Hotel Los Lagos

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

6 km from Fortuna de San Carlos, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Province of Alajuela, Costa Rica

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Los Lagos Hotel Spa & Resort
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  • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo

    Best location and great pool!

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    Los Lagos is one of the best affordable hotels on Arenal Volcano. It is one of the closest to the base of the volcano. I have stayed here twice it each time was better. The rooms are very clean. There is two pools and three water slides that are a lot of fun. One of these pools is a hot spring. recently added are at least 7 or 8 personal size pools that work their way up the side of the resort, all connected by a stream. There is also a pool bar and one of the best restaurants in the area.

    Also on the hotel grounds is a butterfly sanctuary, crocodile farm and beautiful flower gardens.
    There is also a dirt road that you can drive to an observatory but 4 wheel drive is recommended.

    Unique Quality: The hot spring pool is awesome!

  • bpwarne's Profile Photo

    Disneyland in Costa Rica...

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    We stayed at this hotel in November of 2004. We paid about $55USD total and it did NOT include breakfast. They wanted almost $20USD more to include breakfast which is quite high for Costa Rica. Our room was quite large with TV, in room safe, refrigerator, A/C. The room was quite cavernous and a bit on the dark side. The volcano could not be seen from our room as it was blocked by a building in front of us. If you request a standard room, be sure to specify you want one with a view if this matters to you. The grounds are enormous and meticulously kept. There are a couple of swimming pools, one with a swim up bar and large waterslide. The pools and jacuzzi are heated with natural hot springs water. There are numerous spa facilities for an extra charge. There is a small zoo like area on site with crocodiles.
    If you do not have a car, you will need to get a taxi to go to town to dine if you do not want to pay to eat at the resort's restaurant, which is definitely on the pricey side for Costa Rica. A taxi to town is quite cheap though and only about 5 minutes away. There are some very good and very reasonably priced places to dine in town.
    We were not particularly enthralled with this place. Although it was very nicely kept, the staff was not friendly. It would be a good place for families with children.

    Unique Quality: Waterpark like setting, with a bit of a gimmicky feel to it.

    Directions: About 3 miles outside of La Fortuna, heading towards Volcan Arenal.

  • twoinluv's Profile Photo

    Crocs at Hotel Los Lagos

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    On site are a number of crocodiles. You can see from the picture just how close we got.

    This is a beautiful resort just 4km outside of the town of La Fortuna. It is a family run resort of over 200 acres. It is clean, on beautiful grounds, and as close to the volcano as you can get.

    Unique Quality: The rooms have spectacular views of the volcano. We could see the lava flow at night. The grounds have a 2km drive up a dirt road to a lookout point directly across from the active part of the volcano, which makes for fantastic views. The resort has horseback riding and canopy ziplining right on their property. Plus it is reasonably priced to stay here, with a great buffet breakfast included.

    The resort also has a number of crocodiles on the grounds you can see. They have a frog farm and a butterfly farm, as well as a pool heated by natural hot springs. They have a couple of pools, some with waterslides. The jacuzzi is also heated by natural hot springs.

    Directions: 4 kilometers west of La Fortuna on the main road

  • twoinluv's Profile Photo

    Gorgeous & fun family run resort

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    This picture is of a night view from our room balcony of the volcano. You can't get better than this.

    This is a beautiful resort just 4km outside of the town of La Fortuna. It is a family run resort of over 200 acres. It is clean, on beautiful grounds, and as close to the volcano as you can get.

    Unique Quality: The rooms have spectacular views of the volcano. We could see the lava flow at night. The grounds have a 2km drive up a dirt road to a lookout point directly across from the active part of the volcano, which makes for fantastic views. The resort has horseback riding and canopy ziplining right on their property. Plus it is reasonably priced to stay here, with a great buffet breakfast included.

    The resort also has a number of crocodiles on the grounds you can see. They have a frog farm and a butterfly farm, as well as a pool heated by natural hot springs. They have a couple of pools, some with waterslides. The jacuzzi is also heated by natural hot springs.

    Directions: 4 kilometers west of town on the main road

  • twoinluv's Profile Photo

    Beautiful, family owned resort

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    This is a beautiful resort just 4km outside of the town of La Fortuna. It is a family run resort of over 200 acres. It is clean, on beautiful grounds, and as close to the volcano as you can get.

    From the picture you can see the view from our front door step. At night we sat on our bench and watched the lava flow.

    Unique Quality: The rooms have spectacular views of the volcano. We could see the lava flow at night. The grounds have a 2km drive up a dirt road to a lookout point directly across from the active part of the volcano, which makes for fantastic views. The resort has horseback riding and canopy ziplining right on their property. Plus it is reasonably priced to stay here, with a great buffet breakfast included.

