From the main road, this hotel seems a little more like a cheap motel and the "lobby" is very old and outdated overall, it's a great place for a great place.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.
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- Also Known As:
- La Pradera Hotel
- Hotel La Pradera Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos