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Arenal Vista Lodge

3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   25 km west from La Fortuna, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 5717, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014
stephanieg51 Concord, New Hampshire
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Concord, New Hampshire
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68 reviews 68 reviews
17 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The views of the Arenal volcano are just spectacular from this hotel. Also, in the morning you can hear the howler monkeys if you're not a heavy sleeper. Rooms at this hotel are nothing special, but it was clean. The bathroom is on the smaller side, but manageable. As with other hotels, only the basic soap was included (no shampoo... More

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Albany, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

The view of the Arenal Volcano is breathtaking! However, if you're spending anytime in your hotel room, it's less than desirable. The rooms were dirty, the lock on the door was just a chain, and there are areas all around that are in need of repair (paint, chipped concrete, etc) The food was good!

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Ithaca, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

This sweet hotel is two steps below basic, but the staff is so nice, tries so hard to be helpful, is always cheerful, and the chef managed to make me delicious gluten free dairy free meals. We went into the rainforest behind the hotel and were all alone in this magical world where no one was within hearing distance. We... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We checked in late (Around 11p.m.) and the man at the desk was more than helpful getting us to our room. ROOMS: The Rooms were not anything fancy. However, they offered a nice view of the volcano. Overall the room was clean and spacious. We had towel animals on our bed. BREAKFAST: The breakfast both mornings we were there was... More

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Very simple hotel, oldie decoration and rooms very basic, no TV, no AC, but THAT VIEW!! you can see all the Lake and the Volcano in front of you from all the rooms and from the restaurant. The best place to birding, excellent trails on the property. Is far from town, is nothing there, you need a 4x4 car or... More

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Orlando, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Pro: They leave awesome extras that make you feel special, like folded towels. The room was clean The staff was friendly The food is Awesome! The pool and hot tub are absolutely amazing. The shuttle driver from San jose to Arenal was really nice and stopped along the way anywhere we wanted. Cons: They do not offer a free shuttle... More

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Reno, Nevada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Gorgeous sunrise views of the volcano and its adjoining lake while birds and bugs flourish in the sunshine. Clean rooms with balconies, good water pressure, big closet. It's not elegant, but the surroundings sure are! Meals are delicious, especially if you get a spot on the deck to look at the volcano. The staff members were friendly, efficient, smiling- there... More

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Beallsville Maryland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We stayed at this hotel several days as part of an EF Tours group touring Costa Rica for 10 days. I loved the generous sized suite we had which had a fantastic view of the lake and volcano behind it. If you want to take your time and unwind with a good book or just relax away from the bustle... More

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

But old, do not expect anything special but peace and quiet. Furniture is old, but the views are magnificent. Food was very good. Yes, the road is the BUMPY but it was an adventure. The view of the volcano is astonishing.

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Miami, Florida
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6 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

This is a typical Costa Rican owned small hostel lodge. The service is outgoing and friendly. The view is outstanding, across the lake looking up on to the volcano. Every room in the Lodge faces the volcano, all you have to do is sit up in bed and see the volcano (to bad it isn't erupting now). The rooms are... More

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Also Known As:
Arenal Vista Hotel Arenal Volcano National Park
Arenal Vista Hotel
Address: 25 km west from La Fortuna, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 5717, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > El Castillo
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 Specialty lodging in El Castillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Arenal Vista Lodge 3*
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