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Hotel La Fortuna
Reviewed January 11, 2009

Best hotel I stayed in Costa Rica. Exactly what I was looking for. Great location, near center of town. Very clean, felt safe. Great water pressure with hot water (unlike some other place that I stayed in Costa Rica). Hotel looks new. Includes breakfast, consisting of toast, fruit, juice, and coffee. Wheel chair accessible. Front desk was helpful. Value was great. Bring a travel size alarm clock since no alarm clock or phone in room. I brought one, since I tend to stay in hostel/cheap hotels. No negative experience. Would definitely recommend!

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 9, 2009

Hotel La Fortuna is perhaps not the most beautiful building in La Fortuna. However, the rooms are excellent and you really get what you pay for. We stayed on the 5th floor and our room offered a great view of both the town and the volcano. The entire hotel feels clean and modern compared to other places we stayed at in Costa Rica.

Living in the central parts of La Fortuna was great --- we were close to all restaurants but didn't experience any bothering noise.

The only things I can complain about were the breakfast, which was too small, and the poor knowledge of English language among parts of the staff.

To summarize: a really good hotel, I can sincerely recommend it.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 11, 2008

A Costa Rican friend who resides in Minneapolis recommended this hotel owned by his cousin. We stayed there in respect to our friend and his family, but never actually met the hotel owner nor played any "friend" card. We stayed stealthly, and since it was the "green season" (read: rainy), we were the ONLY guests in this 5 story, brand new, immaculate hotel.

They pride themselves on being accessible to the handicapped, and this progressive thinking is obvious in the property as a whole. It is tastefully, yet minimally decorated. Again...it is spotless. The open-air lobby restaurant and bar is a meeting place for a number of ex-pats. This does not mean that everyone speaks English, however, but they sure do try.

There are those curious wall-mounted, oscillating air conditioning units in the rooms, and they came in handy for dehumidfying the rainy season air.

The food was very good, the bar had English version CNN going, the front desk arranges for tours, and the town was fun to walk around.

I won't even begin to try to cover all of the things to do in the area, but suffice it to say that you could spend a number of days in this area and fine plenty to do. This hotel is a great base of operations.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Krista R
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Reviewed August 20, 2008

Price: $45/person with private bath (inclusive of taxes and breakfast)

Location: In the city center

We booked directly with the hotel. The website has higher prices but after reading a review on trip advisor I contacted the hotel and asked if they could match the $45 price that was mentioned on the review I read. The rooms have a/c; our room had two balconies, and a wonderful view of the volcano. The hotel was super clean and so were the rooms. The hotel offers tours but I noticed you can get better prices around town. The breakfast consisted of coffee, tea, fruits, and bread. I believed it was the best hotel in La Fortuna. The hotel is new, so everything is in great condition. The lobby and restaurant are beautiful.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2008

We were very pleasantly suprised when we arrived the hotel, its new and clean. We had a few problems with our key cards when we first arrived but the porter did the running about and sorted them for us!

Our room was spotless and we had a nice view of the volcano. There is air con and a tv. Can't complan at all about the room.

Downstairs there is a bar/restaurant which we ate in one night; it was nice but a little expensive compared to other places near by. Try turning right out of the hotel and crossing to the other side of the road, at the end of the road, on the cross road, is a really nice, cheaper place to eat, with excellent friendly staff.

  • Stayed: May 2008
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Reviewed August 1, 2008

Hotel La Fortuna was a great little hotel in old town La Fortuna. The hotel is on the east end of town. If you head west out of town there are lots of very touristy places to stay and eat. If you want a more authentic experience, stay on the east side of the plaza. The hotel was walking distance to some great restaurants and sodas. We stayed in a room on the 5th floor on the volcano side - what an amazing view! The staff can also book your activities for you. One piece of advice - you need to speak a little Spanish. None of the front desk staff spoke English during our stay, but we were able to get by on a couple years of high school Spanish. All in all, a great little hotel in a great little town!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 3, 2008

Satyed here for two nights $45/night. the hotel is newly decorated to a high standard and very clean, with lifts/disabled facilites. Continental breakfast included (very small, but tasty), restaurant facilities for lunch dinner, reasonable prices nice food. Hotel was very queit when we visited but low season (got volcano view room for $45 instead of $60) Hotel on side steet, but some street/car noise, not really annoying though. A/C TV nice bathroom, tours availble from hotel at reasonable prices.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel La Fortuna

Address: 1 block south and 1 block east from La Fortuna Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, 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:
Ranked #31 of 59 Hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: $55 - $101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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