Best La Fortuna Hotels: Where to Stay in La Fortuna Costa Rica (+ Arenal)

Best La Fortuna hotels
Tabacon Hot Springs at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

The best La Fortuna hotels around Arenal Volcano offer something for everyone. From budget backpacker La Fortuna hostels to luxury resorts with hot springs and everything in between. Known as the adventure capital of Costa Rica, La Fortuna lodging and La Fortuna resorts are great for couples on a honeymoon, large families, friend groups and solo travellers alike. 

You will find the majority of economical La Fortuna Costa Rica hotels within the town itself, with a spattering of luxury La Fortuna hotel options in the outskirts nestled amongst the Arenal Volcano region’s rainforest. Many Arenal hotels also come with their own hot springs on site, which makes for a great experience in La Fortuna Costa Rica.

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With the Arenal volcano as a spectacular background, camping La Fortuna is also possible, with a few exciting glamping options. Small bungalows and eco-resorts provide a more economical stay near Arenal volcano and the town of La Fortuna Costa Rica.

This hotel La Fortuna guide details the best hotels in Arenal Costa Rica, whether they are luxury resorts like The Springs Resort, Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa and Nayara Springs, to more economical La Fortuna hotels like Arenal Observatory Lodge and the Baldi Hot Springs Resort, it’s all covered here. Plus, who each La Fortuna lodge option is best for, what they offer and their associated budget. 

Where to stay in La Fortuna Costa Rica”, or “where to stay in Arenal Costa Rica” in general, you ask? I’ve got you! Let’s dive in…

La Fortuna Costa Rica Essentials

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Camping La Fortuna
La Fortuna town and Arenal Volcano

La Fortuna Hotels: Quick Guide

Best La Fortuna Hotel with Hot Springs for Adults

Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa
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Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

Best La Fortuna Hotel with Hot Springs for Families

Baldi Hot Springs
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Baldi Hot Springs Resort & Spa

Most Romantic La Fortuna Hotel for Couples

Nayara Springs La Fortuna Hotel
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Nayara Springs – Adults Only

Best La Fortuna Hotel with Arenal Volcano Views

Arenal Observatory Lodge La Fortuna hotel
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Arenal Observatory Lodge

Best Arenal and La Fortuna Hostel

Selina La Fortuna hostels
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Selina La Fortuna

Best Economical La Fortuna Hotel for Families

Los Lagos Hotel La Fortuna
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Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort

Map of La Fortuna Hotels

By clicking on the image below, you will be taken to an interactive map of all the best hotels in La Fortuna Costa Rica. 

La Fortuna lodging map

The Arenal Volcano National Park region consists of Arenal Volcano at its centre with La Fortuna Costa Rica to its most easterly border. This, in turn, makes La Fortuna a great base for exploring the Arenal volcano region. 

Most things to do in Arenal are located outside of the town of La Fortuna, so renting a car is highly recommended, or you can opt to take a few guided day tours, which is a common way to see the area.

The most economical hotel La Fortuna Costa Rica options can be found around the centre of town, including the popular La Fortuna hostel, Selina. There are also some great cheaper La Fortuna hotel options in town for families and couples, too. 

Further afield, up the 142 Road and closer to the base of Arenal Volcano, you will find the more luxurious Arenal hotels, including Tabacon and The Springs. But, don’t fret, if you are on a budget you can also find some great eco bungalows and glamping tents among the Arenal rainforest, too, like La Tigra Rainforest Lodge.

If you are staying longer than a week, there are a few apartment-style accommodations throughout the Arenal Volcano region, including the family-run suites that I stayed in located on the quiet outskirts of La Fortuna Costa Rica.

La Fortuna hotel
Arenal Volcano view from La Fortuna town

Choosing the Best La Fortuna Hotel

When choosing the best Arenal Costa Rica hotels that suit your situation, there are a few things to consider:

Location + Distance from La Fortuna Town

This is one of the main things to consider when booking your Arenal lodging. 

Because the majority of best hotels in La Fortuna Costa Rica are located outside of town, away from amenities like ATMs and groceries, you will likely require a rental car, unless you want to rely on taxis. if you choose any of the La Fortuna hotels with hot springs located in the rainforest, I’d highly recommend a rental car to get to town and enjoy the Arenal area at its best. 

