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“Unique, independent cottage style hotel with extensive landscaping”

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Hotel Mountain Paradise
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United States
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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“Unique, independent cottage style hotel with extensive landscaping”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

We stayed at the Mountain Paradise Hotel for 3 nights. We landed in San Jose Airport, and had a driver who drove us from the airport straight to the hotel. It takes approximately 4 hours to reach the hotel, and the drive goes through a very hilly, curvy, mountainous region.

The staff the front desk were pleasant, and gave us 4 vouchers for 4 welcome fruit punch drinks at the bar near the swimming pool - for 4 in our party. That was a nice touch. Our luggage was transferred from the front desk to the cottage. The room itself is very unique - the entire architecture appears to be in Mediterranean style, the roof has wooden planks, and the walls have some type of stucco finish.

The first night that we arrived, we eat the restaurant on the premises. As is the case with hotels in this range, the prices were quite high, and the gratuity/tip of 23% was added automatically to our check. The food was fine, we had palm rice as the main entree since we were all vegetarians.

Breakfast included fruit juice, breads, cut up fruit (pineapple, watermelon), pancakes, cereal, rice and beans, eggs, and a meat. The restaurant has a very nice environment surrounded by trees and some birds. It is interesting for us to note that most of the music played in the evening and in the morning at this restaurant is American music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. We guessed that music must have been chosen very carefully to cater to the age group of American families that come to this hotel.

In the mornings, the walk from the cottage to the restaurant or to the reception was lovely. The entire area is landscaped with a phenomenal variety of tropical plants such as hibiscus, bougainvillea, and other colorful plants. You could just spend time walking around and looking at each plant or tree.

Overall, we loved our stay at this hotel. One thing you do need to know is that unlike most other hotels in this area, this hotel resides much farther from La Fortuna and other hotels, and it is a bit remote from all other hotels and the town. Therefore, if you book a tour, most likely your pickup will be at 7 am because the tour bus will first pick you up first, and then go to a series of other hotels to pick up others.

After finishing a tour, we would ask the tour guide to just drop us off in La Fortuna. We would eat dinner, and then take a taxi back to the hotel for $10. We found this to be a better way of saving time.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Flushing MIchigan
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

My friend and I traveled to Costa Rica in April on 2013. We chose the mountain paradise because of it's location and ratings on trip advisor. We couldn't have been happier! The minute we arrived the staff was wonderful. They placed our luggage on a golf cart and drove us to our room. This is like no other hotel I have stayed in. Each room is like a little cottage. Beautiful french doors opened to a a beautiful lanai, where there were two beautiful leather hand crafted rocking chairs to sit in while enjoying the fabulous view of the Arenal Volcano. Our trip included breakfast and it was delicious. There were many items to choose from with fresh fruit and juices and amazing costa rican coffee! The staff offered suggestions for things to do and were always smiling and pleasant I would Definitely return to Mountain Paradise!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

Stay here for 4 nights as a base to explore the Arenal area and beyond. Very nice hotel, exactly as described in previous reviews. Set on a steep incline, the staff were very helpful in taking luggage up and down in their golf carts. Main restaurant was good, breakfast buffet style. Pool small, very never that busy, so quite relaxing. Set in a good location, 10min drive to La Fortuna town where there are some nice restaurants or a USD 10 taxi. 10 min also away from the main entrance to the volcano.
Only negative point, was that on our first night the hot water in the showers (normal and waterfall shower in the bathroom) was not working; called reception who said they would send someone out. 10 mins later, called again as no one turned up and reception said that the "pilot" was restarting and we would only have to wait 10 more minutes. 35 mins after the first call, we gave up and had to go down to reception before they eventually sent someone out to fix it.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

I loved everything about this place. Doing research before the trip, it seemed almost too good to be true. When my boyfriend and I got there, we were completely blown away. It is exactly as shown in the pictures, only more beautiful and serene. Each room is in its own private building which you can reach by a small, well lit path. We spent the first night getting delicious Tortilla soup in the hotel restaurant, and drinking wine while sitting in the private tub on our back porch.
In the morning, after a delicious breakfast at the hotel buffet (which offers a little bit of everything) the hotel staff helped us figure out the best ways to get to all of the attractions we wanted to see and even called a cab to help us get there.
There was nothing better than coming home from a long day of hiking and taking a LONG and relaxing soak in the waterfall shower, and then going out for a few drinks at the pool. While sitting at the pool bar, you have a perfect view of the Arenal Volcano.
This was the first stop on our 2 week long vacation in Costa Rica , but I would have been perfectly happy staying at Mountain Paradise the entire time. I cannot recommend this place enough.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Franklin, North Carolina
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

The flowers, birds and volcano views are wonderful! The junior suite was fun with two large beds, waterfall shower and hot tub. But beyond all that is the staff throughout the hotel property, who were so helpful and efficient as well as friendly and kind. Galberth Castro was especially helpful when our tour plans fell through and we needed new arrangements.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

humming birds, flowers, exceptional service, breath taking volcano views from every part of resort, expansive and gorgeous bedroom and bathroom; very clean, cold a/c, hot hot water! fantastic pool area with 3 temperature pools to choose from!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

We were referred to Hotel Mountain Paradise by a local competitor because they were booked full and we were pleased we were referred here! Upon arrival, we received a complimentary tropical drink and were immediately taken care of by the staff. The hotel grounds are very spread out so they drove us via golf cart to our room. The hotel is also on a hill, so be prepared for long walks with hills to the dining hall, pool area and front desk. Breakfast was included with our room and they had a lovely, tasty buffet to choose from. The pool area has a couple different pools that include a waterfall and swim up bar where you can order drinks AND food.

We were only there in the evening and our morning was cloudy, but I have heard there are views of the volcano on clear days. The room had 2 showers, one that was formed to look and act as a waterfall and a "regular" shower and there was also an outdoor Jacuzzi tub on the porch overlooking the landscape. The room even had a cute towel animal folded into the shape of an elephant on our bed when we arrived. Fun! The bed wasn't very soft nor comfortable, but we both slept ok.

Overall, I am glad we stayed at this hotel. The staff was friendly and the room suited or needs quite well- it even went a little beyond what we expected. I would gladly recommend this hotel to fellow travelers in the area.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Mountain Paradise
Address: La Palma De La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 183-4400, Costa Rica
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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 Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#19 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Mountain Paradise 3.5*
Number of rooms: 46
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