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Review of Casona Rio Fortuna

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Casona Rio Fortuna
Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Stay away”
Reviewed 29 August 2013

I came to La Casona as part of a traveling group with my family and was thoroughly unimpressed. The food was mediocre, and the entire event seemed forced and only offered a cheap tourist's perspective of Costa Rican culture. To top it off, when we were leaving my husband saw a rat running towards the kitchen. Eww! La Fortuna is such a charming town, I recommend you spend your time there somewhere else.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Haifa, Israel
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

we are a family from Israel (couple and 4 kids). on July 2013 we took a cultural tour in casona Rio Fortuna. we met a charming couple who was eager to explain and show us everything about their lives. we went to a farm and learnd about different local plants and also visited in the school, where qute children performed folklor songs and dances. finally we were serves typical lunch which was very tasty. the experience was extremely enjoing.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Bellevue, Washington
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179 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2013

What a wonderful place! Milton and Eli were fabulous hosts. We went for the afternoon Cultour experience. The food was AMAZING! Our best meal in Costa Rica. (Make sure you go hungry because the portions are huge and so delicious you want to eat every bite!) Everything from the meal, learning about making sugar, visiting the farm and school were incredible. The school experience was so fun. It was invaluable for a peak at their culture, and our boys just loved interacting with the school kids. The farm had the best pineapple we have ever tasted, and such an interesting variety of plants.

We loved the pace of this tour. Very low-key. We never felt rushed. Stunning setting. Just go. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

We spent the day filming here and what a wonderful experience. Eli and Milton were so welcoming and we had a fun filled day with them. The food is out of this world and I cannot wait to come back to learn more about their culture and way of life. A must do if you are in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Tucson, Arizona
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

This is a real gem of a place. I haven't stayed in their rooms but I have eaten here and visited twice now and would definitely go back. I'm certain their rooms are as charming as the rest of their establishment. This is a small family run place that has exceptional food, friendliness and demonstrations of the typical Costa Rican culture. Food is cooked in traditional style and is absolutely delicious. The whole family entertains with beautiful voices and playing guitars with songs of the culture. You can purchase coffee, liquor and other homemade items. The owners Eli and Milton speak English and warmly welcome all their guests. And, they have a beautiful assortment of birds that visit their feeders. You will love this place!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Santa Clara, California
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Reviewed 1 March 2013

We just got back from CR. It was a 10 day trip full of activities- ziplining, jungle/waterfall atv tour, hanging bridges, crocodile river cruise, beach, macaws and Cultour. Amazingly, my kids 13 and 15 y/o girls rate this one as their top CR experience, and said they wouldn't trade it for any other activity. My husband and I agree. I am so glad we did it though it definitely wasn't the priority when planning out our itinerary.

Ellieth and Milton do this tour wonderfully. We got a glimpse of the real costa rican life, visiting a home garden learning many kinds of plants, herbs, fruit trees common to the land, visiting the local elementary school that they support, watching the kids demonstrate a folk dance, learning to make tortilla, and coffee the traditional way, learning about the trapiche and sugar cane processing, lots of delcious food (the best we had in CR), entertainment and more. From when we got there to when they bid us goodbye, they were so hospitable, welcoming and genuinely passionate about sharing this experience with everyone.

We are grateful for the all too short time we got to spend with them and consider ourselves fortunate to have had this opportunity. Highly recommend this tour!

Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Winnipeg, Canada
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 21 March 2012

When planning our visit to La Fortuna we indicated our interest in culture, rural activities and natural surroundings so our planner suggested Casona Rio Fortuna "Cultour". What a wonderful experience this provided for us! The day began with a warm welcome from our hosts, Milton and Eli Molina, and an opportunity to prepare our own tortillas in a traditional home with a great view of Arenal and Rio Fortuna. As we enjoyed breakfast we were able to view a variety of colourful birds as well as a sloth and Iguana. Breakfast was followed by a sugar cane processing, a tour of a small neighbouring farm and a delightful visit to a school where children performed dances in traditional dress. The morning concluded with a delicious traditional lunch at Casona. This tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Costa Rica. The warm, genuine hospitality and the exposure to a rich and proud culture provided us with a wealth of memories that will endure. Had we known in advance that accommodations were available we would have stayed on site as it is very near to La Fortuna.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Casona Rio Fortuna
Address: Sonafluca, 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:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 68 Speciality Lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casona Rio Fortuna is a traditional country estate located in the La Fortuna Arenal Volcano area with the aim to let visitors experience the genuine and peaceful way of country life in Costa Rica, surrounded by green pastures, plantations, woodland, tropical gardens and rivers. ... more   less 
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Casona Rio Fortuna Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos

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