Popular La Fortuna hot springs resort properties like Tabacon are a 15-minute drive from town. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend relying on public transportation, as it’s known to be slow and inconsistent. 

I use and recommend booking your Costa Rica car rental through Discover Cars. It’s great because they compare local and international car companies to get you the cheapest price. Who can argue with that!

Property Size

If you only have 2 or 3 days in La Fortuna, consider the property size of your potential La Fortuna hotel. If the property is too large and your suite or room is located at the far edge, you could be wasting 10-15 minutes walking from your room to the main reception and car parking. I know this doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up!

Room Selection

Of course, with any hotel, you want to make sure the room arrangement suits your grouping. 

Whether you are a family with 2 small kids that don’t mind a room with 2 double beds, a few couples going on an adult vacation that want individual rooms within a suite, or newly-weds looking for a romantic stay, you may want to consider bed size, room size, and whether your Arenal hotel comes with a living room, kitchenette and small balcony. 

For those honeymooners, definitely opt for a La Fortuna or Arenal hotel that comes with a private pool or jacuzzi, ideally with views of the Arenal volcano!

Hotels in Arenal

On-Site Hot Springs

There are 12 hot springs located in the Arenal Volcano National Park region, with the majority of them having on-site resorts, like Baldi hot springs and Tabacon hot springs

Do note, that Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa is the only La Fortuna hotel that comes with natural hot springs, meaning they don’t use any pumps or systems to circulate the water, but rather use the natural flow from the thermal river. This makes Tabacon one of the most sought-after Arenal resorts.

Other On-Site Activities

Some of the best Arenal hotels come with a few exciting on-site activities. Properties like the Arenal Observatory Lodge come with a free walking tour of the scenic property, which includes its own lake, but even better is the on-site bird sanctuary with over 500 different bird species calling it home. 

Or, volcano Arenal hotels like Lost Iguana that come with an on-site garden maze for the kiddos or The Springs with horse stables and multiple walking trails. When booking your Costa Rica volcano resort, keep this in mind!

Best La Fortuna hotels

Arenal Volcano View

Arenal Volcano is hard to miss when visiting La Fortuna and the surrounding area. Even more special when you can see it from your bedroom window. Hotel platforms like Booking.com (what I use for 90% of my travels), will specify by the room type whether your Arenal Costa Rica resort has a volcano view. I recommend making sure this is the case!

Free On-Site Parking

It’s pretty unusual for any of the best hotels in Costa Rica Arenal to come without free parking on-site, but it’s always best to make sure. Parking fees could add up really quickly. Renting a car to explore La Fortuna and Arenal is highly recommended!

What is Considered a La Fortuna Hotel?

This might seem like a bit of an unusual topic, a La Fortuna hotel is a La Fortuna hotel right? Well, where this definition comes into play, is when booking your day tours with the local companies that offer hotel pick-up

Bottom line is, that any hotel within the Arenal region, including hotels that are tucked in the rainforest a 15-20 minute drive outside of La Fortuna town is considered La Fortuna hotels. 

Tour operators consider anything in the Arenal Volcano National Park region, including La Fortuna town, a La Fortuna hotel. Therefore, any of the hotels near Arenal Volcano will be included in the complimentary pick-up offering.

Nayara Springs Hotel La Fortuna
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Best Luxury La Fortuna Hotels

All luxury Arenal hotels in Costa Rica recommended in this guide will have spas (some with natural hot springs), restaurants and high-end furnishings. All are located outside of the town of La Fortuna snuggled into the Arenal rainforest, some with views of Arenal Volcano itself. 

I wouldn’t say that any luxury Arenal resort is particularly suited for children, mostly catering to couples and adults. But, there are a few that have on-site activities and amenities that can suit the whole family.

Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

Tabacon Hot Springs La Fortuna Costa Rica hotels
The Hot Springs at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

Best For | Couples

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 7.5 miles (12km) or 15-minute drive

THE FEATURES

Tabacon La Fortuna lodging
Ave Restaurant at Tabacon
  • Arenal Volcano views in some suites
  • Complimentary day pass to Hot Springs
  • Natural hot springs river
  • 2 restaurants and 1 cocktail bar
  • 5 swimming pools
  • Luxury spa
  • Fitness centre

THE ROOMS

Tabacon La Fortuna hotel
Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa via Booking.com
  • Modern hotel-style rooms
  • Some suites with living area
  • Comfortable king-sized beds
  • Jacuzzi tub in the spacious bathroom

The Tabacon Resort Property

Tabacon Thermal Resort has made a name for itself as one of the best hot springs in Costa Rica. As the only Arenal hot springs hotel with natural hot springs (meaning they aren’t artificially pumped or circulated) derived from the thermal river running through the property, it’s perfect for nature seekers wanting seclusion and romance.

