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Hotel Magic Mountain - Arenal Volcano

San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)

Room rates from:
Per Adult Nightly
Hotel + Flight from
Starting from:
$659 $639
Per Guest for 3 Nights
Based on 680 reviews
Experience the magic of the Arenal volcano and the surrounding area with multiple activity options on site and close by.
Style: Colonial Modern Hotel
Room & Rates
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Standard Room

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Per Adult Nightly
Located on floors one through three and offer 204 sq. ft. decorated in terracotta colors.
  • Two queen-sized beds
  • Air Conditioning
  • Private bath with hot water
  • Ceramic tile floors
  • Telephone
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable television
  • Balcony or terrace with an excellent view of the Volcano
  • Safety box
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wireless Internet Service
  • Private bathroom
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Junior Suite

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Per Adult Nightly
Located on floors one through three, elegant 328 sq. ft. decorated in terracotta colors.
  • One king or two double beds
  • Air conditioning
  • Jacuzzi [with panoramic volcano view]
  • Mini-bar
  • Ceramic floors
  • Telephone
  • Refrigerator
  • Plasma TV, with premium channels and on-Demand movies
  • Alarm clock /radio
  • Balcony with an excellent view to the Volcano
  • In-room safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • High speed Internet access
  • Computer desk
  • Electronic key and security systems
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Hotel Magic Mountain - Arenal Volcano
La Fortuna Rd., La Fortuna de San Carlos, CC Costa Rica 142


Located in La Fortuna facing the Arenal Volcano, its scenic location provides visitors with a stunning view of the colossal volcano.
Located 3 hrs. driving [82 Miles] from San Jose International Airport [SJO] and 3 hrs. driving [80 Miles] from Liberia International Airport [LIR].

Why Stay Here

Rounded by an exotic tropical zone, lush foliage and magnificent scenery, this property offers a prime location, panoramic Volcano views, luxury accommodations and unrivaled service.
Located nearby to downtown shops, souvenirs and other points of interest as well as the ``hot springs``.

Resort Details

The Hotel Magic Mountain offer 36 guest comfortable rooms and 6 Deluxe Junior Suites, spectacular scene, access to the Swimming pools, Jacuzzis, Panoramic Volcano view elevator. And provides guests with a Spa, Meeting and Conference space, one of the city`s most impressive venues for Weddings and Receptions, and innovative International cuisine at Lina`s Restaurant and Magic Sports Bar.
Hotel Magic Mountain staff will always make every effort to create the guest experience an unforgettable one.

Restaurants, Lounges & Bars

  • Lina`s Restaurant. International Cousine offers an extensive selection of dishes with thoughtfully crafted room service menus from the hotels expert culinary team. Serving an eclectic choice of appetizers, entrees and tempting desserts for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and cocktails in the evening.
  • In-Room Dining. Guests can enjoy the comfort and privacy of their rooms while selecting from a tantalizing choice of dishes, available for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight.
  • Magic Bar. Provides an unique experience with sports action on several TV screens. Smoking area, in-seat dining and drink specials assure a great time for all!
  • Sports Bar. TVs are always on for watching all your favorite games. The Sports bar offers the best entertainment in La Fortuna. Join guests for major sporting events and television specials, or just to enjoy your favorite beverage in a lively atmosphere.

Meetings & Conventions

Offering 3050 sq. ft. of elegant event space in Hotel Magic Mountain, The Place is premier location for distinguished business and social occasions. Whether for 10 or 300 guests, every event is flawlessly executed with sophistication and poise by a world class team of professionals. Its renowned catering and detail-driven support staff ensure the success of each event hosted in an exquisite setting.

At Hotel Magic Mountain, the Banquet and Catering teams will seamlessly work together to provide you with consistently impeccable service. All events hosted at the hotel will benefit from an extensive list of services, including:

  • 24-hour maintenance support
  • Internet access in all meeting rooms
  • The latest audio-visual equipment
  • Advanced video conferencing and webcasting capabilities
  • Built-in rear and front screen projection
  • Shipping service
  • Assistance with music, flower and entertainment selections
  • Table linen
  • On-site, full-service business center

From private meetings to grand soirees, these spaces are the ideal setting for any occasion.

