A lot of the hotels (resorts, really) around Arenal are a long way from the town of La Fortuna, where the shops and restaurants are. This hotel is just blocks from the main streets. It's nothing fancy, but it's very clean and safe, with good service. We had a minor hiccup on check-in -- we got in very late and the receptionist forgot to let the night security guard (who spoke less English than I speak Spanish) know we'd be coming. We got it sorted out and had a fine rest of our stay. We had a volcano-view room, which I highly recommend. It also looks out over the town of La Fortuna and a cute little fruits and vegetables stand that had the BEST fresh-picked bananas.
There are four computers in the lobby for guests to use, and a bar with a super-friendly (if not super at mixing) bartender. Breakfast each morning consisted of coffee, a small plate of fresh fruit (banana, pineapple, papaya), two scrambled eggs and some toast.
No one was ever at the restaurant at night, but plenty of people had a drink and caught the night's football (soccer) game at the bar. If you're looking for luxury, stay up at the resorts nearer to Arenal and the hot springs. If you want a more authentic experience in town for a much more reasonable price, you can't beat Hotel La Fortuna.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A uniquely designed building and an excellent location, make our hotel stands out in La Fortuna downtown. We have a central area extending up all five floors, with interior balconies looking down to the lobby, creating a sense of openness and freshness. Our lobby area provides computers with free Internet and wireless. Ample and comfortable seating is perfect to relax while you enjoy our well-stocked English books exchange.Just a couple of blocks away, you can find supermarkets, drugstores, restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and everything you need for having a good vacation.And if you are looking for more relaxation or adventure, we offer you a tourist information desk inside the hotel with convenient prices for the guests. Parking lot is free and exclusive for our visitors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel La Fortuna Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park