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“great budget stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Monte Real

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Hotel Monte Real
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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“great budget stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014

Come here for the staff. The guy at the front desk was so friendly and helpful with bookings. He gave us better deals that we could find online for hotsprings etc. yummy breakfast included. Very basic rooms though, uncomfortable mattress, hot, bugs. Convenient location for most tours.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
Helpful?
Thank speedyfish
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Volcán, Manager at Hotel Monte Real, responded to this review, February 22, 2014
Dear speedyfish,

We are glad you enjoyed somehow your time while staying with us, our staff is in deed very helpful and always willing to give their best every time. The room you stayed was a standard room, we are glad to announce we are building this year 2014 completely new standard rooms as well as providing other services, the all-new standard rooms will provide a higher level of comfort while staying within budget. These rooms will be closer to the river, similar as the premium rooms to provide a more comfortable and relaxing environment. We only wish we can have you staying with us again so you can enjoy the new rooms. Feel free to contact me at the hotel's email and I will be more than happy to assist you with anything you need.

All the best,

Daniel Gamboa
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

Very helpful staff. Includes an excellent breakfast at a restaurant 1 block down the street. Quiet location away from the town, with a stream behind it where a sloth hangs out!! The groundskeeper pointed it out to us.
Nice clean pool.
Downtown is a short walk from the hotel - very convenient.
Very nice rooms, clean and quiet. I highly recommend this place when visiting Arenal.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Louise K
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Volcán, Manager at Hotel Monte Real, responded to this review, February 22, 2014
Dear Louise K,

What a great review! Definitely you point it out some of our best strengths, It was a pleasure having you staying with us... We will keep improving to make of our hotel the best hotel in town. We will be more than happy to have staying with us again! Do not hesitate in contact me at the hotel's email if you ever plan to come back!

Best regards,

Daniel Gamboa
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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

Basic hotel but with good value.
The staff was very helpful. It's very important when you have to choose what to do in La Fortuna.
The breakfast is included in a soda nearby.
They have a small swimming pool and a stream behind the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tiago-TourGuide
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Volcán, Manager at Hotel Monte Real, responded to this review, February 22, 2014
Dear Tiago-TourGuide,

We are glad you liked our hotel, we are working hard this year to keep improving our quality service and the level of comfort of our rooms. We only wish we can have you staying with us again in the future to serve you as you deserve. Monte Real Hotel has a great location right in town but with the river, the forest and the beautiful gardens our guests feel "lost in the nature". The inclusion of the new services and the improvement in the rooms will make of our hotel without a doubt the best hotel in town. Feel free to contact me at the hotel's email and I will be more than happy to provide more information.

Best regards,

Daniel Gamboa
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Springfield, Virginia
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200 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

Pros: Very friendly staff who speak English; very clean rooms; excellent dining options nearby; room rates are great; property is well manicured; when the Volcano isn't behind clouds the view is great; little river nearby makes for a nice diversion; breakfast was very good (a short walk away).

Cons: La Fortuna can be noisy at night; the bed was a little uncomfortable; the hotel is located near residential houses and there were barking dogs at night.

If you're on a budget and doing a lot of activities around Arenal, then this hotel is a good option.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank JE and JA D
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Volcán, Gerente at Hotel Monte Real, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Dear Jon D,

We are glad you enjoyed your time while staying with us, our staff is always willing to give their best every time to ensure you can relax and enjoy your vacations and we will continue doing so.
The room you stayed was a standard room, we are glad to announce we are building this year 2014 completely new standard rooms as well as providing other services. The new standard rooms will be closer to the river, similar as the premium rooms to provide a more confortable and relaxing enviroment. Hopefully we can have you staying with us again so you can enjoy the new rooms. Feel free to contact me at the hotel's email so I can give you more information.

Best regards,

Daniel Gamboa
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Stockholm, Sweden
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232 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2013

Basic hotel with a nice garden, small swimming pool, clean rooms, and friendly service. No frills, but good value for money. Breakfast is served at a café 200m away from the hotel, which was quite a good arrangement. Hotel staff is very helpful in recommending and booking various activities.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Joachim P
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Volcán, Gerente at Hotel Monte Real, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Dear Joachim P,

We are very happy you enjoyed our Hotel. We want to let you know that this year 2014 we are increasing the confortability of our Premium and standard rooms, making them even more pleasent so you can relax and rest like loyalty at a very reasonable price. Hopefully we can have you staying with us again.

Best regards,

Daniel Gamboa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

At the end of the day, this hotel offers a clean place to stay with a friendly and helpful staff for a good value. La fortuna is a very small city and from the hotel you can walk to the other side of the city within 20 minutes. The hotel offers great rates on tourist activities such as whitewater rafting, hanging bridges, zip lining, hiking, atvs, etc.

The rooms also have a great view of the volcano Arenal. Don't expect anything super fancy, the rooms are pretty bare bones but comfortable and reasonably priced

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Punepanther
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Volcán, Gerente at Hotel Monte Real, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Dear Punepanther,

Thank you very much for your comments! we are glad you enjoyed your time here with us. This year 2014 we are increasing the confortability of our Premium and standard rooms so you can relax and rest like loyalty at a very reasonable price. We hope we can have you back with us again.

Best regards,

Daniel Gamboa
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Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013

We spent four days here in mid Nov and found it to be a great place to stay - easy walking distance to town. The room was large, clean and had a fabulous view of the volcano. It was great for early morning coffee outside. The pool was a welcome relief from the heat. The garden here is particularly delightful and Angel, the gardener puts a big effort into making it lovely. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the soda down the street does a fine breakfast and dinner.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Heather C
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Volcán, Gerente at Hotel Monte Real, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Dear Heather C,

Nothing better than to start your day with a good coffee while enjoying the view of the stunning Arenal Volcano! We are so glad you loved your time here with us, hopefully we can have you staying with us again!

All the best,

Daniel Gamboa
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Additional Information about Hotel Monte Real

Property: Hotel Monte Real
Address: Este Del Parque Central La For, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#17 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#21 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Monte Real 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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