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Hotel La Pradera
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17 reviews
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“Nice hotel in a nice location....”
Reviewed 23 February 2009

Nice place to stay while in La Fortuna. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk to town and a $2 taxi ride back which is convenient. Nice grounds and pool. The front desk was helpful with arranging a car rental and zipline tour which was great!!! . They also have a really good buffet breakfast. We had a standard room which was pretty basic but comfortable. Would definitely recommend..

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2008

This is a great place to stay right outside La Fortuna. We were pleasantly surprised as we had originally wanted to stay at one of the more resort-type places, but I was extremely happy with our choice of La Pradera.

We booked a Standard Room. The room was spacious, and the bathroom was huge - great shower. The beds were good, and there was plenty of room for three ladies' luggage. The VIEW was definitely the best part. From our porch, which had 3 rocking chairs, you had a perfect up-close view of the volcano. The grounds at this hotel surrounding our private terrace were really beautiful. The whole place feels very serene and peaceful. This was my favorite part of our trip to Costa Rica.

The breakfast was great - they gave us three choices and all were good and filling. We were barely hungry for lunch. There is also a friendly parrot that lives on the grounds, who I fed a little breakfast one morning.

As far as the location - it really is perfect. It's far enough from town that it's quiet and peaceful... But on the other hand, it seemed close enough to walk to town in about 10 minutes (and there's a grocery store about a 5 minute walk away)...but we still ended up taking lots of $3 taxis (make sure to get the RED, aka cheap ones!) due to the weather and time.

I would definitely go back to this place...

  • Liked — The beautiful surroundings...especially the view
  • Disliked — Hmm...I would've liked the hot tub to be hot instead of just warm, but that was probably the rain's fault
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with friends
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2008

La Pradera is in a good location, because it's far enough away from La Fortuna to be quiet, and yet close enough to be accessible. It also has good, hot showers and a large breakfast buffet (included in the nightly rate), and the lanais accompanying each room are totally cool. The only thing that surprised us was that their website listed a laundry service, even though there actually wasn't any such thing once we got there.

  • Liked — The breakfast buffet was pretty good!
  • Disliked — Absence of advertised laundry service.
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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BKLYN, N.Y.
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Reviewed 25 December 2008

Hotel La Pradera was an awesome two night stay for 3 dudes from NYC looking for an adventure. Stayed in cabin number 49, Room was great with 2 queen size beds and a nice bathroom with a huge shower and even nicer porch area. Hot water was plentifull and AC worked great. Breakfast was great and served buffet style with Sundays breakfast being super. Internet was fast and reliable and parking right outside our cabin

Hotel jacuzzi was nice and hot and the pool was nice and refreshing. Human size towels also and not the small mini towels other hotels like to give guests. Didnt book any excursions through hotel but did venture into town to book tours on our own.

We actually made friends with a local named Alonzo (alonsosnake200@gmail.com) (506) 479 1135 who hooked us up with all we needed (bali hot spring tickets-canopy tour of arenal, horse back riding, places to eat) and saved us money which is always great and even showed us where to chill in some free hot springs. Hotel La Pradera was great for what we needed it for which was a place to relax and rest our heads at night. We also had a sick view of Arenal volcano.

Head into town which is only a short taxi trip away and explore the towns "Central Park" where ull be able to find "Party Supplies" of all sorts if you ask the right person plus they sell fireworks. Theres also plenty of bars near central park and discos not like u see in NYC. Head past the hotel for a half a mile and get some great steak at the place with the giant cow outside on the right side of street.

A must is the BALI Hot Springs which is a spectacle all in itself. Imagine 20 pools of hot water and chics drunk in bikins going down water slides at high rates of speed. I highly recommend this for people in their 20`s and not the older crowd as the music is loud and their are plenty of loud drunks roaming around. The water slides are fastest ive ever been on and i must have been launched about 25ft across the pool after going down in the "Lunch position" Drinks barely contain liquor so i would suggest going buzzed or drinking your own liquor near the locker rooms to avoid getting ripped off on the drinks. They also allow you to open a tab and that allows u to go to any swim up bar and order a drink without the hassle of cash. Theirs also a shot on the menu called "Black [-]" Didnt try the black [-] but it was funny to say the least. Bali hot springs is also only a 15 min drive from La Padera.

If i ever head back to the Arenal area La Predera will be getting my business again for sure.

  • Liked — Nice large private porch and close to everything u may need
Stayed December 2008, travelled with friends
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 19 October 2008

Jut got back from a week in CR and this is where we stayed for the last four days of our trip. It was a very nice hotel not fancy. It was very clean and very safe which are high priorities for me. The breakfast was very good and the staff was very friendly and helpful. They went out of their way to accomodate us. I also thought that the pool area was nice. We had a great view of the Arenal Volcano from the front porch of the room! I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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brooklyn
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 July 2008

We had one of the private cabins with 2 double beds, which were very nice. Parking is close to cabins. We brought a portable grill so every night we BBQed on the well lit furnished porch - don't worry, we cleaned up after ourselves. You get a feeling of being very secluded yet you're only about 2 miles from La Fortuna. Breakfast was great every morning. Front desk can arrange any trips you can think of and are very helpful with no price markup! You might even be able to negotiate a cheaper price than found elsewhere (paying cash or booking multiple tours) - But you didn't hear from me! Safe is available at front desk, I used it often and didn't get any attitude. Great views of volcano from your front porch (if it's not to cloudy).

  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with family
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PA
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Reviewed 4 June 2008

Beautiful scenery, great view of volcano. Pool and hot tub are fantastic. Shower head in shower was horrible. Room was good, no phone, no in room safe. Maids were very sweet and did a great job. Breakfast was good, but never ate any other meals there...it just never got busy and the restaurant didn't seem that exciting...pretty basic menu. Front desk was helpful and they had internet at the front desk also. One bother was the frog or some type of animal going all night long. They also never gave hand towels or washcloths, only body towels....TV channels were fine. Electricity did go out one night, but it was out in the whole town of Fortuna. Grounds are very dark at night....flashlight is a necessity and umbrella too. Very pretty place, I was happy with it overall.

Stayed May 2008
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Property: Hotel La Pradera
Address: 2 Km West From la Fortuna, San Carlos | (on the way to Arenal Volcano), Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, 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:
#14 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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