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Catarata Eco Lodge S.A
2 reviews
“Great food, beautiful little place”
Reviewed 8 January 2014 via mobile

I took a group of college students here on a study abroad trip when visiting the Arenal Volcano and waterfall. This is our second year staying at this location, and it is one of my favorites, mostly because it offers just what we need. The food is great, and most students reported that it is their favorite food of the trip. The surroundings are beautiful, especially in the early morning. It's not too fancy, which was perfect for us. I love journaling in the hammock outside my room at night and getting up early to see the birds that gather on the wide variety of flowers and on the oranges the staff puts out in trees by the eating area in the morning. Off the beaten path, and perfect for that reason.

Stayed January 2014
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Catarata Eco Lo... S, Gerente at Catarata Eco Lodge S.A, responded to this review, 9 September 2014
Thanks for this review!!! our food is made with LOVE that's our secret!!! so all customers if you want to know if she say the truth!!! :)
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Amherst, MA
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

The accommodations are simple and comfortable. If you are looking for amenities such as television, internet access, fancy furniture - this is an eco-lodge and not what you seek. If you're looking for a comfortable bed, bathroom with shower, clean and well-maintained facility, reasonable cost, and a restaurant with good food, this is an option to consider. The restaurant serves dinner and a good breakfast is included. So the fact that it is a little bit out-of-town does not matter. A bonus is that the staff puts fruit on a tree near the restaurant so that you can watch fantastic birds while enjoying breakfast. The grounds and the setting are gorgeous. The staff is really friendly and helpful.

We stayed for one night so that we could see Arenal and do some hiking. We did not want to do a lot of the tourist things available in Fortuna so being outside of the town was perfect. One can leave the lodge, go to the park, and avoid the town entirely..

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Catarata Eco Lo... S, Gerente at Catarata Eco Lodge S.A, responded to this review, 12 September 2014
Hello, great explanation about the Lodge, you were totally right, If you want to be far of all noise, come with us and enjoy here!!! thanks
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Milwaukee, WI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2013

We stopped here on recommendation from Lonely Planet (without a reservation) and were pleasantly surprised that not only did they have a room, but it was a huge triple for $60 including breakfast! The room was basic, as expected, but clean with a huge bathroom and shower. The grounds are beautiful, the main building where you eat is all open and surrounded by beautiful plants, birds, and view of the volcano. The staff was all very pleasant, too. After returning late from a night hike, we could tell the kitchen was about to close, but they stayed open to serve us - all with a smile. And it was one of the best meals we had in Costa Rica. My only regret is that we could not stay longer.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Catarata Eco Lo... S, Gerente at Catarata Eco Lodge S.A, responded to this review, 12 September 2014
Amazing!! we always like to bring a great service to all our customers, sometimes during low season we give good prices to people that visit us, also in high season with some luck!!!! we loved to have you here as all our clients!!!
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Toronto
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Reviewed 31 January 2013

Our family of 2 adults and 2 teens stayed at this lodge for 3 nights and enjoyed the experience. The location is great, right at the foot of the volcano, although seeing the volcano depends on your luck (the weather). The lodge has excellent rooms, well spread out in beautifully landscaped garden. I wouldn't call the rooms luxurious but were nice and clean with clean washroom. There is a hammock for each room too.

You can see a lot of exotic birds in and around the lodge itself. The Catarata or Waterfall is about 2 kms away and is a pleasant walk. There is a further trek to the waterfall from the entrance and the whole tour would take half a day.

The owner and the staff are very friendly and go out of their way to help out. You can book all the tours and activities from the lodge itself. And it is pretty economical. The food is great too. We had dinner twice at their restaurant, which is quite reasonably priced. Breakfast is free and sumptuous.

Taxi to the town would cost about $6. We rented a car for one day for about $ 85 and drove to the hanging bridges, the National park and around Lake Arenal.

