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Hotel Vista del Cerro
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Thornhill, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
11 reviews
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“Great family run hotel! Loved it!”
Reviewed June 20, 2008

We orginally booked for 2 nights and ended up staying for 4 nights!

This is a great motel style hotel with large, clean, air conditioned rooms with cable TV. It is just 2 km from La Fortuna which is only a $2 cab ride. The grounds are beautiful with a great pool with a small waterfall and a volcano view in the background - spectacular gardens too! The property is extremely well maintained and taken care of.

The family that runs the hotel is fantastic! Melania is great at arranging tours and giving advice on what to do in the area. Her daughter, Melanie, serves great breakfasts at the small cafe next door which is open for breakfast and lunch.

We were very glad we booked this hotel and would love to go back anytime!

  • Liked — Excellent service, great room and location
  • Disliked — close to road and can sometimes hear traffic - bring earplugs
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2008

This is a great place to stay in La Fortuna - it's motel style and on the highway about 1 mile from La Fortuna.

The lady who runs it is a sensation. It is very clean, new, good air conditioning and good TV. You won't be troubled by the traffic and at $40 per night the value is exceptional.

Great base for visit to La Fortuna.

  • Liked — Value, facilities and staff
  • Disliked — 1 mile from town
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews
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Reviewed June 1, 2008

We spent one night at Vista del Cerro and it was nice, clean, accessible and had air conditioning. (we spent 2 nights at Cerro Chato Lodge which didn't, so we were happy to have ac). There is a nice, cheap place for breakfast as well, right next door. Staff were also very friendly and helpful. At $40 a night, it was a great deal!

  • Liked — very clean
  • Disliked — on the main road, so it got a bit noisy
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Tampa
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Reviewed May 11, 2008

This place is right outside La Fortuna, so although you need a car, it's easy to get there. It's on the main road, but there were no noise issues. It's right across from a grocery store too, in case you need some supplies or beer. Rooms were well-kept and large, and the bestt part was that when you open the curtains you have a direct volcano view!! The owners were very friendly and full of info to give tour suggestions to all budgets.
Upon welcoming us around 6pm, they asked if we planned to go to the thermal springs that night, or instead, if we would like them to turn on the jacuzzi for us. They offer $17 passes for Baldi hot springs, and they are normally $27 at the door. (Note that Tabacon charges $60 for a day pass and $45 after 7pm --- I haven't been in 15 years, but not sure what could possibly make it 3-4 times better than Baldi).
We didn't eat at the place next store, but went to town and had a delicious breakfast. ***Watch your car!!! A townie was "fixing his hair" in our car window, meaning he was checking out what was inside, which was just a sweatshirt, and then his friend came to our table, where I had the keys, and I grabbed the keys before he could mumble something and take the packets of mayonnaise. Scum can be found everywhere, so just don't be a victim!!
For an incredible dinner, try Don Rufino's -- take a 4 Seasons chef and local CR ingredients, and you have a great menu, yummy food, terrific service, and many entree prices in the mid teens.
Be sure to hike to the waterfalls, but also watch your belongings!! It's such an idyllic place, that people leave things around, and while we were there, someone's video camera was stolen. You can't lock thieves out of paradise, so be smart!
There are so many tours to do in the area, and the owners know everything about them, so you don't need any other tour guides. This is a killer deal on this hotel, and the only negative would be that the bath towels were small by US standards (and no, I'm not fat!)
We would definitely stay here again.....and by the way, we were very glad we rented a car for this trip, but you could probably just take the bus to La Fortuna, take a 2-minute cab to the hotel, and then have the owners set you up on tours or take taxis as needed.
Lastly....you can book and get more info via www.hotelvistadelcerro.com.

  • Liked — Price, location, friendly owners.
  • Disliked — Small towels, no mini-fridge.
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Sweden
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Reviewed May 10, 2008

We got a recommendation from a busdriver at 'grayline' to visit Vista del Cerro if we wanted to stay in the area of La Fortuna and Arenal. We found a great little hotel with clean rooms, AC and lots of hospitality! We stayed here for two nights á 40$ but the advises and the local knowledge that the owner and her family gave us is worth a lot more. The hotel has a pool that is free to use and a little café right next to the main building with reasonable prices and good coffee. We ate our breakfast here every morning and the service and food is very good. In the area there is a lot of restaurants and only two km to the main village of La Fortuna. The hotel also offers a splendid view of the Arenal volcano. When we stayed here we took a walk 4 km to La Fortuna Waterfalls wich is an excellent way to spend an afternoon. We also went to the hotsprings at Baldi and, of course, visited the volcano.

Our highest recommendations!

Jacob and Sara, Sweden

  • Stayed May 2008
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Monticello, IL
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed March 29, 2008

My wife and I had a very nice 2 day stay here. This is a 10 unit family run hotel located about a mile from the La Fortuna town center. The owner and her family were very nice. The hotel is about 2 years old and has a nice pool that was completed about 6 months before our stay. Restaurants are within easy walking distance. The rooms are very nice and clean and look out toward the volcano. Second floor rooms may have a little better view. Prices are fair. If we visited again we would stay here.

David and Terry
Monticello, Illinois USA

  • Liked — Friendly and helpful owners, nice clean room, location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
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Reviewed March 15, 2008

I agree... choose this place to stay! As mentioned, it's a family business and they're very proud of it. Melania and the rest of her family go out of their way to make you feel welcome. The clean rooms offer outstanding value, with air conditioning and cable tv. The new pool and spa tub are a nice bonus. The food served by Melania's daughter at the cafe next door was tasty and very inexpensive. The location was good, just outside town with a few restaurants and souvenir shops within a couple minutes walk. Melania arranged a tour for me (volcano hike + Baldi hot springs) which was cheaper than I had seen advertised on the tour operators' websites, so be sure to book through the hotel. FYI... if you do book this tour, I recommend NOT getting the Baldi buffet option (food was bland and overpriced) and eating somewhere near the hotel instead, which Melania had said would have been $6 -8. I only stayed one night at Vista del Cerro... I wish it could have been longer!

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled solo
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Property: Hotel Vista del Cerro
Address: Miles West From la Fortuna 2 | (on the way to arenal volcano), Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#20 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Vista del Cerro 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Vista Del Cerro is located in La Fortuna San Carlos Costa Rica, one of the most wonderful areas of the country.We offer very comfortable and spacious rooms where you can enjoy the most relaxing rest, while admiring spectacular eruptions of the Arenal Volcano, from the commodity of your room. In addition, we offer nature lovers a large variety of activities such us the La Fortuna Waterfall, ATV tours to the Arenal River, hot springs, or the fascinating Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and for those who prefer thrilling adventures we have Canopy Tours and White water rafting. ... more   less 
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