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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela

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Justin S
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A beautiful birthday trip”
Reviewed November 21, 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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I actually visited GreenLagoon after finding a Getaway deal on Groupon that fit the timeline for the trip we were looking for. It was a bit of a drive to get to La Fortuna, but it was an adventure that was WELL worth it.

We booked a 3 night stay with couples massage and a rainforest tour guided by Cristian Padilla.

The property was beautiful, and we stayed in the villa with it's own private pool overlooking the valley next to La Fortuna. Waking up every morning looking out over the cloudy, lush valley was so peaceful and we made tea and coffee and sat on the porch looking for and listening to the wildlife before heading to the main building for fantastic breakfast cooked by Carmen.

Our favorite part by FAR though was meeting Cristian. He shared our passion for wildlife and photography and we ended up going on a couple of tours through various locations, including the beautiful forest and natural springs on the GreenLagoon property to the base of the Arenal volcano and natural hot springs.

The people at GreenLagoon are all local, and truly make you feel welcome and like family. At the end of the trip, we knew just about everyone that worked at the resort, and it was great seeing the same smiling faces everyday.

The villas can sleep up to 6 people, so with a few friends, staying at this beautiful resort would be extremely affordable and we would highly recommend visiting GreenLagoon!

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Your age range 25-34
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Supryo
Houston, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic experience, will go back again”
Reviewed August 21, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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We stayed at the villa on top of the hill. It was simply spectacular with all glass walls. The property is gorgeous, but most impressive was the staff. Christian our guide was amazing, so good with our two boys, almost felt like family. Danny at the front desk was patient, courteous and very helpful and the kitchen staff and cook were the best. Made us feel like we had our own private chef. We really enjoyed everything, and loved the hospitality. Highly recommended, can't wait to go back - thanks guys!

Traveling group: Young Children
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Isacson
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Pricey but gorgeous”
Reviewed January 3, 2012 for a stay in December 2011
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My wife, our seven-year-old and I stayed for two nights in the lower of the property's two bungalows. We had a great time, and recommend GreenLagoon -- but it's not a bargain!

Pros:
- An incredibly lovely site, high above La Fortuna on the edge of the cloud forest next to Cerro Chato, the Arenal volcano's dormant little sibling. Wonderful views of the valley and the forest from the bungalow's small porch.
- Right next to the La Fortuna river waterfall, well worth the short walk. With a 7-year-old we walked the longer, more rigorous trail to Cerro Chato for a little while (it's stunning and well-kept) but we had to turn around well short of the summit. Proximity of these trails means plenty to do without leaving the immediate area.
- Very clean, spacious, and well-designed accommodations. A well-functioning kitchenette.
- A very friendly and accommodating staff. Responded quickly to any requests.
- Costa Rican-owned and very committed to environmental preservation.
- Very quiet site. Lots of wildlife, especially an incredible variety of birds. Flourishing, flowery gardens.
- The free breakfast was a hearty campesino feast.

Cons:
- Because a ridge lies in the way, you can't see the Arenal volcano from most parts of the property. You'll see it -- it's close, you'll hear it, and you're on the green (not ashen) side -- on the drive up to this remote site, and from the Cerro Chato trail. But not from your windows/balcony.
- With taxes and high-season surcharges, we ended up paying about $400/night. Yikes.
- You're high up in the mountains. That pool is cold! No hot springs in this part of the area.
- We had dinner there because they said we could if we asked ahead of time, but it's clearly not what they usually "do." Service was friendly and it was delicious, but little things (silverware) slipped through the cracks occasionally. Maybe try one of La Fortuna's restaurants down the hill.
- Remoteness means distance. You must have a car. The last 4km of road to the site means driving over a steep dirt road with some big rocks. (We did it in a compact Kia with no problems.) La Fortuna is a 10-minute drive. Tabacon hot springs is 20 min. The Lake Arenal dam is 25 min. The National Park entrance is 25-30 min.

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Liked best: Closeness to nature
Liked least: Price
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
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