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 setting of the hotel is amazing: when the cloud lifts, there are spectacular views of the volcano. Bungalows were basic but comfortable and clean, with spacious bathrooms and two balconies - perfect to watch the birds and drink coffee.
The staff really made our stay though - everyone was so friendly and helpful, especially in the restaurant. The menu is fine (obviously more choice in town but it is a very steep hill to walk back up - and after a day of hiking or sightseeing, it’s relaxing to eat at the hotel and enjoy the views)
The hotel will arrange a taxi shuttle for you. The walk into town is fine but very steep on the way back. We had pre-booked trips and excursions before we arrived but the hotel had a lot of tours they could arrange for you too.
La Fortuna is nice for a wander. We enjoyed a good lunch at organico cafe for a break from rice and beans...
I didn’t properly set my own expectations for this hotel because it was far better than I imagined and exactly my style! It was tucked away from the main yet close enough to have going into town for dinner a breeze. When I arrived they advised me that they gave me an upgrade to a higher room category, and what a view we had!
We even had an adorable little coati come towards the back porch, where we observed it for awhile.
The reception staff was more than helpful, provided us a list of restaurants, and we ate at every single one of them.
All in all, the grounds were stunning, the views were perfect and we were really upset when we had to leave.
We loved our stay there. The cabin was spotless clean and very romantic. It also had a private terrace with a view to the volcano. We had dinner in the restaurant and loved the food and wine. I definitely recommend this hotel
we visited this location as part of our caravan tour to costa rica. wow, very low key, individual cabanas, beautiful views, great food. the bus tour works out pretty good with many stops and interesting places
Our cabin was large and airy with a huge walk in wet room, check in was simple and breakfast a delight. The staff were very helpful. We had trouble locating the Hotel at first due to our SatNav, to get to the Hotel one has to turn up a drive that leads you through fields full of cattle grazing and it is easy to become confused as to which road to take. We drove from Tortuguero (or rather the boat point) and the roads were either fantastic or diabolical, no in between in Costa Rica. The Hotel itself is charm personified, this was a last minute booking for us, due to the weather turning bad in Tortuguero and was booked the morning we decided to leave. We had some concerns that booking so late they would not be expecting us but our concerns were unfounded. Such lovely staff and cabins set in beautiful surroundings. Unfortunately, due to the mist we could not see the Volcano.