When we visited La Fortuna two years ago, we stayed at this same hotel, and left feeling as if Jose and Lorena Soto, the owners, were close friends. Rooms were spare and incredibly inexpensive, but had hot water and a private bathroom. Imagine our surprise when we returned two years later and discovered a brand new high rise hotel in place of the humble small place we had stayed in previously! The only common factor between the two places was the congenial and solicitous hospitality of Jose and Lorena.
For a still competitive rate, we were now treated to a comfortable, convenient and luxurious room. Jose and Lorena remembered us from our visit two years ago, and moved us to a room with a spectacular view of the volcano from our balcony! (On our prior visit the volcano never appeared from behind its cloud cover. But on this visit, the clouds parted for an entire day, revealing the truly incredible spectacle of an immense, active volcano.)
Jose and Lorena and their staff bent over backwards to accomodate our every wish, booking tours, providing me with a chair so I could write at the table in our room, inquiring about special birding information for our Rio Frio trip.
Jose even gave us a grand tour of the top floor where he has accommodated each room for handicapped guests in every way. We were extremely impressed with the tilted mirrors, lowered hooks and rails, flip door handles, adjusted toilet facilities etc., etc. of these special rooms.
The restaurant serves delicious food, and our servers were always friendly and helpful, reflecting the congenial atmosphere of the entire staff.
I most enthusiastically reccommend the Hotel La Fortuna to anyone visiting the beautiful region surrrounding the Arenal Volcano. For an extremely reasonable rate, you will be treated as if you were royalty!
- 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