We stayed here for 3 nights last week. The room was large and had a king bed and a queen bed. Both beds were very low, but I thought very comfortable. Just a change after staying at Peace Lodge where we needed step stools to get up into the bed :)
There was a small closet by front door, with shelves to use for additional items. Our unit (#306) had a covered porch facing Arenal. We could see part of Arenal from the porch. There is a <barely> one person jacuzzi tub on the porch and two rocking chairs.
The bathroom is the wow factor at this hotel! It's HUGE, with a waterfall shower and another shower with 4 adjustable heads, plus an overhead shower and also a handheld showerhead. This shower had a half wall and half door. The sink was raised and had a glass countertop. The mirror is tilted, which is kind of nice. There is a commode with a door for privacy. Be warned though: if you use the waterfall shower, be sure you have left nothing on the floor (clothes, shoes, towels) as they will be soaked. This is a true waterfall :)
Each "bungalow" feels as if you are in your own building. Doors to the other units are on another side of the building so you feel as if you have no neighbors. The units are a trek from the office, and your luggage must be brought to your room via golf cart. The paths from the office, the restaurant and the pool are uphill, but the paved walkways are in good shape. At night, they are dimly lit by stakes in the ground and it give a rather romantic feel to your walk.
The restaurant is open air and very classy feeling. It's rather expensive, but the shrimp and the soup that we had were very good. The breakfasts served here are buffet, which included an omelet station. We thought the breakfasts were good, and we got to try some foods we have never had before.
The wait staff and the pool bar staff were great! Very friendly and loved to talk if you asked questions.
There is a "swim up" bar, but it's really a walk up bar in the pool. The water is super warm. If you want a drink at the bar and don't want to go into the pool, one half of the bar is outside the pool. Pretty neat.
There is ONE other restaurant within walking distance and it was very good with a totally awesome view. The staff graciously gave us a ride to that restaurant in the golf cart and came back and picked us up. The restaurant even allowed us to add the meal to our tab at the hotel.
The hotel also offered shuttle service into Fortuna at 10:20 am, 1:00 pm, 2:20 pm and 4:20 pm with pick ups to return at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:15 pm, and 5:30 pm. Not real good for dinner times unless you eat real early. We took cabs back at $10.00 one way.
One thing I really missed having here was a refrigerator. Ice is way down the hill at the restaurant and when we asked for ice, we got a small little bucket full. Didn't work well for keeping our beer or water cold and with that big porch and rockers, it would have been nice to be able to enjoy cold drinks out there.
All-in-all, we had a very nice stay here.
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- Also Known As:
- Mountain Paradise Hotel
- Hotel Mountain Paradise Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park