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Hotel Vista del Cerro
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Reviewed April 2, 2009

We rented 2 rooms on top floor, which were clean and spacious. BR with hot water, Air conditioning and cable TV worked. Beautiful views of Volcan Arenal. Excellent service by family owned hotel, very helpful with tours and discount tix to Baldi hot springs (a must with small kids). Restaurant food was fresh and the seperate owner was very attentive to our party, even adusting order for finicky kids, very economical prices compared to other restaurants in Costa Rica. We ended up leaving Baldi HS and eating at restaurant then returning to pools in evening due to the expensive menu. Pool is clean, 3 to 4 feet deep which made if fun for my young children. Overall and excellent stay in La Fortuna, would definitely recommend to those who are travelling with kids.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 2, 2009

Great little hotel in La Fortuna. Rooms are extremely clean and employees are very friendly. It's obvious the owner takes pride in her hotel. The garden area is beautiful and well maintained and the small pool area is quite lovely. Soda next door was inexpensive and food was tasty. Grocery store across street is convenient. It's on the road so it can be noisy. Can't imagine that any place in La Fortuna wouldn't be the same way though. Bring earplugs for a more peaceful night's sleep.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 26, 2009

I chose this particular hotel due to the nice reviews that I found on this website. I was not disappointed.
We used the Interbus service to get from San Jose to the hotel directly. The trip took about three hours with a pit-stop included. The service costs $39 per person. The advantage of this service (which is recommended by the hotel) is that you don't have to worry about taking multiple buses or taxis to get to the hotel.
The hotel is located within 30 min. walking distance from the center of La Fortuna, and there is a grocery store right in front of the hotel.
The room was LARGE, especially considering the price. Nice tile floors, extremely clean, and the window faced directly to the Arenal Volcano (it faces the green side of the volcano, so you will not see lava flowing at night). The pool is magnificent.
The bathroom was very spacious as well with a shower that is to die for.
There is cable TV inside the room, but there is no Internet access or phone inside the room, you will have to go to the office for that.
A nice plus: There is free international calls available at the main desk.
Breakfast is included, and it is one of the better breakfast you will have! Make sure you ask for the traditional breakfast.
The attention is top-notch, and you feel like you are another member of the family that runs the hotel.
You have to ask for the tilapia dinner!!! There is a near-by place that serves tilapia so fresh, you will never settle for the garbage at Red Lobster!!
Additionally, you have to pay in cash. There is a bank in La Fortuna, but you would have to walk or drive to town for that purpose.
You will not regret your visit to this hotel!

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank MiggieChiro
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Reviewed March 25, 2009

I really enjoyed my stay at Vista del Cerro and have GREAT things to say about this nice, little family hotel. But before I begin, if you're looking for a more secluded or fancy hotel in Arenal, this is definitely not for you. But if you want an affordable hotel that's clean, safe, comfortable and in a convenient location, this is a great option. It's a simple hotel but worth more than you pay for. And the family that owns the place are great people, really so kind and helpful. They definitely made the difference!

I booked this hotel based on previous reviews and was not at all disappointed. My concern was more location than price since I was traveling with my mom and we didn’t have a car (we didn’t want to be too dependent on taxis). I was surprised and got a little skeptical at first for their price being so cheap but when I got there I was pleased to see we made a great choice. Again, it’s not a fancy place but super-clean and comfortable. Well, in the US you never find a place like that for under 50 bucks...

Room: very spacious and super clean! Cable TV and AC that works well. Shower was great too. We had a full view of the volcano, which was a really nice plus (I believe all rooms face the volcano, actually).
Amenities: They have 2 nice, clean pools with views of the volcano.
Location: 10-minute walk from La Fortuna town. Cheap cab ride to most locations. And there’s a supermarket right across the street. It's in the road to La Fortuna, but pretty much all hotels are. It was not super quiet, but later in the evening the traffic is really minor, it didn't bother us at all.
Staff: Melania and all her family were so helpful and kind, we felt very welcomed. They helped us booking our tours and offered many affordable options without being pushy. They also gave us great tips on where to eat etc. We'll always remember them :)
Internet: they have a computer for guests with this software you can use to call to USA and Canada for free!!
Breakfast: it's included and very delicious/fresh. The hotel's restaurant is right beside it and open until 10 pm, very convenient. The people who run it are also so sweet and friendly (Erika, her adorable baby Maria and her husband). They would always stop by our table to chat... food was delicious and SO cheap!! We miss them too

These people really made our stay in Arenal even more special and I definitely recommend this place

Hope this review helps,
Thici and Joe

  • Stayed: February 2009
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Reviewed March 17, 2009

We booked 2 nights at this little motel and were not expecting very much as we were paying very little. But I must say that this hotel provided us with so much more than we were expecting. The say that the motel has a great view of Arenal and they speak the truth! There is a pool...which is beautiful, clean and amazing given that this is a 10 room motel. The rooms are very clean and the location suited us very well. Additionally, there was free breakfast...a real breakfast...not just coffee and pastries...

The really spectacular thing about this place though, was the staff. Jonathan and his sister could not have been more accommodating. They arranged our tours, booked our transport, and provided us with ideas. They created a very friendly vibe at this little motel...to the point where all guests were chatting around the pool one evening and getting to know each other and the staff. I have been and will continue to recommend this place to anyone and everyone thinking about visiting Arenal. Thanks so much guys...you really made our trip!

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 12, 2009

This is certainly a motel rather than a hotel. It is right next to the highway that links La Fortuna to Arenal Vocano. All the rooms would have a view of the Volcano (when it isn't clouded in, which I think might be most of the time). There is a grocery story just across the highway, and a tourist info centre (we found it helpful) across the way as well. The restaurant (you get a complimentary breakfast) is much the same as the hotel... run by the same family and nothing fancy, but enjoyable and a reasonably priced. We biked to the Arenal waterfalls (highly recmmond it), and there is a access road right behind the supermarket.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2009

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.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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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: $62 - $107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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