Lost Iguana Resort & Spa
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Upon arrival in the middle of the night, we were greeted by the security guard who loaded our luggage on a golf cart and took us up a steep hill to our room. It was pitch black, no light except the dim headlight on the cart and we couldn't see a thing...but the night sounds unlike any I've ever heard...I have no idea what was out there but it was …
Our red eye flight landed us in San Jose, Costa Rica at 5:30 in the morning. I had prearranged a rental car with Thrifty. Upon arrival at the rental car counter, I learned that the third party car insurance I purchased for $63 (through the Thrifty website have you) could not be accepted by Thrifty car rental. Instead, the insurance, which is …
The Arenal area is a playground for light adventure - white water rafting, zip lines, canopy tours, horseback riding, hiking in the jungle, and windsurfing. Then there is the hot springs - capitalizing on the natural phenomenon of the volcanic heated water. Oh, and of course the reason anyone ever even started coming to this once remote farming …
Saw Arenal erupting - but only from Arenal Observatory Lodge. That is the place to stay for volcano viewing. Tabacon Hot Springs were ethereal. The hike to La Fortunal waterfall is a fun day.
The day included a cooked morning tea / snack, fresh pineapple and watermelon break during the rafting then another home cooked hot lunch of traditional fare. The plate was a leaf on a wooden platter! If you didn't want "rice and beans" then the other option was "beans and rice"!
How has this resort rated in the past?
TravelPod Member ReviewsLost Iguana Resort & Spa La Fortuna
Every room seems to have a great view of the volcano. Easy 20 minute drive to Fortuna. Breakfast was great. Expeditions are much cheaper if you go into Fortuna to book directly with the expedition companies.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Lost Iguana Resort & Spa La Fortuna
Married in Paradise!
We took a group of 10 to the wonderful Arenal area and got married at the Lost Iguana. Everything was amazing - views, service, accomodations, location. We stayed in the owner's villa - and had the ceremony right outside our terrace. They really outdid themselves with the decorations and the owner flew in to make sure everything was perfect.
Thanks to Alonzo at the desk for booking exciting tours, Dennis our waiter for making sure the drinks flowed, Shelly took care of all the details and Alex the bartender was fun.
We've stayed in lots of 5 star resorts and the Lost Iguana exceeded our expectations. I recommend the Lost Iguana with enthusiasm.
We just returned from CR and were at the Lost Iguana for our last 2 nights. I read many reviews on this site as well as others and actually canceled our reservation at the Tabacon to book it here b/c of those reviews. Boy, was I disappointed! The hotel site is nice, but very remote. Our room LOOKED nice, but we found lots of problems. First of all, if you like being at one with nature, this is the place for you. There are frogs, bugs, iguanas, etc., all over the place with easy access to your room. Secondly, our phone never worked, couldn't even call the front desk at times, nor did our clock. We were almost late to the airport because the alarm clock wouldn't work. Also, no one is around until 7am, so we had to wait around to check out, even though we had a flight to catch. It is also a bit of a drive to anywhere, and just to go from the Tabacon (where our friends were) to the Lost Iguana was $10 each way, every time. (even though it's only about 3 miles) We also had to pay to go to the hot springs, whereas our friends had free access as they were Tabacon guests. I actually preferred the look and feel of the Tabacon more than the Lost Iguana, but that could just be me. On the plus side, our view from the Lost Iguana was perfect of the volcano and we were lucky to be there on perfect days and saw several eruptions and also the red lava. But then again, our friends at the Tabacon had similar views! All in all, if you like a quaint, bed & breakfast type of place, go to the Lost Iguana. If you are like me, and prefer being where people are and more of a "hotel" feel, go to the Tabacon.
We booked two rooms to stay at the Lost Iguana over new years weekend this past January. I called and spoke to both their US travel office that handles reservations and the resort office itself to book the reservation. We received confirmation of the booking a few days later and were looking forward to a wonderful few days at Arenal. Just weeks before we were to stay, the owner of the resort called to cancel our reservation. She claimed that her staff was "incompetent" and made double bookings without her knowing. I explained to her the difficulty of finding a place at such a late date and asked that she attempt to help rebook us being that she was in CR and had a better knowledge of the area. She said that everything was booked and nothing could be done. I was shocked by her unprofessional behavior and her unwillingness to help us remedy the situation which was their fault.
Just got back from CR and spent the first two nights at Lost Iguana Resort. Only communication issue was that we had a confirmation for connecting rooms but there really AREN'T any as far as we could tell. My wife and I stayed in a luxury suite and were very very comfortable with our 15 and 12 yr olds staying two doors away in a standard room. We had understood that the rooms connect but there weren't connecting doors of the US type in either of the rooms. LIR is a bit remote in a positive way and so we felt very safe there with our kids just down from us in the same building. They felt safe too - really liked being separate as a matter of fact. LIR was a perfect place for us - several other families with kids the same age as ours. Very clean and well laid out property. Breakfast was excellent, other meals were good, staff was very pleasant and the property is really nice. Views of the volcano have to be the best by far in the area.
