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Lavas del Arenal, La Fortuna

2.5 stars2.5 stars
300 meters west from El Bosque schoolLa FortunaAlajuelaCosta Rica
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2.7 / 5
Room needs to be improved
Great location
Fantastic service
Could use a good cleaning
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Lavas del Arenal, La Fortuna

from £97
  • Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed
  • Superior Room
  • Family Room
  • Deluxe Room

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 10 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-11 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Express check-in/out
If you are planning to arrive after 11 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Room service (during limited hours)
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Lazy river
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2
  • Garden
  • Picnic area

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
Be entertained
  • 32-inch LCD TV
  • Satellite TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features


The Ranch - This restaurant specializes in local cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Recent reviews

2.7 /5 from 40 reviews

Lavas del Arenal, La Fortuna
Fair2.0 / 5
This was a last minute booking so I didn't do a lot of research. Dirt road to get to the hotel but found it ok. No problems getting checked in but the place reminded me of some old fishing cabin. Not a very clean room and it smelled a bit musty. It was quiet there which was good. The big surprise when I woke the next morning at 5am was that there was no hot water for the shower! Talking to some of the locals they seem to take cold showers but for the price of the hotel, I expected a hot shower. Due to the overall condition and lack of hot water for the price, I decided not to stay the second night. Unfortunately they wouldn't refund the cost for the second night.
2 night romance trip
Lavas del Arenal, La Fortuna
Fair2.0 / 5
Beds were dirty, No hot water. Air Conditioner did not work. Basically, whatever they provided (which was not much) did not work.......:(
1 night family trip
Lavas del Arenal, La Fortuna
Poor1.0 / 5
Overpriced for what it offers
I would like to warn future travelers about the condition of this hotel. I paid $133 per night for a 3 night stay totaling $450 at this hotel. I knew this hotel was not going to be a fancy one, but given the reviews and the price I paid, I thought it would be bearable. Upon arrival, I already wanted to leave. Unfortunately, I already paid $450. Let me try my best to describe the room condition. The bed is very uncomfortable - the bed sheet is thin as paper and the pillows are small and thin. There is only one nightstand and the other side of the bed is probably 10cm to the wall - so one of us had to climb to the bottom of the bed to get on and off. One chair in the room has a super dirty cushion. The rug in the bathroom seemed dirty and worn out. Two towels and one hand towel are offered; all of them are clean but super worn out. The shower head is not bad, but I suspect the shower floor was not cleaned. The air conditioner is super old and almost falling out of the wall. It is very noisy and barely functional. With humidity at 90% plus and temperature at 85F+, we had very miserable 3 nights stay. I feel bad leaving a terrible review becuase all the staff are very friendly, even though they don't speak much English. However, this hotel probably should only cost $30, not $130.
3 night romance trip
Lavas del Arenal, La Fortuna
Good3.0 / 5
not as nice as before
We had stayed there about a year ago. It was quaint and quiet. The owner spoke some English. This time there was no one on staff that could speak English. I speak some Spanish, but it needs more work. The place was not as well maintained as before and we lost water in our unit for a few hours, think toilet.
Family trip
Lavas del Arenal, La Fortuna
Poor1.0 / 5
Over-priced Lavas Hotel
Way over-priced and in a remote location.
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Lavas del Arenal, La Fortuna

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