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“Views would have been spectacular without monsoon!”
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Linda Vista Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in El Castillo
Certificate of Excellence
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79 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Views would have been spectacular without monsoon!”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Horrible rain and wind during our stay, but can't fault the accommodations. Staff was helpful in directing us to the EcoZoo which was amazing. Room was as advertised, A/C kept it cool. You absolutely need 4-wheel drive to get there.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Campbell, California
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Stayed at the Linda vista with my wife and 9 year-old daughter, and we loved it. We all enjoyed the infinity pool, from which we could enjoy views of both Arenal volcano and Lake Arenal. Really, there were excellent views from just about anywhere on the grounds, especially from the large balcony of our room. The staff were very friendly and accommodating, and the whole place had a very relaxed feel to it.

While the restaurant was perhaps just ok, overall, of all the places we stayed in Costa Rica, this is the one I would return to above the others.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Victoria, Canada
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6 reviews
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We loved this hotel. The staff was great and the views are spectacular. We mostly just hung out at the hotel, watched the birds (amazing!) and saw the world transforming around us as the weather changed. The rooms are little rustic but very clean. The hotel is very close to the entrance of the National park and a short walk to the Eco Zoo (awesome!) and the Butterfly garden which we heard was great but didn't have time to visit.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Huaraz, Peru
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

We booked online. We were in room 4.

The room:
Cable with lots of channels. Double bed and twin bed. Ceiling fan with no air condition. Bathroom had hot water. Closet with hangers and a safe large enough for a laptop that doesn't cost any extra to use. Room fours window had a direct view of Arenal Volcano.

Dining:
Breakfast was okay. Cereal, toast, fruit with optional eggs, ham, gallo pinto.

The grounds:
Quite pretty, the pool was nice and had a great view of the lake.

Getting there:
The turn off for the hotel is about 10-15 minutes past the town of La Fortuna and once you turn on the dirt road, it is another 15 to 30 minutes. depending on how fast you drive. It is a bumpy, dirt road.

Room Tip: Drive in during the day. 4x4 isn't required but is nice. The driveway up is a little steep.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

This was my 2nd stay at Linda Vista. It is well worth the 20 - 30 minute drive from La Fortuna. Had been looking forward to returning since my 1st visit in 2010. The view from the observation deck of the volcano and lake is incredible. This is the south facing side of the volcano which provides the best view when the volcano is active. The restaurant had excellent meals and drinks. I had some fantastic seafood and pasta. The "Tipico" Breakfast was also very good. Lots of fresh fruit,juices and excellent coffee to help kick off each day. Great staff, very friendly and informative. Special thanks to "Anna'" at the front desk as well as the rest of the staff. Looking forward to returning to this incredible gem perched up on the hill. Thanks again. John

Room Tip: I had room #10 which had 3 beds. So I had plenty of room to spread my stuff out on. The covered terr...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

My wife and I stayed here for the 4th time. It's a great place. The view is unbeatable, the food is great and the people are awesome and very friendly. The road to get there is a little bumpy and not paved but it is worth the trip. We'll be back and would recommend it.

If it's cloudy it's tough to see the whole volcano. Nothing you can do about it. You're literally on a mountain so the views of everything else are great. It's worth it, enjoy.

Room Tip: Junior suite is plenty for couples. All of the rooms have great views.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

This hotel has one of the best views of both the lake and volcano in the area. Our room opened out to the view of the lake and volcano and it was spectacular to wake up each morning. The open air hot tub was also great for relaxation. All the staff were very courteous and helpful. Will definitely recommend this place to anyone.

The primary negative of this place is the road you need to take to get there. It's about 8km long, unpaved and VERY bumpy. It will be best to have an SUV or 4-wheel drive. At night the road is a bit intimidating so you have to take it slowly and carefully. The only other con I would say is the food... It was not bad, but just not that great... Meh!

Overall, this is a great place, beautiful ambience, spectacular views and decently priced. Well recommend others.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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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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