    Directions: 4 kilometers west of town on the main road

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by TripAdvisor Member schinamama

While trying to decide where to stay in the Arenal area, you can be overwhelmed by the many different choices. And everyone on the board is giving one opinion better than the other.
If you are very choosy, nit picky and only want the plushiest atmosphere do not come to this hotel.

Los Lagos is closer to La Fortuna than to Arenal. And there is not much to do in La Fortuna. If you blink you are through the town. And the town is dismal. Not a picturesque type of place.

But let’s start with the hotel-----
The rooms are very large, we booked 2 supreme rooms for 2 adults and 2 teens, when we could have gotten away with 1 room. There are 2 queen size beds. Each one has a trundle (double size) that slides out of the front end. So each of our kids could have had a bed for themselves. The bathroom was also very new and large. But since we are in a tropical area, no matter how clean they try to keep the rooms, there were always little, tiny bugs (in the bathroom). If you keep the door open at night you will get more.

As I said the rooms are very large, sparsely furnished, but with enough furniture to hold our luggage, clothing etc. We stayed for 3 days, which was 1 day too many in my opinion.


The breakfast buffet had a large selection of fruit and each day the menu changed for hot items. They tried to accommodate the American breakfast diet, along with the Costa Rican diet, so you can try a little bit of everything. This was more of a 3 star hotel.

The food was plentiful, but just okay. When we had dinner there I found the same to be true.

The staff was pleasant and helpful, but again I found it hard to deal with the theory of 2 people to a room therefore only 2 towels to a room idea. Since I know how poor the country is, I did not want to push it. They are trying to conserve water and energy just like all over the world.

The pool at the hotel is great for kids, with the wonderful slide going under a tunnel, and the hot water spa, being off to the side, so the parents can sit in it and even watch the kids there. But it might not be so grand for people without kids.

The main attraction that drew me to this hotel was the fact that it had acres of land to roam……. According to the web site. And animals on site to see.
So I booked this hotel even thought the travel agent recommended other places nearby.

Well I would just like to say that this hotel has the potential to be a Disneyesque type of facility if the owner took the time and money to put into it.
They do in fact have the land and animals here. There is a lovely walk way to see, turtles, alligators, butterflies, and birds at breakfast. They do have horses on the premises for rides. There are several lovely fish tanks.

This hotel is built on the side of the road along the volcano. There were too many clouds covering the volcano during our stay, perhaps you will be luckier. There is a walkway to an observatory.

Just up the road there is a brand new hotel that has built individual cabins right up along a hill looking smack up facing the volcano, but it won’t do you any good unless you have a clear day. And I think it will cost you an arm and a leg. Look before you leap for that hotel, cause they may have nothing else there to entertain you.

While in La Fortuna/Arenal we went for the Volcano Hike and Tabacon Hot Springs Tour.
Well in my humble opinion you could probably do without both. But that is just me. If you are going all the way to Costa Rica, I guess you have to go see a volcano, but all we got to see was a walk on the beach. Really. We walked for 45 minutes along what could have been along any other walk in the park, until you got to the part where you are actually walking on the lava flow at the very end. Then for 10 minutes you climb a very steep crag and look around (mind you again it could be cloudy, or raining, which it was for us) then you turn around and have to walk back.

Then later you go to the Tabacon Hot Springs which is so overcrowded that you have to be there for your time slot, not a minute before……. You get to sit in hot water, hotter water, and water so hot that you can’t sit in it. Hey some people like this kind of stuff.
Then you change and if everyone on your tour meets up at the agreed upon time, you are ushered into dinner for a buffet that again is mediocre. But by this time you are so hungry you will eat anything.

If I had to do it over again, I would have gone to the smaller hot springs Baldi, or not hot springs at all.

The next day we went white water rafting. Since we went in January and not the rainy season the water was just perfect for us. We only went for half a day. And only went on #3 rapids. This was perfect for fearful me. And even my teens and husband loved it too. We had a beautiful sunny day and it wasn’t too hot. The water was cold, but that made it perfect. This was along the Sarapiqui River. We wore our bathing suits with T shirts on top. They supplied the helmets, life preservers. If you have to wear sunglasses, make sure you also bring those things that attach them to your head. And wear Tevas, or sneakers. No flip flops or open sandals. You will just lose them. If you are wearing water shoes, make sure they are tight. This is white water rafting, not canoeing.

Along this trip they will be taking pictures of you, so SMILE…… You will stop mid point to have a small snack. They say during the heavy raining season, the water is so high that there are almost no rapids cause the water is just one big rush and you just move so fast that the trip that took us 2 ½ hours would take 1 hour. And afterwards when the season becomes hotter and the water dries up, it becomes more and more shallow, that you have to get out of the boat in places and carry it. Makes sense.
For the whole day trip you get lunch.

