Linda Vista Hotel

Address: Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna, Province of Alajuela, 183-4400, Costa Rica | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located on Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna, is near Tabacon Hot Springs, Desafio Adventure Company, Baldi Hot Springs, and Ecotermales Fortuna.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Linda Vista Hotel La Fortuna

    Great view,Great advice


    We recently stayed at the Linda Vista for 2 nights.The location is a little remote-1/2 hour drive on an unpaved road, off the main road from La Fortuna,but definitely worth it.The view of the volcano and lake along with the surroundind countryside is awesome.The hotel is clean,we had a slight problem that was taken care of immediately,breakfast is good(included) and lunch was good.The day receptionist at the front desk,Brian, was real helpful,a nice guy who made some suggestions for us and each one worked out real well,his information about the area is priceless!Overall we had a very good experience at the Linda Vista.

    Very bad communication - Did not honor the reservation


    I reserved the hotel by Email. After some cordial emails sent by the management, I took the decision to reserve 3 nights.

    To keep the room, they requested me to send a fax with my Credit Card number, exp date, CVC2 code, etc. Everything about the card.

    10 days after sending out the fax, I never received any reply from them and the reservation was not confirmed. What they did with my credit card is still unknown. Of course, I sent tens of emails and reminders... no reply (using the Read Report option, I know they read the emails).

    Before arriving at the hotel, I called them to make sure it was not a misunderstanding. Unfortunaltely, it was not. The manager confirmed they never received any Emails nor fax !!!!

    I do not recommend to reserve with them as we cannot thrust them.

    Charming, but remote


    We stayed in a junior suite, one of the newer rooms at Linda Vista. It was quite nice, clean, and comfortable, with an outstanding view of the volcano (although it was shrouded in clouds the 48 hours we were there, except for an admittedly stunning 10-minute break in the clouds one night).

    The help from the front desk was outstanding, the restaurant was exceptional (the churrascos Linda Vista was incredible!), and the grounds were charming with flowers, tropical birds, and wildlife, including a quite content resident anteater.

    Be warned: the hotel is a good 30 minute drive from La Fortuna on a VERY bad road. On the other hand, it is perhaps at the very best angle for seeing the lava flows at night.

    For tours, they can arrange discounts to Baldi Hot Springs and transportation to Tabacon, which I prefer. Locla tours include boating on Lake Arenal and horseback riding any time of day to either the waterfall or the volcano. You should do the Hanging Bridges--they're a treat.

    If you want to do the Sky Tram, Linda Vista is very convenient and close.

    Great View... Lacking Otherwise


    We stayed two (sleepless) nights at Linda Vista Del Norte. Although the location is great for viewing the Arenal volcano, the beds were the most uncomfortable I've encountered in many recent travels. Also, loose roofing tin rattled and banged all night in the wind.

    We stayed in what appears to be the older (original?) part of the hotel... room 6. The view of the volcano from the corner windows was unbeatable. However, the room itself was rather shabby. For instance, the sink pedestall wasn't attached to anything, causing the whole thing to tip and wobble every time we turned on the water. Also, we discovered there was no hot water at the sink.... only in the shower. There are obviously newer suites and cottages at the site that might be nicer overall.

    At the resturant, the food was only fair. Hotel staff friendliness and helpfullness was mixed. We were especially disappointed by the lack of lake activities and access, that their website seemed to suggest. On the plus side, there is some great rain forest hiking trails in the area. Bottom line.... go for the location, NOT for the accomodations.

    Best location for viewing Arenal


    After reading that only a few hotels in the area have views of the lava side of the volcano, we chose Linda Vista despite it's distance from town. This is not the spot for nightlife or a quick jaunt into town, but I assume that if you are coming to Arenal you want to see it erupt, and you have to be on the Lava side (not the Fortuna side). The view from the hotel is incredible, and staying here allows you to view the volcano from the comfort of your room all day and all night. When we arrived the top of the mountain was in clouds but by midnight it was clear and we witnessed some beautiful lava flows from our bed in the middle of the night. The restaurant is good, the staff was very friendly and helpful, the scenery is spectacular. Rooms are large and clean but pretty basic. This is not a luxurious place, but the best for nature lovers who will enjoy the mountain, lake, garden, farm and rainforest views all around them. And lots of birds. If you have young kids you must go to the Arenal Hanging Bridges.

    Lovely little jewel A+


    All previous reviews have been bang on with this hotel, here are a few of our notes.

    We booked 2 rooms, the honeymoon suite at $80US (views of lake and volcano) and a standard room for SIL $35US (views of volcano and forest). Each view was unique and awesome.

    Besides the Arenal Observatory Lodge, this must be the next best place with a lava flow view, we were lucky we got to see quite a bit in the evening and were treated to a few good bangs early in the morning, as well as a fabulous breakfast on the terrace.


    Hotel Linda Vista del Norte


    We stayed 2 nights at the Hotel Linda Vista del Norte; we had one of the junior suites (for 4 people). We arrived after dark in a rainstorm, so finding the hotel was a little tricky...but WORTH IT! The driving directions I received from the staff were excellent. We awoke the next morning to sunshine, a stunning view of the volcano, and hummingbirds outside our window. We ate both delicious breakfasts on the veranda outside the restaurant which has a view of Lake Arenal and the volcano. We could see lava flows at night and hear the steam escaping from the volcano. The staff was most helpful. Although the hotel is a bit out of the way (from the town of LaFortuna), the drive was well worth it.

    Great views and ambience


    Agree with previous review, a special place. Stayed May 6-7 2005 in "honeymoon suite" had two porches, one view of Arenal and other looked over lake. Would say view is a 5 and room about a 3+ (nothing extra special but comfortable, clean, small refridge), the Jr Suites looked nice as well. We were given a 10% discount paying cash. The food was good, the restaurant has same wonderful views, the staff helpful and really nice. There is a small private reserve near by you can hike to, lots of birds and we saw/heard howler monkeys. We slept through the eruptions (bummer) but others saw them. Our friends stayed at Trabacon, and agree our place had better ambience/view.

    Spectacular View, Immaculate Accomodations


    Stayed here April 7, 2005. Winding along the 8km dirt road that's an offshoot from the main road near Tabacon hot springs and other hotels is well worth it for this gem of a hotel. There is a perfect view of the Arenal Volcano (we saw the lava flowing at night!) and the stunning Lake Arenal. It is seriously perfectly situated for all of the gorgeous scenery. Hiking trails right on the property too. Dining room/restaurant also offers amazing views and very decent food (yummy tilapia for dinner). Room was immaculate and very comfortable; our junior suite had a porch that looked directly out to the landscape. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Linda Vista Hotel La Fortuna

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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