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“No magic for me.” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Magic Mountain
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Seward,Alaska
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50 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“No magic for me.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2009

Wish I would have saved my $$. Walked in and got a good discount off the regular rate but it was still double the Vista Del Cerra that's a block away.

First was troubles with the keycard to get in the room. The jacuzzis were a big draw on why I decided to stay here. They looked great from the room, got the suit on just to get down there and find they were full of dirty foam and COLD. So much for that idea.
No internet in the room, but they had a public computer in the lobby.. Room was good size and clean. I loved the king bed. One of the few places I stayed in CR with a bathtub. At breakfast I had to wait for a large tour group to get done. There are better choices around.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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new york
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2009

This is a very modern hotel for the area with a great location. Every room has a view of the non-active side of the volcano. We had a great view of the volcano as did every other room. Behind the hotel property was a strectch of grass on which cows grazed all day. Each room had a balcony and over-looked the pools.

There were three pools here....one heated, one regular and a children's pool. There were also two jacuzzi's here.

The hotel staff was very helpful and professional. There was a computer in the lobby that was free and available for use. The hotel also had a sports bar that was empty the entire time we were there but had a pool table inside of it. The hotel could not be in a better location as it was only a $2 cab ride to downtown LaFortuna.

My only complaint about this hotel was the food. We made the mistake of eating at their buffet for dinner the first night....what a mistake. The doors to the restaurant was open, the food was out uncovered with flies all around and it looked picked over and not attended to. The breakfast was just okay but included in the room rate. This was the only downside to an otherwise wonderful hotel. Luckily, there were many other options nearby.

I would stay again as it was a very nice hotel.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank classc1
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California, USA
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2009

We just came back from our trip to Costa Rica a week ago. This hotel in La Fortuna is fantastic - the rooms are large and clean with grea view of Vulcano! Breakfast was good and included in our room price. The only minus I can think of is that some hotels in the area have hot springs and this one does not but we knew about it upfront and just went to visit hotsprings for one evening at another location.

Great hotel and I highly recommend it!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank nradovsky
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Hamlin, New York
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183 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2009

Upon arrival we were told "we have good news for you, we upgraded you to a junior suite". The room was gorgeous! It had a sitting area, huge bathroom with walk in shower and a 4 person hot tub surrounded in glass. We had the most wonderful view of the volcano from the hot tub – great place to relax and take in a breath taking views of the volcano. The staff at the hotel went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. They were knowledge of the area and tours. They suggested a rafting trip and booked it for us. It was wonderful. Breakfast at the hotel was great – omelets anyway you like them along with fresh fruits and dry good. Location is great – La Fortuna, restaurants, shops are just blocks away. Hotel is quite, great pool and outside hot tubs. We would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Thank MT5700
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Malmo, Sweden
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142 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2009

My boyfriend and I stayed 3 nights at this wonderful hotel when we travelled around Costa Rica.

The location is great with a fantastic view of the volcano. The restaurants and tour offices in La Fortuna is a short 15 minutes walk away (1-2 USD in Taxi when it rains – which it does very often during European summer time.... )

The hotel is brand new – and the rooms really have stile. The breakfast was delicious. The young people in the reception were extremely helpful and friendly. Due to all the rain I caught a terrible cold and inflammation in my throat. They did everything to help us (call English speaking doctor, the restaurant made special soup and after check out they let us stay longer in the room until we got picked up by the bus.

One of the best hotels we stayed at in Costa Rica.

  • Liked — Location, view of the vulcano and the service
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, 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
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Thank DenmarkLotte
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atlanta
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74 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2009

Nice pool, 2 jacuzzi, swim-up bar, heated. Very clean and neat. We were walk-ins and able to strike a very reasonable bargain well under the quoted rate. 10 minutes to Arenal volcanoe park, 15 minutes to Lake, 10 minutes to town. Nice view of field next door. Free big breakfast buffet.

  • Liked — comfort after roughing it
  • Disliked — very american - no local flavor
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank adamalama
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Chatham, New York
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142 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2009

Although this hotel is smaller than many in this area, it is lovely. We overlooked the volcano and the pool area. The rooms are large with balconies. We had hoped for a glimpse of the red glow of Arenal, but even though that didn't happen, the proximity of the volcano was breathtaking. The hotel restaurant is very pretty too, and the food was tasty. We were there for two nights as part of a Caravan tour, so we partook of the buffets, but there is also a menu one can order from. We went to the bar for an after-dinner drink, and we were disappointed at the amount of smoke in the bar. But, we learned there was an outdoor porch, so that problem was solved!! The beds were comfortable and the rooms were clean.

  • Liked — views
  • Disliked — smoke filled bar
  • Stayed January 2009
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank marigail
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Property: Hotel Magic Mountain
Address: La Fortuna Rd., La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 00000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#17 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#21 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Magic Mountain 3.5*
Number of rooms: 44
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