I recently stayed at the Hotel Linda Vista del Norte with my husband, mother, and my in-laws, on a week long trip to Costa Rica. The view from the hotel was absolutely amazing, Vulcan Arenal on one side and Lake Arenal on the other - what more could you ask for. There was a total of 8 of us traveling together, we had two rooms - one Junior Suite (rm 15) and one Master Suite (rm 28). The Master Suite was its own little villa we had a private balcony, large bathroom, and kitchen along with two king size beds and on single bed, it even had its own carport, which was nice when the rains came down. The Junior suite was not as large, but just as nice. The Junior Suite had two queen size beds, a decent sized bathroom, and private balcony. It was situated near the front desk, so it was a quick walk with any questions we had. The bedding was nothing to write home about, but remember this is not a 5 star hotel. If you are looking for a Four Seasons, this isn't for you, but the beds are comfortable enough, and will do just fine. If you're anything like me, I would be surprised if you get a full nights sleep, not because of the beds, but because you'll be affraid to miss another breath taking view.
After reading some of the previous reviews, I was hesitatnt to stay here, but after our visit, I would be back in a heartbeat (and actually will be back in December/January). The front desk staff was helpful, but spoke very little/broken english. My husband is orginally from Costa Rica (and his family whom we were travelling with still live there), so language was not much of a problem for us. But they were very helpful none the less. They even helped us arrange a last minute massage from a spa company they regularly work with (which I would highly recommend) they came and picked my mom up and brought her to the spa for free (or they will bring the massage table direct to your room).
The pool/hot tub was the best. This is where we spent most of our time. We had a two day ticket for The Springs Resort and Spa (hot springs) and although it was very nice there, we preferred the relaxation of the hotel pool and the swim up bar. When we go back we will probably just save the money and not go to the hot springs. The bartender we had at the swim up bar was great. She was very helpful, even offering to call on her personal cell phone to the different hot springs to get prices, times, and info. She gave us some great suggestions for dinner (but we ended up eating at the hotel restaraunt instead because of rain). The drinks were moderately priced, no different than at a hotel here in the states - you are paying for convience. We all ordered Pina Coladas - they were fresh and boy were they good - and the bartender kept our glasses filled (and didn't charge us for anything more than what we originally ordered).
We had dinner at the hotel restaraunt, which was great. I didn't find the prices that bad (they were comprable to the other hotels we stayed at while in CR - or any hotel restaraunt here in the states) but for the price you pay for the hotel room, I can see the prices being somewhat unexpected. The menu is mostly steaks (which fit our crew perfectly), but they did offer some other options. Everyone enjoyed their food, including my nine year old picky eater of a nephew (he got a shrimp dish that was LOADED with shrimp, more than you could ever expect here for $16).
After dinner, we sat out on the terrace that is adjacent to the restaraunt for an unusually early lava show. The hotel guard was escorting people around the terrace with a flashlight because he had turned the main lights off to afford a better view of the volcano. We spoke with him for quite a while, and he was also very nice, and informative. He was telling us we were so lucky to be able to see as much of the lava flow as we were able to, especially that early in the night. He said usually the best time for viewing was around 3 am. After about 30 minutes, the clouds filled back in, and we decided to call it a night. Before we left, he offered to wake us up if there was more volcanic action later that night, which we gladly took him up on the offer.
The next day we spent more time in the wonderful pool before heading out - it was by far our favorite part of our trip to the Arenal Area.
I must say the only slight down side to this hotel would be the drive getting there - it is rather bumpy. We had a 15 passenger van, which was not 4WD, but we made it to the hotel just fine, had no worries, even in the rain. But it was a tad bumpy - but if you actually kept your speed rather than slowing down, it wasn't that bad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Linda Vista Hotel is located at El Castillo, just 22 km from La Fortuna downtown. A perfect choice for hikes in the Arenal Volcano National Park or activities on Lake Arenal. There is, however, a nice range of amenities located at the hotel for those that would rather stay put. Guests will enjoy lounging within the hotel's unique three-tiered swimming pool, which affords spectacular views of the volcano, and relaxing jacuzzi. The Loma Linda Restaurant serves up a nice variety of international and national meals, including a large free breakfast every morning. Guests in need of libations can visit the bar, which is stocked with beers, wines, juices, liquors and more. The rooms at Linda Vista are clean and spacious. Tile floors extend to private terraces, where guests can sit and enjoy astounding views of the Arenal Volcano. All rooms are equipped with a private hot water bathroom, ceiling fan, a/c, and coffee maker. Wireless internet helps guests to stay connected to friends and family at home, while an in-room safe ensures that valuables remain secure. The Badilla's would love to share the secrets and beauty of this area with you and your friends or family! General Information Hotel Facilities & Services: Safe deposit box Mini bar Wet bar Swimming pool (for adults & kids) Jacuzzi Restaurant Bar Free WiFi Laundry Service - We accept all Credit Cards Accommodations: All rooms come equipped with a private hot water bathroom, ceiling fan, terrace, coffee maker, safe deposit box, and wireless internet. Standard Room - these rooms have one double and one single bed. They do not have a volcano view and can sleep up to three people. Junior Suites - these suites have two queen size beds, air conditioning, mini bar, hairdryer, satellite TV, and a private parking lot. They have a volcano view and can sleep up to four people. Master Suites - these suites have two queen size beds, air conditioning, mini fridge, hairdryer, private terrace, coffee maker, satellite TV, bathrobes, and an iron. They have a volcano view and can sleep up to four people. Honeymoon Suite - this suite has one queen size bed, air conditioning, mini fridge, bathtub, hairdryer, coffee maker, private terrace, satellite TV, PC station, and a private parking lot. It has a volcano view and can sleep up to two people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Linda Vista Del Norte Hotel
- Hotel Linda Vista Del Norte