Considering that this was by far the cheapest hotel we stayed in on our honeymoon, we can't believe how nice it was.
Thanks to a fellow TripAdvisor contributor we had the best chalet of all (Room 515), which has unobstructed views of the majestic Arenal Volcano. This chalet also felt very private, as all the buildings are nicely spaced out. The inside was really well furnished and very clean, the A/C worked a treat and the bathroom had plenty of space.
The hotel is a five-minute drive from the main road up a bumpy track and is completely on its own amongst the trees (although only 10 minutes from La Fortuna). This makes it a great place for birdwatching - expect to see keel-billed toucans and hummingbirds from the open plan restaurant.
We'd read bad things about the food, but all the meals we ate, including the extensive buffet breakfast, were delicious. The only thing is it's fairly expensive for dinner ($40-50 for two) - much like the rest of Costa Rica as it turns out!
Right next to the main building is a clean swimming pool with views of the volcano.
As for the staff, the guys at reception exuded the trademark Tico friendliness and the waiting staff were very polite.
A great stay in lovely surroundings - highly recommended, as is the La Fortuna area for horse riding, walking, waterfall swimming, thermal springs etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lomas del Volcán Hotel is a warm mountain hotel that maintains it's rustic style with wood cabins, each one with 2 decks that invites you to enjoy nature, one with a view to the Arenal Volcano and the other with a view to the tropical forest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lomas Del Volcan Hotel
- Hotel Lomas Del Volcan Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park