“ Address: La Fortuna Rd / La Fortuna de San Carlos / Arenal Volcano National Park / 00000 / Costa Rica „
Magic Mountain Hotel, La Fortuna, San Carlos Valley, Costa Rica
This very new hotel is within sight of the Arenal Volcano and all rooms have a view of this active volcano when it is not covered in cloud. Unfortunately for us the two nights we were staying here the cloud was very thick and we could barely make out the volcano never mind see red lava flow at night. They do trips to see the lava flow from the hotel but not if the weather is unfavourable and as it was raining and very cloudy we were unable to go but these cost $15 per person when they do go. The hotel is a little way out of the town of La Fortuna, you can walk into town but on the way back it is up hill so it might be an idea to get a taxi back especially if it is really hot.
Back to the hotel now. Reception and the bar and dining room were all at the front from the road and the rooms went away from the road back from these rooms. Reception was quite small with a desk and also a computer with internet which was free. Wifi was also available in the bar and reception on your own computer at no cost as well which was great to be able to send a few emails and read a few reviews! There was no wifi or internet access in the rooms though.
The room were very big with two high and very comfortable double beds. It was tastefully decorated in muted tones of coffee on the walls, white sheets with a brown and cream silky covers on the bed and plenty of decorative cushions as well as very comfortable and plenty of pillows to sleep with. The floor was tiled in a light colour and the huge picture window opened up to a small patio which overlooked the pool and beautiful gardens (and volcano when it was not cloudy!).
The bathroom was so clean and new with a shower over the bath and plenty of fluffy white towels too. Toiletries included shampoo and soap and there was a hairdryer too There was no iron though so our creased clothes had to stay creased and I couldn't risk washing shirts as it was raining and I usually iron them to get them dry more quickly. We did use their laundry service as we came here after our Tortuguero trip in the rain forest and everything we had taken was damp and a bit smelly. We sent quite a few things and I think the prices were pretty average for hotel laundry service $12US for a pair of shorts, 2 shirts, 2 pairs of pyjamas,4 men's underpants and 4 pairs of socks and I washed some other smaller things by hand and hung them in the bathroom.
In the room there was plenty of storage space, a coffee maker, fridge with mini bar, a safe. It was light and airy and the air conditioner worked very well too. All in all the room was more than satisfactory. As part of our tour with 'Caravan' a Happy Hour was arranged in the Sports Bar above the restaurant from 6pm to 7pm where it was buy one get one free. They were really nice and did not make you have both drinks at the same time and we made good use of this perk on both nights that we were there.
The food was also included in the tour price and we had breakfast and dinner there on both nights. The breakfast offered a range of fruits and juices, a couple of cereals and some hot choices like sausages, gallo pinto (beans and rice) eggs and such like, toast and some pastries were also available. Choice was more limited than at some of the hotels but more varied than others so it was a good choice but not overwhelming.
The evening meals were also buffet style with a salad table with about 6 salads to choose from and then the main course was a choice of chicken, fish or a casserole with vegetables and either potatoes or rice. It was all well cooked and tasty and enough choice to keep most people happy. There was also a choice of about four desserts which I appreciated and these were once again tasty and looked nice too. Water was provided with the meal and you could order and pay extra for wine if you wanted but we had enjoyed Happy Hour upstairs so decided to stick to the water and not overdo the alcohol.
I was very impressed with this hotel as everything was so fresh and clean. The rooms were light and tastefully decorated and all had such lovely views too. The food was all buffet style but there was enough choice to satisfy most tastes and everything was nicely presented. All the staff from reception through to bell boys and bar men and waiting staff were all so very pleasant and wanting you to enjoy your stay.
I would definitely recommend this hotel for anyone wanting to visit this part of Costa Rica. I am not sure of the price of rooms as we stayed as part of our tour but I will look on the internet to check.
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