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort is my favourite Arenal Volcano lodging option with beautiful views of Arenal volcano from the restaurant and honeymoon suites. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, to be sure. 

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Nayara Springs Resort – Adults Only

Nayara Springs La Fortuna resorts
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Best For | Couples, Adults

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 5 miles (8km) or 12-minute drive

THE FEATURES

Nayara Springs Arenal hotels
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  • Adults Only
  • Large Units with Private Thermal Pools
  • Exceptional Daily Breakfast
  • Large Outdoor Pool 
  • Laundry Service included
  • On-site Helicopter Pad
  • Spa + Fitness Centre

THE ROOMS

Nayara Springs Arenal hotels room
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  • Private individual villas
  • Private plunge pool with mineral waters
  • Four post King size bed
  • Living area with lounge
  • Terrace with daybed, table and chairs

The Nayara Spring Property

Rated the number one spa hotel in the world over the years by publications like Conde Nast Traveller, Travel & Leisure, and Tripadvisor, the Nayara Springs Costa Rica resort is a destination in and of itself and one of the best hotels Arenal has to offer.

Tucked into the Arenal National Park rainforest, the resort features individual villas with plenty of privacy, a large mineral-rich plunge pool, daily led yoga classes, a spa and a fitness centre. Nayara Resort even has its own on-site sloth sanctuary for your wildlife viewing pleasure. 

Travellers have reviewed the complimentary daily breakfast as exceptional

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Nayara Gardens

Nayara Gardens Hotels in Arenal
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Best For | Couples, Family

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 5 miles (8km) or 12-minute drive

THE FEATURES

Best La Fortuna hotels Nayara Gardens
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  • Jungle Surrounds
  • Individual private villas
  • Private hot tub in select suites
  • Outdoor bathroom with shower
  • Exceptional Fitness Centre
  • On-site restaurant & wine bar
  • Spa

THE ROOMS

Best La Fortuna hotels Nayara Gardens
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  • Freestanding Casita-style lodging
  • Large king-sized bed
  • Private pool option
  • Terrace with hammock and lounge chairs
  • Outdoor jungle-style bathroom

The Nayara Gardens Property

As the all-ages sister property to Nayara Springs and a part of the high-end Nayara Resorts group, you can count on quality services and amenities at Nayara Gardens. Stroll through the rainforest on wooden walkways and bridges to your private casita-style villa. Read a book in your hammock on your terrace, or have a glass of wine at the wine bar

Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens are a great option for small family vacations, with children and adults residing in their own villa. The casitas feature traditional Costa Rican decor with wood accents and hand-woven fabrics. Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the Costa Rican rainforest. No doubt, one of the best hotels in Arenal Costa Rica!

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The Springs Resort and Spa Costa Rica

Hotel La Fortuna The Springs Resort
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Best For | Couples, Older Groups, Small Families

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 7.8 miles (12.5km) or 20-minute drive

THE FEATURES

The Springs Resort La Fortuna Costa Rica hotels
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  • Arenal Volcano views
  • 28 hot spring pools
  • 5 restaurants (including buffet)
  • Spacious hotel resort-style rooms
  • Luxury spa
  • Fitness centre

THE ROOMS

The Springs Resort La Fortuna Costa Rica hotels
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  • Individual terraces with expansive views
  • Hammock and chairs on terrace
  • Large comfortable beds
  • Marbled jacuzzi-style baths
  • Family suites with loft bedrooms and living areas

The Springs Resort Costa Rica Property

With expansive views of Arenal Volcano or the Arenal Valley from every spacious room, The Springs Resort & Spa Costa Rica offers a large selection of thermal pools to choose from. Perfect for a small family gathering, couples getaway or a few adult friends taking a vacation. Enjoy the 4-story hotel-style resort with five restaurants to choose from and a luxurious spa to get pampered.

Take a seat in your rocking chair on your private terrace and admire the view of Arenal! The Springs Hotel Costa Rica is considered one of the most well-rounded Arenal hot springs hotels. A great option if you are looking for a hot springs resort Costa Rica -style!

