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Hotel Lavas Tacotal
Albuquerque
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25 reviews
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“Strange, but beautiful place”
Reviewed 3 February 2012

Not sure what happened here, but what remains is unsettling. The grounds are manicured to perfection. The rows of "mini-cabins" with a glass wall facing the volcano provide an excellent view of the cloud shrouded Arenal volcano. The rooms are basic, clean, and functional and the beds comfortable. The emptiness and non-functioning pool bars give the place an eerie post-apocalyptic "life after people" feel. The breakfast was basic and while the coffee and fruit were fine, the eggs/rice/beans were cold from sitting in non functioning steam trays.

If you are looking for solitude and fasting - this is the place.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2012

We stayed here for one night to give us an opportunity to explore the area around the Arenal Volcano. The cabins were comfortable with a great view of the volcano. The beds were adequate. The property has lots of open space with various plants and trees making it a very green setting. If you are there expecting luxury, keep looking. This is a great place to sleep and from which to serve as a base for exploring the area. The evenings are quiet and relaxing. It is not a "pool and sun" type of place. The breakfast in the restaurant was pretty basic but again, adequate. The wifi is only available around the restaurant. This would probably not be a place for kids but adults seeking some quality quiet time in a beautiful setting should enjoy this property.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

We ended up here on our package tour only because the original hotel booking fell through. We were originally placed in one of the "chalets" which may have been nice except that it was dusty with something gross on top of the bedcovers (possibly dead insects or *shudder* rodent feces?!) and the sink and toilet both backed up & started to overflow following the first usage. We were transfered to a cleaner standard room, but it was still not up to par - musty blankets, etc. The food was mediocre, at best. The service was awful. On our first night, the bar only had two beers & less than two bottles of wine behind the bar, & when they ran out (we were a group of 13, having dinner), they said there was nothing they could do. One of our group members suggested they run down the block to purchase more (& suggested they would be well-compensated for their efforts), but the "bartender" shrugged and did nothing. Tables were sticky & lacking salt & pepper. The pools looked dirty & we never saw a soul using them. The Wi-Fi was difficult to use. The front desk staff was unhelpful. The view of the volcano was lovely, though it was dormant. Overall, not a winning "resort". There should be plenty of better options available in the area.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

If you are here to watch TV or spend time on the Internet, you're in the wrong place. But if you want an inexpensive, comfortable, clean, quiet place to stay in a lovely setting close to the volcano (which is, alas, currently dormant), this is it. There are chalets and motel-style rooms, two small pools, a charming open bar/dining area (where the WiFi works fine), a large friendly lobby, and a surprisingly big souvenir/clothing store (which for some reason was never open during out stay). The staff are extremely helpful and speak good English, and the food (which was part of our group package) was nothing fancy, but just fine. A very good place to locate yourself while you explore the area.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Wallington, New Jersey
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

This hotel, when the volcano is visible, has a great view of the volcano and has a very aesthetically pleasing walkway to the rooms, with palm trees, flowers, a pond with fish along the way. I didn't make the booking so didn't know the cost, so cost excluded it was a nice place for those looking to get away from everyday life. They need to extend the WiFi range, have both bars working at the pools.

Pros: Two pools, each with great view of the volcano. Spacious 'chalet' cabins, three beds each (family of 5 could fit in one). Great breakfast food, nice bar. Didn't try the spa but it's supposedly good.

Cons: Weak WiFi connection from room (need to be by restaurant/lobby to get any strength). Weak shower head. unattended/non-functioning bars at either pool. No glass cups/ice machines available. Staff was alright, could have been friendlier. No computers to access. There were light switches outside, so technically a stranger could walk to your cabin and turn on the main light from outside..weird

Room Tip: The cabins are nice, something different than just having one of the regular rooms.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Lavas Tacotal

Property: Hotel Lavas Tacotal
Address: 10 Km West from downtown La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 2772-1000, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,393 - ₹ 5,943
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Lavas Tacotal 3*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Hotel Lavas Tacotal you can enjoy the natural greatness of the Arenal Volcano. Its amazing conic shape and constant volcanic activity, the Arenal Volcano is one of the most important attractions in Costa Rica. Walk through trails of solidified lava, ride across exhuberant forests, the activity of the Arenal Volcano during the day or by night. The amazing spectacle of incandescent lava flowing from the crater is truly breathtaking. The hotel amenities includes air conditioning, maid service, pool, restaurant, tennis, bar, laundry, spa, 24 hour security, souvenir shop, and private parking. handicap facilities, and non smoking rooms are also available. The room amenities includes cable TVs, balcony, safe deposit boxes, telephones, mini bars, and Internet connection. ... more   less 
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