After driving through narrow hair pin roads from Torguguero we arrived at lovely Aranel Springs Resort. We had to walk a short way to our room for our stay. Actually each unit had two separate rooms. The bathroom is really unique with open ceiling for sunlight and rain in the shower area. Stones from the Arenal area is used for the walls and plants are growing in the top.
The bedroom had beautiful beamed ceilings and picture window sliding glass doors to see the volcano from our beds!!!
Voltive candles in the bathroom and shower area and nice thick towels. No lotion here, only shampoo and conditioner. The beds were hard and the pillows were flat.
Arenal Springs Resort is like a huge garden with little cabins sprinkled around in cul de sacs.
There were banana plants growing outside our room, red caned palms and bird of paradise to name only a few things. The pool here is actually a huge hot tub with a swim up bar and stools. It was so soothing after a day of travel. Room for everybody with lots of space to spare. It was especially beautiful at night. We could see it from the dining room.
The dining room had open air dining - and it looked over the property.
We went to a salad bar buffet that was served to us. Then we had pumpkin soup. Entree was fish with tartar sauce, beef with mushrooms and gravy, baby potatoes, steamed veggies, spinach in cream sauce over noodles, great tortilla chips that were fresh, light and warm served with...............black beans and rice!!! Again fresh pineapple and watermelon, rolls and butter. Dessert was banana splits. Fresh bananas from Costa Rica. Yum, and of course, delicious coffee.
This lodge is a bit out of the way but if you will be visiting Arenal Volcano National Park, it is in the same area and very convenient. The rooms were very clean and service excellent. They do have a nice restaurant. Breakfast is usually included. There is also a small bar and nice patio deck with views of the volcano. This is an affordable option although further away from La Fortuna. Not much on night life but if you are looking for a quiet get away, this is a good place. There is also a hiking trail from the grounds that is worth doing.
They have a pool and a fairly long hiking trail that was nice.
This fantastic little place consists of 4 cabinas each with 2 double beds,aircondition huge bathroom and a fridge,everything nice and clean.
There are a front and a back porch from where you can either enjoy a fantastic birdlife or a great view of the volcano. There is a path on the ground leading to the river where you can take a swim or just enjoy the natural jacuzzi of the streaming water. The family that owns the place are very sweet and kind and offers a breakfast for 5$.you can also get your clothes washed at a fair price. Iwill highly recomend this place for everyone that look for a quiet and calm place with a great birdlife
The family will help aranging different trips
The service, amenities, and views at this hotel were such a pleasant surprise. If you are looking to treat yourself to a night or two of relaxation in a quiet atmosphere with great unobstructed views of the volcano, this place is great! There aren't many rooms (casitas) there, so there are only so many guests there at the same time, and while we were there we actually saw very few other people, which was a good thing! You can see more photos and a review here! http://glaminretrospect.blogspot.com/
There's no pool, but there is a huge hot tub with a swim-up bar and a super friendly bartender. The lobby has laptops with internet, guests are greeted with complimentary cocktails, free breakfast (a substantial one at that!) and excellent service all around. All rooms have little balconies with jacuzzi tubs to view the volcano, as well as super private outdoor showers, surrounded by tropical plants! The interiors are airy and spacious and very tastefully decorated, with very comfortable beds. Price per night was about $150, double occupancy.
La Posada is about 200-300 meters to the east of the downtown park and church on the main street in La Fortuna. You will see a sign with "ROOMS" on it. The owners are an older couple and are very honest and friendly. (The assistants there are helpful, though probably not quite as friendly.) The woman practiced Spanish with me and the man changed my dollars at a very reasonable rate.
Like the other motel operators in La Fortuna, they will ask you if you're interested in the different activities (for example, volcano tours or zip lines). If you're not, however, they won't press the issue.
They have two hummingbird feeders in front and I hung out there trying to get some pictures. They enjoyed my interest in the birds and the place.
Rates are very reasonable for a clean and well maintained place. There is a nice kitchen/cabana in the backyard as well as parking back there. I got quoted 7 U.S. dollars for a shared room and 10 U.S. dollars for a single. For a group I think there may be a price break on a shared room.
