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“Nice grounds, bad rooms”
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Hotel La Pradera
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“Nice grounds, bad rooms”
Reviewed 5 February 2012

We decided to stay in a cabin for our honey moon. It was very cute and spacious, but the walls are literally just wood. It's Soooo loud at night with the bugs making noise, so bring earplugs. We had to wait over an hour for our rooms when we arrived even after check in time. They eventually gave us a lower rate when we complained. They fumigated around the cabin, but ER ended up with more bugs and cockroaches in the room afterwards!
Don't expect a great breakfast. They don't cover the fruit so bugs are around it always. You can walk into town (30 min) or drive for more authentic and cheap food.
Don't bother with the ATV tour. It's just on a farm across the street and the guide is a CREEP! Norman Herrera down in town has cheaper rates for tours and speaks English.
Sure it's cheap, but for $25 more, you can stay at Magic Mountain hotel across the street.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

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.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

We happened upon La Pradera in La Fortuna in May 2011- fantastic location- great view of Arenal volcano! The location is perfect, not in the heart of downtown La Fortuna, but walking distance for shopping and meals. Not too secluded, easy access to everything The food at La Pradera is excelent. The staff is knowledgable and helpful. They can schedule any and all adventures or tours for the surrounding area. Rooms are clean, comfortable and quiet. The property is very well maintained. One day we were eating breakfast and saw a cow come from across the street over to the pasture near the property to visit his cow friends, it was quite enjoyable. With so much beauty and activities why stay at a high end posh resort...clean-comfort-great location-food- staff - nothing more is needed.

Room Tip: typically they will walk you through areas of what is available an let you view the room before book...
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

My husband and I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in December and loved it. The grounds were very nice, clean, and well maintained. There was a pool, hot tub and a restaurant that served breakfast, which was included in our rate. The location was close to the town of La Fortuna - about a 25 minute walk or short, inexpensive cab ride. We didn't spend much time in La Fortuna, only going there to have dinner. The hotel is very quiet and peaceful and is close to hot springs and activities (we went rafting and hiked at the volcano). We felt very safe and comfortable at La Pradera and had an amazing view of the volcano from our bungalow. The staff were all very friendly and helpful as well. I would suggest La Pradera if you are looking for somewhere quiet and clean for a peaceful trip in Arenal.

Room Tip: Rooms with a volcano view are the best!
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sebastopol, California
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Cute bungalow room close to the pool with perfect view of volcano. Rooms are simple and clean with large bathroom and small refrigerator. Breakfast was excellent and cooked to order. $3 cab ride to town. Hotel is on the main road, but the room was quiet. Right next to an open field with a few cows running around. Lots of birds around - we saw 2 parrots flying overhead while we were in the hot tub. Free internet in the lobby.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Matthews, North Carolina
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Reviewed 21 November 2011

This hotel is located by Arenal volcano and on sunny days has a great view of the volcano. The people working the front desk were helpful and outgoing. Our transfer got us there prior to check-in and there were no rooms available, so they let us keep our things behind the desk while we went out and about. They helped us get a canyonering tour and get a taxi. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained with plenty of birds and butterflies.

Our only complaint was that the beds are a little uncomfortable. And for those addicted to the internet, the only place to get WiFi was in the lobby or restaurant.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 11 November 2011

This hotel far exceeded my expectations! Great location, super clean bungalows, manicured grounds, great view, tranquil however ATV tours leave from there, great pool and jacuzzi, this was the best at a reasonable price! Rent a bike and go into La Fortuna from there or get on an ATV tour, but whatever you do, the Sky Trek zipline trip is not to be missed (try the night one for the not faint of heart) .

Room Tip: All the rooms have a view of the volcano but the bungalows are especially spacious with huge beds!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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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
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#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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