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“Cozy Costa Rican style cottage”
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main bedroom with AC
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BBQ & hammoks area
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rio fortuna waterfall
rio celeste waterfall
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela

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13rocks
Seattle, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Cozy Costa Rican style cottage”
Reviewed 31 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016
1
person found this review helpful

This rental home is decorated with a good taste and attention to details, which shows the owner takes good care and is proud of the place. It's surrounded by lush greens. View is excellent. Owner was very helpful and willing to answer any questions.

Travelling group: Extended Family
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John T
Gurnee, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A short drive to everything downtown La Fortuna”
Reviewed 15 November 2015 for a stay in November 2015
4
people found this review helpful

In a previous review, a writer complained that the house was at the end of a very badly maintained road. In Costa Rica all side roads are badly maintained. Good examples are the roads to Arenal Volcano NP and La Fortuna waterfall. The house is a little old and it shows, but it was clean and quite at night. No A.C. but it cools down in the evening. Actually none of the downtown businesses have A.C. Everything worked and the bed linens and towels were like new. The house has an alarm system and the property is protected by a locked gate. Not really within walking distance to town, but in November parking was plentiful. This is probably not true in high (dry) season. Great food choices from Sodas to linen table service and everything in between.

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Liked best: Quiet and secluded yet secure
Liked least: Not being able to flush toilet paper in W.C.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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arose00
Edmonton, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good Price, quiet area”
Reviewed 21 September 2015 for a stay in January 2015
2
people found this review helpful

Yessenia was very helpful, she recommended places for us to eat, and left us a cell phone with minutes on it if we needed it for anything, and also helped arrange our ride out of La Fortuna. It is about a 10-15 minute walk to down town area. There is free wifi. The place was clean and gets cleaned throughout our stay. The kitchen has everything you need to cook full meals, just keep everything wrapped up or in the fridge and there won't be ants in your food. Also has a washer and dryer so that was really nice as well! The only thing that would make this place a little bit better is Air conditioning as it is very humid, and the "living room" seating is all hard wood furniture, so either cushions or something on them would be nice as they are not comfortable to sit on for long.

Travelling group: Extended Family
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Donna P
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good value, excellent property manager, but not very comfortable.”
Reviewed 4 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015
4
people found this review helpful

Yessenia is the property manager. As other reviewers have stated, she is very helpful. She speaks English and was easy to communicate with. I did not have cell service, but was able to Whatsapp and email her. She gave us great recommendations on affordable sodas to eat at and to local attractions. This is important because in Costa Rica, there is so much tourism that it's easy to spend a bundle on an experience that could be more affordable if you'd only know. That's where Yessenia comes in. We especially enjoyed the Soda Dos Hermanos and Los Laureles Thermals.

We rented a car, but I could easily see how you could just hire a car to take you to this city. You can walk into town to go to the grocery or restaurants but you would need to hire a taxi to take you to the attractions such as the zip lines, waterfall, volcano, and thermals. Again, this being Costa Rica, that is easily accomplished.

Onto the house. It is located down an paved road, but not so much that you would need a 4x4. It's in a local neighborhood but nothing terrible. It helps that it is in it's own "compound" so you can be outside of the house on the patio and still feel peaceful without all the sites and sound of the neighborhood in your face.

The house does not have a/c. Instead it has fans. Not ceiling fans, but more like desktop fans. They are helpful, but being Costa Rica, it's so humid. Opening the windows helped as we got a bit of a breeze, but then you get insects. The ants most reviewers spoke of mostly stayed downstairs, but something was biting upstairs too. Again, keep in mind that it's a good value, especially since you are getting two rooms. It was nice to have the kids in their own room.

Speaking of the rooms, there's two bedrooms. They both have a "double" sized bed and fan (but not the ceiling kind). The windows are screened, so you can get a bit of a breeze that way, but also insects to bite you. There's a TV in both rooms that gets Spanish language stations. The kids enjoyed seeing some cartoons in Spanish. Bedding is a bit scratchy and could use more pillows, but it was a good value so...

The one bathroom in the house is located upstairs. It worked fine for us.

The stairs, as some people have noted, are kind of perilous. They worked fine for us, but we used caution. I say this because, due to the stairs, I would not recommend this place to someone with say a toddler. My kids did fine (8 and 9 years old).

Downstairs is the living room/dining room with very hard wood furniture. It would have been nice to have someplace soft to sit, but they worked ok. No TV in the living room, but there is WiFi, a fan, and windows to let in the breeze.

The kitchen worked fine for me. It has everything you need except food. Make sure to stop at the store and get coffee and filters and salt and pepper and all that stuff. It does come with ants though, so just sweep up those crumbs (and the ants) out the front door and you're good to go. Make sure you store ALL your food in the fridge or freezer.

There's a laundry room off the kitchen with a working washer and dryer, but be sure to bring some detergent or get some at the store. This came in very handy.

Outside is the patio with hammocks. As one review mentioned, they are a bit rickety so that I plunked down in one and promptly landed on my butt as the rope gave out. So, use caution. I think the hammocks just need a new tie rope. (I weigh 145 pounds.) It was a nice patio to sit and read a book.

Overall, very clean place, good value, just not especially comfortable. And 100% to Yessenia!

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Liked best: Yessenia! Good value!
Liked least: The lack of a/c, hard furniture, ants, and stairs.
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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katieO350...
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great home in good location”
Reviewed 13 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015

We really enjoyed our stay in Villa Trentino. First, Yessenia was great and helped us maximize our stay so we could see and do the most during our time. She also had great and affordable recommendations for food! The home was nice with a spacious bathroom and 2 spacious bedrooms. The location was great and close to the Waterfall which is a great site to see. We also really found it valuable to use the washer and dryer! The only downside is that it can be quite humid in Costa Rica and if you aren't used to that then having no air conditioning can be a downside. The fans helped some but it would be nice to have ceiling fans or something a bit more.
Really nice home and Yessenia is great! We enjoyed our stay!

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