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Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul
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Fairfax, Virginia
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17 reviews
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“Great location, clean and comfortable, superb value”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

We stayed here for three nights in mid-October. Five individual cabinas have been constructed in what was likely at one time a field or pasture, with a small parking area in front next to the road and a field behind them leading down to Rio La Fortuna. Our cabin was spacious and comfortable, with a/c, a high interior ceiling, and a mini-fridge with small freezer compartment (the fridge was a bit larger than what you'd usually find in lodging like this). A door at the far end of the room led to a back porch that was furnished with two chairs and a small table, as well as a hammock. The bathroom is large, with built-in shelf space to accommodate suitcases, hanging and folded clothes, and other items. The shower provided good pressure and plenty of hot water. During mornings, we would open doors and windows to allow fresh air to ventilate the cabin.

The setting was tranquil. Cerro Azul is on the road to the Fortuna Waterfall and the Green Lagoon Hotel, from which you can hike one of the two paths to Cerro Chato. A few cars and tourist buses come and go down the road (we also saw runners participating in a local race on Sunday morning, and kids bicycling on Friday evening), but it's much less bustling than downtown La Fortuna. The town is a moderate walk or short drive away, perhaps 1.5 kilometers. The well-maintained grounds have many types of plants, fruit trees and flowers, attracting hummingbirds, tanagers and other birds. The owner Alvaro and daughter Tatiana were friendly and helpful. We had a delightful breakfast one morning (not included in room rate) on the front porch of their house across the street, with toast, eggs, gallo pinto, watermelon, great coffee and fresh orange juice.

Cerro Azul was one of the highlights of our four week trip to CR, and we look forward to visiting again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 October 2013 via mobile

I will make this fast. My girlfriend and I absolutely loved this place. It was our favorite place out of all the places we stayed in our two-week trip to Costa Rica. It was clean, spacious, and perfectly located. Air-conditioning,TV and refrigerator were included. The patios are absolutely gorgeous too. Property was in immaculate shape and it was awesome having the river to go play in. It was only a three dollar cab ride into town which only took about five minutes too. Tatiana and her family were some of the nicest and most helpful locals we met our while trip. Do yourself a favor and stay here if you want a peaceful intimate time in fortuna! We wish we were back!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

This place was everything we read it was in previous reviews. Alvaro and his wife were super friendly and helpful and the breakfast was delicious (we had Typical style both mornings). Our cabin was great. It was clean, spacious, cozy, and I lived the special touches of local flowers here and there. Towels could have been thicker but for $50+ a night I made due. We geocached and had a great walk to the waterfall. The area is absolutely beautiful. We had a car so we were able to drive into town very easily for dinner. We went rappelling with Pure Trek---can't say enough great things about them too. Also hiked in the National Rainforest Park. That was an incredible experience. The only negative was the first night we flew in. We drove what should have been 2-3 hrs to find the hotel and it was a nightmare---not due to poor road conditions---due to complete lack if road signage. My husband works in the oil fields in rural NM & TX and is used to driving like that & we STILL had problems finding this hotel. No one knew where it was!!! We stopped to ask many people. I speak Spanish fluently. Finally some police knew and pointed us in the right direction. There is no signage for it at all like there is for some of the larger hotels. We arrived close to 3 am. Alvaro had gone to bed so we had to sleep in our rental car. It was awful. We got no refund for that night's stay and we're glad it was only a loss of $50 ish. We would have rated it 5 stars were it not for it's total lack of signage.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Riverside, CA
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

I can see now why these cabins get such wonderful reviews, yet I have to add my own. The value is outstanding. For the price, location and amenities it was a perfect stay for our first trip to La Fortuna. We had a family of 5 in a cabin for 3 nights and were comfortable - two in each bed and they gave us a mattress on the floor for another child. My kids loved the river. We had a car so drove to the waterfall and then hiked down in - one of the highlights of our trip. From this area we also drove to the Volcano area, and the hosts helped us book the Safari raft trip - perfect for young kids.

