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.
- 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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