At the end of this trip you are taken back tour place nearby to change out of your bathing suits into dry clothing. No showers. And you might want to bring a light sweater along as the bus is air conditioned. At this point they will try to sell you a CD of the pictures of your trip. So remember smile. It’s a blast.

Next we took the Cano Negro Tour. This was not what I was expecting. First I did not know it was going to be a Boat Tour. And I didn’t know what we were going to see.
If you love birds. This is for you. The guides looked everywhere to spot all the nature life. We saw birds, of course, monkey’s, even an albino. Cayman’s, which is an alligator down there, lizards that look like UFO’s. etc. It was a nice relaxing afternoon.

Then the next day we went to Monteverde and the Zip Line Tour.
Save your zip line tour for Monteverde if you can. It’s up in the mountains and so much fun, and the hanging bridges are there too.

If you are going to go to the Taxi, boat, taxi route to Monteverde know that you will have to carry your luggage down a steep hill to the boat from the taxi, then up a steep slope with stairs to the next taxi. Unless you have a very nice driver that does this for you. Or your husband has the patience to do all of this. TRAVEL LIGHT.

When you get off the boat on the side of Monteverde, run to the nicest looking van with the cushiest seats. DON”T laugh. Your bottom will thank me. And don’t take the seats in the very back, no matter where anyone directs you. Even take the seat next to the driver if you can.

Look for the topic Monteverde Costa Rica next.

Los dias mas relajantes de mi...

by bonmse

Los dias mas relajantes de mi viaje a Costa Rica fueron los que pase en La Fortuna/Volcan Arenal. Me hospede en el hotel Jungla y Senderos Los Lagos. Este sitio cuenta con piscinas, jardines y habitaciones muy acogedoras. No es tan famoso como el Tabacon Hot Springs (a 2 km de distancia) pero por mitad de precio uno se la pasa mas tranquilo.

The most relaxing days of my trip to Costa Rica were the ones I spent in La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano. I stayed at Hotel Los Lagos, a place that has pools, gardens and comfortable rooms. It's not as famous as the Tabacon Hot Springs (2 kms away) but for half the price you get a more peaceful, relaxing place.
$69 USD - El precio fue relativamente barato ($69 por noche) con desayuno incluido.

- El hotel cuenta con Jacuzzi y piscinas para adultos y ni~os. Tambien tiene jardines para descansar tranquilamente y peque~os estanques para pescar.

- The price was relatively cheap ($69) including breakfast.

- The Hotel has a Jacuzzi and swimming pools for children and adults. It also has relaxing gardens and small fishing ponds.

Stay away from this place!!!

by A TripAdvisor Member

My boyfriend and I had the displeasure of staying here for a single night, because the hotel we were previously staying at - Lost Iguana - was booked that night. This place is awful. The room stinks of sewage, the pools are completely mobbed by locals, and the on-grounds crocodile and butterfly "farm" is a joke. Stay away.

Family hotel

by TripAdvisor Member doreenwol

The kids loved it (very fast waterslide was a highlight for kids 9,11,15). Superior room was clean, big, great view. Limited lava flow - it was on the other side the week we were there. We walked down and always requested van vs. the hike up to our room. Staff & tour guide helpful and not pushy at all. Dinner (OK) & drinks inexpensive. The included breakfast was excellent (best in CR). Grounds well kept. It was not overcrowded at all, the other reviewer must have been there over CR Easter Break. Great choice with kids, probably would try something else if just adults (I heard Paraiso was good).

Big, Clean Rooms & Lots To Do On Site

by A TripAdvisor Member

We only stayed here for 1 night but were impressed with how large the rooms were (we had a double superior room), and how many activities there were to do at the hotel (waterslides, a driveway that goes straight up the volcano, a crocodile farm, a butterfly farm, 2 or 3 pools, a bar, a restaurant, and a canopy tour on the hotel's grounds). Los Lagos delivered what it promised. That said, our first hotel choice was actually Tabacon Hot Springs Resort (just 6 km down the road), but it was all booked up the night we wanted to stay there. If you're considering staying at Los Lagos and paying the $27/person to get in to Tabacon (from 7-10pm), it may be worth it to pay the extra money to just stay at Tabacon and get free entry into their hot springs. Tabacon seemed much more modern and luxurious than Los Lagos (though it had many fewer onsite activities). If you're looking for a place for kids, go with Los Lagos. If you're looking for a beautiful luxurious hotel with a very nice restaurant and some AMAZING hot springs, go with Tabacon.

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 Hotel Los Lagos

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Address: 6 km from Fortuna de San Carlos, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Province of Alajuela, Costa Rica