I stayed here on a tour arranged by Desafio Adventure Company and chose to upgrade to a hotel with a view of Arenal volcano. Having booked the tour spur-of-the-moment and not knowing what I was getting myself into, I am happy to say I was very impressed with La Pradera!
The hotel is smaller to medium in size and the rooms are just right for couple night's stay. When I went out rafting for the day, I was pleasantly surprised to see my towels arranged in the shape of a swan- that was an extra special touch (see pictures below)!
The breakfast buffet was plentiful and you definitely get your money's worth, especially since it's included in the rate, and it was quite a delicious, typical Costa Rican breakfast.
The hotel has a stunning location, and is right across the street from several more upscale hotels, which offer similar views. This is definitely the place to stay if you're looking for a charming, simple yet clean Costa Rican hotel but still want the view of Arenal Volcano.
The hotel can arrange adventure activities (ziplining, rafting, nature tours, canyoning, etc.). They are located about a 10-15 minute walk from a strip of small restaurants and souvenir stores. It's just one long street to get to the center of La Fortuna, which takes about 40 minutes walking along the side of the road. The staff knows advanced conversational English (they can definitely understand if you talk slow enough) and can arrange for a taxi ride which takes about 5 minutes to go to the center of town. If it's nice out, the walk really isn't too bad, although it is just on the side of the road.
Overall, I was very pleased with my stay at La Pradera. Next time I'm in Costa Rica and in the La Fortuna area, I will be sure to stay here for it's charming, cottage like feel, and tremendous location.
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- Also Known As:
- La Pradera Hotel
- Hotel La Pradera Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos