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“Amazing property, great service, great people” 5 of 5 stars
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Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Amazing property, great service, great people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

First of all the people of Costa Rica are among the nicest and warmest we have experienced during our travels. They are always accommodating and always try and help out and no matter what the situation always seem to be calm - says a lot about the country!

The Tabacon Grand Spa is am amazing property set at the foothills of the Arenal Volcano. The property is small but seems even smaller as all the units are separated by lush vegetation. We had a King room - that looked into the forest. Lovely room - all the amenities you would find in a 5 Star property, good coffee. Water in the room was $6 but then who drinks that anyway!

They good part of staying at Tabacon is that entrance to the star attraction the Thermal Hot Springs is free. Otherwise you pay $50 per day per person. We stayed 4 days so saved a lot of money. You can call for the shuttle from your room and we never had to wait more than a few minutes. The hot springs are amazing - huge area with maybe 15 or more pools of hot gushing water - this is supposed to be the most natural of all the hot springs in Costa Rica.
The staff were great - extremely professional and very helpful. Breakfast is a buffet which is $30 per person but if you ask they will price this separately and so you can get what you want and it works out much better. Antonio at the restaurant was really great! We walked around the hotel grounds and they are really beautiful and well maintained.
All in all a great experience, we would definitely go back.

Room Tip: Book online and try and go during off season - the weather is still amazing and you beat the crowds.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

GO!! Is all I can tell you. Spent 3 nights at Tabacon and it was one of the most amazing expereinces ever. We landed in San Jose international airport from NYC, had a private car waiting from the hotel (cost is $175 one way to Tabacon). The car ride was about 3 hrs. Arrived at Tabacon at 1pm, welcomed with a drink and cold towels. Checked into our room (with a HUGE Jaccuzi rate approx $500 a night) and from then on, everything was perfect. The Hot Springs are a 1 min shuttle ride away from the hotel. The admission is included. The food is fabulous. Coming from NYC, we did not find anyhting overpriced as we are used to paying $30 for breakfast. The food was fresh, the staff was amazingly friendly and courteous. We spent day 2 at the hanging bridges which was also a great experience. Must go to Tabacon, get a luxury room, get a couples massage in the Grand Spa (unreal expereince- we got massages in a little hut in the middle of the forest, when it was pouring rain outside), eat some good food, drink some cocktails, relax in the hot springs and pamper yourself. Will def. return for more!!

Room Tip: Rooms 702, 703, 704 are seperate from the main resort- very quiet, private balcony, beautiful!!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Massapequa, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We recently spent two nights here. The view from my room was breathtaking. The hot springs were magnificant. As some people stated, they are not directly on the hotel property, but there was a shuttle running constantly or you could just walk the short distance. The food is a little overpriced, but remember that you are staying in a luxury hotel and the prices go along with that.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

The hotel is very good in itself, and excellent because of the hot springs, where one could spend hours and hours relaxing in the beautiful surroundings. Service was good, room was clean with a gorgeous view to the Volcan Arenal.

The only minus were the prices of the breakfast, which are ridiculously high; 17 USD for a continental breakfast.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

There has to be 2 different ratings for this hotel because i felt that the hot springs and hotel were seperate. The hot springs are fabulous and truly a wonderful experience. We enjoyed them the most at night after busy days. Know that they are open to the public, are across the street and slightly down the road from hotel. The hotel does provide a shuttle service to and from so this is why I consider these seperate in my review. The hotel felt very motel when you park your car directly in front of your door. The rooms have a patio but no seating to enjoy the outdoors from your room There is also no view to the volcano from this property, the pool on property was closed for remodeling so no outdoor space to hang out in at hotel. I will add the people are very nice and helpful. We only ate sandwiches and snacks from the bar and were very good. I reco having a car to get to the town of la fortunate close by for breakfasts and dinners. Overall a great stay .

Room Tip: We had a handicap room which we did not request? Ask for rooms on 2nd floor
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Salem, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

The hot springs are simply amazing and make this resort worth it. The rooms are adequate, but nothing fancy. The restaurants are over-priced. We opted to travel into town and get some authentic Costa Rican food in La Fortuna for a small fraction of the price. Not only did we save money but it was better food. But, as I said, this resort is about the hot springs. Check out the photos and you'll see for yourself. We will definitely return to Tabacon one day!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

We spent three nights on our Costa Rican honeymoon at the Tabacon Resort, and loved it.

At checkin we upgraded to one of their honeymoon suites ($50 more per night than our original package), and loved our second floor room.

All of the staff were courteous, welcoming and warm. We enjoyed the breakfast buffets and two dinners at their "formal" restaurant (Tucaran?), and adored the intimate scale of the resort and the adjacent hot springs.

  • Stayed July 2013
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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 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#6 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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