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4.7 out of 5

"A MUST GO PLACE! Many guide books were very misleading about Costa Rica's "rainy" season. We went there on honeymoon from 9/30-10/5 and it was sunny e ... " More

By Bismarckan, from Bismarck, ND on Wed 09 Oct 2013

Hotel Description

Family-friendly 3.5-star resort near Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

In La Fortuna

Within a 10-minute walk of the resort, you'll find Arenal Volcano National Park and Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Also, Lake Arenal is within 2 miles (3 km) and Arenal Volcano is within 6 miles (10 km).

Poolside dining

A full-service spa, 2 restaurants, and 2 outdoor pools are all featured at this resort. Families will appreciate the children's pool, kid-friendly dining, and in-room childcare. Enjoy the fitness center and free perks like buffet breakfast and free self parking.

Free WiFi, comfy beds

The 42 individually decorated guestrooms offer free WiFi and comfy beds. Other amenities include balconies or patios, private yards, and plasma TVs with satellite channels.

Standard Room

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$152* Per night/room Aug 26 - Aug 27

Superior Villa, 2 Bedrooms

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Junior Villa, 2 Bedrooms

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Luxury Suite, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Lost Iguana Resort and Spa ratings based on 15 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.7 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 5.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Lost Iguana Resort and Spa

Everyone (2) Family (1)
3 out of 5
Great view of volcano. Property needs some serious maintenance. "Warm" pool is not warm, dirty and many missing tiles. Somewhat dated. Not the friendlies front desk. Landscaping could use some help too.

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5 out of 5

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5 out of 5

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5 out of 5

Go in Sep/Oct to Get the Best Rate & Experience!

A MUST GO PLACE! Many guide books were very misleading about Costa Rica's "rainy" season. We went there on honeymoon from 9/30-10/5 and it was sunny every day from 7:00am to 3:30pm. It only starts raining after about 3:30pm. Regardless of the season, you can't do much after 5:30pm anyway because it gets extremely dark at night (and night starts at 5:30pm). We had a fantastic time there. The hotel people were extremely courteous. There weren't many tourists so no place was crowded. The special Sep/Oct room discount was just awesome. Above all, the weather was perfect every day, surprisingly! (See pictures attached.) THINGS TO BRING: - Many $1 bills (USD) for tipping (maybe 40-50). All the touristy locations accept USD. You need $1 bills to tip people. $1-$2 tips are generally recommended for small things such as services from room keepers and drivers. $5-$10 tips are recommended for private tour guides. - Some $5, $10, and $20 bills - Sandals - Beach towel and goggle if you wanna swim in the swimming pool - Insect repellent - Sunscreen - Binoculars - Backpack - Bubble bath soap (if you want this in your private jacuzzi) USEFUL INFO: - You can actually spend your entire trip without Costa Rican currency. Almost all places accept USD.  - Learn and speak some Spanish. They don't care how much you can actually speak. They appreciate your effort. - Make sure you call your credit card company beforehand and let them know you will be in Costa Rica from when to when so your credit card doesn't get declined there.

Posted by , from Bismarck, ND on Oct 9, 2013

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5 out of 5

Amazing views, lovely spa

I only had one night at this hotel and wish I could've stayed much longer.  Room I booked was a Standard, but there is really nothing standard about it.  Very roomy, balcony, amazing room, bathroom was huge, I had a coffee maker and minibar in the room, coffee included and reasonable prices for minibar.  My favorite was the spa, I had time for only one treatment, very relaxing and reasonably priced.  They have quite a large souvenir shop on site, some original items.   Lovely place, amazing views, highly recommended.

Posted by , from San Jose, Costa Rica on May 26, 2013

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5 out of 5

Incredible views!

Pros: Free Internet, amazing views, beautifully landscaped
We were sad to only have one night at this wonderful gem. The view of Arenal from our balcony was incredible; as if it was placed there perfectly amidst the lush foliage. We enjoyed the rain forest hiking trails on site and without having to pay extra for a tour. The room was spacious and clean. If I ever make it back to Arenal, this is where I will be staying.

Posted by , from Key West, FL 33040, USA on Jul 26, 2012

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5 out of 5

Hard to complain, even if I tried

Pros: Free breakfast, Free Internet
Cons: see review
I've waited so long to take the time to review this place because I had such a good time & have so much to say. For the positives, it's virtually never-ending: Pros: - Staff: friendly all around from reception to housekeeping to the bar to the restaurant to the gift shop. Excellent service & very resourceful (i.e. booking excursions)! - Ambience: EXCELLENT. You're in the rainforest, it's so lush, everything's located in the right amounts in the right places - Room: We had the suite as it wasn't much more than the a regular room. The room was SPOTLESS & had one of the best views I've ever seen. We were able to hang out on the balcony w/ the volcano front & center. Also, we had an outdoor tub, candles, matches provided. Also a separate outdoor shower! - Restaurant: pricey for dinner, but was good. We were allowed to bring our own bottle of wine after manager approval. The breakfast buffet had great variety, even let us pack something to go when we had leave early for a tour - Happy hour: pool was nice & warm, drinks were cheap (5 USD), bartenders totally cool! Appetizers are also available Cons: - The ONLY con. Like many resorts that try help you really getaway, this is another. Once you're out here, w/ exception of the Hanging Gardens (a must, is walking distance), that's it. There are no convenience stores, restaurants other than w/in the resort itself. Recommend to pick up what you need for your stay before making the drive in. BUT: to remedy that, Lost Iguana does provide FREE transportation into the town of Fortuna throughout the day! Again, loved this place, & look forward to a 2nd stay in the near future

Posted by , from Irvine, CA, USA on Apr 5, 2012

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5 out of 5

Private Paradise

Pros: Free breakfast, Free Internet, Quiet, amazing views, private jungle
Warm staff. Amazing grounds (you can walk to Hanging Bridges). Private rooms with hot tub on the balcony!! Can't wait to go back.

