We were three families staying at the Monte Real between 30th dec 2012 and 4th of jan 2013 in premium rooms. Everything was great, the staff extremely friendly and helpful, making different kinds of arrangements for us. Tours, long distance transfer, laundryservice among others. The garden is beautiful and yes we saw the sloth in the tree, toucans and iguanas. Even the gardener is friendly and helpful, showing us the sloth. The room were nice and clean and with direct access to the lovely garden from our veranda. Some rooms have volcanoview and other gardenview, in our opinion it doesn´t matter which room you get (but try to get Premium rooms, instead of standrad rooms, it´s excellent value for money). They are all lovely. We had wifi in our room and it worked without disturbances. The pool is nice and clean laying in the middle of the garden, lovely for a cooling dip anytime of the day. The laundryservice at the hotel is excellent and efficient, we handed over the laundry in the morning at the reception and we fetched it in the afternoon. The breakfast is not on the location, we had to walk to a nearby café, but it was included in the hotelrate and excellent value. We could choose from three alternatives; gallo pinto, eggs, toast and fresh fruit in different combinations served with juice and coffee or tea. The view over the volcano is marvellous, we were lucky with sunny weather and could see it almost everyday, but if you´re unlucky it could be hidden in clouds. The volcano isn´t active at the moment, so you don´t see any lavaflows anymore, just a little steam from the top forming small clouds. All in all it´s a perfect place to stay in La Fortuna and it´s well worth a visit because there are lots of things to do. Hot springs (go to Eco Thermales!!), horsebackriding, hiking (we hiked the smaller Cerro Chato, strenuous walk, be prepared!!), daytrip to Monteverde (jeep-boat-jeep) and new years eve in the townsquare with a fantastic show of fireworks, before that we had an excellent new years eve dinner at Don Rufinos, one of Costa Ricas best restaurants. So, we will highly recommend Monte Real for your stay, if you are in La Fortuna. Best regards, Mats Rosenkvist.
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