The location was perfect, just far enough to away from the noise, close to the jungle and walkable to the action! The bungalows are small, but efficient. I was worried the feeling fam was going to fall on us in the night but with no AC it was worth the chance! The staff are all very helpful - ask Miguel for your advice, he was spot on with the Hanging bridges, Arenal National Park, and Baldi hot springs. Breakfast was good, cooked one plate at a time. Give it a try, you might learn to appreciate what you have a bit more.
I stayed here with my girlfriend for 2 nights. If you have a car, it is a 3-4 minute drive to La fortuna town, which is great! It is also located next to the beautiful Waterfall. Miguel and his family run this place, and they are all great people! They have a great sense of humor and are genuinly nice people. The bungalows we stayed in were in the cheapest class. They were clean and had all necessities needed. Breakfast was made every morning by Maria and was also good! The wifi connection was unfortunately a bit bad, but there was a wifi spot where the connection was good. Strongly recommend this place! Greetings from the swedes.
Our 3 nights here were wonderful. Miguel and Carmen who own and run the property (along with their 2 children Miguelito and Carmencita) do a wonderful job of making you feel at home. They have a concierge/tour office onsite where either Miguel or his son sit eager to assist. We booked a wonderful zipline excursion (Arenal Mundo Adventura) that went OVER 2 waterfalls (including the famed La Fortuna Waterfall), a chocolate and coffee tour (Don Juan), and an evening at a local hot springs spa (Baldi) through Miguel. He was able to negotiate both times and price to get us a good deal that fit into our schedule. He also had several other tips and suggestions on places to visit (hanging bridges, waterfall, restaurants, etc) that were quite fun for the family. Meanwhile, Carmen was busy making wonderful Costa Rican breakfasts full of fresh eggs, fruit, bread, and of course gallo pinto (rice/beans). It's was an amazing start to the day to eat a delicious breakfast surrounded by the sights and sounds of the lush surroundings. You might also see her restocking and tidying up the rooms as guests leave for the day. I stayed at Cerro Chato Eco Lodge several times back in the late 90's before the onset of career and family when there were only 2 guest rooms. While the accommodations have grown in number and the property matured, Miguel and Carmen are still just as friendly, humble, and helpful as ever. My 3 kids enjoyed the property immensely, especially following the leaf-cutter ant parades from end to end. And there is a wifi hotspot area/patio in the center of the property with a table and benches to check email, allow the kids to have some downtime, play cards, have a happy hour drink, etc. We stayed in rooms 5, 6, and 12. Room 5 was the closest room to the road in the entire property, and though not a noise issue, I might ask for a room a bit further into the property away from the road for a better nature:human sound ratio. My high school aged son enjoyed having his own little cottage (#12). All 3 rooms were simple, clean, comfortable, and appropriately stocked. No in-room TV, phone, or A/C...and they didn't need it. There are outlets in the rooms for charging electronics. There was a couple from Germany and another from Sweden staying at the property when we were there as well. There is a very small "convenience store" a block down the road and a full grocery store about a 1/2 mile back or so at the main road. While you can probably walk to just about every where from this place (La Fortuna is about 2 miles, waterfall about 1.5 miles), having a car certainly made it more manageable. Or Miguel will happily arrange transportation for you as I saw him do for the Swedish couple staying there. There are certainly more posh places to stay in and near La Fortuna and Arenal, but if you're looking for accommodations with culture and nature and views of the volcanoes all at your front door at a reasonable price, you'll find it difficult to beat the hospitality and experience here. If we are able to make it back to Costa Rica again, we would definitely go back to stay with our new/old friends at Cerro Chato Eco Lodge. Thank you Miguel and Carmen and family - Pura Vida!…
Quiet/relaxing stay. Not very central. Good for people.with a vehicle. Can walk to to nearby town for food. No real common area to mingle with other guests. Breakfast served on site for 5 USD a person, quite tasty. Small bungalows.
If you're looking for a budget-friendly option a bit farther from the noise of the more central hotels in La Fortuna, this is a solid option. The grounds are quite nice, the rooms and breakfast are fine, but very good for the price we paid. We only met the owner very briefly at the end of our stay, but his son was quite helpful. Was a bit spooky as I think we were the only ones staying there two of our three nights, but at least there wasn't anyone else to scare the animals away. :)