LOVED this place, and I am sure it will be even better once the spa is done. We stayed in the owners villa, amazing volcano view, comfortable bed, kids on the pull out couch were happy. Lovely deck, Toucans visited, really peaceful. Included breakfast was delicious, lunch and dinner not so much. They arrange great trips, loved the white water rafting and the zip line tour-don't wait to do your zip line tour at the beach,the ones in arenal are the best. the only problem with this hotel is it is far from everything- the town of la fortuna is 1/2 hour away, but that didn't bother us, we wanted peace and quiet. the staff was very helpful and nice, smoothies upon arrival were delicious, the pools were small but very nice (hot one up top), the walk to the hanging bridges is lovely (but steep as is everything here)- hanging briges were beautiful as well but not for the faint of heart. Service at the pool quite slow, the whole place is slow, but we liked that.
Great hotel near Mt. Arenal
My wife and I just spent 11 days in Costa Rica travelling all around the entire country. We spent 2 nights in Arenal at a new hotel called the Hotel Lost Iguana. I think they only have 30 rooms---all spacious, air-conditioned, cable TV, some with a view of Mr. Arenal from the balcony. Free breakfast in the mornings. Very helpful, friendly staff. There is only one drawback---the hotel is located near the Lake Arenal dam quite a few miles from the town of Fortuna so it might be a problem staying there if you don't have a car. There is literally nothing close by. It is much nicer than the over-priced, over-crowded and over-rated 'Tabacon Hot Springs Resort.
The Lost Iguana is a gem is the middle of the rainforest. We reserved a deluxe suite and couldn't have been happier. The room was beautiful. Really well appointed and nicely decorated. Very spacious and the view was to die for. We had a spectacular view of the volcano from our balcony. The jacuzzi tub for two on the balcony was an added romantic touch. The only complaint I have about this resort is the quality of the food. The food and the service needs some work. This is important as when you are in Arenal you are limited to eating at the hotel you are staying at as there really isn't any town to drive to and driving isn't an option on Costa Rican roads at night anyway. The food wasn't terrible, it just wasn't great. The resort is less than a year old and is still building. At this time you have to go thru the restaurant to check in and to use the internet, you have to borrow the front desk computer. They have notices saying that this will change and they are building a business center for check-in and for business services.
The rooms were very clean and comfortable. Everything is beautiful and new. We had the most amazing view from our room. We woke up and fell asleep to the Valcano each day. The hanging bridges are wonderful (10 min hike from the hotel) and your tickets are half price. Lost Iguana is about a 15 min car ride from Fortuna, however, it is nice to be away from all the tourists. We were still able to experience everything Fortuna had to offer (the ATV tour and the hot springs). Personally, I was glad to stay outside of the touristy area where the views were much better. The staff was very accomodating and the food was wonderful. If you have the extra money to spend, I suggest upgrading to the suite. The Jacuzzi overlooking the Valcano was EXCELLENT. If you are going to stay there I suggest bringing a few things to snack on. The hotel is great for meals, but not so good for snacking. Also they don't have a great champagne or wine list - so I suggest bringing your own. They have a fridge in everyroom. Overall I would give our experience 4 and a half circles.
Visited Arenal in February 2005 and loved our stay at the Lost Iguana. Its a long way out of La Fortuna, past Tabacon and the national park entrance and closer to Lake Arenal. The resort has a beautiful setting on a hillside, seemingly in the middle of nowhere and the rooms face out on the volcano. The rooms were colorfully furnished, with large bathrooms, air conditioning and all rooms had terraces or balconies facing the volcano with typical wood rocking chairs. (So comforatble we bought a pair in Sarchi.) There is some construction underway for a reception area, but it is remote from the rooms and there was no problem with noise. Actually the problem with noise is that the frogs are partying all night long and though hard to spot, they make a lot of racket. Really.
Before travelling to CR, I did a ton of research in order to plan the 'perfect' trip and was actually very disappointed when we arrived at The Lost Iguana Resort. I am even sorry to say that we were disappointed with our stay here because we really wanted to enjoy it. We stayed at 3 different hotels/resorts while in CR and this was the one we were least pleased with. The resort is actually located in a great area of CR but the resort is still under-construction and you get this feeling wherever you go on the grounds. There's also not much to do, especially at night, thus we felt very disconnected from everything and it actually seemed like we were the only guests staying there. In fact, I think we saw only 1 other guest the entire time we were there.