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“Breath-Taking” 5 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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Overland Park, Kansas, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Breath-Taking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This was the first hotel of three on my wife and I's honeymoon. We stayed here for 3 nights and couldn't have been more pleased.
After the long and bumpy drive from the airport to La Fortuna, we were greeting with cocktails and fresh warm towels. As we checked in, our bags were taken to our suite and laid out for us. The staff was ultra-gracious and awesome when it came to helping us plan activities during the day. We originally booking our honeymoon, we pre-paid for a bunch of "excursions" through the company that set up the travel for us. Sadly, a few of those excursions (waterfall rapelling and rock climbing) fell through in La Fortuna because I, as a 6'5" 330lb man, was told that no one was the excursion company was big enough to anchor me. No fault of anyones and made for some good laughs at my expense. The hotel staff seized the opportunity to amaze us and not only get a full refund for us from the excursion company, but also helped us get in touch with a man in town who owned a bunch of 4-wheelers and gave us a behind-the-scenes tour of the entire area, which was stellar.
Breakfast was included in our stay, so other meals were up to us. The restaurant at the resort was very good. I have never had fruit that fresh in my entire life. The staff was also very good about getting us taxi cabs into town so that we could venture around and try some local street food and out-of-the-way restaurants. (No matter where you go, the arroz con pollo is fantastic)
The room itself was spectacular. Always very clean and neat once the maids got done with it. We had an enormous rain-water shower, and well as a waterfall shower. The hot tub on our private patio was also very nice but rarely got used since it was 105 degrees during our stay.
The resort pool was heated, which is kind of weird being that the temperature in the area rarely drops below 90 degrees, but it made the air temp more tolerable. Watch out when drinking at the bar. The drinks are awesome, but not cheap.
I would recommend this resort to anyone wanting to venture to La Fortuna.By far one of the nicest and friendliest places we have every stayed in all of our travels.

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  • Stayed May 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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  • 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
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We totally enjoyed our stay - we were upgraded at no cost from two junior rooms to a master suite - it was gorgeous inside and out, individual cottage, lush vegetation, heated pool to ourselves. Of course we enjoyed the hotel pool too - at night it was ethereal with the lights highlighting the steam and lush plants. The restaurant had great food - loved the breakfast buffet each morning. All the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. I'd go back!

Room Tip: go for the master suite!
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  • Stayed March 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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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We stayed here with our two kids - 10 and 13 - for three nights. Let me say, it was a real surprise since we booked it a little last minute and little else was available...you know how those things usually work out??!? Anyway, we arrived after a LOOOONG drive from San Jose - I recommend only doing that in the daylight - and were given room 405. It's at the top of the hill with it's own, wait for it, plunge pool!! Better than that, assuming the clouds are cooperating, the view of the volcano is spectacular. There was a bedroom with two double beds so our kids didn't have to sleep together plus their bath - shower had wall of jets. The kitchenette was struggling to be a kitchenette - refridge was helpful but teeny coffee maker, no sink, no microwave. King bed was very comfortable, nice sheets, and the master bath offered a "waterfall" shower which was very cool. Every day, they left an interesting towel sculpture on the bed for our entertainment. You should know that the pool is not big and was a little crowded while we were there - but they offer a swim up bar which looked like a lot of fun! Breakfast was included adding to the value - and was really quite good. We ate on site two night because we were wiped from our day. You should know that it is not centrally located - but nothing in Fortuna is really centrally located. The attractions (zip lining, etc) will come and pick you up but expect to pay for that. Each room is a villa - this wasn't fully explained on their website but should be because they are private and surrounded by lush gardens and feel like your own little house on a hill in a green, vibrant rainforest. We would absolutely go back.

Room Tip: Make sure to ask for a room with a pool but the others have a jacuzzi - maybe you prefer that.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Linz, Austria
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights.
We had the last Villa on the hill, amazing view on Arenal volcano, our own pool and the "jungle shower" which was a lot of fun. Rooms were spacious and clean. Surrounding is amazing with green plants and a lot of birds. Staff is friendly and helpfull, you can get a pick up by golf cart if needed. Definitely recomment this hotel.
However food at their fusion restaurant is very low average: to avoid!

Room Tip: Ask for a villa with pool.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Parkland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We recently stayed at Mountain Paradise for two nights with our three children. We were pleasant surprised how nice our room was after reading the mixed reviews. We had a private pool in front of our room, the two bedroom suite was immaculate and the decor was perfect for the country. We enjoyed the pool and restaurant. The service in the dining room was outstanding and breakfast was delicious with a variety of foods to choose from. We had our tours pre booked and weren't on the premises for much of our stay. We would highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: We had room 401 which was a newer room, it had great views and was large.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

The largest and most unique bathroom with waterfall shower. You have your own Casita . Hottub on your deck. they have golf carts for shuttles as it is a bit hilly. Outside pool is well heated and swim up bar . Rooms are huge have TV Internet is sporiatic in rooms, better in restauaunt and public buildings .

Seemd to be a bit understaffed . Very lush property and great view of Arenal Volcano

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Definitely a disappointment. I stayed at Arenal Springs Resort last time I was here and had a perfect view of the volcano from my bed and porch. They were booked up this time so our travel agent suggested this place. The room was "interesting" in an overly furnished way, but the general smell of the room and bedding were musty and moldy. Though the gardens were nice they covered any view of the volcano from our room and porch. Also, we were told to wait for five minutes on two occasions and waited an hour one time when we were trying to change rooms, and the second time were never picked up at the hot springs as promised so we had to take a cab back after three phone calls to the hotel and waiting an hour as well. In fairness, the garden style shower in the bathroom was awesome, the staff seemed friendly and the food was good enough in the restaurant for breakfast and dinner, but I would avoid staying here again if at all possible.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 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:
#18 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#20 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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