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“Life Saver” 3 of 5 stars
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Cabinas Los Guayabos
2.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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2 reviews
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“Life Saver”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Wow! First of all try not to visit Costa Rica during Easter holiday, its crazy busy and finding a hotel is extremely difficult!

This place was one of few that actually had a couple of rooms available during our visit. For the price this place is not too shabby. These are family owned cabins that a fairly well maintained. The rooms are clean but do get the occasional bugs (ants & spiders). The woman that runs the place is fairly nice but seemed to be getting frustrated with us because we were asking for some assistance finding a hotel + transportation for the next day. This place does not have Wi-Fi in the room but it is available in the lobby. The rooms DO NOT have telephones.

We paid $65 a night + $5 each for breakfast. The breakfast is homemade gallo pinto with some eggs, fruit, and coffee or juice that tasted like TANG.

Overall this place has a great view of the volcano, the rooms are decent, and it is close to both hot springs Baldi & Tabacon. Ask the lady upfront about booking activities for you. She will help and can also give you a special price if you buy from her. We did the WAVE expedition (Rafting) it was very enjoyable and worth the $ 70 a person we paid. She also gave us a good deal on the Baldi hot springs.

I would stay here again if I was in Costa RIca. Maybe a one night stop for the hot springs and La Fortuna tour. Hope this helps!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank JayR835
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Washington state
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

We had a terrific stay here with our family of four - two adults, two late teens. We stayed in one cabin, three beds. We dealt with some ants, and the beds could have been more comfortable. But this is Costa Rica (our second trip), and for our money, Cabinas Los Guayabos was a terrific choice. The view of the volcano from the cabins is amazing. (By now you likely know Volcan Arenal has been dormant since late 2010, so don't expect a fireworks show.) And because the owners own the property behind the cabins, we twice went on long hikes through the horse pastures and into the hills. Toucan, parrots, and my wife saw a pecari. La Fortuna is a real tourist trap, and these cabins are nicely out of the way - very quiet and relaxing.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank karoak
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Sheridan, Wyoming
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

We very much enjoyed our three day, two night stay at this small hotel. We arrived several hours before check-in time and they allowed us to check in immediately which allowed us to unload our car and take advantage of our travel day as a sight seeing day without worrying about guarding our luggage in the car. The service was very friendly with freely offered advice on what to do, They offered breakfast for $5 but we prepared our own so I can't comment on what was served. The grounds were lovely and we enjoyed sitting on the porch which had a fantastic view of the volcano and also provided some of the best bird watching of the whole trip. The rooms were mostly in duplex style cabins of which there were perhaps a half dozen. This was a much nicer arrangement then some of the larger, more expensive hotels where you were in a big city style building complex. When you stepped out the door of your cabin you were outside and about 30 feet from a farm pasture with horses, cows, and chickens with an incredible view. The room was equipped with a dorm sized fridge and a coffee maker which allowed us to save a little money on food which is not cheap in Costa Rica. The window offered a great view of Arenal Volcano from the bed. The plumbing was a little odd but once we figured it out we had abundant hot water. Everything was clean and comfortable. I highly recommend and would return to this hotel.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 Thank Jack K
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Rockville, Maryland
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

We rented two cabins for two nights. The service was very friendly, and the breakfast ($3 per person) was wonderful too. The rooms are basic but very clean and we had a great view of Arenal volcano from the back porch! The staff speak limited English so a knowledge of Spanish could be helpful, but we spoke hardly any Spanish and we got by just fine. Highly recommended if you're on a budget and want a clean, comfortable place to stay - and the great views and convenient location are a definite plus!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Samir79
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San Jose, California
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

Cabinas Los Guayabos was much simpler than other places we stayed at in Costa Rica but was clean and pleasant. It is right on the highway but the noise didn't penetrate at night. Breakfast was included and was a good basic meal. There was wifi service in the main building but not in the rooms.

The volcano loomed over us. It was wreathed in clouds for part of the time but we had a great view of it from our back porch. Its rocky half of the way down then the greenery takes over and it has a lush cover of trees, grass and bush.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Joel S
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Denver, Colorado
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99 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

this is a less expensive place and one without a many frills. The bathrooms aren't too beautiful, and the rooms could use a little spiffing up- but the owners are incredibly nice, the place is immaculate, the beds are very comfortable (but they could use mattress pads and screens on the windows)

there is a little patio with a view of the volcano and you are five minutes to everywhere in the perfect location .... We loved it.. and were very happy with our "find" ! If you are the type who likes a little "cabin", you will love the location and tranquility and view.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank KdTra
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Atlanta suburbs
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49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

These are very basic cabins, but clean as can be. Ours had a/c and a TV with quite a lot of channels. The bathroom was large, and the shower was huge. The beds were extremely comfortable. Wi-fi is available at the reception area, and we used that several times each day. Breakfast is available in the reception building for about $3/person. It consisted of a large portion of scrambled eggs, a thick slice of cheese, a slice of ham, a slice of cucumber, fresh fruit, and a beverage (we had coffee, our son had OJ). The breakfast was a great deal as was the cabin.
This is our second time staying here. The first was by accident about 5 years ago when our car broke down at Baldi Hot Springs. When it was determined that our car couldn’t be repaired that day, a van from the Hot Springs deposited us at Cabinas los Guayabos. The setting of these cabins is beautiful. The back of the cabins have an amazing view of the volcano as well as the morning herding of a large group of cows into the pasture behind the cabins. Quite an entertaining event for us since we live in suburbia back in the U.S. and don’t regularly witness wacky cow behavior.
Again, these are basic, budget cabins, but very comfortable. If you come expecting luxury, you will be disappointed. If you come expecting a wholesome, comfortable, back-to-basics and back-to-nature experience, you will be thrilled. The owner is lovely and gracious also. We WILL be back!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank francie123
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Property: Cabinas Los Guayabos
Address: La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Ranked #30 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Cabinas Los Guayabos 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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