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Hotel Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa

Kioro La Fortuna lodging
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Best For | Groups of Friends, Small Families, Couples

Distance from La Fortuna Town |  7 miles (11km) or 17-minute drive

THE FEATURES

Kioro La Fortuna lodging
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  • Arenal Volcano views
  • Swimming pool
  • On-site spa
  • 2 on-site restaurants
  • Games room
  • Business centre
  • Fitness centre

THE ROOMS

Kioro La Fortuna lodging
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  • 2 ‘Juliet’ style terraces with Arenal Volcano views
  • Private in-suite hydro-massage hot tub
  • Large king-size bed
  • Family suites with 2 queen-sized beds
  • Seating area

The Hotel Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa Property

The Arenal Kioro Hotel is tucked into the Arenal rainforest within close proximity to Titoku hot springs with a complimentary shuttle service. Individual suites offer panoramic views of Arenal Volcano to be enjoyed from your two ‘Juliet-style’ terraces

Large spacious rooms include either a king-sized bed to suit two people or two queen-sized beds to accommodate a small family. Enjoy an on-site spa and games room to keep the entire group entertained. Sit and enjoy the volcano view with a local or international meal at one of the two on-site restaurants. Or catch a game in the sports bar

Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa is well equipped for functions like weddings, special events and business meetings. This hotel Fortuna Costa Rica and Arenal Volcano resort has something for everyone!

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Lost Iguana Resort & Spa

La Fortuna hotel Lost Iguana
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Best For | Couples, Small Families

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 12.5 miles (20km) or 30-minute drive

THE FEATURES

La Fortuna hotel Lost Iguana
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  • Arenal Volcano views
  • Outdoor cool pool + hot pool
  • Lush gardens and maze
  • Complimentary breakfast buffet
  • On-site restaurant
  • Spa

THE ROOMS

La Fortuna hotel Lost Iguana
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  • Hotel-style rooms
  • Individual casita-style suites
  • Private furnished terrace with Arenal Volcano views
  • Cozy high-end jungle decor with wood accents

The Lost Iguana Resort and Spa Property

Stroll through the lush rainforest along winding pathways to your private casita at Lost Iguana Resort Arenal Volcano Hotel. The Lost Iguana Hotel Arenal Costa Rica is about a 30-minute drive outside of La Fortuna town allowing you to enjoy the nature and beauty of the area without the hustle and bustle of downtown. 

Relax in the hot pool with a cocktail in hand and truly switch off. Or wash off the rainforest humidity at the outdoor cool pool while enjoying views of the Arenal volcano.

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Mid-range La Fortuna Hotels

The sweet spot for La Fortuna hotels is the mid-range, reasonably priced and value-packed Arenal resorts. There is something to suit anyone travelling to La Fortuna Costa Rica, including romantic couples, small to large families, groups of friends and more!

The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort – Adults Only

The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort La Fortuna resorts
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Best For | Adults, Couples

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 3.5 miles (5.5km) or 9-minute drive

THE FEATURES

Royal Corin La Fortuna resorts
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  • Adults only property
  • Spectacular views of Arenal Volcano
  • Close proximity to La Fortuna
  • Spa with outdoor rainforest setting
  • 2 hot spring pools
  • 6 hot spring jacuzzis
  • 1 on-site restaurant
  • 3 on-site bars

THE ROOMS

Royal Corin La Fortuna resorts
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  • Hotel-style rooms
  • Volcano view balconies
  • Hydro-massage showers
  • Rooms with one king-sized bed
  • Rooms with two queen-sized beds

The Royal Corin Hotel Property

This 4-story resort hotel provides rooms with panoramic views of Arenal volcano. A unique on-site spa offers an outdoor rainforest setting for your solo or couples massage. Relax by the large hot spring pool with a cocktail from one of the 3 on-site bars, or soak in one of the 6 hot spring jacuzzis. 

With only a 9-minute drive to La Fortuna, you have close proximity to off-site restaurants and amenities for variety and convenience. 

Boasting an adults-only policy, you can ensure you and your partner, or group of friends enjoy some much-needed relaxation. A great price point for hotels Arenal Costa Rica that offer an adults-only environment.