Overall we had a very good experience and I would recommend this Lodge in this price category.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Catarata Eco Lo... S, Gerente at Catarata Eco Lodge S.A, responded to this review, 12 September 2014
Thanks for this review!!! we hold our idea of a Natural Lodge, life inside the forest!!!! as you said we are very close to waterfall and we can help you to do all activities you want in the area!!!
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Kortrijk, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 January 2013

We stayed there one night and it was enough for us. The staff and in specially the girl at the frontdesk ( who also was our waitress) are very lovely and helpful. Because we wanted to hike early in the morning (6 AM), they made us a breakfast packet what was delicious. The view in het garden is spectacular! This location is good to walk to the waterfall but you are in the wrong place if you want to hike the infamous Celeste Trail like we wanted to do. You still have to drive 35 minutes to arenal observatory lodge where the trail begins. The room and his bathroom was very plain, boring, no colours, absolutely nothing special.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Catarata Eco Lo... S, Gerente at Catarata Eco Lodge S.A, responded to this review, 12 September 2014
thanks for your review!!! we'll fix this, as we are a simple lodge, maybe we need to do some changes and give some colors to our rooms, we'll see!!!! thanks so much by staying with us!!!
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

No safe in the room
Any table or chair in the room
No soap, only one towel per person
Nice garden
We had two separate beds in the rooms
Expansive laundry service (per T-Shirt a US dollar ! better go to the laundry service in town)
WLAN does not reach the cottages
Wooden walls and roof are to dark to allow spotting and hunting mosquitos
Price with 74 USD per double (with breakfast) does not correspond to service provided
Down in the garden a nice place to sit under a roof and have meals
Down in the garden also a dark cage with a single really sad animal
It remained open what the ECO stands for – marketing without ecology?
Near the big waterfall, easy to walk there but cars, horses and buses use the same way you walk.
No shop nearby, you have to go /drive about 1 km to town

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Catarata Eco Lo... S, Gerente at Catarata Eco Lodge S.A, responded to this review, 12 September 2014
Thanks for your review!!!
One year ago we started to fix and remodel all our rooms!!! so now they are most beatiful, about the laudry we keep that price, you can calculate how much you pay to get downtown for you washing!!! :) then we get a good staff to bring you a better service, about the waterfall walk you are right so is a great attractive where everybody want to go!!! and about the sad animal, we have them there, at 2012 were around 5 animals there, maybe the others were hidden, why there because they are in extintion danger, on the 2013 we send those to a forest where they are very happy right now :) thanks so much!!!
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Wotton-under-Edge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

We stayed in the Eco Lodge when we first arrived in Costa Rica, the room was great, clean and suited all our needs. Breakfast was great and the restaurant offered some fantastic dishes something for everyone, swimming pool is excellent with a outstanding backdrop of the volcano my children made the most of it using it everyday of our stay. You can walk to the waterfall which is worth a visit bring your swimming stuff with you as it is so refreshing to swim there. La Fortuna is near by and worth a visit you can get a taxi to and from there and they are reasonably priced. Eco Lodge has great gardens and the view of Arenal Volcano is awesome.I would recommend this place to stay if you are in the area of La Fortuna.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Catarata Eco Lo... S, Gerente at Catarata Eco Lodge S.A, responded to this review, 12 September 2014
hello, some years later but here we are replying!!!! thanks for your review!!!! this is what we like, GIVE a great Service!!! we hope more people can read this!!!
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Property: Catarata Eco Lodge S.A
Address: 1 km South from The School of Z-13 | Alajuela, Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 75 Speciality Lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Catarata Eco Lodge S.A 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the shadow of the Arenal Volcano , away from the noises of the city and from the highways, will be able to discover the captivation of returning to feel the nature, the singing of the birds and the creek of the sound of the gully. you can walk up to the majestic La Fortuna Waterfall, to share with the villagers, to walk along the National Park Arenal Volcano and in the night to relax in the thermal waters - mineral of the resorts of the zone, among many more things ... more   less 
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