I would recommend this spot to anyone - we may have been the only one who used it but also loved having a/c in the room.

Room Tip: All of the cabins are very equal, lined up in a row. Any one is great!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Alvaro A, Propietario at Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul, responded to this review, 29 September 2013
Thank you for your time and also for share your opinion about your stay, we are glad because you and your family had a nice stay with us, is good to know children and adults can enjoy our place.
Thank you for choosing us as one of your destination in Costa Rica, we are looking forward to welcoming you and your family again.
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Overland Park, KS
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

My family of 4 stayed here in July and were impressed by the outstanding hospitality of the owner, Alvarro, and his wonderful family. Our room was clean and very comfortable, with a charming little deck overlooking a pasture (and their two pretty horses) in the back of the hotel. We were greeted by a flock of toucans perching in the trees, and a visit by an adorable agouti eating the delicious-smelling guava fruit by our cabin. The hotel is conveniently located on the edge of the town of La Fortuna. The cabins are situated near a quiet road, with nice landscaping around the property. The accommodations are simple, but very comfortable. This was one of the best values of our trip. We so enjoyed getting to know our hosts, warm people who really care about their guests' comfort and enjoyment. We hope to visit again someday!

You can take a short walk from the cabins to a river that runs behind the pasture. Keep your eyes open for red dart frogs in the woods. We enjoyed a very satisfying breakfast each morning (a small extra charge) of fresh fruit, good coffee, eggs, pinto gallo, and toast. Titiana was so gracious and helpful in giving us directions and calling to reserve tours for us. (The Rainforest Chocolate Tour just up the road was so interesting, interactive, and included tastings-yum!).

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Alvaro A, Propietario at Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul, responded to this review, 29 September 2013
Thank you very much for your review , we are glad to know how you and your family enjoyed the property and all the fauna, thank you for your good comments about our family, all our guest are the main razon to be here. Please, return soon.
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

My boyfriend and I absolutely loved this place. The owners were so friendly and always went out of their way to make our stay special. The cabins themselves are beautiful and very spacious, with both front and back porches. The back porch has a hammock and looks out to a very beautiful area where you can see horses, and even walk down through the forest to a nice stream. It is about a 30-40 minute walk from the town center, which we did a couple times but we eventually decided to just take taxis. It's only about $3 each way, and the owners are more than happy to call them to come get you. Once you are in town, the taxis to get back are easy to find and usually gather around the church in the town center. There is also a beautiful view of the volcano from the hotel, which we were lucky enough to see both days as it was hardly ever overcast. You can also walk up to the La Fortuna Waterfall although it is about a hour hike. There is also a chocolate tour 5 mins up the road that was really awesome. Overall for the price I really can't say enough about how much we loved this place. My favorite part though had to be the breakfast, which was served across the street each morning. Don't miss out on that!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Alvaro A, Propietario at Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul, responded to this review, 29 September 2013
Thank you for share your experience based on your recent stay in La Fortuna in our hotel, we are glad to hear the wonderfull opinions from our guest.
Thank you very much, we look forward to welcoming soon.
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Florence
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

I had some trouble with fly date and companion so
I have to rebook and leave one room and we arrive at midnight but Tatiana was very comprehensive and she didn't charge us (she would able to rent the room in few hours). Wood cabinas are very clean, simple but you find everything you need. great porch with wonderful view on a small garden. good breakfast. if you don't have a car is far from downtown but any adventure company pick up you in the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul
Address: 1 km sur y 600 m oeste de la iglesia Catolica de La Fortuna, sobre la entrada principal de La Catarata. | 600 meters west from the road entrance to La Fortuna Waterfall, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul is located 1.5 km from the beautiful town of La Fortuna on the way to the waterfall. The great natural beauty of the area will entice you to live the forest's most wonderful experience. Enjoy the comfort, peace and harmony assured by lodging with us in our cabins, surrounded by exotic gardens, birds and wildlife typical of the region. Delight yourself strolling along our trails towards Fortuna River and appreciate the perfect sight of the Arenal Volcano and Cerro Chato ... more   less 
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