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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

Arenal Observatory Lodge Arenal hotels
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Best For | Couples, Small Families

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 14 miles (23km) or 35-minute drive

THE FEATURES

Arenal Observatory Lodge Arenal hotels
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  • Unparalleled views of Arenal Volcano
  • 860 acres of private tropical rainforest
  • On-site lake and swimming pool
  • On-site bird sanctuary with 500 species
  • One on-site restaurant
  • Games room

THE ROOMS

Arenal Observatory Lodge hotels in Arenal
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  • Hotel suites with Arenal views
  • Separate two + three bedroom villas
  • Villas with full kitchens and living space

The Observatory Lodge Arenal Property

A playground for adults and kids alike, the ranch-style Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa is located on 860 acres of private tropical rainforest. The land includes a lake and bird sanctuary with 500 bird species. Perfect for birders! 

With many on-site activities, like a morning wildlife walk, two observatory towers and a frog pond, the kids have plenty to do while you relax at the on-site spa. A 9-minute drive away is the famous Tabacon hot springs where you can purchase a day pass or enjoy the free hot springs just downriver. One of the best Costa Rica volcano hotels!

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Baldi Hot Springs Hotel & Spa

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Best For | Small Families

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 3 miles (5km) or 8-minute drive

THE FEATURES

Best la fortuna hotels with hot springs for kids
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  • 25 thermal pools (including a waterslide)
  • Dedicated kids hot springs zone
  • 4 on-site restaurants
  • 4 bars + swim-up bars
  • Complimentary breakfast buffet

THE ROOMS

Best la fortuna hotels with hot springs for kids
Baldi Hot Springs Hotel & Spa via Booking.com
  • Garden view hotel-style rooms
  • Suites with one king-size bed
  • Suites with two large double beds
  • Small furnished terrace

The Baldi Hot Spring Resort Property

The most popular resort for families that want to experience hot springs in Costa Rica! With an exciting 25 thermal pools to choose from you will be busy all day long. The kids will really love the Baldi Kids zone with its very own waterslide! Adults will enjoy the 60-person jacuzzi and the largest sauna in the country.

Most visitors to Baldi Hot Springs Resort Hotel & Spa spend most of their time at the resort, with four restaurants offering global cuisine, four bars, including a swim-up bar and an on-site wellness centre and spa.  

Kids will love spending time at this top Arenal resort Costa Rica -style!

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Arenal Manoa Hotel & Hot Springs

Best La Fortuna hotels
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Best For | Couples, Small Families

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 5.25 miles (8.5km) or 12-minute drive

THE FEATURES

La Fortuna hotels
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  • Arenal Volcano views
  • 2 hot springs pool + jacuzzi
  • Individual casita-style lodging
  • Two on-site restaurants
  • Swim-up bar
  • Spa and wellness centre

THE ROOMS

Hotel La Fortuna
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  • Spacious villas in private garden
  • Suites with spa bath option
  • Suites with small kitchenette option
  • Furnished terrace with volcano views

The Hotel Arenal Manoa Property

Manoa Hotel and Hot Springs offers individual casita-style villas with private gardens with the spectacular background of the Arenal volcano. With views from every villa, Hotel Manoa can accommodate small families with many spacious villas featuring two large double beds. 

You can opt to include a hydro-massage hot tub or small kitchenette in your villa at your convenience.

Enjoy the two on-site pools and jacuzzi offering mineral-rich thermal waters and grab a cocktail at the swim-up bar. Wood-fired pizzas are made to order at the on-site bistro patio. 

This Arenal hotel Costa Rica is great for week-long stays because of its proximity to the centre of La Fortuna town for restaurants and amenities. Plus, it’s a great option for mid-range hotels in Arenal with hot springs!

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Hotel Arenal Springs Resort & Spa

La Fortuna Costa Rica hotels
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Best For | Large Families

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 5 miles (8km) or 12-minute drive

THE FEATURES

La Fortuna Costa Rica hotels Arenal
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  • Arenal volcano views
  • Individual villa park
  • Hot springs pool complex
  • Swim-up bar + sushi bar
  • 2 on-site restaurants

THE ROOMS

La Fortuna Costa Rica hotels Arenal
Hotel Arenal Springs Resort & Spa via Booking.com
  • Individual suite homes with parking
  • Suites accommodate up to 10 people
  • Suites with living area and walk-in closet
  • Large thermal water jacuzzi
  • Hammock on the private terrace

The Arenal Springs Resort & Spa Property

A family-friendly property located a 12-minute drive from the conveniences of La Fortuna town, Hotel Arenal Springs offers individual villa-style homes with private parking. Choose from villas to accommodate two, to two-bedroom villas for families of up to 10

Adults and kids alike will enjoy the on-site hot springs complex that comes with mineral-rich thermal pools of varying temperatures with a unique swim-up sushi bar. Alternatively, grab a book and have some me-time on your terrace hanging out in your own hammock with beautiful Arenal volcano views. A quintessentially Costa Rican experience! 

