Montana de Fuego Hotel & Spa
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Swimming under a 25-story-tall waterfall was the highlight today as we circumnavigated Lake Arenal from Santa Elena to near La Fortuna.
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Today started a bit later than usual for us - all of 9:00 am - yet despite being able to sleep in, Sara and I were running really late and had to grab breakfast to go. Instead of our usual Costa Rica Descents guys, we were surprised (and slightly disappointed) to see a van from our hotel and a brand new tour guide Alex. We drove onto the road in …
We woke up this morning and ran like a couple of kids on Christmas morning straight to the giant windows to see where we were. We had a vague idea about where the volcano was in relation to our room, but we had no idea what we were in for. The volcano was HUGE - towering over the valley and a few smaller mountains around it. At the top there was a …
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It's Saturday (ooh ooh)!
On our way back from the river / organic farm today, Alberto & Danny told us about a party later on that night.. some grand opening of some place somewhere, with 'free dinner and drinks!" Of course, we were in on the free anything. Carol & mom bailed on us, but Vicki, Valerie, Craig, and Jerry of course …
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A nice young man bellboy led us to our duplex bungalow, #273/274. Mom and I found our half a mess. First, there's only one king-size bed when we had reserved a unit with two beds. There's water on the bathroom floor and no towels in there. Then the door to the bathroom closed and it was somehow locked shut. I was not happy. The bellboy noted there's a pull-out bed in the living room that he could make up. Mom said she would sleep there. Someone would be sent to open the bathroom door, mop up the water, and provide towels. This is supposed to be an upscale resort; I was not pleased with the poor condition we found our habitation to be in.
Later when I returned to our bungalow for a shower, it was quite challenging. First, there's a circular tub with no shower curtain, meaning water spills out onto the bathroom floor, which is annoying. Then when I tried to push in the button to move the water from the tub faucet to the shower head, it kept popping back out and directing the water back to the faucet. Not helpful when trying to shower. At last I got the button to stay in. Then the water got super hot and I had trouble adjusting it to the proper temperature.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Montana de Fuego Hotel & Spa La Fortuna
My husband and I stayed at Montana de Fuego in January 2004.
We stayed at Montana de Fuego in late January 2005. The location is great - about a 15 drive from Fortuna along a good road. The grounds of the property are nicely landscaped - and the pool and hot tub are welcome after a day of hiking. Try the trail leading from the spa down to the river. You quickly enter a "rain forest" environment - the trail is muddy and iffy at times - but worth the effort.
Our family visited Costa Rica over the Christmas holiday and our major disappointment was the Montana de Fuego Resort and Spa. We had rented two bungalows and neither of them had hot water for the majority of our stay. Because of this issue, we had to visit a local hot springs in order to stay warm and shower. We called the front desk a number of times to ask them to fix this problem, however, each time the problem with the hot water was not solved. When we finally received the hot water, the water pressure in the shower was very weak as well. Upon checking out of the Montana de Fuego Resort and Spa, the people standing next to us were also complaining about their hot water problem. As a result, they were given a 10% discount off of their 1 night, 1 unit stay. We also decided to complain to the manager about this problem as well. At first he said that he was not going to compensate us for the hot water problem because we booked our stay through a travel agent. Only after getting angry did he give us a $50 deduction on our 3 night, 2 unit stay, not even close to the 10% compensation that the other people received.
My wife and I stayed at the Montana de Fuego from Dec. 31, 2004 to Jan. 2, 2005. Although most of the rooms are individual bungalows, we were put in a lower-level room in a 2-story hotel-like building located about a 5-minute walk from the reservation desk. (The 2-story building may be a new addition. Members that reviewed their experience from earlier in 2004 sounded like there were only bungalows at the hotel. That is not the case any more.)
Visited in November 2004 to eat and enjoy the view of the erupting volcano. Unbelievable views and great food! The property is still under construction but looks to top Tabacon upon completion.
Very lovely hotel. The landscape was beautiful.
My husband and I stayed in a cabin (thats what all the rooms are) and you could see the volcano from the front porch - very nice!
The breakfast was very good and it came with the room rate. There was a pool and hot tub with a swim-up bar not to mention a spa.
The hotel was far from La Fortuna so we had to take taxis everyday to the town.
The only complaint I have it that we did find rodent feces on our bed. I never saw a rat or mouse but I know one was around somewhere.
I would still recommend the hotel and stay there again because it could have just been our cabin with the rodent.
Was still a very nice hotel!
I just had three very enjoyable nights there. The room had a great view of the volcano & the staff is great. There is some construction (building new cabins) so make sure to request a room away from it if possible. We were close but had no problems becuase we were up early every day. I'd definitely stay there again without hesistation.
Lovely place and a great value!
My husband and I stayed here for a night last year and we thought it was absolutely charming. We stayed in a little cabin with a volcano view and we loved it. The room was rustically decorated with dark wood mostly and it was very clean. The view was great, the grounds were beautifully landscaped and the breakfast (make sure to try the gallo pinto) was delicious. We will definitely stay here again.
First of all, while I love Tripadvisor, they put the Montana de Fuego Hotel in the wrong place in their guide. It should be listed in their Arenal Volcano National Park Hotels section, since it is located halfway between two of the hotels listed in that section: the Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa, and the Tabacon Hot Springs Resort & Spa. Also, it offers a better view of the Arenal Volcano than either of these two hotels.
Loved the bungalows!
Incredible location- clean bungalows with individual porches viewing the Arenal volcano- delicious food (I think we all tried the plato tipical at least once)- and friendly efficient staff! Definitely a place I would go back to.