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“View of Arenal from a hilltop”
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Linda Vista Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in El Castillo
Ashburn, Virginia
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“View of Arenal from a hilltop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

This hotel sits on top of a small hill which makes it have one of the best views of the Volcano. it is worth a stay just to enjoy the heavenly view of Arenal volcano. Hotel makes you feel you are in a rain forest as you drive on dirt road, crossing streams and thick woods.

Every room has a huge balcony to enjoy dream like views. When I was there, it was all cloudy, and rainy which added to the heavenly feel I experienced. The views from the pool area are jew dropping. Too bad I didn't get time to enjoy the pool but sat there for a nice complementary breakfast that was prepared in front of me. Sipping coffee and enjoying the clouds pass over Arenal is an experience I'll cherish for a long time.

Too bad this place seems to get very less traffic as they closed down their restaurant and we had hot-water issue which took a while to get fixed.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Milford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

My husband and I went in August during the "green season" which turned out to be perfect! The locals said that the "rainy" season isn't really till September.

We stayed at the Linda Vista for 3 nights in Master Suite room 25. The full wall of windows looking out at Arenal Volcano was jar-dropping gorgeous with the lake right next to it. We had a 5:30 wake-up call of howler monkeys each morning. We loved it and would both start singing "Welcome to the Jungle". It didn't last long and it was more unerving than loud. The towel creatures the cleaning service made each day were a nice surprise. The breakfast was great with a choice of "amercian" or "traditional" which was included in our package. We hung out by the jaccuzzi during sunset with cocktails - just wonderful.

The road leading to this hotel is an unpaved road. We had a Yaris which did a pretty good job handling it. An SUV 4X4 would have been more comfortable and a hell less stressful. The location of this hotel is great!! Very close to the Sky Trek/Tram zip lining (Awesome), Arenal Observatory, EcoZoo, Arenal national park. We also went to the Fortuna Falls which was close by. The hot springs establishments I felt were over priced. The locals showed us were to go for FREE. Across from Tabacon under the yellow gate.

I know I am rambling a bit but I want to get everything in.

Room Tip: Don't think there is a bad room anywhere here!!!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lake Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

The best part about this hotel is the view, all of the rooms have a back balcony that faces out over the lake and Arenal Volcano. Great view to wake up to everyday. Its a smaller hotel which makes for a great getaway. The pool and hot tub were very nice and it is positioned to look out over the lake as well. The customer service was good and the room was clean. There is a gate at the bottom of the hill to provide more security for the hotel, so if you are planning to go out at night check to see what time they close the gate.

Room Tip: Almost all of the rooms are together with the back balconies facing the lake & volcano. There a...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2013

Room with a view - our room (master suite 24) had full size glass wall and every time you wake up laying on your back you are facing volcano. The balcony in your room is facing volcano. This is real room with the view.

The personnel is very nice an pleasant. Hotel is nice and clean. Sleep quality is great until monkey and birds will wake you up early in the morning, but then they quite again.

Hotel has nice pool overlooking volcano and nice deck overlooking volcano.

Wi-Fi is free and of good speed most of the time.

The food in restaurant is generally good quality. Free breakfast is nothing to talk about. You will need a car (SUV) to get to hotel - its at least 30+ minutes drive from town on very beat up road, which is probably only one minus.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

My wife and I found out this hotel by chance and it was a good surprise!!!
The amazing view from our room was to the volcano. The room was clean and confortable. The only negative point was the distance to the city (40 minutes driving,If I'm not wrong). But, it's part of the adventure!
I recomend!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

I LOVED Linda Vista! I made reservations for another B & B up the road, which turned out to be too far. We drove down a few minutes (the terrain is pretty steep and rough) and ran into Hotel Linda Vista and talked to Ana, who was super helpful at showing a variety of rooms for us to choose from. I was blown away by her willingness to help us out. We stayed for 4 nights and enjoyed our gallo pinto with another great employee, Hilbert. He was always up for a talk in English and Spanish and give us recommendations on what to do.
Hotel Linda Vista is in a great location. It's about a 20 min drive to La Fortuna and a hop skip and jump from the volcano and lake where you can hike and kayak, or you can just chill in the restaurant or pool. I highly recommend this place for anyone!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013 via mobile

We realized that we wanted to stay here when we read previous reviews about the views! We had no idea how spectacular our stay was going to be! Upon driving up on the hotel we were so impressed with the driveway lined with a tunnel of trees leading up to the top. We reserved our room online through their website and clicked on the promotion- 2 nights for the price of one! This hotel has it all: a view, incredibly nice and helpful reception, delicious restaurant on the premise which included a free breakfast. Although a 20 minute drive into La Fortuna, this hotel location has much to offer. We visited the nearby EcoZoo, Ziplines at SkyTrek, and several area hikes at Arenal and the Observatory were all nearby. We also did a pretty difficult and long day hike of the Cerro Chato volcano. (5 hrs)
It is a ten minute drive to the Tabacon Hot Springs 5 Star resort which is open to the public for $45 at 6:00 pm.
We loved our stay at this hotel, and highly recommend it! Thank you to Brian for the great room, and also to Ana for all her help!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Additional Information about Linda Vista Hotel

Property: Linda Vista Hotel
Address: El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 183-4400, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > El Castillo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in El Castillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Linda Vista Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Linda Vista Hotel is located at El Castillo, just 22 km from La Fortuna downtown. A perfect choice for hikes in the Arenal Volcano National Park or activities on Lake Arenal. There is, however, a nice range of amenities located at the hotel for those that would rather stay put. Guests will enjoy lounging within the hotel's unique three-tiered swimming pool, which affords spectacular views of the volcano, and relaxing jacuzzi. The Loma Linda Restaurant serves up a nice variety of international and national meals, including a large free breakfast every morning. Guests in need of libations can visit the bar, which is stocked with beers, wines, juices, liquors and more. The rooms at Linda Vista are clean and spacious. Tile floors extend to private terraces, where guests can sit and enjoy astounding views of the Arenal Volcano. All rooms are equipped with a private hot water bathroom, ceiling fan, a/c, and coffee maker. Wireless internet helps guests to stay connected to friends and family at home, while an in-room safe ensures that valuables remain secure. The Badilla's would love to share the secrets and beauty of this area with you and your friends or family! General Information Hotel Facilities & Services: Safe deposit box Mini bar Wet bar Swimming pool (for adults & kids) Jacuzzi Restaurant Bar Free WiFi Laundry Service - We accept all Credit Cards Accommodations: All rooms come equipped with a private hot water bathroom, ceiling fan, terrace, coffee maker, safe deposit box, and wireless internet. Standard Room - these rooms have one double and one single bed. They do not have a volcano view and can sleep up to three people. Junior Suites - these suites have two queen size beds, air conditioning, mini bar, hairdryer, satellite TV, and a private parking lot. They have a volcano view and can sleep up to four people. Master Suites - these suites have two queen size beds, air conditioning, mini fridge, hairdryer, private terrace, coffee maker, satellite TV, bathrobes, and an iron. They have a volcano view and can sleep up to four people. Honeymoon Suite - this suite has one queen size bed, air conditioning, mini fridge, bathtub, hairdryer, coffee maker, private terrace, satellite TV, PC station, and a private parking lot. It has a volcano view and can sleep up to two people. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Linda Vista Del Norte Hotel
Hotel Linda Vista Del Norte
Linda Vista Hotel Costa Rica/El Castillo

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