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“Convenient location” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel La Fortuna
Calgary, Canada
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32 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Convenient location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We stayed here for a few nights and were happy with this friendly, well run and spotlessly clean hotel. Our room on the 4th floor was quiet and had a great view of the volcano (once the clouds parted) - and the air con worked really well. The free breakfast of fruit, scrambled eggs and griddle cooked bread (not toast!) was ok, but we got bored of eating the same thing by day four and went to the rainforest cafe instead. The hotel's on-site bar & restaurant wasn't open when we stayed, but this wasn't a problem as there are many other options in town. La Parada and Lava Lounge were two of our favourites.

The location is great if you're travelling without a vehicle and there's an Adobe office right across the street if you want to rent one for a day like we did. Theres also a laundry and two small grocery stores opposite the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We stayed here for a week while traveling around the Arenal area, the staff is helpful, friendly, and the hotel was very clean. We stayed in the volcano view room and it was perfect. The front desk is staffed 24 hours. Breakfast was included.

Room Tip: I believe the volcano view room is the best but the non volcano view room is okay as well.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Jeffrey B
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Calgary
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27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We stayed here for two nights in March 2013. We are a couple from Canada and spent two weeks travelling around Costa Rica. Hotel La Fortuna is an old hotel in a good location right in the town of La Fortuna, close to shops and restaurants. There is a Scotiabank ATM right up the street in the grocery store. The lobby has a restaurant which is open air to the street, there are computers with free internet access as well. The staff was very helpful and booked our Sky Trek Adventures package, as well as our Baldi Hot Springs visit, called us taxi's and provided other helpful info about the area. The hotel and room was clean, however our room was fairly small. $20 deposit required to use the safe key. The A/C worked fine and kept the room cool, and cable TV worked fine however our remote did not work the best. Bathrooms were clean with hot showers. Bed was a double, small for two of us and pillows weren't the best but it did the job. There was a storm at night which knocked the power out and the room got hot pretty quick with no A/C, and there were some weird noises and what sounded like a sewer back-up, but no issues in the room. Power was back on in a few hours. Breakfast was included and included coffee, orange juice, a plate of fruit (watermelon, pineapple and papaya) and eggs with toast served promptly in the lobby restaurant. Definitely check out the La Fortuna Waterfall close by, its about a $8 cab ride one way, $10 entry fee and a short hike down to the falls but well worth it. There are two nice waterfalls to check out. It was raining when we were there so the flow was heavy. Enjoyed it very much. Sky Adventures was also fun, zip line was amazing and ended our day at Baldi Hot Springs - dinner and access to the impressive hot spring pools was $34 and we got the Sky Adventure shuttle to drop us off on the way back. All is all is was a nice stay, its not the nicest place but did the trick for the price. Good value for the budget traveller

Room Tip: Our Frommer's guide book says to request a Volcano view room on the 4th or 5th floor. None were...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank globetrekker99
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HotelLaFortuna, Director de Recepción at Hotel La Fortuna, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
We are really thankful with you for taking the time to write this comment and let us know the things we can improve in our hotel to be better every day. We really will consider your opinion to take advantage of it and give to our clients the best service they can have. Regards!
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Lake Placid, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Vary Clean! The staff was friendly and knowledgable, the rooms were well maintained, and the shower was huge! Convenient location, great views, and a satisfying breakfast. Well worth the price of admission. Would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: View rooms can be a bit noisy.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

We stayed here for four nights, the only real thing to "complain" about is the beds are a bit springy. Hotel staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. Hotel is located in walking distance to many shops and restaurants. there would have a great view from our room of the volcano but the weather was not in our favor, we had four straight days of overcast/misty/rainy/gray/yucky weather. other than that we had a nice time there and would recommend this place to anyone who is on a budget, breakfast is served quickly from 7-9 am its the same every day fruit, scrambled eggs with toast and jam that looks like ketchup but its not! =) coffee and oj. nice place hotel la fortuna!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Proctorville, Ohio
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69 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

The staff were very friendly and helpful at check-in. Our room was basic, but we had a great little balcony with a view of the volcano, which is fantastic. The restaurant is within walking distance of many small "sodas" to eat at and near fruit stands and gift shops.
The provided breakfast, of fruit, eggs, and toast was good, although breakfast was often packed early in the morning, and one day we were not able to eat before our excursion because there was no room.

Room Tip: 5th floor balcony with view of volcano was great!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank skyllo
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Nice lobby, very friendly staff, excellently located and parking. Small hot breakfast of scrambled eggs and fruit included in price of room. Room it self was ok but the beds were very hard and the noise from the street continued well on into the night. Decent enough... but would stay elsewhere next time simply because of the noise and hard beds.

Room Tip: Try to get a room in the back.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Rider_Debbie
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HotelLaFortuna, Director de Recepción at Hotel La Fortuna, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
We are really sorry you did not enjoy your stay in our hotel the most... We hope you can come back some day and see by yourself that we really work hard every day to be the best hotel in town. One of the things we changed recently was our pillows. We changed them because some clients told us they were not OK. What we are trying to tell is just that we listen to our visitor's opinions carefully and we use them to improve our services. So, thank you for your comment and please receive our apology for these inconvenients.

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Property: Hotel La Fortuna
Address: 1 block south and 1 block east from La Fortuna Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Fortuna 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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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