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Arenal Vista Lodge

25 km west from La Fortuna, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 5717, Costa Rica
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This place is absolutely disgusting. The place is run-down and nasty. We walked into our room and immediately found poop. The floors were grimy, dirty, and the room looked like it hadn't been cleaned since last week. They only gave ONE towel for our shower AND pool use. They gave us ONE dirty soap bar and our shower was no... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This place has a beautiful view of the volcano and the lake. No air conditioning, but the fan in our room was good enough. A few people from my travel group had money stolen from their rooms. I bought a beer from their bar and when I took it into my room to drink it, it was missing the beer... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015 via mobile

This hotel is completely run down. The rooms are in need of updating with dirty linens and dirty bathrooms. The restaurant and bar are unhygienic- I can't even think about the dirty towel underneath the glasses. One room had bat droppings. Don't stay here!!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

4 of us stayed here 11, 12 and 13 May and loved it. We were provided with wonderful Bungalow (rooms 32 and 33), which were spacious, very clean, and convenient to lodge facilities (which are beautiful rustic style .... lobby, restaurant, bar.) The whole hotel is very well maintained, the grounds are beautiful, full of flowers, birds, beautiful pool. The... More 

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We enjoyed the crossing by lush vegetation characteristic of Costa Rica, was better when we were made to feel at home; good service, nice resturant with variety and very good food, comfortable rooms without much tegnologia making a difference which is healthy, trails plus a great view of the lake and Volcan Arenal. We will definitely return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful natural setting with gardens, is a little removed from the town of Fortuna (20 mins) but if you bring in a car is ideal, facing the lake and Arenal Volcano, there are even hiking make short walks in the private forest hotel, incredible view of the volcano. The correct spacious rooms with balconies and great views. Friendly staff and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We arrived in the evening to that wonderful place, service is very good and attentive. Very delicious food and the view of the lake and Arenal volcano is unique. 100% recommend, my family and I are very happy and very soon we will return to this beautiful hotel

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Although the view of the volcano and lake are spectacular, the hotel could use some upgrading. The staff was not bilingual but tried to be helpful. The food was very basic and the hot water was sporadic. The location is remote and has a long bumpy road to get there. The grounds are very well maintained, and the rates are... More 

Paris, France
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I stayed here two nights in a row during a wonderful 2-weeks trip in Costa Rica. This hotel was the only bad experience I had during this trip. I don't know what was the worst part: - the horrible food with something looking like an insect in my plate - the dirty room: we found an old biscuit packet under... More 

Kelowna, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

Very basic, rustic. Room was spacious with a good view which we didn't get to enjoy due to rainy and cloudy weather. Hot water for about 2 mins per shower. Unless you rent a good car, you'll pay a lot extra for transfers to tours, like $60 each. We found the driving over potholes for 10km each way stressful and... More 

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