Pools & Spas

  • Swimming pools and Jacuzzis

  • The Magic Grand Spa offer 2755 square feet of space in La Fortuna in which to reenergize and rejuvenate without ever having to leave the hotel. The spa offers a soothing array of services that range from different massage techniques designed for both men and women including, massages, facials, waxing and body treatments. Every experience can be customized to the desires of guests to provide the perfect escape from the city, whether its for a quick massage or an entire day devoted to absolute bliss. Magic Grand Spa is a luxurious Spa with four treatment rooms, including one spa suite, with special Jacuzzi, two individual treatments rooms and one room for facials and exfoliation. With natural daylight and overlooking the beautiful gardens of Hotel Magic Mountain the spa rooms exude a sense of purity, calm and relaxation. For added comfort, the spacious Spa is  equipped with Sauna, Jacuzzis and facilities such as fine Lockers, plush robes, towels and couples suite rooms with privet Jacuzzi. And offers a spectacular outside pool with a cascade with a magnificent Arenal volcano view. Spa Hours of Operation: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, daily.

  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Billiards
  • Business Services (+)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator / Lift
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Full Breakfast
  • Guest Activity Desk
  • Handicap Services
  • Horseback Riding (+)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Stay Free (Based on Age)
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Massage Therapist (+)
  • Medical Services (+)
  • Mountain View
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Restaurant
  • Security Guard
  • Spa Services (+)
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wake-Up Service
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 680 reviews
from Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica
Submitted on 01-05-2016
Excellent service. Front desk people were most helpful in helping us find a tour for the next day. Breakfast was included and had a wide variety of food and most tasty. I would be most happy to just hang out at the hotel and pool the next time. Very relaxing! Enjoyed the view of the Volcano and loved seeing the cows on the hills. Nice patio.
from Jersey Shore, New Jersey
Submitted on 05-05-2016
This place can be described best by one two words...VERY TIRED. Rooms were outdated, dark and lacked even simple niceties like a wash cloth or a real closet. We were there with another couple and we all had problems with door locks that did not work (who wants to stay in a room when you feel unsafe at night because you can't get the door to lock. Staff seemed VERY TIRED. Restaurant food was average, service was poor. No one seemed to care less about the service. Happy hour was terrible....... Read more
Submitted on 06-05-2016
I am just going to start out with the big problems and not the smaller ones. One of the guys working the desk was flirting with my fiance when I was not with her, trying to get her to come to his house party, "oh your so beautiful, you have a fiance, I guess he wouldnt want you at my house party then huh" "oh if you didnt have a fiance I would be all over you". That sort of crap. She said he appeared to be drunk or something. He knew we were together long before that anyways, hes just a creep... Read more
from miami florida
Submitted on 23-05-2016
I chose this property because of many reasons. 1. Reviews were good 2. Has a balcony facing the volcano. 3. coffee maker 4. A/c. All were on point. The balcony space was very nice, two chairs and small end table, so my mornings looking a the birds, and volcano clear up were amazing. Its daylight at 5:30 am so, I was up early. I had a third person unexpectedly and they charged 25.00 per day for her. I booked this with orbitz and they had my reservation for one night less than booked, but th... Read more
from North Houston, Texas
Submitted on 24-05-2016
Location is very good and the hotel was nice and clean . The staff (Gustavo) was so helpful and informative . If you want to do activity shop around the ticket at the hotel is more expensive . The front desk was close at night after 10:00pm .
from Watford, United Kingdom
Submitted on 31-05-2016
Nicely placed hotel near the entrance to the national park. Lovely big rooms mattress on hard side , beautiful pool area with different tropical birds around. Restaurant was "ok" nothing to rave about usual Costa Rica fare.
Submitted on 31-05-2016
We had a great view of the volcano from our balcony, and it overlooked the pool as well. The service was excellent, especially the front desk in helping set up our excursion to the volcano and hot springs. We also can't say enough great things about Luis, the bar and restaurant manager. He is clearly passionate about his position there and shows enthusiasm for wine, especially pinot noir. He went above and beyond to make us feel like valued guests. Additionally, the poolside bar was heated (es... Read more
Submitted on 02-06-2016