Hotel Arenal Springs is definitely one of the top Arenal hotels with hot springs for the family!

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Volcano Lodge, Hotel & Thermal Experience

Volcano Lodge Arenal hotels
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Best For | Small Families with Kids, Couples

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 4.5 miles (7.5km) or 12-minute drive

THE FEATURES

Volcano Lodge Arenal hotels
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  • On-site thermal hot springs complex
  • Arenal Volcano views
  • Bar, restaurant + snack bar
  • 2 cold water swimming pools
  • Kids playground

THE ROOMS

Volcano Lodge Arenal hotels
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  • Suites with private plunge pool available
  • Private furnished terrace
  • 2 full or 1 king sized bed options

The Volcano Lodge La Fortuna Property

Enjoy the seclusion of your private terrace with rainforest surrounds or soak in the thermal waters of the on-site hot springs complex. Volcano Lodge is a great option amongst the best hotels La Fortuna Costa Rica has to offer for families and kids due to the on-site playground. 

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Economy La Fortuna Hotels

Economical La Fortuna hotels come in the form of motel-style lodging, duplex and individual chalets with plenty of room for larger groups like friends or families.

Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort

Los Lagos La Fortuna lodging
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Best For | Families with Kids

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 3.75 miles (6km) or 10-minute drive

THE FEATURES

Los Lagos La Fortuna lodging
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  • Natural hot springs
  • Scenic volcano views
  • Two Double-bed rooms
  • Swimming pool with swim-up bar
  • On-site luxury spa
  • On-site restaurant

THE ROOMS

Los Lagos La Fortuna lodging
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  • Spacious double motel-style rooms
  • Small terrace with chairs
  • Rooms with futons to accommodate 6
  • Two-floor villas for 9 people

The Los Lagos Hotel Spa & Resort Property

The on-site natural hot springs offer fun for the whole family including hydro-massage hot tubs, warm pools and cold water pools with waterslides! Whether you are a small family of three or four or a large family of up to nine, Los Lagos Resort can accommodate you. 

Individual two-story villas offer spacious living areas, a kitchen and a terrace with views of Arenal Volcano. Or opt for a motel-style double room with a spacious bath. As one of the best places to stay in La Fortuna for families, choosing the Los Lagos Costa Rica Hotel for your next family adventure is an easy one! 

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Hotel Arenal Lodge

Hotel Arenal Lodge La Fortuna hotels
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Best For | Couples, Small Families, Group of Friends

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 13 miles (21km) or 30-minute drive

THE FEATURES

Hotel Arenal Lodge La Fortuna hotels
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  • Arenal Volcano + Arenal Lake views
  • 2,000-acre rainforest property
  • Bungalows with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Hotel-style rooms with small terrace
  • On-site restaurant
  • Swimming pool with view

THE ROOMS

Hotel Arenal Lodge La Fortuna hotels
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  • Chalet bungalows with volcano views
  • Chalets come with kitchenette and living space
  • Chalets accommodate up to 6 people
  • Hotel-style rooms for up to 4 people

The Hotel Arenal Lodge Property

Panoramic views of Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake are the highlight at Hotel Arenal Lodge. With your choice of hotel-style rooms or individual chalets with floor-to-ceiling windows, living space and kitchenette, there’s something for everyone. 

Enjoy the on-site swimming pool with a spectacular volcano backdrop, and even enjoy volcano views from the on-site restaurant. All in all, one of the best places to stay in Arenal Costa Rica if you are prioritizing budget and Arenal volcano views.

