When I was looking for hotels in the Arenal/La Fortuna area in Costa Rica over Christmas break, I was getting extremely frustrated. All hotels were either over budget or not up to our standard of quality. I knew that there had to be at least one hotel that had availability that was nice and within our budget.
After about 2 hours of searching, I finally found it! We booked 2 nights at La Fortuna Suites, a very small bed & breakfast. Luckily since I booked the hotel so early, we had our choice or rooms. We selected suite 2, the upper level room that opened right onto the balcony which had a great view of the Arenal volcano.
Finding and Arriving at La Fortuna Suites
It was a little difficult to find the hotel when we got into town, but after a little guesswork we found it. The hotel is off the main strip where the bulk of the other hotels in the area were located. La Fortuna Suites was nestled off a dirt road in a residential area.
Our hosts Robert and Jesse were great. When we arrived we were greeted with a refreshing fruit smoothie and a tour of the hotel. We learned when talking with our hosts that the B&B was previously a run down house that they had purchased and completely remodeled. The workmanship and quality of materials was top quality.
We set our bags down and enjoyed some time on the patio, sitting on their rocking chairs and enjoying the view of the volcano. Unfortunately we didn’t take any pictures of the view and the clouds blocked the view of the volcano for the remainder of our time at the hotel. On a clear day though, you would have an absolutely amazing view of the volcano.
Our Stay at La Fortuna Suites
The room itself was very spacious with a large living room complete with a couch and refrigerator. They also had a large television hooked up to Apple TV. Since Andy and I were in the middle of watching the series Breaking Bad, we took the opportunity to relax and watch a few episodes while enjoying Imperial, a local beer. When it was finally time to go to bed we crashed. The bed was a super comfortable memory foam mattress that was shipped in all the way from the US. Needless to say we both slept like babies.
Before we turned in for the night, Robert and Jesse had asked us what time we wanted to have our breakfast and how we wanted our eggs. Both mornings we were at La Fortuna Suites, we enjoyed breakfast on the balcony. This breakfast was first rate with fresh juice, some of the best fruit I have ever had, scrambled eggs with Lizano salsa and a side of avocado. We loved the Lizano salsa so much we bought some to bring home and continue to order through Amazon when we run out. It makes eggs so delicious and I’m sure also subconsciously reminds us of our wonderful vacation.
In addition to the great room and breakfast, we also had a gated parking spot for our car and bikes available to ride around the area. Although Andy’s an avid biker, we didn’t take out the bikes because we had so much to do and so little time!
I believe that what made the stay at La Fortuna Suites amazing was Robert and Jesse. They were terrific hosts who you could just tell had an extreme passion for what they were doing. They were available when we had questions but let us have our own time as well. I would absolutely recommend La Fortuna Suites to anyone looking to stay in the area.