The Arenal volcano and the La Fortuna waterfall, located north of San Jose in the Monteverde Mountain Range, are two of the most beautiful natural wonders in all of Costa Rica, and happily, visitors will find no shortage of great Costa Rica hotels in that area. No matter whether travelers are looking for adventure, comfort, luxury, or just a friendly home base from which to explore the region, the Costa Rica hotels in Arenal and La Fortuna will not disappoint.
The Springs Resort and Spa, located about fifteen minutes from the town of La Fortuna in a location specially chosen for its spectacular volcano views, is a luxury hotel with rooms that start at $369 a night and up, depending on how much luxury is desired. The Springs Resort is not an all-inclusive hotel, so meals and services all have to be purchased separately. Though not a money saving choice by any stretch of the imagination, when it comes to luxury Costa Rica hotels, The Springs is a stunning and popular choice, especially among honeymooners and travelers looking for a romantic get away.
For visitors looking for a more adventurous Costa Rica accommodation right in the heart of the Arenal wilderness, the Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat is truly special. The Leaves and Lizards Retreat is a small, family run operation in the heart of Arenal. Each cabin features dramatic views of the volcano and the countryside, and each and every cabin has a wrap around porch that is visited on a daily basis by lizards, birds, and many other colorful local species. Rates start at only $150 per night and discounts are given for week-long reservations. All cabins include hot showers, private bathrooms, robes, 800-count cotton sheets, and coffee makers. The Leaves and Lizards Retreat also offers a two bedroom house for larger parties, and any of the cabins can include a daily breakfast for a minor additional charge. The Leaves and Lizards Resort is built on 26 acres of parkland and includes horseback riding facilities and guided tours of the Arenal/La Fortuna area.
The Tree Houses Hotel is a bed and breakfast located just off the main road that runs through La Fortuna, and is exactly what it sounds like it is: a collection of tree house rooms that guests can stay in while they tour the area and soak up the scenery. Located on an 8-acre plot of land surrounded by a 70-acre wildlife refuge, the Tree Houses Hotel is a great place for naturalists and adventure-lovers. Tree houses can be rented for only $95 per night year round. Accommodations are simple and clean and include breakfast, but the real attraction here (does it even need to be said?) is that the rooms are tree houses. It really doesn’t get any more exciting than that. Who doesn’t want to stay in a tree house at least once?
Guests who are looking for a more conventional choice among the Costa Rica hotels in the Arenal area will enjoy the Volcano Lodge in La Fortuna. Rooms start at only $95 per night and include private terraces, in room safes, cable television, and internet access (available in some rooms upon request). The Volcano Lodge offers two outdoor pools and a hot tub to keep kids busy and to allow parents to relax in after a long day. An onsite restaurant, souvenir shop, and a full line of spa services make it possible to settle in and get comfortable without a lot of running around town.
Visitors to Arenal and La Fortuna who are looking for a modern, more business-like atmosphere will enjoy the Hotel Magic Mountain located in La Fortuna near the hot springs. The hotel has all the modern amenities and conveniences any traveler could want, including air conditioning, wireless internet service, cable TV, in room safes, telephones, refrigerators, hair dryers, and coffee makers, and the rates per night start at only $99, which isn’t bad. The views are nice, and a balcony is included with every room, but all the modern comforts and electronic conveniences are still close at hand.
Whatever the curious traveler seeks when it comes to adventure, peace, luxury, or just a comfortable home base that feels familiar and modern, at least one of the Costa Rica hotels in the Arenal and La Fortuna area will be able to offer it at an affordable price. The choices are many, the views are spectacular, and the countryside is lush and brilliant. Why wait?