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Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa
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Reviewed November 29, 2007

What a wonderful, magical place. This truly was the highlight of our Costa Rican visit. We have been to Costa Rica several times, but this was our first visit to this area - and we cannot wait to go back. We are just sorry it took us so long to get there...

The room was wonderfully spacious and very very clean, with luxurious bathrobes to lounge in (pink for her - blue for him).
The staff could not have been more polite or accommodating - it seemed as if they took it personally to ensure that we had a good time. This is a 5 star resort and you must expect to pay their prices - if you want a cheaper place, then all I can say is that there are plenty around - and you will soon notice the difference, The local people are unfailingly polite, but it is considered extremely rude to raise your voice to them - you never hear them shouting at each other - and why visitors think they achieve more by shouting at the staff is beyond my comprehension.

The hot springs with the waterfalls and rushing river - and the lush grounds and the Grand Spa are all magnificent, and really should not be missed. If you cannot afford to stay in the hotel, then do visit Tabacon Springs for the day. The cost is $55.00 per person (or $70 if you include the supberb buffet luncheon)...pricey but worth the experience just once in your life.
For those on a tight budget, the admittance price is $40.00 after 6:00pm - the swimup bar and restaurant are open until 10:00pm
and towels and changing rooms are available.

Stayed: November 2007
4  Thank tennisfanRaleighNC
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Reviewed November 28, 2007

Very average hotel with very average service. We couldn't see the volcano from our "volcano view" room because of overgrown vegetation. The lava flow is on the other side of the volcano any way. The grounds were nice but the restaurant served awful food for $$$$. The hot springs are very nice but they are open to the public and get quite busy. It is a 1/4 mile walk along a busy road to get to the hot springs, For the price I was expecting much more. You can do much better in the La Fortuna area.

Stayed: November 2007
1  Thank robpco
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Reviewed November 28, 2007

This place is amazing. I was a little hesitant given some of the previous reviews. But after residing there for two nights/three days as a part of my honeymoon, I can't do anything but rave about this place.

The grounds are incredible; the hot springs are heavenly; Our room was spacious and clean. However, warning, if you use the jacuzzi tub, you do have to fill it and run the jets a while to get rid of the stagnant water smell. We went into La Fortuna and bought a little bottle of bleach, filled the tub, then ran the jets. We drained the tub and after that, no problems with a smell. We suspect it's because the tub is unused and the waters just stands stagnant.

It's not really a big deal because it's an easy fix and probably if you ask the staff, they will do it for you. The dinners (buffet and ala carte restaurant) are pricey. I would forego dinner there and take an $8 taxi into La Fortuna where you can eat like a king/queen for less than $30 - yep, that's appetizer, main entree, dessert, and a drink or two for two people. Incroyable!!!

It's nature's paradise - no problem with bugs or anything. I would definately recommend this place and stay there again.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank rightcoastgirl
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Reviewed November 28, 2007

Tabacon is a wonderful hotel with truly great service and people. My husband and I stayed at Tabacon for three nights and from the moment we checked in we were greeted with smiling faces and helpful people. The room itself is pretty much a standard hotel room. However, we stayed in a junior suite which had a large backyard in which we saw numerous squatees (racoon type animals) and which had a nice hottub.

The hot springs are really fabulous and included in the price of a Tabacon stay. Moreover, although people who are not staying at Tabacon
can come for the day to the hot springs, they do have to pay for the privilege and are not given robes or extra time in the hot springs. We
did not find the hot springs to be overcrowded, but did find them to be extremely relaxing. Also, as a guest at Tabacon you are provided with quick door-to-door shuttle service to and from the hot springs.

The concierge at Tabacon was extremely helpful and efficient. The sky tram and sky trek zipline tour, which the concierge booked, was a highlight of out trip and extremely organized.

We also had massages at the Tabacon Spa which were amazing. They were outside in a beautiful cabana with the sound of water flowing all around you.

Additionally, Tabacon arranged for ground transfers from San Jose to Tabacon and then from Tabacon to Manuel Antonio (about a 5 ½ hour drive). The transfers were amazing with really comfortable vans and knowledgeable and friendly drivers who spoke English. The drives were more of a tour than a transfer as our drivers were great about stopping at interesting spots and pointing out cool wildlife and nature.

We liked the food at the Tabacon restaurant[ (we only ate breakfast there though) which overlooks an amazing pool. Again, we found the people there to be more than helpful and very friendly.

Finally, Tabacon offers its own taxi service from the hotel. In other words, if you request a taxi to go into town, the taxi is there within
a minute or two and you can be on your way. Additionally, the town is only a 5-10 minute drive from Tabacon which is very convenient.

Our only complaint about the hotel is that the beds are not that comfortable. Our one suggestion to the hotel to make an incredible experience even more enjoyable would be to upgrade the mattresses.

On a final note, check-out and check-in could not have gone smoother and we made calls to the US and were charged only $1.70 per minute.

We truly enjoyed our experience at Tabacon and would recommend it to our friends and family. We hope to be back.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank janelliot
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Reviewed November 15, 2007

Went here for 3 days of honeymoon. Booked a Volcano view room which was not a volcano view as could only see v top off volcano. When I asked to be moved the staff were initially rude but a senior member moved us to the view that they actually show on the website. The Tabacon is quite a rip off. The thermal spas which any one can use even if not staying at hotel is fantastic. The hotel room is insipid. You could be in a hotel room anywhere in the world. The staff are inpolite which is the complete opposite to what I have experienced in Costa Rica.

You CANNOT SEE THE LAVA FROM HERE. The lava reversed its flow several years ago and it can't be seen from Tabacon. Stay on the other side of Fortuna where you might see it at night.

Food in restaurant was poor and cost an absolute fortune, whereas a cheap meal in the town was delicious.

I used the telephones in the reception with my credit card. I phoned someone in th UK 3 times and got and answer machine which I hung up on immediatley. For this I was charged $200. Yes $200!!! Am in process of trying to retrieve. They are unbelivable.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Katelovesholiday
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