We stayed here in August 2008, my boyfriend and I, both 21 at the time.
This hotel is more in the "motel" style. The rooms provide the absolute minimum basics, plain walls, simple bed and bathroom, and a TV. Very clean and basic. However, the view from our second floor room was breath taking! Its the perfect view of the Volcano! There is also a pretty pool, a great break in between tours! And they have a little restaurant that was open for breakfast. They make excellent Gallo Pinto! Only problem is that there are a bit slow.
The family that runs the place don;t speak much english, but they are absolute sweethearts! Very friendly people! They always tried their best to understand us (and vice versa) and helped us book many of our tours.
I also liked the location. The hotel is just outside the main center of the town, on the way to the volcano. It's surrounded by farms. There is a super market across the street and an ice cream shop (again, the people at the ice cream shop dont speak a word of english, but we're super friendly and very much appreciate tips!) The hotel is on the main road from the town center to the volcano, and its a short walk to a bunch of restaurants. You can also take a cab, it costs us 2-4$ US to get from one side of town to the other. Its a great location because you are walking distance from everything, yet your not in the middle of town.
Overall, I can't wait to return to Vista Del Cerro. It is the most basic, almost hostel like. But it was great price, perfect location and amazing view. Paradise for young or budget travellers.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Vista Del Cerro Hotel
- Hotel Vista Del Cerro Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park