ended our day on a awesome trip to Tabacon Springs and relaxed there for a few hours and then had a great dinner there. A little pricey but worth it.

Room Tip: Ask for room facing the Volcano. Maybe they all face that way, I don't know but ask!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Very helpful staff at this beautiful motel. They really went out of their way to make sure we got to see and do some fun activities. We had a great view of the volcano, had a great time watching soccer at the wet bar and had an excellent breakfast each day. Had a great river safari and saw the great waterfall! A trip we will never forget!

Room Tip: Great views all around.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Halifax, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We spent two nights at this location as part of an Air Canada Vacations Ecotour in March 2014.

Our room had a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano from our balcony, which also had a table and 2 chairs, which was great for sitting outside and relaxing. I recommend that you keep the drapes closed and the light off, however, as many bugs are attracted to the light. Inside, the room was "OK". There was wall damage where a safe was once located, and there was a large empty cupboard in the room, where a mini-fridge may have been once located.

We ate breakfast in the restaurant both mornings, which was a decent buffet with good service. We did not eat any other meals here.

The pool area was small, but relaxing nonetheless. We found the pool bar service to be "OK", certainly nothing spectacular.

The hotel is a 30 minute walk from town, which is safe, but one section of the road is dark near a farm. I would recommend a flashlight to some extra light, expecially as the sidewalks are not in great condition. We enjoyed going into town, eating at some of the local restaurants and browsing through the shops.

Overall, a nice hotel. I wouldn't rush back here, but it was fine for what we needed, as we were gone for most of the day and spent our evenings in town.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: La Fortuna Rd., La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 00000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#22 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Magic Mountain 3.5*
Number of rooms: 36
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