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4.3 out of 5

"This was, BY FAR, the BEST hotel my fiance and I have ever stayed at in our entire lives (and we travel a lot, and normally stay at very nice places!) ... " More

By a verified traveler on Wed 27 Jul 2016

Hotel Description

Family-friendly 4.5-star resort near Arenal Natura Ecological Park

On riverwalk

You'll be within 3 miles (5 km) of Arenal Natura Ecological Park and 6 miles (10 km) of Arenal Volcano with a stay here. Ecoglide Arenal Park and Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

Poolside dining

This luxury resort features a full-service spa, hot springs, and 2 restaurants. Bring the family and enjoy the children's pool, waterslide, and kid-friendly dining. Enjoy the outdoor pool and free perks like buffet breakfast and free self parking.

Free WiFi, plasma TVs

The 103 guestrooms feature free WiFi, plasma TVs with cable channels, and thoughtful touches like bathrobes and slippers. 24-hour room service, DVD players, and minibars are also available.

Orchid Room King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$295* Per night/room Nov 14 - Nov 15

Orchid Room Two Queen beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Honeymoon suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Tabacon Suite King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Rainforest King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa ratings based on 3 Verified Reviews

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

Guest reviews for Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

Everyone (3)
5 out of 5


Pros: Every single thing - the rooms, the cleanliness, the friendly staff, the service, the hot springs, the room service breakfast.
Cons: Nothing! You guys truly have it all down.
Location: Location is about 15 minutes from La Fortuna, the nearest city. Tons to do there. We went white water rafting, ziplining, and ATVing through Red Lava.
This was, BY FAR, the BEST hotel my fiance and I have ever stayed at in our entire lives (and we travel a lot, and normally stay at very nice places!). I cannot express my gratitude enough for the kindness, friendliness, and service of the staff. Orlando, Fred, and honestly everyone else I can't remember the names of at the moment were hospitable, helpful, always willing to go above and beyond to help with virtually anything we needed, and everyone was just SO pleasant to be around. The rooms were VERY clean and were cleaned not once, but I believe twice a day. Also, the hot springs are MUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We went three times during our 3-day stay, as they were included in our stay, and believe me, it was so worth it. We left Tabacon and traveled to Tamarindo for the rest of our stay which couldn't even come close to comparison. The whole time we said we "missed Tabacon" and wanted to go back there instead. Honestly, thank you all so so so so much for your service and your hospitality. I will recommend this hotel to ANYONE who wants comfort, beauty, kindness, and the gold standard for hospitality.

Posted by , from Los Angeles, CA on Jul 27, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

by General Manager

Dear valued guest, Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful feedback and missing our hotel while you were at Tamarindo.It's great to hear that you found Tabacon the best hotel you and your fiancé have ever stayed.Without doubt your comments will be shared with our team to recognize them for their hard work and excellent attention.We do have a lot of different things to offer and it's great that you got to enjoy our hot springs, which are part of Costa Rica's largest network of naturally flowing hot springs.We would love to have the pleasure of hosting you again soon! Pura Vida, Marcel Stittner General Manager

4 out of 5

Nice getaway for two nights

Pros: The resorts rooms décor are inviting and luxurious. The spa resort facility is amazing having a lot to offer for the day. The hot springs are relaxing
Cons: The main restaurant could be more inviting and laid out better to enjoy the rain forest and surroundings especially during breakfast. Food was good.
Location: The National park has a lot to offer such as ATV riding, horse back riding, hiking and canopy.
The resort/spa was superb place for a short getaway. The staff was amazing and friendly.

Posted by , from New Jersey on Oct 18, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Oct 24, 2015 by Yendry Espinoza, Resident Manager

Hello, Thank you for your comments. We’re glad you found the room inviting and luxurious. We are located in a truly magical setting, it is great to know you enjoyed the surroundings and the national park.We appreciate your feedback in regards to the restaurant laid out and will consider it for a future renovation project. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again future. Regards

4 out of 5
Pros: The place hospitality, the employees character greatly appreciated. The cleanliness of facility.
Cons: They have broken shower in the bathroom.
Location: Yo could do hiking to the volcano. Zip lining, shopping, horse back riding,biking, sight seing& more.
Stayed for 4 days & 3 nights Tabacon hot springs & thermal Resort.

