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Hotel Magic Mountain
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

What an incredible view to wake up to every morning. This hotel is situated at the base of the Arenal Volcano. The setting is quiet and serene. The hotel staff is very friendly, and most are bilingual, speaking Spanish and English fluently. The town center is within walking distance, and the area's attractions are accessible by rental car or by pre-arranged transportation. We were in Costa Rica for 7 days and spent half of our time at the Hotel Magic Mountain. In hindsight, we wish we had spent ALL of our time here. The breakfast buffet is so delicious! You can choose from a variety of fresh fruit, pastries, hot items, cereals and even traditional Costa Rican dishes like fried plantains or beans and rice. There's so much to do and see in La Fortuna! Fabulous location and beautiful vistas. We made memories that will last a lifetime. In the words of our teenage daughters, "Best. Trip. Ever."

Room Tip: Believe it or not, the best views can be found from the ground floor. The hotel's beautiful landscape makes a fabulous backdrop for the volcano. Heavenly!
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank tsbyrd24
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

The hotel was very quiet and serene. The view from our balcony was amazing. Our balcony overlooked the pool and the beautiful gardens around the pool and we could see the volcano as well (only parts of the volcano when it wasn't cloudy). It was extremely quiet at the hotel, perhaps because we stayed there during the rainy season. The rooms were average but clean. My biggest complaint about the room is the bed. It was horrible. I woke up everyday feeling stiff. The food in the hotel restaurant was okay. Breakfast was much better than dinner. Our dinner was below average but the service was impeccable. The waitors in the restaurant were so kind, gracious, and polite. Franciny, the swim up bartender was really kind and funny too! She even taught us some Spanish while we enjoyed drinks and a snack at the swim up bar. The hotel bar was empty. In fact, most of the hotel seemed to be empty although the staff at the hotel told us the hotel was fully booked. If you are looking for a place to enjoy the pool and sun this is probably not the right place to stay in Costa Rica. It was pretty cloudy and overcast while we were there. If you are looking for a nice, quiet place to stay while you enjoy all the adventures Costa Rica has to offer than this hotel is pretty good.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank DaniB14
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

Our stay was July 28-30th 2012. Great location, very clean rooms, comfortable beds. The staff was very helpful in booking extra excursions and getting us extra items for the room as needed. The breakfast buffet consisted of eggs, rice/beans (which was great), potato's, sausage, pancakes, cereal, granola, toast and fresh fruit ( watermelon, pineapple and papaya) The juice was some kind of orange mixed drink, ok tasting, but we stuck to the water. The water by the way is so refreshing to taste. We started out buying bottled water, but soon realized we we're missing out by not drinking their water. The dinner buffet, was over priced and didn't look appealing. We ate dinner in town. The views of Arenal Volcano were awesome. It did rain off and on most of our stay, but we did get one day the clouds cleared away and we got to see the entire volcano. We went to the Arenal hanging bridges, I highly recommend going, but if you have a car go on your own. The restaurant at the bridges is great. We also did white water rafting with Wave Expeditions, so, so, so much fun!!!!! A must do!! Ask for Carlos to be your guide. If your driving from San Jose be prepared for a beautiful drive. GPS with your car is a must have, do not attempt with out the GPS. The roads are not marked. The drive took us about 4 hours, the roads are very windy through the mountains and only two lanes.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank TamiStef
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

We stayed at Magic Mountain hotel in April, 2012. We arrived at Liberia airport and drove to La Fortuna (the drive, according to my boyfriend was like being in a video game); by the time we got in, it was late night and we were given a room on the first floor overlooking the pool...we were tired and a little disappointed as in our mind there was no way that our room had a view of the volcano. As soon as we opened the balcony on the next day we were happily surprised to see the volcano right outside our window!!!
Breakfast was included and it is average... for the night time, there is a bar a couple of places down the road called "el vagabundo" which was decent; although the music was a bit loud for our taste.
The best part of our stay at the hotel was hanging out with Francini at the pool bar!! She is the most down to earth, real person in the place. She was very welcoming and helpful, she told us where to eat and hangout, where to visit etc. She always had a smile on her face !!
While we stayed at La Fortuna, we went zip lining with EcoGlide (we booked through the hotel) and horseback riding in the afternoon (we booked this and all other excursions with a little tour agency in the heart of LaFortuna on the first right off the main road once you enter the heart of town- the prices were much better than booking through the hotel).
We also did rafting with CostaRicaDescends-this is a must! Our guide, Tony-the-Tiger was amazing! Rappelling we did with Desafio and it's also worth it.
Overall the place is centrally located in La Fortuna and while I do not believe it is inexpensive, we did not feel ripped-off. If you do visit, please let Francini know that her friends from New York say hi!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Wayra R
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Magic Mountain hotel is a nice, basic place to stay, however there are some details that could be improved.

The staff was very friendly, the hotel is beautiful and have a great view of the volcano from the balcony (even from bed). It also has clean rooms, the price is really reasonable, the location is excellent (in front of the volcano and really close to downtown, hot springs and restaurants), the swimming pool was always clean, the cocktails at the wet bar were nice and in general the place is really quiet.

On the other hand, the room and especially the bathroom is small, the parking only allows around 10 cars, so you will be likely to park in front of the restaurant & bar (next to the main road), some walls and doors need some paint, one jacuzzi was not working and the other one was cold and our room was missing the hair dryer.

In conclusion, this is a great hotel to rest at night and spend some time in the swimming pool/wet bar, after some time it may get boring, but I don't think La Fortuna is a place to stay at the hotel all day since there are plenty of things to do everywhere. If you want a luxurious hotel, this is not the place, but if you want a well located, quiet nice place to stay at a really good price, this is a nice option.

Room Tip: Choose third floor
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank DiMurillo
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