Awesome view of the volcano from my room and the pool which was awesome! The pool had a wet bar and happy hour 2 for 1 drinks. Jacuzzi was awesome and the pool is the perfect temperature. Front desk service was super nice and helpful with the tours. The free breakfast was AMAZING. Buffet style and very good mix of American and Costa Rican food! Rooms were nice, only complaint was that the wifi is a little slow sometimes but other than that I episode definitely recommend
from Chicago, Illinois
Submitted on 04-06-2016
My friend and I spent 3 nights at this hotel on our recent trip to La Fortuna. We have been to this area before and previously stayed at Hotel Mountain Paradise. The hotel itself is nice with great views of the volcano and helpful staff. The rooms are a little on the small side, but they were very clean and we had a nice balcony overlooking the pool area and the Volcan Arenal. This hotel is a lot closer to La Fortuna than the last place we stayed - which may bother some people if they are l... Read more
from Norwalk, California
Submitted on 05-06-2016
The hotel view of the Volcano is beautiful and you are over looking the pool it's is a nice view every morning on the balcony. The pool bar attendant Gustavo is very nice and helpful. Downtown is a 10 min drive down the street. This hotel is near the hot springs, ecolodges zip lining and walking distance to ATV rentals. The rooms are nice they have refrigerators, bathtubs, coffee maker and blow dryers. The pillows are hard and the beds a decent. Overall I would stay her again.
Submitted on 10-06-2016
This hotel has beautiful grounds with a lovely pool, hot tubs and amazing views. The rooms are spacious and clean, and the beds are comfortable. The only reason I didn't give them a 5 is because of the construction noise next door, which obviously they have no control over but I would call ahead and ask if it is finished as it woke us up every morning and ruined the otherwise peaceful ambiance of the place. The food at the restaurant is just okay, nothing special but gets the job done. There is ... Read more
Submitted on 13-06-2016
We have just come back from a trip to Costa Rica and absolutely loved our stay at Magic Mountain. We had a lovely bedroom with a huge bed and ensuite and views looking straight out to the volcano. The staff at the front desk were so friendly and really helpful, and they helped us book a number of activities and trips during our stay. The pool was great and we loved the wet bar as it was nicely heated and allowed us to sit on little stools in the water while enjoying a refreshing, cold drink. D... Read more
from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Submitted on 13-06-2016
Stayed here for two nights as part of a larger tour of Costa Rica and found it very pleasant and enjoyable. On check in, the staff were friendly and efficient. The beds were also among the comfiest I have ever slept on, both nights I was out like a light and slept very well. Also I found the sliding balcony doors were very sound-proof. We experienced a large thunderstorm on the first night and noticed how well even the louder claps of thunder were muffled. We spent both evenings at the swim... Read more
from Hollywood, Florida
Submitted on 15-06-2016
The hotel is good and very friendly staffs. The room is good even just a bit old but good enough for 2 nights but the most we love about this hotels is the view from our balcony. It was great and our family love it. Also they have a nice pool and jacuzzi and pool bar which is great.
Submitted on 17-06-2016
This hotel got a great view of the Arenal Volcano...and restaurant got a great white marlin ceviche. the best part about his hotel is we can walk to downtown La Fortuna and have access to restaurants without a taxi/car rental.
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 28-06-2016
This wasn't the most charming of the hotels we stayed at in Costa Rica, but the rooms are decent with views of Arenal from the balconies. Nice swimming pool, again with great views, and a pool bar. Breakfast was fine, although service was a bit slow (there was a conference going on at the time, so maybe it's usually faster). Some bars and restaurants within walking distance, which is useful if you're doing tours and don't have time to go into town. Plus, it's pretty close to the volcano so handy... Read more
Submitted on 10-07-2016
I loved the hotel. Everything was excellent the view, crew, owners, attractions they offer. While our stay there, me and my family enjoyed everything they had to offer. Breakfast lunch dinner. Pool, bar, even the attractions they offered through the hotel such as my last review with Arenal rafting. The rooms are spacious and we'll maintained the crew is always ready If we needed anything. The first day there we met the owner Lidia and Edwin Padilla. They are great people. While there they made s... Read more
Submitted on 14-07-2016
Very happy with the hotel, nice and cleanl! Very friendly staff. The hot tub was very nice. Pool looked nice but we did not use it. Breakfast was nice. The room was very nice and spacious. Would definitely recommend this hotel!!
Submitted on 20-07-2016
I recently stayed at Magic Mountain two weeks ago, I would have to say an incredible experience. My favorite part about staying at Magic Mountain was waking up every morning to an incredible view of the Arenal volcano. It was breath taking waking up to this incredible scenery. The staff is incredibly sweet and helpful. They make you feel so special all the time, from the moment you wake up to making sure you obtain correct information about activities you want to do. One of my favorite things wa... Read more