I had an excellent time there and would gladly go back.
After checking out at least five different hotels in La Fortuna, and after being surprised about the prices they asked just as many times, we finally ended up at an hotel one block north from the Parque Central in the city. Cabinas El Bosque was the name of this place.
At this hotel the prices were pretty good compared to the rest of the places: $ 20,- for a double bedroom per night. For this money you get a clean room with private bathroom, a double bed (strange enough also a bunkbed) and cable-TV. Absolutely worth the money we had to pay for it.
The owner of the hotel, Elwin, is a friendly guy who speaks good English and is very willing to help you. He offered us a tour for a very good price, he advised us where to eat and where to find a supermarket: a very helpful man.
loved it... five star resort costa rican style. mud massages rock!!
people pay money to hang out in these natural hot springs. if you stay at the hotel, you can hang out in the springs for free. if the springs become too hot, they also have a wet bar in the main pool.
I wanted to stay at Gringo's Pete, heard from other travelers it was the best place to stay. But the were full and I stranded in the Mayol Lodge.
Nice little hotel with pool, it was of season an I didnt see much other travelers, I met someone on the travel an we took a doubleroom, it was a little more expensive then a hostel but we had a nice hot shower...
Friendly lady at the desk, but no englisch so we had to talk with hand and feed. She arranged taxies, trips and the Jeep-Boat-Jeep to Monteverde for us.
At the Jeep- Boat - Jeep shen lowerd the price 3 dollar a person for us... when she noticed that we were thinking about the price :) its not a scam that they charge your more its just a way to make monney... but its just a tip just say its to expensive sometimes it works
We found Mayol to be clean, comfortable, the staff helpful and accommodating. We had a lovely hot water shower and our own gekko in the room, both of which were invaluable for separate reasons!
Because of the fridge and coffee pot we were able to keep snacks and make tea/coffee as needed without hunting down snacks.
The pool area is beautiful, clean and well landscaped for a comfortable time spent out in the sun with shade provided by trees and overhangs. There are lounge chairs for use.
Mayol is close to Sodas and city center but quiet on the edge of a neighborhood.
This is probably the most high end hotel in the immediate Fortuna area. This place has it all including its own luxury hot springs spa down the street. Most people play $45/day to visit the hot springs guest of the hotel can visit as many times as they like for free. The hot springs pools really put this hotel above any other in the area.
The hotel is built right next to the active volcano and you can see the lava coming out each night right from the hotel grounds.
The only bad thing about this place is there is only one place to get food inside the hotel and its very expensive. Its also not walking distance from the main road in town. You're better off renting a car but you can always have the hotel call you a cab if you're only going to be staying there for a day or two.
If you get the deluxe rooms you lose the volcano view but you gain a better bathroom and also a balcony right next to the forrest tree. The howler monkey hand out in the trees right next to your room on most mornings.
Villas on a property complete with restaurant and pool. Views of the volcano on a (very) clear day. Villas are clean, have up to 3 beds for 5 people, mini kitchenette with sink, hot plates, fridge and dishes, front patio, clean bathrooms with hot water, A/C, television and telephone. The owners are very nice people and can also help arrange a variety of activities. A villa for 5 in low season was $60 US or 5,000 colones a person.
The disadvantage of this place is that it is located 2 kilometres north of town so to get to places you either need a car, have to make the 20 minute walk each way on a very rocky road or pay the 1000 colones cab fare each time. There is only one cab in town that will seat more than 4 people at a time (max of 7) and it is called Viejito Taxi.
The restaurant on site is VERY expensive- better to go to one of the many sodas located just off the Parque Central which offer complete meals for under 2000 colones.
Located on the way when coming to Fortuna from the north.
Looks like a regular Inn but the rooms are very spacious and clean with an amazing view on both sides. Your front patio has a direct view of the Arevan volcano and the balcony in the back looks down at the field and trees filled with colorful wildlife
Between the town (not much there) and the base of Arenal are a string of little chalets or cabins with front porches for sitting and enjoying the pyrotechnics. They are expensive for what they are, but the view is a killer!
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