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“Nice and clean, beautiful grounds and gardens.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel La Pradera
Windom, Minnesota
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Nice and clean, beautiful grounds and gardens.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2011

We stopped by on a whim looking for somwhere affordable and clean. We certainly found it and enjoyed the stay...the rooms were spacious and clean, if a little outdated. We had an issue with out air conditioner but the staff took care of it and we slept well. Every room had its own little terrace with chairs and a great view of the volcano! The hot tub felt great after a long day of hiking and zip-lining and shopping! The breakfast was a buffet and was wonderful with a large selection. We would stay again!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2011

Firstly, this hotel is about a mile and half outside of La Fortuna, so if you dont have transport it's a bit of a hike (or taxi ride) away.

The accomodation consists of garden rooms, each with their own outdoor seating area under a canopy. The rooms are quite dark inside, but comfortably fitted out. Each room has a TV and a large refrigerator. The bathroom is adequately fitted out.
The walls are not particularly thin between rooms, however I was woken by the couple in the next room at 5AM one day, but pehaps they couldnt control themselves and were overly noisy.

There is a small outdoor pool and a hot tub.

The reception area has a complimentary PC with highspeed Internet access.

Adjacent to the reception area is the restaurant. I know its subjective, but I liked the food,
especially the Shrimp with rice dish. The breakfast buffet had plenty of choice and the restaurant opens early in the morning so you can have breakfast before going on any excursions. One evening the restaurant had closed early with no notice so I had to find somewhere else to eat. Fortunately there are a few restaurants within 5-10 minutes walk away.

The hotel runs its own quad bike adventure excursions, but I didn't have time to try this.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Kemptville
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24 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2011

We spent 6 nights here having extended it by three days after realizing what a great place it was. The restaurant and staff are very attentive and the chef is very good at what she does. The included breakfast buffet is very tasty with everything one could desire. The rooms were spacious and very clean. Our room came with a small fridge, coffee maker and the wifi was enjoyed in our room and throughout the grounds. Thefront patio was nice place to sit to enjoy the birds and the garden.

The pool is small but clean and refreshing and the jacuzzi is great on those coolish days and nights. The clouds left us for a day and we enjoyed the great view of the volcano.

The hotel is only 2 kilometres from la fortuna and we were lucky to discover the small bus that goes into town regularly for 300 colones per person. Just walk towards town and just after the Cristain#4 grocery store you will find the bus stop on the right hand side of the road. Make sure to stop into the woodworkshops across the street.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa, Ontario
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201 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2011

From the main road, this hotel seems a little more like a cheap motel and the "lobby" is very old and outdated overall, it's a great place for a great place.

Our room was big, spacious with two double-sized bed, tv, dresser, side tables and lamp. Our room had with a view on the Arenal volcano (although the 3 days we were there, we never saw an inch of the volcano... too much fog... very disapointing for us). Bathroom was also spacious and the shower had good pressure and hot water. There is also a pool with waterfalls, a baby-pool, outside showers and a very big hot-tub outside. All was kept very clean.

Wireless Internet is available for free in the lobby and in the restaurant. There is also an internet station (with a computer) for free in the lobby.

The hotel is located at about 25-30 minute walk from La Fortuna downtown. We walked to the down one day and it's doable but there isn't any side walk, so I wouldn't do it at night and it's fairly far and not much to see in between other than a few hotels and restaurants.

The hotel offers a free basic breakfast buffet which contained enough to please almost anyone. We haven't tried any other meals there but have looked at the menu and found that some of the items were very overpriced. There are other restaurants at a few minute walk that have "normal" Costa Rican prices.

Overall, I would recommend this hotel - but next time, I would go to San Bosco simply because it also has awesome reviews and is located directly in La Fortuna (which is easier to meet other travellers and locals when sleeping right downtown). I'd recommand La Pradera to families, groups, couples or anyone on a low budget that don't mind being a little further away from the "action" at night.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anikabella
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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88 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2011

We stayed two night at this hotel and it was good. No frills... just a clean huge room that needs to be updated BUT the view of the volcano is amazing!

The pool was great after a huge day of activities and I have to say that the breakfast buffet was really good and I appreciated it immensly!

The hotel is about a $3 cab ride to Fortuna where you have a lot of restaurants to choose from! I would probably stay elsewhere next time just to try something new.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CelinaOttawa
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2011

We stayed at La Pradera back in January of 2007. We loved it there! The service was wonderful and the price is just right! The hotel is set in beautiful gardens. We also LOVED the restaurant! It had great food and service. We are amost every meal here. Breakfast was included and super yummy and filling. The location of the hotel is good, just a short walk from La Fortuna town.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rusty4005
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Austin, Texas
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2010

This was a great place to stay. Great value - we could see the volcano from our porch. We had a really nice meal at the restaurant, and breakfast was good. They set us up with a Cano Negro tour, volcano hike, and ATV adventure, and we really enjoyed all. Landscaping was beautiful at this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WenKayRK
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Property: Hotel La Pradera
Address: 2 Km West From la Fortuna, San Carlos | (on the way to Arenal Volcano), La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#13 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#24 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 28
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