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Volcano Lodge & Springs
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Reviewed April 14, 2008

Volcano Lodge is a little gem. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained with a good variety of flora, birds, butterflies, armadillos etc!

All the lodges look out upon the Arenal Volcano which is an impressive back drop to all the activities in the Fortuna area. Keep watching though because the break in the clouds can be few and far between.

The accomodation in the lodge is clean & tidy and very comfortable. The resort itself is a bit of a way out from Fortuna Town so its best to have a car if possible. The breakfast buffet was good and the staff were friendly and attentive. The pool complex - though not big - was fine too.

There is a lot to do in the immediate vicinity. If you want to see the volcano in action the activity is around the SW side. Take a trip to the Observatory and stay after dark to see the molten rock - cloud permitting. Also some nice walks here. The National Park is also worth a visit. You can walk to a 'recent' lava flow which is close enough to hear rocks being ejected from the cone and rolling down the slope.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with family
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Thank Trinigasman
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Reviewed April 9, 2008

We just returned from 3 nights at the Volcano Lodge in La Fortuna Costa Rica. The hotel is in a great location. Close enough to town so as to be reasonable for a taxi ride but far enough to feel you are in a rural setting. The grounds and landscaping are beautiful. The rooms are basic but the patio in the back overlooking the volcano and the flowers and hummingbirds make up for it. The property has two restaurants on site and we tried both. I had a swedish massage at the spa and it was excellent. I would go back in a second.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 18, 2008

An idylic "surprise" hotel situated well outside of the volcano driven fray of La Fortuna. Great full breakfast buffet, taxes, gratuity included for very spacious rooms with porches and excellent views of Arenal spewing smoke and rocks.

The room was SPOTLESS and just painted with comfy king bed facing the mountain. Best breakfast, bath and shower of the trip for just over $100/night. There are both main hotel rooms and 4 room/unit cabanas, the latter facing directly to the volcano and spread out to create privacy between neighboring porches. We had room 321 (cabana) and would ask for this one if returning - kept our curtains open so we could wake looking right at Arenal.

Service was genuinely great and our one dinner on premise was also very good, authentic, Costa Rican fare. The only issue was that we only booked two nights here!

DO take a ride north on the main road from the main entrance (By day, like most driving in C.R., NOT by night.) and continue well past the lake/dam which opens up into a vast body of water in about 15 miles/20Km. Very Cool Ride!

Hanging Bridges is also at the north end of the dam and is a great chance to get a relatively safe, moderate 2 hour +/- hike into the rain forest/jungle for about 20 bucks each. Monkeys found here - when they want to be. Baldi hot springs also near/worthwhile for $26. The Nat'l park hike takes you within a couple Km of Arenal, access is day only @$10 ea.

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Reviewed March 8, 2008

We loved this place! The rooms were clean and spacious! The view of the volcano was incredible. I had no idea we would be so close! The individual porch with rocking chairs was great to sit and watch the volcano, the birds, the beautiful flowers and flowing river behind the hotel!

The pools and hot tubs were great! clean and empty! At times it felt as if we had the place to ourselves! The restaurants (both) were fantastic! The food and service was excellent! The rate was fair, and it includes a buffet breakfast! Dont miss out on this place!

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2008

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Volcano Lodge for 3 nights. Overall we enjoyed our stay. Unfortunately we arrived very late at night, and there was no reception open or anyone who spoke English, and our Spanish was limited, so I would recommend arriving in the daytime.

The room was large and clean, with a great view. I believe every room has a little deck with comfy rocking chairs and views of the volcano. There was cable TV, airconditioning which worked great, and a large bathroom. The beds must have also been very comfortable because we slept like logs all three nights.

The property was much larger than I thought, so it was a hike from our room to the front reception where you get picked up for tours. We ate mostly at the further restaurant, which was very good and reasonably priced. The pool area was very nice with enough lounges that we had no problem getting one.

We spent very little time at the hotel, preferring to be out all day to explore the area, but we felt we had made a good choice with this hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank ansb10
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