I went back and forth about staying at this hotel because I was concerned about not being "on the mountain" but I absolutely made the right choice. First of all, if you want to be secluded away from town, restaurants, then stay at one of the more expensive hotels up the hill. If you want the comfort and style of these hotels, but don't want to spend $15 for taxis every time you walk out the door, then this place is for you. It is right on the edge a town, a $2 taxi ride away. You could walk but its probably 2 km or so. ( 1 mile) .
It is beautiful with very modern and up to date rooms. When I checked In, I was given a Junior suite upgrade, which included a Jacuzzi!
Many people who stay in the resorts on the mountain often complain about not having options for food. You are stuck with the hotel. This place, you are free to eat there or eat in town for almost no hassle of a cab ride. The hotel calls a cab, they show up and 3 minutes later you are on the main strip and picking any restaurant you wish. and if you are doing tours, they pick up up at the hotel so that is also not a problem.
While I was there, I got the hot rocks spa massage. It was amazing. The spa packages are much cheaper than in the US, though I hear they are even cheaper in town..but who cares, it was only a couple dollars more and still much cheaper than the US.
Breakfast was included in my stay and it was a decent buffet style breakfast with traditional Costa Rica food as well as eggs toast, etc.
There was a sports bar on the premises and it looked nice.
Check in and check out was a breeze and there is a free Internet station in the lobby. There is also free WIFI, but you have to stay close to the lobby to use it. My room was on the far end of the hotel so it didn't work there.
The room had flat screen TV, beautiful views of the mountain and a huge bathroom. The only thing I would say was missing was the Costa Rica feel. It felt like i was back in the States and not in Costa Rica. But it was a great stay and I loved it
I would stay there again in a heartbeat
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- Also Known As:
- Magic Mountain Hotel
- Hotel Magic Mountain Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park