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Volcano Lodge & Springs
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East Windsor, Connecticut
2 reviews
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“Friendly staff and great views”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

This was a great place to spend our honeymoon, the staff was extremely friendly, the excursions were arranged for us by the front desk and the gardens were beautiful. The view of the volcano was great, but during the rainy season it can get tricky waiting for the clouds to disperse.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

La Fortuna is one of the pricier cities in Costa Rica because it's a large tourist destination. There are many wonderful hotels here that can range to even $400. Volcano Lodge is probably the best sub $100 hotel. The included breakfast buffet is grea. This is my third time staying at this hotel and had a small hiccup with the key not working when arriving. After an exhausting 3 hour drive from San Jose, I arrived at my door and neither of the keys worked. Said they would bring me replacement keys, waited 15 minutes and they never came. So I had to head back to the office. Other than that, everything else is great.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

We stayed 8 nights at the Volcano Lodge, and couldn't have been more pleased with our choice of accommodation. The rooms are set in groups of 4 around the grounds, and have a seating area out of the back - ours had wonderful views of the volcano. The grounds are beautifully maintained, and there are many birds, especially humming birds. The rooms are exceptionally clean, and though simple, very comfortable. There is an inclusive buffet breakfast, with a great choice to start your day. The food in the restaurant is very good. We are vegetarians, and the staff altered items on the menu to suit us. The pool area is one of the cleanest I've come across, and there is a swim up bar. Laundry service is available. All staff here are friendly, courteous and very helpful. Would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Our room was facing away from the volcano, but it was mostly cloudy, so we couldn't have seen it anyway. But stepping out of our sliding door, we were met with the most gorgeous abundance of colorful flowers and plants. Everywhere on the property, there were beautiful flowers. The room was spacious and, other than a couple of stray bugs, mostly clean. There is a pool and a sizable hot tub near the restaurant. We only ate breakfast there, but it was very good, with made-to-order omelettes. Yummy. This was perhaps the most beautiful and comfortable hotel we stayed in throughout the entire trip to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

We chose this hotel as part of a Groupon package for our time in La Fortuna, and after seeing some of the other properties in the area, I think we made an excellent choice. The property is quiet and beautiful, service was friendly, and the property didn't have hordes of annoying tourists like some of the others.

We went on tours during the day and night, and came back to Volcano Lodge to sleep. The rooms aren't luxurious but are nice and everything was very clean and comfortable. The scenery and the garden are beautiful. We woke up looking at the volcano out our front window. We also really enjoyed walking through the tropical gardens on the grounds. Hummingbirds were flitting about through all the bushes and flowers.

We chose this hotel because we heard the food was excellent and that was 100% correct information. These were some of the best meals we had on our entire trip. Breakfast was amazingly delicious with its various fruits and beans and rice and plantains. I have tried to recreate this at home many times since. Dinners here were also very good - you have a couple options to choose from and everything was pretty excellent and authentically Costa Rican.

The only negatives are small ones: it's rather far from La Fortuna by taxi, and there aren't any on-property activities. However, you can always visit the other nearby properties when you wat to do some of the activities. We spent a night each at Tabacon Hot Springs (for its beautiful hot springs!) and Los Lagos (for its hot springs and exhilarating but possibly dangerous waterslides). We felt both properties were great to visit, but we wouldn't want to stay at either of them. Tabacon was great, but expensive and exclusive, and Los Lagos serves crappy gringo buffets for dinner.

Volcano Lodge is just right!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Atlanta, GA
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

from start to finish, the perfect blend of excitement and total relaxation. truly amazing. The food, the location and setting of each room, the landscaping all designed with the consumer in mind. I have nothing else to add, but the program won't let me submit this if it is too short

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Minnesota
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

The hotel is about a 5 min drive outside of La Fortuna, half way between the town and Tabacon Hot Springs. The room was pretty basic but clean and with A/C. Matresses were pretty hard and not the most comfortable. Great views of Arenal right out the window. Nice pool area also with views of the Volcano with open air bar and restaurant next to it. Very tasty buffet breakfast in the morning included with price of room. The grounds are nicely landscaped and there is plenty of free parking. We got a great price for the room and found it to be of terrific value. Would be happy to stay here again on futures trips.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Volcano Lodge & Springs
Address: La Fortuna de San Carlos-Arenal Lake road | 7 Km West from Downtown, Road To Arenal Volcano, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica (Formerly Volcano Lodge & Gardens)
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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 Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#6 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#9 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#12 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#13 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Volcano Lodge & Springs 4*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At VOLCANO LODGE AND SPRINGS, located in La Palma, La Fortuna de San Carlos, at the foot of the majestic Arenal Volcano, our hot springs and lush tropical garden gives you joy and relaxation to our guests and companions. Undoubtedly, our location allows you to witness the imposing Arenal Volcano from a vantage point. QUALITY SERVICE: Knowing that service is the main reason of hospitality, the Volcano Lodge & Gardens’ team, will do our best to make your stay a very fond memory to take home. FACILITIES: All our 66 rooms are Superior and non smoking, have deluxe finishes, 2 comfortable full size beds or 1 king size bed, TV/cable, telephone, air-conditioned, coffee maker, hot water shower, hairdryer and a nice terrace facing the Volcano. We also offer 4 rooms for handicap. RESTAURANT:Sura Restaurant, capacity: 120 people, we’ll be offering you our traditional local and international food, while you enjoy the majestic view of the volcano, birds surrounded nature. You can ask for room service too. OTHER FACILITIES: *Two swimming pools for adults, two swimming pools for children and two Jacuzzis, all of them with view to the Volcano.*Laundry service, Private parking, Internet Access / Wireless Free, Tours information, nature trail, Playground.* Massages Service from 9 am to 9 pm. ... more   less 
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Volcano Lodge And Gardens
Volcano Lodge & Gardens Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
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