Posted by , from San Francisco on Sep 20, 2015

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About the Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

Location 13 Km Oeste del Centro, La Fortuna, Alajuela

Renovations + Closures

This property is closed from April 1 2020 to November 13 2020 (dates subject to change).

Property Features

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa offers its guests a full-service spa, hot springs, and a waterslide. There are 2 restaurants on site, along with a snack bar/deli. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a swim-up bar and a bar/lounge. Free breakfast is served daily. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. An outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a spa tub are also featured at the luxury Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa. A beach shuttle and a roundtrip airport shuttle are available for a fee. Self parking is free. This 4.5-star La Fortuna resort is smoke free.

  • 103 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 7 buildings
  • 2 dining venues
  • Built in 1997
  • Buffet breakfast (free)
  • Swim-up bar
  • Bar or lounge
  • Deli
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Computer for guest use
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Television in lobby
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop
  • No smoking on site


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

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


Free self parking


  • Airport: Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) (125.5 km / 78 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle, area shuttle, beach shuttle, and shopping center shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa offers 103 air-conditioned accommodations with DVD players and minibars. Plasma televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include showers, bathrobes, slippers, and designer toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and safes. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Plasma television
  • Cable channels
  • DVD player
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Designer toiletries
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Guests are served free buffet breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 10 AM.

Los Tucanes - Overlooking the pool and garden, this fine-dining restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Reservations are required.

Ave del Paraiso - Overlooking the pool and garden, this restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Reservations are required.

Arenal Wet Bar - This poolside bar specializes in international cuisine and serves light fare only. Happy hour is offered.

Cana Brava Lobby Bar - This lobby lounge overlooks the garden. Happy hour is offered.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

An outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a waterslide and a fitness center.

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

  • Rafting nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Rock climbing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Hot springs on site
  • Ziplining nearby

Spa Services

The Grand Spa has 11 treatment rooms including rooms for couples and outdoor treatment areas. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages, and Thai massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and Ayurvedic. The spa is equipped with hot springs/mineral springs, a mud bath, and a spa tub.

The spa is open daily. Guests under 12 years old are not allowed in the spa.

  • Number of treatment rooms 11
  • Outdoor treatment areas
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Facial treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Number of hot springs - 15
  • Mud bath in spa
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Spa tub in spa
  • Minimum age to access spa is 12
  • Thai massage
  • Hot springs/mineral springs in spa
  • Massages


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 11:30 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed


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

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be 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

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

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be 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. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are available to guests
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Protective clothing is not available to guests
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Property does not follow sanitization practices of any association
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • No elevators
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Number of children who can stay free - 2
  • No gap period between guest stays

Hotel Names

  • Grand Tabacon
  • Tabacon Gr Thermal
  • Tabacon Gr Thermal Fortuna
  • Tabacon Gr Thermal Resort
  • Tabacon Gr Thermal Resort Fortuna
  • Tabacon Grand Resort
  • Tabacon Grand Spa
  • Tabacón Thermal Resort La Fortuna
  • Tabacon Grand Thermal Resort
  • Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal
  • Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
  • Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort La Fortuna
  • Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal La Fortuna
  • Tabacon Grand Hotel Thermal
  • Tabacon Grand Resort Thermal
  • Tabacon Resort
  • Tabacón Thermal Resort
  • Tabacón Thermal La Fortuna
  • Tabacon Thermal & La Fortuna
  • Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa Resort
  • Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa La Fortuna
  • Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa Resort La Fortuna

You should know

  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the resort before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Certain facilities might have restricted access. For details, you can contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP), a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

*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.