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
This is a perfectly situated hotel for views of the volcano but it is out of town so all activity options require transport.
Our room was dark with poor lighting and there was inadequate bedding.
Food very good although the menu was limited. One open air bar would be fine in dry weather but there was a lot of rain.
Staff generally good although language a slight barrier with a number of them.
I was successful and saw the very top of the volcano during my stay. I was told that seeing the top is a special experience as much of the time it is shrouded in fog. This is a unique concept hotel in that it is not big building with rooms crammed into it but a collection of bungalow type cabins spaced comfortably apart on the property. Most have a small, covered outdoor seating area with a view of the mountain. The rooms was well appointed with a comfortable bed. The restaurant on the property has an exceptional view of the mountain. It appears to be designed to offer a view from every table in the dining area. I liked this hotel.
This was our first stop on our honeymoon. Stunning views of the volcano from our bungalow. There are a few bungalows closest to the volcano with jacuzzis on the back deck which made for a relaxing time. The rooms are very nice and have everything you need with a small refrigerator stocked with soda and some local beers. One thing I would definitely bring is bugspray. The restaurant and bar had great food and drinks with the friendliest staff who will do anything to make your stay better. This hotel is also very close to all sorts or adventures like zip lining, ATvs, hotsprings, and hiking. La Fortuna is a quick drive from the hotel and a very nice town with many markets, souvenirs, and restaurants. I would definitely stay here again if I was coming back to Costa Rica.