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Cerro Chato Eco Lodge

Hostel | Arenal Volcano Area, La Fortuna, Costa Rica 4417-75

88.9% Overall Rating

60 out of 67 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (26/02/2013)

Michael Fielding thinks…

"Miguel and Carmen are the owners and staff. They do an excellent job of keeping the property clean pretty and both are very welcoming and kind."

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  • Car Parking
  • Currency Exchange
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • BBQ area

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen
  • Towel

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 13:00
Latest Check-out: 10:30

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Located at the base of the Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica (2.5 kms. from La Fortuna, on the road to Catarata Río's Fortuna and only 15minutes by car from Tabacón and Baldi's Hot Springs). Read more

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About Cerro Chato Eco Lodge

With a spectacular view of the southeast side of the volcano, we have the advantage of being at a slightly higher altitude than La Fortuna, thus cooler. Also, we are off the main road enough to avoid the sound of grinding gears that are audible from almost all other hotels.

The rooms are very spacious (32m2) with 1 double and 1 single bed, a large private bath with hot water, screened windows, ceiling fans, verandas with table and chairs, and landscaped grounds abundant with tropical flowers and birds. Full breakfast, available lunches, horse rental, laundry, internet service and secure parking lot.

With us you will have the opportunity to enjoy and learn from Costa Rica’s mix of cultures. Come to know how tourism can be a positive influence on local communities. By hiring local guides, patronizing locally owned restaurants and lodges, and buying local handicrafts, you can help convince residents that wild and historical places are worth saving. We collaborate with conservation organizations and government agencies to find ways to improve Costa Rica’s environmental programs.

The lodge provides information about local tours: Bird Watching, Horseback Riding to the Waterfall, Canopy Adventure, Arenal Volcano, Mountain Biking, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, Hiking to Cerro Chato Lake, Boat Trip to Monteverde across the Arenal Lake, Arenal Reserve, Venado Caves, White Water Rafting, Tabacón Hot Springs Resort and more.

Owner/Proprietor, Miguel Zamora, is fluent in English, knowledgeable, and very helpful to guests directing them to attractions in the area and throughout Costa Rica.

If you are looking for the perfect place to rest, relax and enjoy yourself, then you have found it.

Arenal Volcano and Cerro Chato's view from the Lake / Hot springs

We have the best Fortuna’ hotel rates, promotions and offers / Great Arenal Volcano View / Special Travel rates for students, families, small groups and couples / Our environment is familiar, personalized service with low prices, last minute availability, budget rooms, reliable, economic and comfortable transportation / Consult about our budget but comfortable accommodation / We have the best vacation's packages / We can pick you up free! from the airport / Other services: eco tours, shuttle bus, transfers to any Costa Rica's destinations.

The Best Bed and Breakfast in Arenal Volcano Area certified by The New Key to Costa Rica Sustainable Ecotourism Rating and recommended by Lonely Planet' Book Guide

Arenal Volcano Mountain Hotel with excellent view in La Fortuna

Transportation / Transfer's Service from San José's Hotels to Arenal Volcano / Travel Packages and Bird Watching Tours

We provide one way free! transportation to Cerro Chato Eco Lodge from:



San José

International Airport in Alajuela

International Airport in Liberia (Guanacaste)


3 nights accommodation in Cerro Chato Eco Lodge / 6 persons minimum

3 tours around Arenal Volcano area: Canopy, Rafting, Tabacón Hot Springs, Horseback Ride to Río Fortuna Waterfalls, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge or Arenal Volcano National Park hike.

La Fortuna is a small town of about 8000 people located on the Northern of Costa Rica, approximately 140 kms. Northwest of San José and 60 kms. Northwest of Ciudad Quesada.

Accommodation Information

Cerro Chato Eco Lodge has eleven rooms:
Miguelito Room: Four double rooms each with one double and one single bed, private, ensuite bathroom with hot water, ceiling fan, volcano view and parking lot.

Carmencita Room: Five double rooms, each with one double bed, private, ensuite bathroom with hot water, ceiling fan, volcano view and parking lot.

Pluto Room: Two double rooms, each with one double bed, shared bathroom with hot water, ceiling fan and parking lot.

Location Information

Our lodge offers private transportation to our lodge from the San Jose airport or any San José hotel for $130.00. Please let us know the airline name, arrival time and flight number, or name of your hotel as it is a door to door service.

We can also arrange transportation by shuttle bus (door to door service) for $39.00 per person from the airport or your hotel.

If you are going to, or coming from, Monteverde, we can arrange transportation by jeep-boat-jeep across Lake Arenal, which is a faster and more scenic route, for $25.00 per person leaving at 8:15 am and 2:15 pm. It is a hotel to hotel service.

We are a 35 minutes walk from downtown La Fortuna. A taxi from our lodge to town is $3.00.

By rental car from San Jose:
Take Route 1 north to San Ramon, then Route 141 north towards Arenal Volcano/La Fortuna. It will be well sign posted. Watch for the Arenal Volcano signs. When you reach the traffic light intersection on the main road in La Fortuna, go left on the main road heading towards the volcano. Exactly 1.5 miles later, you will see a cemetery on your right and a big supermarket on the left corner of the road. Turn left and follow the signs for Las Cataratas /Waterfalls. After the road forks to the left, Cerro Chato Eco Lodge is about 800 meters on the left. Driving time is 3 hours.