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Hotel Lavas Tacotal

Hotel Lavas Tacotal

Destination: Arenal

At a Glance

    • Close-up views of the Volcano
    • Friendly service in the restaurant
    • Bungalows are a better deal than the Jr. suites
    • Jacuzzi jets didn’t work in Jr. Suites (so it's essentially just a big bathtub.)

Nestled at the skirts of the imposing 5,500-foot Arenal volcano – almost 2 miles away, Hotel Lavas Tacotal offers awe-inspiring volcano views from the patios of its 23 junior suites, 19 bungalows, 2 pools, restaurant and spa.

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An ornate garden showcasing Costa Rica's colorful flowers surrounds the walkways that descend from the hotel's entrance to the bungalows and junior suites. For $95 with breakfast, each bungalow and junior suite comes equipped with two queen-sized beds, a desk, a dresser, cable television and a phone. The bathrooms have large showers and the junior suites have spacious Jacuzzi-style bathtubs, but don't expect the jets to work.


Set underneath a large cabana-style thatched roof beside the main pool, Hotel Tacotal's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu includes international style cuisine like the northern carnitas, a large plate of beef fajitas served with peppers, onions, pico de gallo, beans and corn tortillas. Other indulgences include three-cheese gnocchi, rib-eye steaks and tilapia with prices ranging from $10 to $26. For large groups, breakfast and dinner are served buffet style and included in the package rates.

Amenities & Service

WiFi is only available in the restaurant, though you might be able to get a signal at the pool closest to the restaurant. The other pool, at the far end of the hotel, has a shaded wet bar, but no bartenders to serve drinks. Belleza Pura Spa is located on Tacotal's premises offering facials, mud masks, and an assortment of massages.

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