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Cabinas la Catarata
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

My mom and I stayed here on a recent weekend trip to La Fortuna and really enjoyed it. The cabins are rustic but cute and great for the location. It definitely has a rustic feel, nothing fancy but comfortable with a kitchen, warm water. In my opinion, there is so much to see and do that you won't find yourself sitting in your cabin all day.

The hosts are really great. Jonathan who works on the property is EXTREMELY knowledgeable and will give you all great tips and suggestions for things to do in La Fortuna, especially if you are looking to stay away from the large tours.

One thing to keep in mind, is that it's about a 5-7 min drive into town.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 February 2014 via mobile

The cabins and rooms and spacious, comfortable, and clean. Without a car the few kilometers between places can add up.

This place was definitely in the top 3 accommodations my group found during our month-long trip. It was scenic and the cabins were rustic, while still having luxuries like wifi and hot water. Felix and his family were very helpful despite the language barrier. This place was a nice, inexpensive break from cheap hostels, and with only three people in our group it was about the same price to split a small cabin ($15/person) as a private room at a hostel.

The only drawback is the location. Another reviewer mentioned it was walking distance to downtown (4km) and the waterfalls (3km). While these are not huge distances, I would hesitate to call an 8km round trip walk to downtown "walking distance." Without a car we found ourselves over-reliant on taxis to get around. By and large, La Fortuna did not seem like a particularly pedestrian oriented place; a car is required to get to almost any of the attractions. But back to the point: the cabins are secluded, which is very nice, but can also be difficult for budget travelers.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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JonnyTee, Manager at Cabinas la Catarata, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2014

Thanks you for your review, happy you enjoyed your time here at Cabinas La Catarata.
Just to clarify for those reading, La Fortuna is 2 klm away and the road to town is equipped with a side walk and is quite scenic. There is a 76 year old lady who lives in the last Cabin for over a year now and she takes the stole to town 4 days a week, pushing a cart full of groceries. The round-trip to La Furtuna from Cabinas La Catarata is 4klm not 8klm as stated in this review and really is not that difficult,, for those of you who cannot walk for 20 minutes a taxi to town is $4. Most of the Tours provided in la Fortuna include transportation and the Fortuna Waterfall is 2klm from Cabinas La Catarata not 6. If you are a person that is not interested in walking or doing any activities who come to La Fortuna, the adventures Capital of Central America, than maybe you should consider other options. Please do not let this review prevent you from staying in one of the most affordable, peaceful, safe, quit location available in all of la Fortuna.

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Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

This was out first stop during our 10 day trip to Costa Rica. We stayed 4 nights in the 3rd cabin. There were two of us and we paid for the entire cabin. My wife felt a bit like it was camping, but I felt like it was great. Clean cabin, warm water, clean towels, fans in bed room, and free wifi. We also ate breakfast each morning at the cabinas, it was really delicious. Felix and his family were great hosts, they even washed our clothes that we had hanging in our cabin! The birds were abundant at their place, it was close to the rio fortuna which you could also hear, and great view of arenal volcano. Lola the parrot knew how to say hola and que pasa. Tombo the dog was very friendly and would take you on a walk to the river leading the way. Would stay here again if we ever make it back to Costa Rica!

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

My wife and I loved this place, and even ended up staying for 11 nights. The owner, Felix, and his wife were great hosts, keeping the cabins clean and preparing a very good breakfast for us each morning. There was no time schedule and we ate the included breakfast as early as 5.45am a couple of days and as late as 9am. The cabins are very rustic and basic but have everything we needed including a small kitchenette that we managed to cook lunches and dinners without any problems. Felix would show us toucans and a multitude of other birds that came through the beautiful grounds each day, especially at banana feeding time.

Jonathan and Sofia in the PACR travel office on the grounds of the cabins were very helpful with tours and local advice, and also assisted the cabin owners with guests due to the owners lack of English.

Excellent value for money with probably the best hosts we've had on our 13 month trip through central and south America. They even did our laundry for free!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

My boyfriend and I wanted to to stay in a quiet place right outside the city and this was it. Rustic cabins that you can walk to the La Fortuna Waterfall from. It is a bit of of trek but gorgeous all along the way. A great opportunity to see some wildlife on the way and stop at a little stand that sells fresh coconut water. The family that owns is is really sweet too and got up early to make us breakfast and drive us to the bus to catch our flight since we had to leave before the cabs run. Also nice to fall asleep listening to the sounds of nature.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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