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Hotel Vista del Cerro
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Jacksonville, Florida
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77 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Couldn't be better”
Reviewed 3 September 2008

I don't even know where to begin...great location, phenomenal price, spotlessly clean, decent food, beautiful pool, great prices on tours, free calls to USA, free internet, and a wonderful family to take care of you...how could you go anywhere else?! My best friend and I booked here for 1 night and ended up staying 3. Melania and her husband, as well as her family, were helpful and fabulous people that go WAY out of their ways to make sure your stay is perfect. They drove us to town on numerous occasions and even drove us to our bus stop 1.5 hour away! The food is really yummy and well priced. I loved that they were right across the street from a supermarket too. Melania will give you great prices on tours (we did white water rafting, volcano and hot springs and zip lines) with the one caveat being that you will need to pay in cash. The ATMs in town offer US dollars and Colones for great rates, so, this was never a problem. I absolutely adored this place and could write so much more. Feel free to contact me if you have questions. The only thing you won't get here is a view of the lava side of the volcano...but, for $40 dollars FREE PHONE and FREE INTERNET, I never cared!

  • Liked — everything! Especially the family.
  • Disliked — Unable to see lava flow
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with friends
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oregonfamilyof4
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Reviewed 1 September 2008

Melania and her husband made the difference. The service was fantastic, and the whole family was helpful.

The rooms were very clean unlike many other hotels, and the internet (which is only found in the "lobby") was relatively fast.

This hotel is about 2 kilometers from the main town (La Fortuna) and approximately the same distance from the hot springs Baldi, which the hotel sells discounted tickets for (normally the charge is 28 dollars per person, the hotel charges 18 dollars). There is also a supermarket right across the hotel. The restaurant which is 10 meters from the hotel is run by Melania's daughter. Melania and her family help out. The food was decent, but it was nothing out of this world.

There is a great pool and hot tub at the back - we did not get a chance to use it but saw a number of people using it. There are a couple of hotels nearby - and they all had little to no activity - whereas Vista Del Cerro was busy due to its good reputation.

  • Liked — The owners and their service
  • Disliked — Nothing comes to mind. The hotel is 2 KM from la Fortuna - but a cab ride is only $1 to the city
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Bradenton, Florida
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2008

We had the great fortune to stay at Vista del Cerro in La Fortuna with the Rojas family. Melania runs the hotel along with her family and her daughter Melanie owns the restaurant next door. From the minute we entered the hotel we were treated like one of the family. Melania is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet and she does an excellent job of asking what you want to see and do and then effortlessly puts your plans into action. The hotel is very clean with large rooms and a nice swimming pool with hot tub located in the back of the property. It is only 10 rooms so you really get a personal touch. Her daughter Melanie has the most delicious breakfasts that I had in Costa Rica and also let my children ride her horse. The family lives behind the hotel and we got to go see their animals one afternoon. You also can use the computer in the lobby and may get to talk to their son Jonathon also who is hilarious. You will not regret staying here- the personal touch and Tico hospitality is great. I look forward to returning someday.

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LEJ45
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79 reviews
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Reviewed 30 July 2008

My two friends and I stayed one night here. The place is clean, new, has hot water, A/C, friendly/family staff, quiet and even has a great little restaurant shack next door (also owned by the family). We had them charge us a couple of dollars more to have breakfast included and it was worth it! We enjoyed the food so much we went back for lunch. This hotel also has an amazing-looking pool, that unfortunately we did not have time to enjoy. Also, if your plan is to go the Baldi Hot Springs, buy your entrance tickets from this place! MUCH cheaper than anywhere else (about $18). Also, you need to hike up (or take a cab) to the entrance and then go in and see the Fortuna Waterfall. Gorgeous! Back to the hotel, it is definitely a great deal for the price, plus there is a computer with internet access and one of those internet phone lines so my friends and I were even able to call home!

  • Liked — The restaurant next door.
  • Disliked — Hmmm... nothing comes to mind.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with friends
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Prescott, Arizona
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Reviewed 26 July 2008

This place was a gem in this town. Just slightly removed from the noise of the city. Clean, neat, and super friendly. They offered FREE internet and FREE calls to the US. It was cool. The pool is really nice and the folks were great. I suggest you take a look at this if you want to see the volcano from your room, but save a penny on lodging.

  • Liked — friendly, clean, pool, location
  • Disliked — no issues
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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new york, ny
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54 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2008

Malania and her family were so kind to us during our first two nights in Costa Rica, and that hospitality followed us around the entire country.

The room was perfect, with a great view of the volcano!

We did not have a rental car in La Fortuna, but Malania's husband drive us to his favorite restaurant for dinner our first night, and again to the hot springs at night.

Malania's daughter was lovely, as she ran the restaurant next door - which was delicious. You know it's good when it is 7am, and it is packed with locals on their way to work! And it was!

Jonathan, Malania's son, was super helpful to us and just as friendly as the rest of his family.

Our stay was memorable because of the hospitality and we will be back someday!

  • Liked — The hospitality
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Clermont, Florida
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67 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2008

From the moment we arrived at Vista Del Cerro, we knew we had made the right choice of accomodations in Fortuna. The owner's son, Jonathan, knew who we were, before we even said anything. He brought us to our room, which is simple in design...but very cozy and IMMACULATELY clean. Instantly our 6 year old son, had made a new buddy.
The next morning, we went to the restaurant next door, and met the owner, Malania. We felt like we had gone to a family members house. We had this amazing home-cooked breakfast every morning (the Tipico). Malania and her entire family was a part of us for the next four days. She is also the one and only place you need to go to arrange any tour in Fortuna that you desire.
On the morning we left, we weren't just checking out of a hotel, we were saying good bye to friends, and our son to his Tia (Aunt) Malania. You could spend more money, and go to a hotel that will give you more glitz and amenities; for us, none of that can compare to the impeccable service and attention we received at Vista Del Cerro. We will be back one day!

  • Liked — The owners treat you like friends, not just another client
  • Disliked — There's nothing not to like
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Vista del Cerro
Address: 2 miles west from la fortuna | (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:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#20 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Vista del Cerro 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Vista Del Cerro is located in La Fortuna San Carlos Costa Rica, one of the most wonderful areas of the country.We offer very comfortable and spacious rooms where you can enjoy the most relaxing rest, while admiring spectacular eruptions of the Arenal Volcano, from the commodity of your room. In addition, we offer nature lovers a large variety of activities such us the La Fortuna Waterfall, ATV tours to the Arenal River, hot springs, or the fascinating Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and for those who prefer thrilling adventures we have Canopy Tours and White water rafting. ... more   less 
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