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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos