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Hotel Sueno Dorado & Hot Springs
Saratoga Springs, New York
Level 6 Contributor
214 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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“Modest rooms, and beautiful grounds”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

I stayed here as part of a small group excursion. The hotel -- several km outside the town of La Fortuna -- is a very pretty property. The grounds are lovely, and the pool area is wonderful. The swimming pool and the hot springs are immaculate and picturesque.

The rooms themselves are very modest. There are three beds in each room -- two twins and a double. There is no real closet, no glassware or plastic cups, and the lighting is poor. The bathroom is spacious, and the shower is large although the water was lukewarm. The rooms are very clean and tidy.

The staff was pleasant and responsive, and the food was quite good. Our group ate dinner and breakfast at the hotel and both were tasty. The coffee was especially good.

If you are looking to pamper yourself, this is probably not your hotel of choice, But for those who are spending much of their time out and about, it offers excellent value for the price -- and the pool area is really great.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Manuel provided great service and recommendations for activities in La Fortuna. Although we were unable to view the entire Volcano (it was raining) while we were there, I could tell that it would have been a beautiful view if we had been luckier. Laundry is also available as a service and they were very good at separating our clothes and folding them too! Breakfast was delicious and the pools on site were clean and at comfortable temperatures. Cab ride to town is about $5-6 one way (before tips). Excellent establishment!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

The service was wonderful...from check-in to check-out. Breakfast is also pretty good and quick (they realize that you may be going on an adventurous trip soon). You have your choice of three types of breakfast, plus coffee, orange juice, etc. You will not have all amenities you might expect: really hot water, ice, or a clock. Wireless internet works best nearest the lodge. But you are in CR, and you came for a different type of place, so relax a bit. Everyone else does and could not be any nicer. Also, great location. Super quiet. Yet it's only five minutes to town in one direction and five minutes in the other for the famous Tabacon Hot Springs or the Arenal National Park. Again, wonderful location.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Salvador, El Salvador
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Nice place, beautiful gardens, Nice pool with a Great view, the people are very kind, the food is like home, I enjoy very much , the town is nearby, very clean and comfortable , quiet and pieceful the best place for rest all this included in a good price definitely I'll be back soon

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

the place was really clean the food was awesome and it was really cheap to stay there you won't find any better.You should try the steak, one of the best steak in costa rica.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Panama City, Panama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2012

we went for a week to costa rica and stayed at this hotel for few days. The room was clean, the maid service was excellent (indeed she was the only thing i liked about the hotel), she cared a lot about the clients and kept the area clean. 5 points for Milena!! But, the service in the reception was poor. Actually most of the time, there wasnt anyone there. Our rafting tour company, called them to let us know tht they were going to reach late... but they never told us about the phone call. everything else was ok, the area clean, good view, but the beds were a little bit uncomfortable.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

We stayed at this small hotel along the road to the Arenal Park. The place is spotlessly clean, but without charm. Great views of the volcano, but many other places here have the same view. Take the bungalow if you can. I would spend a little more money next time and stay at a more charming place.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Property: Hotel Sueno Dorado & Hot Springs
Address: West Of la Fortuna On the Way To the Arenal Volcano 5 km | 5 km west of la Fortuna on the way to the Arenal Volcano, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica (Formerly El Sueno Dorado Hotel)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 57 Hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Sueno Dorado & Hot Springs 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are facing the imposing Volcan Arenal in Costa Rica, surrounded by lush nature and places very close icons attraction is as hot Baldi, places Kalambu Water Park, where exotic animals are observed in the incredible tropical vegetation that characterizes us, enjoys a great view of the volcano with our warm hospitality, spacious and comfortable rooms offering amenities to rest and relax in our pools thermo-mineral waters volcanic owned and taste of our food high in our beloved Costa Rica ... ... more   less 
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