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Hotel Secreto La Fortuna

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Best For | Small Families with Kids

Distance from La Fortuna Town | Town Centre

THE FEATURES

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  • Located in La Fortuna town centre
  • Arenal Volcano views from some units
  • Motel-style accommodations
  • On-site pool

THE ROOMS

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  • Motel-style rooms
  • Small terrace on first-floor rooms
  • Queen-sized beds
  • Rooms accommodate up to 4 people

The Secreto La Fortuna Hotel Costa Rica Property

Situated in a quiet neighbourhood of La Fortuna town centre, the Hotel Secreto La Fortuna offers well-appointed accommodation for guests looking for convenience at an economical price. Some of the motel-style rooms offer Arenal Volcano views with the property featuring a large shared pool.

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Hotel Eco Arenal

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Best For | Family Groups, Couples

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 2 miles (3km) or 5-minute drive

THE FEATURES

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  • Located on outskirts of La Fortuna town
  • Arenal Volcano + lake views
  • Duplex-style suites
  • Swimming Pool
  • Large green area with seating
  • On-site restaurant
  • Fabulous complimentary breakfast

THE ROOMS

Hotel Eco Arenal La Fortuna resorts
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  • Single + double rooms
  • Small terrace with chair
  • Light and bright decor
  • Arenal volcano views

The Hotel Eco Arenal Property

Hotel Eco Arenal is a Costa Rica volcano hotel located in the quiet suburbs of La Fortuna. Offering duplex-style accommodations that can house up to four people. Perfect for a little family. The large swimming pool is great for a refreshing dip after a day of adventures with great views of the Arenal volcano

Grab yourself some fresh fruit and snacks from a local fruit stand in town and set out a blanket on the spacious green area. A great way to relax and immerse in the Costa Rican rainforest!

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La Fortuna Hotels: Eco Bungalows + Glamping Tents

These La Fortuna hotels come in the form of cool wooden eco bungalows and glamping tents. Some of the most unique experiences near Arenal Volcano! Great for avid backpackers, small families, nature enthusiasts and there’s even a luxury cabin option in there, too.

La Tigra Rainforest Lodge

La Tigra Rainforest Lodge
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Best For | Groups of Friends, Couples, Small Families

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 18 miles (29km) or 50-minute drive

THE FEATURES

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  • Bamboo stilted cabins
  • Built with eco materials
  • Lush rainforest surrounds
  • Delicious complimentary breakfast
  • On-site local restaurant

THE ROOMS

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  • Individual stilted glamping tents
  • Bunk-bed style sleeping
  • Rainforest terrace with hammock
  • Spacious private bathroom

The La Tigra Rainforest Lodge Property

Situated a 50-minute scenic drive south of La Fortuna town and Arenal Volcano National Park, La Tigra Rainforest Lodge offers seclusion and full immersion into the Costa Rican rainforest. Stay at one of their private stilted bamboo cabins with bunk-bed-style sleeping. Feast on the delicious homemade complimentary breakfast before hiking through the rainforest.

Even though the property is located almost an hour away, it’s still considered one of the best hotels La Fortuna Costa Rica has to offer.

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Noah’s Forest Hotel by Tifakara

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Best For | Couples, Adults

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 1.5 miles (2.5km) or 5-minute drive

THE FEATURES

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  • Proximity to La Fortuna town
  • Boutique bungalows in nature
  • Bungalow with private spa option
  • Shared outdoor pool with loungers
  • Delicious complimentary breakfast
  • On-site restaurant

THE ROOMS

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  • Modern decor with rattan furnishings
  • Single and double bungalows
  • Waterfall walk-in shower
  • Terrace with chairs (some with jacuzzi)

The Noah’s Forest Hotel La Fortuna Property

Relax on the terrace of your modern boutique bungalow tucked into nature. What’s great about Noah’s Forest is its proximity to La Fortuna town centre while still feeling removed and remote. Lounge by the on-site pool with a cocktail in hand or soak in your optional private jacuzzi

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Casa Torre Eco Lodge

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Best For | Group of Friends, Backpackers

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 18 miles (29km) or 40-minute drive

THE FEATURES

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  • Spectacular Arenal Volcano views
  • Stilted and non-stilted bungalows
  • Terrace with hammock
  • Equipped shared kitchen

THE ROOMS

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  • Double rooms with shared bathroom
  • Bungalows with private bathroom
  • Terraces with hammock

The Casa Torre Eco Lodge Property

If you’ve decided to backpack Costa Rica with your friends, a couple of nights at Casa Torre Eco Lodge is a perfect stop along the way. 

