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“Beautiful but expensive” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

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Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
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Jupiter, Florida
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful but expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

First off a friend of mine from Costa Rica told me not to stay at this hotel. However Im very stubborn and didn't listen to her. After seeing the pictures and the reviews I just had to stay here. Please dont get me wrong if you are looking for a 5 star experience look no further but it will cost you. Right away they upgraded my husband and I to the honeymoon suite which was gorgeous! I was hoping for veiws of the volcano but we didn't have any. We went to dinner that night at the hotel since we arrived late. Just 2 meals and a $32 bottle of cheap wine and we were signing a $148.00 dinner tab. The food was delicious but we didn't even have any apps or dessert. I can go to Capital Grill back home for that price and we are in Costa Rica. The next night we asked where the locals go and were able to have plenty of drinks and appitizer and dinner for less than $40.00 and it was amazing! The Tabacon Hot Springs were to die for! What a spectacular place. Although you dont have to stay in the hotel to enjoy them. The location was ok. Its about half way between La Fortuna and the Volcano. 15 minutes to both. I probably would have rather stayed closer to the town.
So was it a great trip and a wonderful place tp stay? Yes.
Would I stay there again or recommend it? Unfortunatly not.

Room Tip: Honeymoon suites were gorgeous. We stayed in room 501
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

Very beautiful, postcard looking hot springs near Vulcano. Beautiful resort with excellent food. Day pass is also available and great place to spend a day or days. Restaurant serves great buffet that is worth trying.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Arlington, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

We finished off a honeymoon of travel throughout Costa Rica with two days at Tabacon. It was the perfect way to prepare for returning to the U.S., with the hot springs and pools providing enough relaxation to get ready for travel. Recommend getting a massage scheduled early as the Spa was full when we arrived, but there were plenty of hideaways and nooks in the Springs to enjoy away from crowds. Definitely go to the Springs at night, and visit the Shangri-La Gardens for more privacy. We went during low season, so it felt like we had many of the areas to ourselves. Rooms were clean, and the service was professional. While the food was a little overpriced, it was much better than all-inclusive resorts.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

The food at the restaurant at Tabacon was definitely not 5 star quality and was overpriced for the quality and service they provided. The staff could not communicate well in English so there were several miscommunications. The staff was not friendly. That was all the restaurant. In the rooms, we had too many problems with internet, water pressure (one day we had no water for 6 hours and other times there was very little water pressure, they would send someone to fix a/c when it was working fine, had multiple problems with keys not working.I understand that things go wrong but to pay for a 5 star there should not be SO many problems. The hot springs were excellent! I like to give credit where it is due. I would suggest you stay somewhere else and get a day pass for the hot springs - that would be worth paying for.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

We visited the hot springs one evening on a night pass. The thermal pools are amazing and I would definitely recommend, even tho a little expensive.

Italian buffet in the restaurant was great, but again a little pricey.

Only slight downside is some areas of the paths between springs could be a little better lit as you are walking round bare foot in the dark in places!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

The grounds are INSANELY beautiful - the thermal spa is so amazing! Its more beautiful than the pictures made it seem - it's really been one of my favorite experiences.

The rooms are nice and the hotel staff are accomodating - no complaints there. If you're going to be going to the thermal spa, you might as well stay in the rooms, from a cost perspective.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Tabacon is one of those places that you can enjoy regardless what kind of weather the area is under. Going to the Tabacon Resort is a great experience at any time of the day, you will have a blast if it is sunny and warm same as if it rains and get somehow cold. 100% recommended.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the Arenal volcano on the second floor.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
Address: 13 Km Northwest la Fortuna de San Carlos | Arenal, Alajuela, Costa Rica, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#9 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#13 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 102
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the heart of the tropical rainforest at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano in the northern Region of Costa Rica. This five-star carbon neutral resort offers a unique blend of nature, adventure and relaxation. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Tabacon provides luxurious accommodations, services and amenities in a picture-perfect natural setting. The resort's unique healing thermal mineral spring river emerge from the volcanic earth, cascading to form waterfalls, streams, tranquil pools and ponds. Explore Shangri-La Gardens an hotel guests and adults-only hideaway, delight your senses with world- class cuisine inspired by local fares or surprise that special person with a gala dinner in the middle of the rainforest. Inside the gardens is the resort's Grand Spa, member of The Leading Spas of the World which combines a beautiful location with a singular spa experience, where treatments are rendered in open air bungalows all of them with private jacuzzi. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Tabacon Grand Hotel Thermal
Tabacon Grand Resort Thermal
Tabacon Resort
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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