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Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Tabacon was my most favorite hotel I ever stayed at, and I travel a lot! The rooms were nice and comfortable. The service there was amazing. The staff was so nice and did whatever you asked. The hot springs were amazing and beautiful. There plants and scenery but the hot springs made you feel like you were in the middle of a rain forest.

Great getaway! Amazing staff and superb location. Highly recommend it. Wow

Amazing hot spring, Cecilia is the best Receptionist of Front Desk.. very charming and friendly staff.. will come back soon..

Shangri la area is best. Only for hotel guests adult.

Awesome hotel and grounds the hotel is nice and quiet and the springs are awesome. Randall at the front desk was very helpful and took care of us.

Nice facilities but, very very expensive. The buffet style breakfast cost us (two adults) $58!!! If you have money to throw away, this is the place to stay. If not, there are other cheaper options in the area that are just as nice...

Absolutely amazing, wish I could of stayed longer. The view was priceless. The food was amazing, but pricey.

Tabacon thermal springs is a unique place. There are terraces with cascading water, even waterfalls. You can have water massages and gentle flow of warm water over you. Beautiful gardens, pool with the water slide, tiki bar or secluded tiny pools to choose from.

We finished our Costa Rican excursion in the rain forest and stayed at Tabacon. It came recommended by work colleagues and I'm so happy I took their advice. We spent our days exploring the jungle (hanging bridges, La Paz, Arenal), dining in Fortuna and our evenings in the hot springs. That by itself was such a treat. My kids enjoyed it as much as I did.

Great view of the natural springs and the volcano. For $80, you can get in and use the hot springs plus dinner. Not worth $320 per night with room and hot springs access though. Overall, great experience.

Here's the negative: Unfortunately, the room at the hotel was disappointing and that is the only reason I would not recommend it to a friend. Knowing it is the rainforest some things are understandable. However, when you reserve a room at a hotel that is supposed to be 5 star, you expect the rooms to be clean and bug free (or at least mostly bug free given it is the rainforest). They should invest in the construction and maintenance of the rooms. Rooms are a bit shabby and need a little updating along with weatherstripping and a few additional measures need to be taken given the environment to make sure they are better maintained. Now the positive: Staff very pleasant and helpful. All of the employees that I met were so friendly and made me feel comfortable. Service was prompt. Food was great, but a bit expensive given the venue.

Awesome amenities at the thermal spa. Must visit if you are in Arenal. Good view of the Arenal mountain.

This resort was amazing. We highly recommend it for honeymooners. While only are room service once, we got a car and were able to travel to wherever we wanted for lunch and dinner. Costa Rica is simply amazing.

The hotel was very relaxing. The service was amazing. The suite was excellent. I loved it.

This was our 2nd trip to Tabacon the first one for more then one day. On this trip we stayed. 3 nights and took full advantage of the Grand Thermal Spa. We enjoyed the trip even more then the first. Being the wet season we were offered a. Jr. Suite at a fabulous discounted rate to further upgrade our adventure. Tabacon is indescribable a unique gift if one is given the opportunity - Do Not Miss it! Even at the spa where after 3 hrs of blissful relaxation, I discovered the next day I had misplaced a family heirloom diamond ring the spa staff located the ring in the bottom of my relinquished spa robe pocket and had it couriered to me.

Hotel too expensive. Getting old. Needs modern amenities.

Very nice hotel. It was nice to have unlimited access to the hot springs. Food options were pretty expensive

This hotel exceeded all expectations. The staff were all genuinely friendly and helpful. They upgraded us to a suite at no cost (and I'm not even sure why). Our suite was gorgeous! The bath tub was like a little pool. The food at the hotel is also very good, but I will warn you that it's quite expensive. You can save a lot if you go into town to eat. The hot springs at this hotel are nothing short of paradise. They are waterfall hot springs surrounded by tropical vegetation. It's so peaceful and beautiful. I would definitely go back to this hotel and hot springs. I loved it!

Plenty of staff to assist, always friendly. Tour guide is on location, so you can book anytime (they are not cheap but Jacamar Tours is extremely professional and they will customize your trips). Hot Springs was the greatest feature - non guests have to pay a fee to enter. Note, the springs were located about a quarter mile down the road, but there is a bus that runs between the hotel & the springs. Food was pretty good but be prepared to pay; there is a food package that we weren't aware of - so I would recommend inquiring. There were minimal bugs but that's expected given the location. Ask about free upgrade (most likely available only during offseason June - November). Since its located at the base of Arenal Nat Park, its not close to town (shops/restaurants) and a taxi is $18 each way. We found food options to be limited. If this is an issue I would recommend staying elsewhere, but I felt the overall quality beat out the proximity to La Fortuna (town). I would definitely stay here again and recommend this resort to anyone visiting Costa Rica. Pura Vida!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the hotel(excellent service) and best of all the dip in the hot water pools! If you have not been there, book your trip now!!!

13 km oeste del centro La Fortuna Alajuela

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Arenal Hot Springs within a short walk of Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa is within 2 miles (3 km) of Baldi Hot Springs. This 103-room, 4.5-star resort has 2 restaurants along with conveniences like a full-service spa and an outdoor pool. It's on a river and also near Ecotermales Fortuna and Ecoglide Arenal Park.


Dining

Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 6:30 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy dining at the resort's 2 onsite restaurants: Los Tucanes specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Ave del Paraiso offers relaxing pool views. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.