Posted by , from Houston, TX on Aug 30, 2011

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5 out of 5

Definitely worth it.....Loved the view.

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Quiet, beautiful grounds
This hotel was the highlight of our trip. We went during the rainy season so we had the place almost to ourselves. View was fantastic. Volcano wasn't active but the view was great. Hot tub on deck was nice. Very nice manicured grounds. Walked the nature trail and saw some great fauna and foliage. We would definitely include the resort in our plans for our next trip to CR. This place was the nicest we stayed in on our whole trip.

Posted by , from Louisiana on Feb 7, 2011

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5 out of 5

5 star accomodation at 3 star rates !

I can't believe, The Lost Iguana is only rated as 4 stars!!! Perhaps, its because the prices are so unbelievably reasonable for a resort of this quality. The Lost Iguana is Casual elegance at it's best! Aside from the truly wonderful accomodation, with unbelievable attention to detail, (Hand painted sinks and bedspreads, private Jacuzzi's over looking the Volcano,clean gorgeous bathrooms, some with outdoor showers) , the promptness efficiency, and friendliness of the staff, is top notch. The food is as good as I've had anywhere, from the fresh Lake Arenal Tilapia Cerviche, to the Shrimp in Banana Sauce. The views from the rooms are National Gegraphic at it's best! I woke up to a "Plumming Volcano" set accross a pink sky, and I thought I'd died and gone to heaven! The grounds are more like a tropical botanical garden than a jungle. There is beauty every where you look. And , the Spa is elegant indulgence at it's best.! (treat yourself, you won't regret it.) Staying at this Jewel in the Jungle is an immersion into the best that nature and man have to offer. I 've traveled far and wide, and I can't wait to go back, this time with a lover.

Posted by on Apr 10, 2010

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Property Features

Lost Iguana Resort and Spa offers its guests a full-service spa, 2 outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, and a children's pool. There are 2 restaurants on site, as well as a coffee shop/café and a grocery/convenience store. You can enjoy a drink at the pool bar. Free breakfast is served daily, and guests can also enjoy a free manager's reception. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. A terrace, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are also featured at the family-friendly Lost Iguana Resort and Spa. A roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) is available for a fee. Free self parking is available. For a fee, the property may offer extended parking privileges after check-out. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3.5-star La Fortuna resort.

  • 42 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 6 buildings
  • 2 dining venues
  • Built in 2005
  • Breakfast available (free)
  • Bar by the pool
  • Manager's reception (free)
  • Coffee shop
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Conference center
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Grocery service (free)
  • Wedding services available
  • Convenience store
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Computer for guest use
  • Television in lobby
  • Bellhop
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Children's pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Laundry facilities
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Refrigerator


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Free self parking , RV, bus, truck parking , Free parking nearby


  • Airport: San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) (133.8 km / 83.1 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Lost Iguana Resort and Spa offers 42 accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature minibars and laptop-compatible safes. Rooms open to balconies or patios. These individually decorated and furnished accommodations include day beds. Beds feature Tempur-Pedic mattresses. 26-inch plasma televisions come with satellite channels. Refrigerators and coffee/tea makers are provided. Bathrooms include showers with rainfall showerheads, bathrobes, and hair dryers. This La Fortuna resort provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include phones along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include ceiling fans and blackout drapes/curtains. In-room massages and irons/ironing boards can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Private balcony or patio
  • Tempur-Pedic beds
  • Minibar
  • Day bed
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Private outdoor space
  • Plasma television
  • Satellite channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Shower
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Cribs (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor

Food & Drink

Guests are served free hot/cold buffet breakfast daily from 7 AM to 9:30 AM. The resort hosts a free manager's reception on select days.

Lost Iguana Resort and Spa has 2 restaurants serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

A complimentary grocery shopping service is offered and room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

2 outdoor swimming pools are on site along with a children's pool. Other recreational amenities include a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Rafting nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Ziplining nearby

Spa Services

Golden Gecko Spa has 2 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages, and facials. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology. The spa is equipped with a sauna.

The spa is open daily.

  • Number of treatment rooms 2
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Prenatal massage
  • Sauna in spa
  • Reflexology
  • Massages


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 11 PM
  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Airport transportation is offered on request 24 hours a day. Fees may apply. Please make arrangements in advance by contacting the property.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for CRC 9000.0 per night.


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Noise-free rooms not guaranteed
  • No elevators


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: CRC $165 per vehicle (one way)
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: CRC 9000.0 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Iguana Resort
  • Lost Iguana
  • Lost Iguana Arenal
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  • Lost Iguana Resort La Fortuna
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You should know

  • Lost Iguana Resort and Spa offers transfers from the airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation with your arrival details prior to travel.
  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the resort before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.