from Santa Barbara, CA
Submitted on 01-08-2016
This hotel was more of a botique hotel. Very quaint. The rooms are basic, tile floors, mini-fridge, very clean and they overlook the Arenal volcano and on a clear day it is quite a view. The pool has a swim up bar with stools in the water. There is a restaurant on site and very good food. Hospitality is very welcoming. The surrounding area is very quiet and calming.
from San Antonio, Texas
Submitted on 03-08-2016
We took a five day get away to Coasta Rica and stayed at Hotel Magic Mountain. At first I did not know what to make of the name. When I hear " Magic Mountain," I automatically think man made water slides and artificial smoke coming from a paper mache volcano..... But that was not the case ! We stayed on the second floor and had a full view of the volcano, El Arenal, from our balcony. The sliding glass doors from the bedroom open up to the balcony so we had a spectacular view 24/7 ! From our b... Read more
Submitted on 08-08-2016
We stayed here for two days while we visited Arenal. The view is magnificent and I appreciated the pool and two hot tubs. There was even a swim up bar with happy hour. This place was definitely good for a vacation. Happy hours jumped from pool to bar to restaurant and the food we had for dinner was outstanding. We also enjoyed the company of the manager as he shared stories of his time in America. I saw better other hotels that offered different amenities. Magic Mountain is cost effective and ... Read more
from Long Island, NY
Submitted on 09-08-2016
We stayed here for 2 nights on a tour. The hotel is positioned so that all rooms face the volcano. The grounds are small but beautifully landscaped, especially around the pool area. When the clouds lift, the view of the volcano is awesome! The rooms are small but nicely appointed. During our stay the hotel had our group and another booked in. It seemed like there were a lot of little issues that the staff had trouble keeping up with. Our room safe didn't work, As well as the safe of anothe... Read more
from Boston
Submitted on 13-08-2016
We just came off a fantastic experience in Manuel Antonio. Now onto Arenal - We had two rooms, one needed a key, the other a key card (btw, the card only worked upside down and opposite the instructions on the card itself and the key said master and worked both doors). The roomed was clean with spectacular views of the volcano and pool area... Wifi didn't work. Went down to the front desk to inquire and she looked at me with a blank stare. Okay, moving on. After dinner at the hotel restaura... Read more
Submitted on 19-08-2016
We went here for half of our stay for our honeymoon and we loved our experience! Super clean, the pool was nice and clean and the customer service was excellent! They are super helpful if you are wanting to go on tours. They help you call and do it all for you! I would definitely go back to this hotel again!
from Sayville, New York
Submitted on 23-08-2016
Very clean and comfortable. Loved it for our 1 night in Arenal. Had dinner at the restaurant, food and service were excellent. Stayed on a Saturday night so the disco was going til the wee hours, and still not intrusive to our sleep. Pool was great, hot tub wasn't very hot. Would definitely stay again.
from Winter Haven, Florida
Submitted on 02-09-2016
The staff was excellent,very clean, and close to a lot of activities. The pool is nice with awesome bartender. View of the volcano from room was great. Our junior suite was very nice. We rode horses to waterfall, went zip lining, went to hot springs, atv riding, good restaurants near by and shopping. The staff arranged are pickups from the hotel for free.
Submitted on 02-09-2016
Hotel Magic Mountain was an amazing place to stay. Waking up every day and seeing volcano Arenal looming in front of you takes your breath away. The swim up bar was fabulous as was the jacuzzi by the pool. The only thing that was better than the hotel was the people that worked there. They treated us so well I felt like I was staying with friends and family. Gustavo took care of booking all of our excursions like a true professional. The bar and restaurant manager at Lina's restaurant (Luis) ha... Read more
Submitted on 05-09-2016
Attending this bar was one of the highlights of my entire trip. The vibe was incredible and the locals were extremely friendly. I cannot dance salsa to save my life but with friendly locals attempting to help me it turned into a very nice evening AND I even learnt the simple steps to salsa! If you are in the LaFortuna area I definitely recommend.
from Pembroke Pines, Florida
Submitted on 11-09-2016
This hotel is not a resort, but is very, very nice, with a beautiful pool and jacuzzi area. The grounds are immaculate, the hotel itself is well maintained and spotless! The locations is also great, near a lot of the activities, but just barely outside La Fortuna to keep things quieter, perhaps 2 minutes by car. The hotel restaurant has pretty good food and comparatively priced to other restaurants. The complimentary breakfast is both tasty and helpful with the budget, as well as, convenient... Read more
from Orlando, Florida
Submitted on 23-09-2016
