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Hotel Arenal Carmela

Costado Sur de la Iglesia Catolica, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Hotel Arenal Carmela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013
ErikNordheim Seattle, Washington
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

Really nice layout, food, and service here. Powerful AC cooled the rooms right off. There's a little grasscrete parking lot inside, so you can keep an eye on your car if you drive. Be prepared for low water pressure and some street noise, but a great spot overall.

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Keswick, Ontario, Canada
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15 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

The only thing this place really has going for it is the location, you are right downtown La Fortuna. I however found that it was a bit too noisy as it was downtown. The service we received wasn't the greatest, especially compared to the high standards set by the other places we stayed in Costa Rica. The rooms were clean... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

A nice hotel with nice clean rooms, large showers and great wireless internet. The food was delicious and friendly staff. Located down town across from church and gardens and close to shopping, and laundry mat. Ice cream store next door and a small pool in the center portion of the property. The pool is small and good for soaking and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The rooms were clean, the bedding in our room was good, refrigerator for keying drinks cold, the breakfast buffet was awesome with unlimited coffee and juice although I only had one glass of juice and two cups of coffee. There a no elevators so be prepare to muscle your luggage. They have a tour reservation center in the lobby and... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

This hotel has a good location, good building, very good breakfast, nice spacious bathroom, it has a fridge and a small but interesting pool. But it has a couple of things that I think can be improve. For example, the sheets on the beds were not very good, the cable tv wasnt the best (did not have channels like discovery... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013 via mobile

We went with our kids and enjoyed it. The pool is small and shaded. The room was clean and the service good. The tour operator in the lobby is friendly. The breakfast was solid if not exceptional. It's conveniently located right by the central park and a supermarket.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

I spent the night of Dec 15 in a room on the second floor and think it was great for what it is- a basic, budget hotel room in a convenient location. My room was clean, the a/c worked great, and the staff was friendly and helpful. Breakfast was included and was tasty and served very quickly. The bathroom appeared... More 

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Den Haag
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15 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

The hotel is centrally located. The lady at the reception is very friendly. Travelling with a group as only single traveller I was assigned room 11 directly at the restaurant. A very depressing, dark and smelly room. Then they showed the other single room, 1, equally depressing. Now I have room 23 which was originally for the travel guide. The... More 

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Aalst, Belgium
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Three nights in a room, where the smell of mold is the least problem. The electric heating of the shower resembles the switch of an electric chair and is probably equally dangerous. There may be rooms in higher floors that are more recent, but the two rooms we and our children occupied on the ground level are not recommendable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

We stayed on April in the Carmela and was a terrific experience!!! Clean rooms with A/C, nice pool, wi fi, a computer for guest use, great security, parking and also breakfast included!! Staff was so kind and nice, pending of our needs, location is great, just cross of the park and meters away of excelent restaurants such La parada. If... More 

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