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Hotel Las Colinas: Family Run in La Fortuna Since 1990

In Accommodation, Costa Rica by Sheena10 Comments

Hotel Las Colinas boasts an unbeatable view of Arenal Volcano from it’s rooftop terrace & the best hotel breakfast in town – find out about the history & eco-friendly renovations behind this long-running traveller’s favourite in La Fortuna, Costa Rica!

Hotel Las Colinas History

Hotel Las Colinas has been managed by the Lopez Fernandez family for the past 27 years & they have experienced it all in that time!

Their story begins even further back, from 1968 when a strong eruption from Arenal Volcano caused Mr Lopez’ father to flee from La Fortuna. The Lopez family returned to their hometown in 1985, only to face another disaster when their family business burnt down in a serious fire.

In typical Costa Rican spirit, the Lopez family didn’t give up.

Instead, they opened another general store before deciding to build a hotel. In 1988, there were only 3 hotels in La Fortuna but Senor Lopez could see the potential in the town & decided that his hotel would be not 1 storey, not 2 storeys but 3 storeys tall.

Hotel Las Colinas location

The 3 storey Hotel Las Colinas was built in 1988

Hotel Las Colinas became a big success, as travellers from all over the world came to witness the frequent eruptions of Arenal Volcano (dormant since 2010).

Senor Lopez passed away in 2016, when the family decided it was time to start another chapter. At this time, Hotel Las Colinas underwent a complete renovation as an eco-friendly, sustainable hotel.

Today, Senor Lopez’s wife Dona Flor manages the hotel with her daughter Ivette. Her sons Jocsan & Jicson are also involved, as the family & hotel continue to grow together.

Let us here at DIY Travel HQ show you around!

Hotel Las Colinas family run

Hotel Las Colinas has been managed by the same family for 27 years!

Hotel Las Colinas Location

Hotel Las Colinas is located in the heart of La Fortuna, just half a block from the central park. Restaurants, shops & banks are all within walking distance.

It’s a fantastic base for excursions to the hot springs & eco-adventures around La Fortuna, one of the most popular places to visit in Costa Rica.

Hotel Las Colinas is well-known to all the tour operators in town, so you can be guaranteed an easy pick-up.

Main plaza La Fortuna

Hotel Las Fortuna is half a block from Parque Central in La Fortuna

Hotel Las Colinas Rooms

Hotel Las Colinas offers 3 types of rooms: Standard, Honeymoon Suite & Junior Suite.

We stayed in a Standard Room & found it most spacious & comfortable.

The bed was very restful with 4 pillows and side tables & lamps. And we loved the striking cubist painting! There was also air-conditioning, flat-sreen cable TV, wifi, a desk & chair and hanging space for clothes.

Hotel Las Colinas room

Our lovely room at Hotel Las Colinas

Our room opened out to a private balcony, with table & chairs – another bonus of an excellent, value-for-money hotel!

The modern bathroom was stocked with plenty of towels, soap & shampoo. But the best thing was the very hot water with excellent water pressure – something that we don’t take for granted in Central America. Even more impressive is that the water is powered via solar energy & we were never without hot water, even after back-to-back showers.

Bathroom Hotel Las Colinas

Clean bathrooms with super-hot water powered by solar energy!

If you’re feeling indulgent, why not treat yourself to the Junior Suite with armchairs, a mini bar, wine glasses, bathrobes & a balcony with a gorgeous view of Arenal Volcano.

For the romantics, let the candles & private jacuzzi set the mood with a luxurious stay in the Junior Honeymoon Suite.

Suite Hotel Las Colinas

We didn’t see any of the suites but this is one of the bigger rooms, perfect for groups & families

Hotel Las Colinas Terrace Garden

The second storey of Hotel Las Colinas features a large terrace garden facing the imposing Arenal Volcano!

It’s a spacious & leafy area with pot plants & several different places to relax in:

  • Curl up on the couch
  • Kick back on the reclining sun lounges
  • Gather around the open outdoor seating in front of the volcano
  • Have a drink or prop up a chair around the bar
Hotel Las Colinas Volcan Arenal

Relax on the rooftop bar with an awesome view of Arenal Volcano

The terrace garden is definitely the perfect spot for a drink – from coffee to smoothies to cocktails, wine & beer, there’s something for all tastes, including regular drink specials.

