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2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela

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tate113
West Lafayette, Indiana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“This Villa is Killa”
Reviewed March 26, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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If you are thinking about shelling out thousands of dollars on a fancy five-star resort, think again! This villa has all the amenities of a major resort, plus privacy. I know, I know, you may ask, "But how could this be?! All these resorts have hot springs and have room service!!" Well my good friends and thoughtful strangers, let me tell you something. Five minutes down the road from this gorgeous villla is one of the most luxurious resorts in all of Central America. It is called The Springs, go ahead Google it, I can wait........ Did you see that!!! I mean Oh my Lord! They filmed a season of ABC's hit series The Bachelor there! Guess what.... It costs only $60 dollars a person for a two day pass. Even with this excellent price, this resort is never packed. We always had privacy in the pools.

Now lets talk about one of the most exciting aspects of this villa, the owner. Wendy is extraordinarily knowledgeable and kind. She guided us through our vacation with top notch recommendations and advice. Our trip was far better thanks to her (she also offers complete privacy if that is your thing).

The place itself is kept very clean, despite it being open to the elements. Every detail is perfect, making the villa cozy and comfortable. Finally, if you love wildlife then you will love this place. We saw wildlife at every turn- many types of birds and mammals.

I would give my full recommendation to anyone. This place is convenient and gorgeous, the perfect way to make your vacation an escape, and not make it a hassle.

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Liked best: Evderything
Liked least: Nothing!!
Your age range 18-24
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Mar 28, 2015
Thank you so much! Having The Springs Resort & Spa just 5 minutes away gives you the best of both worlds without having to spend $500/night. :-) Come back and see us again!
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Sharon C
Sherwood Park, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful Casita, 5-Star Hostess!!”
Reviewed March 16, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

My husband and I spend 3 nights (wish it had been more) in Wendy's beautiful little casita! This was not our first vacation rental in costa Rica, but it was our first experience with the indoor/outdoor concept, and it was amazing. The home is spotless from top to bottom, with immaculate grounds, games room, pool area, and a cute little hideaway with hammocks. In fact, it exceeded our expectations!! Wendy is an extremely organized and welcoming hostess, who made us feel at home from the moment we arrived. Wendy's friendly demeanor, beautiful smile, and willingness to go above and beyond to make your vacation a memorable one, is an admirable quality we have seen with only one other property owner in Costa Rica. We would highly recommend Villa Hermosa to anyone travelling to the La Fortuna area, who is looking for a private little hideaway, off the beaten path. Thank you Wendy for just being you, we will definitely be back!!

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Liked best: We loved everything about it!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
Mar 17, 2015
It was my pleasure to have you here. :-) Come back soon!
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Tricia P
Barron, Wisconsin
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Will anything ever come close to Villa Hermosa?”
Reviewed February 25, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

My boyfriend took me to Villa Hermosa and I think it's the most wonderful place we have ever stayed! It had everything we needed and Wendy was so helpful and friendly. She really knows how to decorate and entertain! When we left, my boyfriend was my FIANCE'! Loved every minute of being there!

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Liked best: Everything!
Liked least: We couldn't stay longer.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Feb 27, 2015
Thank you so much, it was a pleasure to have you here and Congratulations! :-)
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Tabatha M
Mississauga, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Perfect and Private Villa”
Reviewed February 5, 2015 for a stay in January 2015

We came to Wendy's piece of paradise by inviting ourselves (a family of four with two children (8 and 11)) to join my sister-in-law and spouse on their vacation. They had intended the place to fit the two of them, and yet Wendy made all of us feel welcome. The drive to the property is breathtaking and once the gates of the property close behind you, you feel like the rest of the world slips away.
The beauty of the property and accommodations is evident in the pictures. Walking through the trails on the property to see the lovely plants and flowers and interesting wildlife was our favorite part, next to the private pool with the waterfall. Watching the birds eat at the bird feeder while we had our morning tea was an ideal way to wake up.
Wendy was there when you needed her and seemed to disappear quietly when you wanted time to yourself. She accommodated every request we had and was even kind enough on a rainy day to play a Costa Rican board game with the kids. Wendy has three dogs, which we only saw once we expressed an interest in them and they were so well behaved and adorable.
The villa is located close to many activities and adventures that we spent our entire 9 days in one spot and yet saw and did everything the area has to offer.
If you are going to Costa Rica, make La Fortuna part of your trip and stay at Villa Hermosa. It is as close to perfect as you can get.
(On your walk around the trail look for the palms that have been made into an umbrella. A surprise awaits you underneath.) Pura Vida!

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Liked best: The grounds and the bird feeders.
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Katherine...
Toronto, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Works for a couple or a family”
Reviewed February 2, 2015 for a stay in January 2015

It is hard to say whether we liked the property or its owner better as both were magical. Our original plan was for a couples winter escape of a month but my brother and his wife and two children asked if they could join us for a week - in a 1 bedroom villa. Wendy was cheerfully up for the challenge without even mentioning any extra charges for laundry and cleaning etc. We gave the bedroom to our visitors and Wendy pitched us a king-size luxury tent in the adjoining games-room. She gave us detailed tips on the best tours, arranged some private tours like a boat-trip with her friends, and provided concierge services to ensure we were well looked after. She even came with us to the farmer's market to teach us how to prepare unfamiliar fruits and vegetables, offering simple recipes to highlight incredibly fresh ripe produce. Her unobtrusive assistance made us feel like valued friends.

And the property - simply beautiful and completely private with a pool area to die for (cleaned daily) and 2 acres of jungle garden with a frog pool, hammock hut, and tons of wildlife. She has a bird feeding station beside the bar-be-que where you put your apple cores and melon rinds attracting a huge variety of numerous birds. We have photos with 8 beautiful birds at a time. When Wendy saw our interest she gave us a birdbook to help identify some of the more rare and incredible species.

If you go remember that it is a rainforest so you have to be willing to continue your activities rain or shine but it is so warm, we didn't care. We liked canyoneering best where you rappel yourself down a series of waterfalls in breathtakingly beautiful canyons. And the hiking in Arenal Park - in a 2 hour hike you can pass through the rainforest, a lava field, and a bamboo forest before working your way back to the car. It is a paradise and cannot be missed on any trip to Costa Rica.

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Liked best: Eating my breakfast with the birds
Liked least: The kitchen ony has cold water so this could be upgraded
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed January 7, 2015 for a stay in December 2014

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Chica2014
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Five star all the way”
Reviewed December 9, 2014 for a stay in December 2014

We spent a couple days it Wasent long enough.This place has everything you would ever need.I have stayed in five star hotels that didn't come close to this place.The owner Wendy is super friendly and helpful.Her dogs are the best.Will be returning soon!we also enjoyed The Springs with a day pass.I will recommend this place to all my friends and family.Great job Wendy!

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Liked best: How private and peaceful it was
Liked least: That we didn't stay longer
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Dec 10, 2014
Thank you so much. :-) I look forward to seeing you again soon!
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