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The property and rooms are well maintained. The breakfast is included and is a large breakfast buffet. This was our second visit to this hotel. The most impressive part of the hotel is the location, right at the base of the volcano. On our first...More
I spent 2 weeks in Costa Rica and made my way to the area of Arenal Volcano after spending a week in Montezuma on the Pacific Coast of the Country. Compared to the rocky coastline, sandy beaches and extremely hot weather of the Pacific coast,...More
The setting is stunning, coatis wandering about, beautiful birds, lovely pool. A free guided walk which was good, but perhaps easier done alone as the group can be large. Our room (Smithsonian) was fabulous with amazing views. We were 2 adults, 2 teenage boys. The...More
After staying at 6 different places in Costa Rica, this has to be my favorite. The grounds of the "hotel" are spectacular. It's like being in a movie. The staff is wonderful. The rooms were clean. The pool and hot tub were awesome. We took...More
A fantastic setting right opposite the imposing Arenal volcano as well as a lake.
It is wonderful for bird watchers a they put fruit on a feeder which attracts many birds. The Montezuma's oropedolas are particularly fond of the feeder and give wonderful displays right...More
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US$ 118 - US$ 157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
Also Known As
Arenal Observatory Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos ,
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos
Response from Austin G | Property representative |
The La Fortuna Waterfall is about a 30-minute drive from the lodge. If you will have a rental car, driving yourselves would be the easiest way to get there. Alternatively, a cab to the waterfall would cost... More
The La Fortuna Waterfall is about a 30-minute drive from the lodge. If you will have a rental car, driving yourselves would be the easiest way to get there. Alternatively, a cab to the waterfall would cost around $30 each way. There are also several tour companies that offer trips to the waterfall and could pick up from the lodge if this is something you would be interested in.
We look forward to your upcoming stay and please feel free to ask any additional questions you may have.
The lodge is pretty far away from town. I think that you can to and from town by taxi. However, I'm not sure there is much reason to go to La Fortuna in the evening. The attractions of the area are nature and adventure... More
The lodge is pretty far away from town. I think that you can to and from town by taxi. However, I'm not sure there is much reason to go to La Fortuna in the evening. The attractions of the area are nature and adventure tours, not the night life. However, if you like to be in or near a town, you should probably consider another place to stay.