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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
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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

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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 

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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 

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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This is a terrible choice for anyone travelling to the Arenal area. The view might be attractive, but everything else is disgusting. We booked our hotel room two days before our stay, but because of a sick family member back at home we were forced to cut our trip short. We visited the lodge the next day, still 24 hours... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This is a comfortable, clean and friendly hotel. Yes they speak little English but they more than make up for it with their willingness to help with whatever you need. The hotel is frequented mainly by tour groups as you just can't beat it for the views with double glass fronted wall overlooking the volcano and lake. But if you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Wonderful, friendly staff, great location, basic rooms, did i mention GRREAT LOCATION never been to a location so stunning...... lake & Volcano..... treated to a chorus of birds/howler monkeys every morning. we stayed at the Vista lodge for 5 nights, very remote, unless you are driving, be prepared to pay for £30 US dollar per trip. Tours are difficult to... More 

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