With breathtaking views of the Arenal volcano from your bungalow or from the shared terrace with a hammock, you can enjoy a fabulous local breakfast to start your day. Talk about a memorable stay! A great option for La Fortuna hotels Costa Rica on a budget.

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Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge & Wildlife Refuge

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Best For | Couples, Small Families

Distance from La Fortuna Town | 2 miles (3km) or 6-minute drive

THE FEATURES

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  • Individual wood bungalows
  • Lush rainforest surrounds
  • Wildlife spotting
  • Walking trail on property
  • Close proximity to downtown La Fortuna

THE ROOMS

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  • Rustic-style wood cottages
  • Cottages accommodate up to 3 people
  • Small terrace with chairs
  • Private tiled bathroom

The Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge & Wildlife Refuge Property

Situated right outside of downtown La Fortuna, a night at Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge & Wildlife Refuge will make you feel like you are deep in nature. Rustic-style wood cabins. Walk amongst the vegetation and spot wildlife on the refuge. Or grab a book and enjoy the sounds of birds and reptiles while lounging on your terrace.

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La Fortuna Costa Rica Hostels

Travelling through Central America with friends? Working from a laptop as a digital nomad? Want to meet new people? These La Fortuna Costa Rica hostels are for you.

Selina La Fortuna

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Best For | Solo Travellers, Backpackers, Friends, Digital Nomads

Distance from La Fortuna Town | Town Centre

THE FEATURES

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  • Large shared pool
  • Situated conveniently in town centre
  • On-site restaurant, bar + shared lounge
  • Shared kitchen
  • Varying sized rooms

THE ROOMS

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  • Dorm-style rooms with shared bath
  • Unique glamping tents
  • Private double rooms with bath
  • Light and bright boho decor

The Selina La Fortuna Property

Selina La Fortuna is a part of the Selina Hostel chain that can be found all over the world, but especially in Central and South America. Offering a lively and social atmosphere, you can grab a bed in a dorm room for a night with your friends or share a private double room with your partner. All rooms come with light and bright decor.

With on-site facilities like a large pool, restaurant, bar, shared lounge and shared kitchen and various activity offerings, you are bound to make new friends! The best La Fortuna hostel for sure!

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Arenal Poshpacker

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Best For | Groups of Friends, Backpackers

Distance from La Fortuna Town | Town Centre

THE FEATURES

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  • Central La Fortuna location
  • Large communal area
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Varying room types

THE ROOMS

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  • Basic double rooms with private bath
  • Mixed + female dorms available
  • Budget single and double rooms

The Arenal Poshpacker Property

Located on the main drag of La Fortuna, you can stay in and amongst the action at Arenal Poshpacker. Drop your bags in a dorm room or budget single/double room and head to the large communal area with a pool. Basic accommodation means you have more money to spend on all the epic things to do in La Fortuna!

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Best La Fortuna Costa Rica Tours

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Visit Rio Celeste Waterfall on a day trip

Some of the best Costa Rica excursions can be found in the Arenal region surrounding the town of La Fortuna. The top two La Fortuna tours include an easy hike around Arenal Volcano National Park, and a stop at La Fortuna waterfall

Then, you can choose from additional activities like  Mistico hanging bridges, visiting one of the many amazing hot springs in Costa Rica (most located here, like Tabacon) or choose to take a Costa Rica sloths tour or chocolate tour.  

A day trip to Rio Celeste waterfall is also a must thing to do in La Fortuna Costa Rica. 

Top Picks for La Fortuna Tours
Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall + Hot Springs Tour
La Fortuna Waterfall, Arenal Volcano Hike + Hanging Bridges Tour
Canyoning + Waterfall Repelling Tour

Other Cool Things to Do in La Fortuna
Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour
Sloth Tour La Fortuna
Rainforest Chocolate Tour

How to Get to La Fortuna Costa Rica

The best way to get around Costa Rica and get to La Fortuna is by rental car. I use Discover Cars because they compare local and global car companies to find you the best price.

Alternatively, you can take a direct flight from San Jose International Airport via Sansa Airlines once daily. The flight takes 30 minutes.

For additional ways to get to La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano National Park, you can check out my detailed La Fortuna Costa Rica Travel Guide.

Everything you need to know about La Fortuna Costa Rica

Travel Insurance for La Fortuna

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