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“Excellent value! Wonderful stay”
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Regina Hotel
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most comfortable stays I had while visiting Costa Rica, Regina Hotel was a great choice for my base while in the La Fortuna/Arenal area. It was definitely worth the price paid as a solo traveler looking to find affordable private rooms. I had a clean room #3 on the ground level next to reception with a spacious queen bed, windows letting in natural light and bathroom with consistent hot water. Housekeeping kept my room in tidy condition which was much appreciated. There is also night time security posted at the door starting around 9pm which made me feel safer returning to the hotel alone after dinner.

Rocio, the general manager, was so accommodating, friendly and helpful with planning my activities and suggestions in the area. The $5 extra charge for breakfast was also a good value, your choice of a typical Tico breakfast (eggs, Gallo pinto, fried cheese, plantains, coffee) or American breakfast (ham, toast, eggs and juice) at Soda Mima across the street.

I didn’t find street noise to be a problem, but earplugs would solve any issues for very light sleepers. The room had excellent WiFi signal, AC unit, TV, wardrobe containing hangers, a safe, extra pillow and blanket if needed. The hotel also had umbrellas to lend guests in the very likely case of rain. Don’t forget your rain jackets and hiking or rain shoes!

Restaurants I ate at: Inspira (by the church), Tierra Mia (reservations only and read more on TripAdvisor), Soda de Ara (near the church). If you need a taxi, the hotel can help but the taxi stand is located in front of the park opposite the church side. Everything is very walkable in the downtown La Fortuna town area and convenient with supermarkets, banks, shops and restaurants all around.

I recommend visiting La Fortuna waterfalls ($8 taxi ride) or a 3km steep walk uphill, $15 admission. Plenty of activities to do in the area: hike in Arenal Volcano Observatory lodge (tourguide), hanging bridges, ziplining, white water rafting, Arenal Lake kayaking, any of the Hot Springs resorts but I treated myself to Tabacon Springs which was the most expensive/upscale at $80 but very worth it as it includes a day pass and an amazing buffet meal (lunch or dinner).

Thank you for a lovely stay and it was a pleasure speaking with you, Rocio! I would gladly return here if I find myself in the area once again and would recommend this place to anyone.

Stayed: January 2018
Thank Valerie P
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Rocio V, Gerente at Regina Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Valerie,

Thank you very much for the wonderful review and for staying with us, I am pretty sure this review will help to the travelers to know what they can expect at Regina hotel and what they can do in the area.
We care about every single guest and we will tread them as part of the Regina hotel family.
I also had nice time talking with you. We will love to have you again in the future..

Regards,

Rocío Vargas R

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hotel Regina is a lovely, clean neat and wonderful little hotel in La Fortuna. The Manageress Rocia is the most helpful, kind and friendly person I had the pleasure of meeting, I will go back for a stay just to meet her again and spend time with her.

Room Tip: Rooms are clean and the service is excellent
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  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Rocio V, Gerente at Regina Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi,

Thank you very much for the nice comments and for staying with us.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Regina Hotel !

Warms Regards

Rocio Vargas

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Reviewed 15 January 2018

I stayed there for about 4 nights back in May. The service was amazing they helped us book tours and other activities. Called cabs for us! Directed us to food! Gave us discounts to breakfast spots! The only down part was the rooms roof was leaking a little bit. But I'm not really high maintenance. The service was so good that i didn't even really complain about it. They treat you like family. This is a great little hotel with very good location.

Room Tip: ask for a room with a balcony! views of the volcano are amazing.
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Eric G
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Rocio V, Gerente at Regina Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Eric,


I would like to express my sincere gratitude for taking the time to share your thoughts We are very grateful to know your experience and especially your appreciation on the help you got with our recommendations and tips. I´m sorry about water leaking, the problem is fixed now.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Regina Hotel !

Warms Regards,

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Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

Recently stayed at this hotel and was very pleased. The staff are wonderful; warm, welcoming, friendly and helpful. It felt like my home away from home and I felt very safe which is very important to me. I was offered suggestions for tours, booked all of my tours through Rocio the manager and I was not disappointed. Great prices and lots of fun. I’m learning Spanish and Rocio encouraged me to use it as much as possible and helped me when I stumbled.

The housekeeping staff kept the place spotless and every day I was welcomed with a new and very creative towel creation on my bed.

There is security overnight and Alan kindly made me a fresh pot of coffee in the early morning. There are small fridges in the room and some very basic dishes so I saved money by buying breakfast cereal, yogurt, fruit and juices etc and eating at the hotel. I understand that you can arrange with the hotel for a $5 breakfast.

The hotel is very small and that to me was a part of the charm and security of the place. It’s well situated in town and you can easily walk everywhere in town. Hot springs are just a short cab ride away.

You may see comments on other reviews about noise from the street. Yes you can hear the street noises but overnight I never found this to be an issue because the traffic dropped to a just a few vehicles so it didn’t keep me awake and I’m a light sleeper.

Bed was comfortable. A few of the rooms have excellent unobstructed views of the volcano.

Thanks for the great stay ladies!!!

Stayed: November 2017, travelled solo
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Rocio V, Gerente at Regina Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Hi,

Thank you for staying at the Regina. We appreciate you taking the time to write such a detailed review, we are pretty sure this review will help others travelers to know about what they can expect at REGINA HOTEL.
Your great review says it all. I am glad were able to make your stay enjoyable and memorable. We hope to see you again and continue our spanish class again.

Regards,
Regina Hotel Staff

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Reviewed 22 November 2017

This hotel is spotlessly clean and the rooms are cleaned better than some 5 star hotels that I have stayed in. The rooms are spacious with a small kitchenette , crockery and cutlery provided so that you can have breakfast. There is a fridge in the room which is ideal for keeping things cool, good working air con and free WiFi. It is however next to a busy noisy road but don’t let this put you off as the traffic noise does stop at midnight and doesn’t start up again until 6am. Just make sure you bring ear plugs. I am a light sleeper and was able to sleep fine and also an early riser so didn’t find this an issue. On the positive note the busy road means that you are right in the heart of town with many good restaurants within spitting distance and very handy for the supermarket too. The staff are very friendly and helpful and I’m amazed at the variety of shapes the towels are made into each day by the cleaners. Yesterday was a mermaid; today was a couple of people !

Room Tip: Ask for a view of the volcano
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Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Rocio V, Director General at Regina Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Hi,

Thank you for choosing the Regina and taking the time to write nice review. Your review has made our day. We strive to provide outstanding service along with clean comfortable room.
Thank you for favorable comments. Our maid is so happy to know you did like the animal shape towels. Thanks for the ear plugs tip, hope others follow your lead.

Regards from Regina Hotel

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Address: 150 Meters West of the Catholic Church, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 4417-26, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 59 Hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: $64 - $110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Regina Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Regina Hotel is centrally located, close to many restaurants, shops, adventures tours, banks, pharmacies, and other services. Each room has: cable TV, air conditioning, mini-bar, safe deposit box, private bathroom with hot water. Some of the rooms offer great views of the Arenal Volcano. We offer travelers safe, private, clean and comfortable environment. ... more   less 
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