Lomas del Volcán
What We Love
- A laid-back mountain retreat with views of Arenal Volcano, including a bungalow and breakfastChecking out the famous Arenal Volcano from either of your bungalow’s two terraces
- Taking a horseback ride to the La Fortuna Waterfall or day trip to Rio Celeste
- Dining at the colorful restaurant, or sipping a moonshine mojito at the bar
What To Know
- WiFi can cut in and out but that's to be expected when you're vacationing at the base of a Costa Rican volcano
- Gorgeous views are found all around; if you feel your room is lacking in scenic panoramas, just take to the front or back porch
- You might be woken late at night or early in the morning by Howler monkeys that hang in tress around the property
It’s lava at first sight at Alajuela’s Lomas del Volcán, which directly faces Costa Rica’s famous Arenal Volcano. Not hot lava, mind you – there haven’t been any eruptions since 2010. You will, however, be able to see where the lava cooled along the outside of the volcano, as well as where thousands of trees grew up around the former lava rivers. These lush, emerald-colored slopes are clearly visible from the hotel’s restaurant, which serves national and international fare, and both of your private cabin’s two outdoor terraces.
Get a closer look at the sleeping giant on a tour of surrounding Arenal National Park. Let the staff of the property, which is set in a 370-acre cattle farm, arrange a customized tour – perhaps one that takes you so close to the crater, you can feel the seismic activity that is still occurring. But don’t forget about the other incredible natural attractions that there are to see in the region. Scout for monkeys and crocs on the Peñas Blancas River, bird watch at the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, horseback ride to the La Fortuna Waterfall, or embark on a guided day trip to the phosphorescent Rio Celeste.
The 47 accommodations at Lomas del Volcan are styled as private cabins, each with two volcano- and rainforest-view terraces. All also offer room service from the restaurant, if you’d like to dine in privacy.
Amenities- Two queen beds- 32-in. cable LCD TV with 76 channels- Refrigerator- Bathroom with hot shower and bidet- Telephone access for international calls- Coffeemaker- Safe- Complimentary Wi-Fi- Air conditioning
Find flavorful national and international fare at the restaurant, including your daily complimentary breakfast. Check out the views, as well – this colorful dining room faces the volcano. If you’d prefer a drink to a bite to eat, or a televised sports game or newscast to the volcano panorama, hit up the bar; cocktails include the moonshine mojito, plus daiquiris and piña coladas.
The property is nearly in the shadow of Arenal Volcano, which is visible throughout many common areas and in your room. To get a closer look, visit the surrounding national park, which features impressive lava fields; the staff will set up a personalized tour. Day trips to the phosphorescent waters of Rio Celeste, horseback rides to the La Fortuna waterfall, floats on the Peñas Blancas River, rides on a 13-cable zip line and strolls on the Arenal Hanging Bridges can also be arranged.
How to Get There
Don't be misled by the 1km drive to the hotel when you leave the main road and drive on the roughish road up to the hotel, when you get there you will be pleasantly suprised. Set in beautiful manicured gardens the bungalows all have a wonderful view of the volcano and are excellent with their fit and finish and overall facilities. We just loved the semi-outside seating area on the back of the bungalow with table and chairs to have a family meal or just look at the fabulous view.
The hotel has a bar, restaurant and pool all providing great service. We tried the restaurant once which was ok but a bit pricey for what you get, other nights we ate out in La Fortuna.
The staff were pleasant and very helpful and organised a couple of trips for us being collected from Reception and the cost being billed to our room (very handy).
I can highly recommend this hotel, we went on to stay in 3 other hotels in Costa Rica but this one stands out as the best.
We loved our weekend trip to Arenal. The bungalows were a perfect hotel room nestled on the mountain side. We spent lots of time on the balcony enjoying the view of Arenal. The service was wonderful and we enjoyed the restaurant as well.
Very good hotel located just outside the town of La Fortuna. Spacious and clean rooms, nice restaurant and friendly staff. Recommended if you do not want to stay in town and like a more relaxing and natural atmosphere
Beautiful lodges in garden setting, all with enclosed terraces. Good buffet breakfast and dinner menu. 2 mile walk to town and places to eat but taxis available as uphill on way back! Lovely views out to volcano.
Spent an excellent few days here on our travels around CR. Lodges are comfortable and surrounded by beautiful gardens. Staff are all very helpful. Excellent new restaurant. Great views of the volcano. Good location for visiting the nearby rainforest and volcano.