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“Nice Hotel and reasonably priced on discount site” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Mountain Paradise
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   La Palma De La Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 183-4400, Costa Rica   |  
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“Nice Hotel and reasonably priced on discount site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We booked this hotel through a discount site (the regular price was out of our range) and we were very pleased with the experience. It was still pretty pricey, but breakfast was included (an excellent buffet with both traditional American and Costa Rican breakfast foods), the pool was a lot of fun (our boys loved that they could watch American football games as they sat in the pool at the pool bar), and our rooms were very nice with private terraces with views of the volcano. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. Service was excellent. Yes, there is a $10 per room per day "resort fee" that surprised us, but since it included free phone calls we took advantage of it to call family and friends at home (it was New Year's Eve, so it was great to be able to do that), and the included water bottles were delivered to our rooms each day. We did have a little trouble with the drains in the bathroom, but it was a minor inconvenience. Be aware that, although the waterfall shower looks really cool, it does splash a lot and gets the entire bathroom floor wet. Overall, we enjoyed our stay here very much. Check us Benedictus Steakhouse - up a mountain road almost directly opposite the entrance to the hotel road.... had a fabulous, special dinner there!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

The hotel is great. The staff is superb and always very friendly. Th only disapointment is the 10 $ extra (hidden) charge per day that is mandatory added to your bill when you check in the hotel. The 10 $ is suppose to cover for the free shuttle to town, 1 water bottle per day and long distance calls. Unfortunetly, there is only 4 shuttles per day and you have to fight each day with the hotel reception to get your bottles of water. Be aware before you book of the charge. This makes the hotel a little less attractive.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

This hotel was great. Set in the rain forest the rooms are bungalows, randomly placed on lushes grounds. The room we stayed in was a lot of fun, private outdoor pool, waterfall shower, indoor Whirlpool and very clean. And no screens on doors or window mean nature gets in.
The food was very good at the restaurant a bit pricey but worth it. A breakfast spread that was very good and included.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Wow! A true mountain paradise is the Hotel Mountain Paradise. I woke up early every morning in my king bed to lay by my private pool and look at the volcano, see the hummingbirds and hear the roosters. The accommodation was private and comfortable for my family of 5 especially with 2 bathrooms. The food was great and easily available The pool bar with heated spring water was a real treat after a day full of adventure. The front desk (Magrit ) was more than happy to coordinate tours even last minute. We returned home truly relaxed!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

This is one one of the best places to stay if you are in the area. The hotel set up and location is truly amazing and the service was excellent also. We had the master suite with our pool and the family truly enjoyed it. The people were very helpful and would response immediately to any our needs. They were also helpful in guiding us to the local area.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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 5, 2013

Arriving in Arenal is overwhelming. The sheer presense of the Arenal volcano is hard to describe in words. The Hotel Mountain Paradise is gorgeous. The grounds are well maintained and boast native flowers, birds and lizards. The pool is small but has a nice bar and waterfall shallow area for kids to play. The hotel food was a buffet so it was easy for us to get in and out and get to zip line, hike, visit the hot springs, etc. Our room was gorgeous. It had a private plunge pool, handmade leather rocking chairs and an unobstructed view of Arenal (except for the very top, which never was clear due to clouds). The staff was so accomodating and nice. We stayed here for three nights. The master bath had a huge shower with a cascading man made water fall and made different faucets. The small kitchen with a refrigerator came in very handy to have coffee, snacks and drinks. We saw no bugs at all and it was very clean.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights in December on a 12 day trip to Costa Rica. Nice hotel, clean, staff were attentive and friendly. Location is outside of La Fortuna, we felt we could have used a car, but the shuttle in to town is a nice option. There are a few creepy crawlies around and there was a frog in our bathroom but it is Costa Rica! Pool area is nice. Unfortunately 2 of our 3 days was pouring rain. Be aware the top of the volcano is viewable about 13 days a year so don't expect to see it. Don't eat in the restaurant it is overpriced and average. However breakfast is good. One night we had a pizza at the hotel bar, it was enough for two and definitely the best value meal in the hotel. We went white water rafting with Wave Expeditions which was great (never done it before but 3-4 class was fine). We also did the walking tour of the volcano and then to Tabacon for the hot springs (well worth it, unless you have kids pay the extra and do Tabacon). Enjoy your trip.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: La Palma De La Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 183-4400, Costa Rica
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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 Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#16 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#19 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Mountain Paradise 3.5*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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