There’s also a book exchange here & a corkboard with information on things to do in La Fortuna.

Rooftop bar Hotel Las Colinas

Enjoy a drink with a view at the rooftop bar

Hotel Las Colinas Breakfast

A fantastic breakfast in the hotel restaurant is included in all room stays at Hotel Las Colinas.

On the first morning, we chose from a full menu of Nicaraguan & Western options such as gallo pinto & homemade corn tortillas and pancakes & scrambled eggs.

Drink options include coffee, tea, hot chocolate & juice. We also got a plate of mixed fruit & there’s a buffet where you can help yourself to different kinds of breads/toast & spreads.

Breakfast at Hotel Las Colinas

The full breakfast experience at Hotel Las Colinas!

On the other mornings, there were large tour groups staying so the hot breakfast choices were more limited, but all the drinks, bread & fruit options were still offered.

You will definitely start your day with a full stomach at Hotel Las Colinas!

Restaurant Hotel Las Colinas

The restaurant (currently serving breakfast only)

Hotel Las Colinas Tour Desk & Spa

There are many activities to do in La Fortuna, the adventure capital of Costa Rica.

We recommend the following:

Hotel Las Colinas also offers in-house spa services including massages, facials & beauty treatments at reasonable prices.

The tour desk at reception can make all tour & spa bookings for you.

La Fortuna Costa Rica tours

Tour desk & reception at Hotel Las Colinas

Hotel Las Colinas Sustainability

Hotel Las Colinas is a 100% sustainable hotel, certified 5 stars by the Costa Rican tourism board.

They’re a carbon neutral hotel & participate in environmental action plans such as the Rain Forest Alliance & Blue Flag Program.

We love staying at eco-friendly hotels & supporting businesses that make environment a priority.

Eco Hotel Las Colinas

There are leafy areas all around the hotel

Know Before You Go

Address: Calle 468, entre Avenida 325 y Ruta 142

Prices: Standard rooms from $78.00 (see website for current promotions)


  • Phone:           2479-9305
  • Email:            [email protected]
  • Website:       Hotel Las Colinas

*** The Final Word: Hotel Las Colinas is easily the best-value accommodation in La Fortuna! ***

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Hotel Las Colinas boasts an unbeatable view of Arenal Volcano from it's rooftop terrace & the best hotel breakfast in town. Hotel Las Colinas has been managed by the Lopez Fernandez family for the past 27 years & they have experienced it all in that time! Find out about the history & eco-friendly renovations behind this long-running traveller's favourite in La Fortuna, Costa Rica!


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* We enjoyed a complimentary stay at Hotel Las Colinas – thank you to Ivette for hosting us. We only recommend great value accommodation that we would choose to stay at regardless! As always, all opinions are our own.

Visited in January 2017



    1. Author

      For us, we love the combination of having a nice place to relax & also being close to everything else we may want to do/see. Las Colinas fit perfectly for that.

  1. I think the most impressive here is really this amazing view. I try to imagine to wake up and see such a mountain and this beautiful nature – could it be more beautiful?
    But also the hotel itself looks very cozy and inviting – great post!

    1. Author

      It’s great to wake-up with a volcano view. Most people don’t have that experience every day. The room was very comfortable & the complimentary breakfast was delicious!

  2. Such a nice hotel, and a nice story behind it! That’s what I really like about this post, it shows endurance of people determined to survive and succeed. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Author

      You’re welcome! You have to love the persistence of people in the face of hardship. Thankfully, everything worked out & we know have a fabulous hotel to enjoy. 🙂

  3. It’s easy to see why you picked this hotel to stay at. What a view. And there’s always something really nice about staying at family-run hotels.

    1. Author

      It’s great being just a little bit taller than your neighbors so you can enjoy the view. Family-run hotels are also nice since you know the people you are helping & see the personal touches too!

  4. Looks like my type of hotel! The view, the rooms, the breakfast, the green and sustainable approach! Would love to stay there if I go to Costa Rica. And I’d be really happy for recommendations for cool hotels like this one in other places you go! Thank you 🙂

    1. Author

      Hotel Las Colinas is everything you said & more. What we really enjoyed was that you couldn’t tell they were eco-friendly. Normally, hotels sacrifice a little quality or comfort to be sustainable, but you would never know at Las Colinas.

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