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“wonderful area and resort” 4 of 5 stars
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Casa Luna Hotel & Spa
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   La Fortuna Waterfall // Catarata Rio Fortuna | 1 km south and 1.6 km west from La Fortuna Church., La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 4417-53, Costa Rica   |  
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“wonderful area and resort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

My first visit to Costa Rica at this resort was so much better than I expected. The rooms were comfortable, staff are friendly and willing to help. Restaurant food was cooked to order and reasonably priced. Roy was a fabulous young waiter at the Luna Restaurant.
Grounds and pool beautiful and well kept. Small complex but in all a very nice stay. Only problem I had was with the free WiFi which was not always up and running properly.
There's lots to do in the area but don't believe the locals who tell you it's a short walk to town. Traffic is fast on the main road to town and I would not want to be stuck in town after dark and have to walk that road at night. For $4 or $5 for the trip it's worth just to save your nerves.
Walking/hiking up the road you will find a beautiful waterfall. It does cost $10pp but worth it. Take a ride up the hill though if you want to go to Green Lagoon as there is a 2 hour hike up from there. They also charge you $10pp if you stop at the office.
There's horseback riding, zip-lining, whitewater rafting, kayak and canoe, hanging bridges and more trips you can take. Lots of nature to see and hear just outside your door!

Room Tip: When it's clear you can see the volcano from rooms E3 and E4 on the second floor.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Small quiet clean and safe place to stay. I felt very comfortable at Casa Luna. It is a small, well kept property. It is in a perfect location to use as a home base while exploring everything Arenal has to offer. It is very well kept and the staff is friendly. The only complaint i would have, is with the restaurant dinner menu. All of the dishes are "american-ized". ( chicken fingers, hamburger, chicken parmesan). There is no authentic Costa Rican cuisine offered. This worked out okay though, because the included breakfast buffet was amazing. Also, the resort is a short 5 dollar cab ride to town, where there are numerous dining options. I would recommend to try the smaller Sodas, which are restaurants that cater towards native Costa Ricans. The food is amazing and very very reasonably priced ( dinner for two, with drinks came to $8) I wouldnt hesitate to stay at Casa Luna again, and highly recommend it.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for one night and would definitely return. The front desk is very helpful but you can only book tours via email if you do it before you arrive. The hotel grounds are very peaceful and you can have a great view of the volcano. Rooms are nice and simple with nice patios. Free wireless Internet is provided throughout the grounds and computers are available near the front desk. All around a nice place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We ended up at Casa Luna by chance and decided to stay three nights. The garden, lobby, restaurant, pool and rooms are well appointed. The fridge in the room was an unexpected bonus. Sheets were old and frayed, but clean. The toilet was blocked for a while. But all in all minor inconvenience for a good spot to stay in La Fortuna area.

Room Tip: Unit I - second floor. Closest to the volcano and is next to a field with horses.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

The hotel was fantastic! Rooms a little small but still cozy. Very clean rooms and they make little animals out of towels for you. The restaurant was nice too. They set up tours for us that we're great too. The spa was a pleasant escape. The room does get damp and smells musty but its because of the humidity and moisture.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Nev K
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights and it was raining the entire time. The volcano was covered in cloud so we didn't get to see the top of it.
We walked up the road to see the waterfall ($10 entry fee) but not to the town. We found it a bit difficult to find the hotel as it's not in the town and we didn't spot any signs for it when driving through, so had to stop and ask for directions.
Our room was on the ground floor but smelt damp and musty. The fridge didn't work.
The breakfast buffet was average and the staff were slow to replenish the items. My omelette wasnt cooked through properly - very very runny in the centre, My husband's eggs were only just cooked too on the 1st morning but better the next.
The evening dinner was good and we enjoyed it.
Reception staff were very helpful.
The gardens outside the rooms are pleasant and we heard but didn't see any frogs. Unfortunately we didnt use the pool or even see it as the weather was too wet.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is a good value. It is a close drive to Fortuna, which makes alternate dinner plans easy. Staff is friendly, but the rooms are very basic. Breakfast is ok but nothing fancy. It seemed like there was limited hot water, and there were no hair dryers in the room (that said, we didn't request one from housekeeping).

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Casa Luna Hotel & Spa
Address: La Fortuna Waterfall // Catarata Rio Fortuna | 1 km south and 1.6 km west from La Fortuna Church., La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 4417-53, Costa Rica
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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 ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#10 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#11 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casa Luna Hotel & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Luna Hotel & Spa is close to the Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfall, surrounded by the Cerro Chato Hill and Cerro los Perdidos mountain. Giving us an outstanding peace and harmony. Our distinctive "touch" is provided by the architectural harmony around the hotel. This colonial and rustic architecture has been reached with the delicious combination between wood, metal, color and wall texture, complemented with beautiful accessories. We offer personalized service beyond excellence to exceed your expectations. ... more   less 
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