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Hotel Arenal Rabfer

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175 Mts North of Banco Nacional de la Fortuna | 468 Street, Between Avenues 333 and 335, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This is a family owned and run hotel. The owners are very friendly and will help you with reservations to attractions in the Arenal area at discounted prices. The hotel is at walking distance of La Fortuna downtown. La Fortuna is a very lively town and you will find plenty of things to do around. Be aware the hotel rooms... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

And that starts right from the name: RABFER stands for the names of the owner's sons (and daughters?). The F stands for Felipe, who was the guy who served us mostly when we were there. I think some other reviewers mention him as well. He was an excellent help at arranging for rides and providing directions! I love the location... More 

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Rawdon, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Unfortunately we were disappointed by this hotel.. When we got there, they showed us our room, which was completely stuck in a corner. The room in itself was so small, and looked like an hospital room, we asked if they had any other available. Felipe ( I think was his name ) was really helpful and accepted to get us... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Pros - Excellent location - Helpful staff - Pool area - Small balacony - Clean bathroom and room Cons - Terrible mattress - Very small bathroom with no where to put your things - Small room - Very loud air conditioning unit kept me awake

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

This is a great family-run hotel in La Fortuna. The rooms are clean and breakfast was homemade. The staff is very helpful with arranging tours and whatever you need around town, but helped me the most when I lost my wallet. Special thanks to Felippe that went out of his way to drive me to then next city so I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

As seasoned travellers, we arrived in Fortuna with no reservations. We have learned that "seeing is believing" when it comes to hotels...too many times we have been sold by a great web presence only to find the real thing disappointingly different. When we arrived in Fortuna, we looked at about a dozen properties before choosing this one. We stayed at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

We stayed 2 nights at this hotel and found it to be very clean and well run. It is a family run hotel and the sons speak very clear English. As we arrived and registered, one son offered to take us up to our room. He made sure we understood the air conditioner and answered any questions. In the mornings,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

We stayed at Rabfer for two nights while doing the tourist thing in La Fortuna. This family operated hotel, was the perfect place to come back to after a long day. Their breakfast was very good, home cooking. The couple and their sons were kind, friendly and helpful. It was close to all the stores and restaruants. The price was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

Friendly family staff, basic but clean rooms. Small but nice garden with pool.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

This family run hotel was recommended by a tour guide in La Fortuna. Two blocks from main street, lovely quiet hotel. Good clean pool and facilities. We were made extremely welcome for our one night stay. Breakfast cooked freshly for us; we were allowed to keep our room well after check out time. I would definitely stay again.

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