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Arenal Vista Lodge

3.0 of 5 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
    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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Kelowna, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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Concord, New Hampshire
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80 reviews 80 reviews
19 hotel reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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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 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Lima, Peru
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
17 reviews 17 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
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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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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Arenal Vista Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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