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Hotel Magic Mountain
Vancouver, Canada
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12 reviews
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“Paradise”
Reviewed November 27, 2010

Stayed 2 nights on a Fun Sun/Thomas Cook travel trip. We were tired when we got there and to our sheer joy they upgraded us to a junior suite. It was amazing. The bathroom was bigger than the usual places we stay! Very clean and everyone was very hospitable. I even left my knapsack at the restaurant one morning and there it was all safely returned to the front desk. We took a river raft cruise recommended by the hotel and it was excellent. Highly recommend this hotel! We ate dinner in the town, a fairly pricey place, again recommended by the hotel and it was excellent. Sorry, can't remember the name.

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Reviewed November 23, 2010

La Fortuna is a strip of tour organizers and other artifacts of the hub of ecotourism in this part of Costa Rica. Go through the pillars to the fairly secure grounds and you are in a different world--fine floral landscaping, spotless floors mopped almost hourly, flawless beds with 6-8 pillows each, and a splendid pool with swim-up bar, two jacuzzis, and a kiddie pool. The only flaws: the shower was hard to figure out hou to operate and lacked force, the restaurant meal (based on a samplee of one meal) offered bland food but this part of the world, and towels were less lush and plentiful than we Americans are accustomed to. Each room has a small, quite adequate, balcony with a fine view of the cloud-topped mountains and occasional parrots flying by. The location is just out of the center of town (2-3 km.,) , thus both convenient (if you have a car) and quiet.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed October 28, 2010

stayed here for 2 nights. the drive from san jose was wild, get ready! mountains, curvy roads, no signs...be prepared! its an adventure. Once in Arenal, this hotel is right at the end of the strip, but before you drive further into the more expensive resorts. So the location is good...close to some bars/restaurants/stores but right next to the volcano so right next door to attractions. This hotel has GREAT volcano views from all the balconies and a great pool/lush look. Very nice...right next door to Ecoglide canopy tours which I highly recomend over any other zipline tour..and affordable. A couple of minutes from Baldi's hot springs which I also highly recommend...with buffet dinner. Also for cheap eats, try La Hormiga which is in the town of Arenal, a mile or so from this hotel. It is a shack...but you can get amazing food for just $2-$4. Magic Mountain is close to all the other volcano activites as well. If you just want a nice enough place in a good location that is clean, with great great views from your balcony and a resort-style looking lush pool,and are not going to be in the room much then this place is for you! thanks LatinDestinations.com. Next review will be for the other 2 hotels on this trip.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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los angeles
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Reviewed September 9, 2010

We had a group from Habitat from Humanity staying here because of the generosity of this establishment. They are very supportive of our organization and the work we are doing locally. Aside from giving us a great rate they donated to the cause as well. The accomodations exceeded our expectations by far. Each morning we awoke to a gorgeous view of the Arenal Volcano from our balcony. The rooms are clean and beautifully decorated, the amenities include a spa, a jacuzzi, swimming pool with a swim up bar, conference room, and free internet! Each room had a fridge and a safe. The SPorts bar was fun and had pool tables. Reataurant had delicious food and amazing coffe :-) The only thing that could have been improved in my opinion would be to heat the water in the area in front of the swim up bar at the pool The water there was colder than the pool which made it not the most desirable place to be. I never sat at he pool bar but probably would have if the water was not cold. Just my opinion. The hotel manager / owner (?) was super cool and really gracious. He even bought me a beer on the last night and asked my opinion of how they could improve service since I too am in the service business. He really cares. I would highly recomment his hotel to anybody, and would return there in a heartbeat! Love love love it! Pura Vida!

  • Stayed September 2010
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Costa Mesa, California
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Reviewed August 28, 2010

Loved Magic Mountain Hotel! Leonardo helped check us in and he was great during the entire stay - really friendly, booked us a great horseback riding tour to the waterfall, and gave us good advice the whole trip. Also, LOVED the breakfast - we stayed at 3 hotels in Costa Rica and the Magic Mountain breakfast buffet was the best. Pretty pool. Good location - in between the downtown area and the hot springs.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed August 27, 2010

I was there for 3 nights and wonderfull hotel...good services,nice rooms,good room service and the price is very good...we both loved! I do recomended...

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Queens, New York
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Reviewed August 17, 2010

Magig mountain is a nice and affordable hotel.The view of the volcano as well as an adjacent lot right across the hotel is really a nice contrast of the power of nature and the peacefullness of the cows pasturing during the day. i took a lot of pictures in the nice garden around the pool. ireally had a great time in la fortuna,the fact that you are in front of a volcano is something really cool! The room was also nicely decorated and the breakfast,was also excelent.I would definetely recomend this hotel to anybody and would return myself to this place

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Magic Mountain
Address: La Fortuna Rd., Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 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
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Magic Mountain 3.5*
Number of rooms: 44
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