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
The view of the hotel is really good! The pool is ok, sometimes a bit crowded.
The rooms could be renovated. The breakfast was not good at all! I was disappointed about the quality!
You walk into town 1/2 an hour!
Went in early Feb 2018 with Caravan. Loved the grounds, wildlife everywhere, room, & view. But, the manager tried to charge us for drinks we never had the night before we departed. We don't even drink & were actually on a night tour that the hotel set up for us the night before! But, he treated us like we were criminals - he was nasty. The rest of the staff was great! The night tour, nearby, was OK - our supposedly very experienced & passionate guide told us we saw a viper, but it was just a common snake (per other guides we showed the pics to). We soon realized, the guide might have just been trying to get a better tip for finding us a viper... Overall, we think the hotel is worth taking a risk with, because it's fairly affordable & there were lots of colorful birds to easily see & photo (best place for birding on the entire Caravan trip). We saw a male coati as well.
We were absolutely blown away with this hotel. Not because of the room itself but because of the people there. Everyone is so helpful, kind, and they love their country. Our view was amazing!! Although it rained almost every day we were there, it was an amazing stay. We would play cards on the beautiful back porch in our room! What a great choice!
We arrived at the hotel in the middle of the night and could not see anything, we walked through the dark jungle to our room and opened the door and turned on the light and were blown away by our king suite!! It was SO CLEAN and SO BEAUTIFUL!! There were no bugs, dust, or dirt anywhere. We slept wonderful and the following morning I will never forget opening the curtains and being blown away by our view!! We loved our jacuzzi tub on our porch. There were beautiful birds flying around. The breakfast was wonderful everyday. Cooked fresh to order, with the best coffee, and fresh squeezed juice with a beautiful view of the Arenal volcano. The pool was beautiful and clean with a beautiful view.
Hotel Lomas del Volcan was a nicely secluded place to stay. Great bungalows, very nice grounds, friendly and helpful staff, and located near all of our planned events and the town of La Fortuna. Complimentary Continental breakfast buffet was very good and a nice surprise. American “Continental” breakfast is donuts, pastries, and coffee; Lomas del Volcan “Continental” is eggs cooked to order, pancakes, sausage, sautéed plantains, gallo pinto, bread/toast, danishes, muffins, fresh fruit, coffee, and juices. Happy Hour was good with two drinks for one price. Bungalows are very spacious with a huge bathroom and a back patio view of Volcan Arenal, which unfortunately was shrouded in clouds the entire time we were there. Didn’t see any monkeys on the grounds, but saw some interesting bugs and even got invaded by termites one evening after a good rain. Very nice place to stay in La Fortuna; recommend it highly. Shout outs to Jonathan and Roberto at the front desk, Luz and Seven in the restaurant and the bar, and to our housekeeper Teresa who kept our room clean and greeted us with a different towel animal each day.