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“The Absolute Best Value Hotel In La Fortuna / Arenal”
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Hotel La Pradera
Turrialba, Costa Rica
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“The Absolute Best Value Hotel In La Fortuna / Arenal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

Experienced travellers know the difference between inexpensive and cheap. They know a good find when they come across one and understand the meaning of real value.

Given that quality often comes with a marked up price tag, spotting a hotel that is both worthy of your business and easy on the wallet (a “diamond in the rough” accommodation of sorts) can not only add to your overall travel experience by providing comfort, cleanliness, security, and enjoyment, but it can also help you save your hard-earned cash for use towards different aspects of your trip (such as tours, activities, dining, or souvenir shopping).

So what’s our favourite La Fortuna/Arenal “diamond in the rough” hotel? La Pradera Del Arenal. The phrase could not be more fitting as this accommodation option is a real gem.

Located just outside the La Fortuna downtown core, La Pradera Del Arenal is perfectly situated along the main road that runs around the Arenal Volcano towards Arenal Lake. It is within walking distance to souvenir shops and a supermarket (ideal for picking up mid-day or late night snacks to enjoy while volcano-gazing or relaxing in one of the hotel’s three on-site pools/jacuzzis), yet it is far enough removed from the crowded centre of town. The quiet one-floor property (comprised of standard rooms and detached cabins) faces the volcano, allowing the majority of visitors to capture stunning photos of Arenal from the comfort of their room’s front porch. Upon our most recent visit, I could not make better use of the porch’s complimentary rocking chair as I soaked in the view of the volcano straight ahead as well as the lush, green, well-maintained hotel gardens that covered the property – all from the comfort of the handmade rocker set amongst our own private, outdoor, covered seating area.

Inside the hotel rooms, travellers are welcome to a variety of amenities including cable TV, air conditioning, hot water, comfortable beds, and a large bathroom. Although fairly standard hotel amenities, when you add these in-room qualities to the hotel’s location, volcano view, on-site game area (including a pool table and a foosball table), and breakfast (included in the hotel’s room rate) served daily at the hotel’s own full-service restaurant, it is hard to believe this hotel costs as much (or should I say, as little) as it does. The benefits far outweigh the price, which makes La Pradera Del Arenal an easy winner in the category for best value hotel in La Fortuna/Arenal.

Is La Pradera Del Arenal the least expensive accommodation option available in the La Fortuna/Arenal area? Of course not, as there are plenty of hostels that offer room and board for a handful of dollars in return for a merely satisfactory visit. Would we rate the hotel as providing the highest quality experience of any hotel we have ever stayed at throughout out travels around Costa Rica? No, but then again, most travellers looking for luxury and resort-quality experiences would be drawn to accommodation options with prices much higher than those offered by La Pradera Del Arenal anyway. The reason we love this particular hotel as much as we do is because it aptly combines the low-cost appeal of hostels (without sacrificing positive experience) with a degree of quality that well surpasses its affordable price point. In short, it offers travellers a lot for less, which is central to the equation we use to calculate value. Since we tend to put our money where the value is, we would re-visit La Pradera Del Arenal in a heartbeat. We would also recommend the accommodation option to friends and family looking for a hotel that offers them the most bang for their buck, so we do not hesitate to do the same for our extended family – the travel community.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

My husband and I stayed in the one of the private cabins with volcano views. Love the air conditioning, hot water, breakfast,and decently priced room. They offer lunch and dinner at the hotel as well. For such a large scale hotel my only "negative" is that wifi should extend to all the rooms. The hotel also offers a cute pool with jacuzzis .It's also close to many of the hot spring hotels. I would recommend this hotel to anyone that wants a decently priced hotel just outside of La Fortuna.
Nicole and RJ June 2013

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cypress, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

Staff friendliness inconsistent. Did not seem too happy about handing over a coffee pack for in-room maker. Didn't matter because next day found out there was no outlet for the coffee pot. Not most comfortable stay as far as bedding and bathroom cleanliness but quiet. And had A/C!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Missoula, Montana, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Hotel La Pradera for 5 days. The accommodations were booked via Costa Rica Descents (an all-adventure company) as part of a package. We were initially placed in room 39. Each room has a porch with a couple of rocking chairs and table, where you can kick back and enjoy the view of Volcano Arenal. Each room is supposed to have air conditioning, but after 2 days of attempting to get ours to work, the front desk decided to relocate us to room 24. Room 24 had a functioning air conditioner, so I initially thought that all was better. However, room 39 was quiet and provided an unobstructed view of the volcano while room 24 was close to the road, had lots of electrical lines obstructing the view, the furnishings and layout of the room were lacking (e.g., tube tv, fewer tables, only one bed), and the room was handicap accessible (ADA). I totally appreciate that La Pradera has accommodations to suit everyone, but it was difficult for me to appreciate whenever I would hit my head hard on the shower door frame. Aside from the bummer location in the complex, everything else was nice. The pool area in back of the hotel included a waterfall, kids pool, regular pool, a large open-air hot tub, and a large sheltered hot tub. There was also an outside bar flanked by one foosball table and one pool table. It was a nice setting. The stay included breakfast each morning and it was super filling and tasty. The breakfast waitstaff was really good about (re)filling your coffee and juice. During one morning, La Pradera had enough guests to make the breakfast a full self-serve buffet. All in all, it was a nice place to stay for a whirlwind trip where making or seeking out your own breakfast would have cut into daytime activities. Just be sure to take my room request tip to heart: rooms 31-40.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 2 nights in May 2013. The staff was very friendly, informative and welcoming. The hotel was comfortable, clean and safe. The landscape contained beautiful flowers/ plants and animals, including this fabulous peacock. The view of the Arenal volcano was clear and right in front of our room. The restaurant food was tasting and accommodated my vegetarian diet. I loved the comida typical!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2013

I traveled to La Fortuna early this month and stayed at La Pradera, a great little hotel in the shadow of Arenal Volcano. The views were spectacular and the gardens around the hotel beautiful. There were flowers everywhere complete with hummingbirds and all sorts of beautifully colored birds. The staff were courteous, the food good and the rooms clean.The volcano was mesmerizing as our view constantly changed depending on the cloud formations. Thermal springs like Baldi were within walking distance as was the town of La Fortuna (a taxi to the town will cost you $5.00 US).The La Fortuna waterfall, well worth the visit, is 15 minutes away. As we visited during what is supposed to be rainy season (it only rained once), we had the hotel to ourselves. All in all, a great place to stay.

Room Tip: The room choice was either a room or a bungalow. Rooms had a fridge and a coffee maker and as far as...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Nova Scotia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for three nights while exploring this area of Costa Rica. We highly recommend La Pradera for its location and its amenities. We have travelled quite a bit, and this place stands out as being exceptionally good.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel La Pradera
Address: 2 Km West From la Fortuna, San Carlos | (on the way to Arenal Volcano), 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:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#13 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#24 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 28
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