Rooms

All 103 recently renovated rooms provide minibars, coffee makers, and ceiling fans. Guests can expect free WiFi and plasma TVs with cable channels and DVD players. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, designer toiletries, and bathrobes. Other standard amenities include safes, phones, and ironing boards.


Property features

Guests of Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa enjoy a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an area shuttle for a fee. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this luxury resort include a fitness center, a spa tub, and free WiFi in public areas.

Room options

Rainforest King Bed

Full 1 | King 1 | Sleeps 3

Honeymoon Suite King Bed

Full 1 | King 1 | Sleeps 3

Tabacon Suite King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Tabacon Suite Two Full Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

Everyone (9) Couples (23) Family (4) Other (3) Friends (5)
5

beautiful hot springs

Everyone

Tabacon was my most favorite hotel I ever stayed at, and I travel a lot! The rooms were nice and comfortable. The service there was amazing. The staff was so nice and did whatever you asked. The hot springs were amazing and beautiful. There plants and scenery but the hot springs made you feel like you were in the middle of a rain forest.

By , from new york on Jul 5, 2017

Review comment responded on Jul 7, 2017

Dear valued guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Tabacon.We are glad to read you had a 5 star visit. It's wonderful to know you consider the attention from our staff was always nice and helpful. On the other hand, it's great to read you enjoyed our hot springs and amazing/beautiful hot springs located in the middle of the rainforest. We appreciate your review and hope to host you again in the near future. Pura Vida, Marcel Stittner General Manager

5
Everyone

Great getaway! Amazing staff and superb location. Highly recommend it. Wow

By on May 2, 2017

Review comment responded on May 4, 2017

Dear valued guest, Thank you for visiting Tabacon and share your experience through this review. We are glad to read you enjoyed a great getaway. It's a pleasure to know you liked the always attentive service from our staff and our superb location. Thank you for recommend us. We hope to have the pleasure of hosting you again in the near future. Pura Vida, Marcel Stittner General Manager

4

must stay to enjoy amazing hot spring

Everyone

Amazing hot spring, Cecilia is the best Receptionist of Front Desk.. very charming and friendly staff.. will come back soon..

By , from washington Dc on Apr 5, 2017

Review comment responded on Apr 7, 2017

Hello Kate, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon with us. We are happy to read you had an amazing experience while visiting us and that our staff were always charming and friendly during your visit. We appreciate you review and we will be waiting to host you again in the near future. Pura Vida, Marcel Stittner General Manager

5

nice hot springs

Everyone

Shangri la area is best. Only for hotel guests adult.

By on Feb 6, 2017

Review comment responded on Feb 8, 2017

Hello Annie, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon with us. We are happy to read you had a 5 stars experience during your visit. It's wonderful to know you enjoyed our Shangri La Gardens, which as you mentioned it's our private area for hotel guest only over 18 years age. We appreciate your review and hope to host you again in the near future! Pura Vida, Marcel Stittner General Manager

5

awesome hotel

Everyone

Awesome hotel and grounds the hotel is nice and quiet and the springs are awesome. Randall at the front desk was very helpful and took care of us.

By , from new orleans on Jan 16, 2017

Review comment responded on Jan 19, 2017

Hello Randy, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon. It's great to read you consider Tabacon an awesome hotel with awesome hot springs. Our priority is to make the experience of our visitors an enduring memory so our staff is always happy to serve you, Thank you for your comment, as it helps us recognize Randall's work in providing better quality service and attention. We appreciate your review and hope to host you again soon! Pura Vida, Marcel Stittner General Manager

3
Everyone

Nice facilities but, very very expensive. The buffet style breakfast cost us (two adults) $58!!! If you have money to throw away, this is the place to stay. If not, there are other cheaper options in the area that are just as nice...

By , from Idaho on Jul 31, 2016

Review comment responded on Jan 1, 1970

Hello Orbitz! Thank you for sharing comments about your stay.We're sorry to hear that your expectations were not met in relation to our food service,Your feedback will be used to help us improve our services as our goal is to ensure each guest has an exceptional experience. We hope to have the opportunity to better serve you in a near future. Pura Vida, Marcel Stittner General Manager

5

amazing experience.

Everyone

Absolutely amazing, wish I could of stayed longer. The view was priceless. The food was amazing, but pricey.

By , from Fernandina beach, fl on May 29, 2016

5

best time at tabacon hot springs

Everyone

Tabacon thermal springs is a unique place. There are terraces with cascading water, even waterfalls. You can have water massages and gentle flow of warm water over you. Beautiful gardens, pool with the water slide, tiki bar or secluded tiny pools to choose from.

By , from P. New Jersey on Apr 22, 2016

5

lovely respite in the rainforest!

Everyone

We finished our Costa Rican excursion in the rain forest and stayed at Tabacon. It came recommended by work colleagues and I'm so happy I took their advice. We spent our days exploring the jungle (hanging bridges, La Paz, Arenal), dining in Fortuna and our evenings in the hot springs. That by itself was such a treat. My kids enjoyed it as much as I did.

By , from Seattle on Apr 19, 2016

3

good view, rip off restaurants

Couples

Great view of the natural springs and the volcano. For $80, you can get in and use the hot springs plus dinner. Not worth $320 per night with room and hot springs access though. Overall, great experience.

By on Dec 11, 2015