This hotel is truly a gem. Located at the skirt of La Fortunate closer to the Rain Forrest. Beautiful surroundings and gardens. Every room with patio overlooking the volcano with ever changing breathtaking views. We were even able to spot some of the areas exotic birds from our balcony. Big pool with swim-up bar. Refrigerator (at least in our room), excellent shower and a much appreciated coffee maker in the room. Very friendly staff, clean rooms and superior service. Strongly recommend.
from Chicago
Submitted on 02-10-2016
We booked this place as a part of a travel deal. It was very close to Arenal and many of the attractions in the area so easy to get to many things (hanging bridges, the volcano, hot springs, etc.). The grounds themselves are beautiful with a pool, hot pool with a bar, and jaccuzzi. There is also a restaurant and a bar above the restaurant, we were often the only people in the bar but good cheap eats there. The pool bartender was very friendly, helped me with my spanish and made good drinks. ... Read more
from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Submitted on 06-10-2016
This is a greedy hidden jem. Conveniently located with breathtaking views. Everth Rafael or as we called him "Guapo" was a great delight at the desk everyday. He helped us with our trip excursions and all the ins and outs as a traveler. The staff was so helpful and made us feel at home. We will for sure be back. Pura vida
Submitted on 07-10-2016
We stayed two nights in this hotel in Nov 2015 as part of our tour of Costa Rica. We were delighted when on opening the door of the bedroom, the view was directly to the volcano and jungle. We have seen so many birds and an amazing thunderstorm with an incredible lightning show, it was truly electrifying. Food at the restaurant was ok, nothing special and after a short walk into town there's plenty better places to eat. Room was clean, bed was comfortable, but one comes here for the view and th... Read more
Submitted on 08-10-2016
This hotel offers the most incredible view from all it's rooms... Arenal Volcano is literally in it's backyard!  The hotel staff are very lovely and helpful. They made recommendations of hot springs and booked cabs to get us there.  The hotel is relatively expensive for food with very little choice for vegetarians... I chose from the kids menu on the only night we ate there. The drinks are really reasonable and the bar staff in the sports bar offered exceptional customer service! Breakfast ... Read more
from Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Submitted on 23-10-2016
Mid point stop off during a tour of Costa Rica for Volcano tours. Impressive backdrop as shown in image. Hotel staff etc all good. Restaurant staff made our Wedding Anniversary Dinner special too. On the downside - *not the Hotel's fault*- there was a large group of American 20+ year olds. Whooping and shrieking having taken over the pool then met with shouting up to and down from their colleagues in neighbouring rooms / balconies to ours. Just inconsiderate I guess.
Submitted on 30-10-2016
One of the four hotels my wife and I stayed at during our honeymoon in Costa Rica. This was the nicest of the four hotels. We stayed at this location for three nights, which was the perfect amount for this area in our opinions. The location was close to the hot springs, ATV'ing, the Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, had plenty of dining options within walking distance, and a great, cheap little bakery around the corner. The rooms were very nice, cold AC, small but sufficient pool area. ... Read more
Submitted on 10-11-2016
this hotel is a very quiet and beautiful place. The staff is attentive and very respectful..the location is great there are many activities to do nearby there are plenty of restaurants around and a grocery store in walking distance..the balcony view is absolutely beautiful
Submitted on 10-11-2016
This must be the third time I stayed at this hotel, all the staff is super friendly and helpful, the surrounding areas are very nice with gardens and a refreshing pool right in front of the arenal volcano, breakfast is serve since 6:30 am wish give you the opportunity to start very early with some adrenaline activities ! Highly recommended !
from Tel Aviv, Israel
Submitted on 16-11-2016
Pros- There is a nice heated pool with a small bar that's opened till late. There is a nice club that belongs to the hotel and people come there to dance from all around the place (i think that it's only in saturday, not sure). Cons- The room is a little bit old.. the window's glass in the bath was broken. The breakfast is ridiculous (the worst that we had in costa rica). Not sure that this is a good value for money.
from Aspen, Colorado
Submitted on 20-11-2016
I've stayed here twice love the rooms they're super clean the food is amazing and the service is fantastic and you can't beat the views !!!! Carla was our bartender she was absolutely fantastic and so is Jose serving breakfast to us every morning.
Submitted on 26-11-2016
This hotel was a wonderful hotel, a wonderful plus was the amazing view of the Arenal Volcano! The complimentary breakfast tasted amazing! The hot tubs were amazing, but the pool was a bit cold (but refreshing for a hot day) and the kid pool was a little dirty. Overall we had a wonderful stay!