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
My family of 4 enjoyed our stay at this hotel. The only complaint is the wifi connectivity in the rooms. Works well at the restaurant and lobby, but unable to get connection from our room. My husband had to work a little during our trip and would have been nice to do from the lovely porch at the rear of our room.
Amazing cabins, great private outdoor seating areas, stunning views which change rapidly in and out of the rain clouds.
Food the best we had in the whole trip. Staff friendly and helpful. A 10 minute taxi journey (easily affordable) from La Fortuna ..... would go back today if I could
The best thing about this is your view of the volcano. You step outside your private bungalow and have an awesome view. The reception area and restaurant are also nice. Private bungalows give it an authentic feel. Our deck also had a large soaking tub. You will need to get a ride into town. Our driver, William, also referred us to La Pradera, for the best prices on souvenirs. The one drawback of this place (everything else was great) was there were not hot spring tubs like some other area hotels have. Other than that, it was perfect rain forest living!
Loved this place. It has to be the closest hotel to the volcano (not verified!). It feels like you are right at its base. You stay in your own private bungalow. Very nice and clean. The bathrooms are large. Housekeeping does nice little touches like folding your towels into different animals each day.
The grounds are really a beautifully manicured garden. There is a hiking trail right on the grounds that gets you out in the rain forest a bit.
The only thing you should know is that you are about mile back off the main road and removed from the center of town. It is very quiet and removed from the hustle and bustle. If this is what you are looking for, you will love it. If you want to be right in the middle of things or within walking distance of right in the middle of things, you will be disappointed.
This was a unique experience. I like to call it our own little cabin. We had an individual room located right below the volcano. I would stay here again. The view was amazing the service was awesome. The only downside is you have to take a cab into town if you want to eat somewhere other than the hotel restaurant, but they usually have a cab at the hotel to take you or they will arrange one for you. It was 12.00 round trip so not expensive. The Hotel says they have WIFI but it doesn't really work unless you are in the lobby or near the restaurant area. The room was pretty large and the bathroom was large also. I loved this place and would recommend it.