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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   200 meters NW from the Arenal Lake dam | Escazú, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 1250, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2009
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Warwick, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2009

The Arenal Lodge offers amazing views of Volcano Arenal and is set on a mountain that gives it privacy. We stayed in one of the chalets at the top of the mountain, which we think was well worth the small upcharge versus staying in one of the rooms attached to the main building. There are very nice hiking trails and... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2009

We arrived at the hotel around 6:30 p.m. after several hours of driving. We were tired and hungry so we were happy to get an upgrade to a family suite. Family suite was a one room with a small refrigerator and coffee maker. A floor lamp and one of the lamp above the nightstand was not working. Everything looked shabby... More

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2009

We used a travel company and when they recommended that we stay here we were leery. The pictures online were not that great and the reviews on this website were both good and bad. The company said - trust me people love it here. So we trusted them and we are SO happy we did. This place was perfect! You... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2009

Arenal Lodge has a wonderful view of Volcan Arenal and the hotel employees are friendly and helpful. We were able to take a tour of the butterfly and bird garden and while the tour itself was a little slim on wildlife, the tour guide, Miguel, was delightful. We stayed in one of the junior suites and had a view of... More

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Austin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2009

The time we spent there was definitely the highlight of our time in Costa Rica. The resort really had everything we needed. Check in was quick and easy and the staff was very friendly and helpful throughout the entire stay. Of course the rooms were very clean and the service was great but it was really everything else that made... More

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Baltimore, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2009

I wanted to stay somewhere that afforded me all the benefits of the volcano (the view, nearby access to the hot springs, the lake) without being too close to it, since the hotels that are at the foot of the volcano are often evacuated whenever it explodes. Arenal Lodge was a fantastic choice! It is very quaint, situated in a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2009

On the drive around Lake Arenal (breathtaking) we spotted many cheesy signs for Arenal Lodge and thought we made a mistake booking at this hotel... After we passed thru security, there is a 3 kilometer/2 mile bumpy drive up to the hotel. Well worth the climb to the top where the grounds are gorgeous and well-kept and the view from... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2009

My husband and I checked into the Arenal Lodge and at first thought it seemed like a great, rustic location. Then we got to the room - a junior suite. The smell of mildew was overwhelming and we saw a few bugs. The view was great, so I thought I could stay there for one night. We went into town... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2009

My husband and I stayed here for three nights. Great hotel with lovely views of the volcano (unfortunately we didnt see it at erupting as night as it was cloudly). The rooms were large and clean, there is a little swimming pool and jacuzzi overlooking the volcano - it's lovely! The food was also good. The hotel is situated about... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2009

While the Arenal Lodge is a bit older, the service, the view and the grounds, including the pool, are wonderful. We stayed in a chalet on a hill overlooking the rest of the resort. These have a huge glass "bay window" - almost an entire wall of the room is floor to ceiling windows looking at the volcano. The room... More

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Address: 200 meters NW from the Arenal Lake dam | Escazú, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 1250, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Hotel Class:3 star — Arenal Lodge 3*
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Arenal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Arenal Lodge Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#12 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Arenal Lodge provides guests with the excitement of staying in an authentic rainforest lodge with breathtaking panoramic views of Costa Rica’s famous Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. Guests will enjoy a casual and relaxed rustic lodge setting with the added value of a complimentary breakfast daily. Located on 2000-acres of beautiful tropical rainforest, the lodge is situated near Arenal Volcano National Park. The lodge is surrounded by rainforest - housing hundreds of exotic birds, small animals and the beautiful tropical flowers and trees of Costa Rica. and is it's own local tourist attraction due to its exclusive location with breathtaking panoramic views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. The lodge features a full service restaurant with local and international cuisine, gift shop, three heated outdoor Jacuzzi's, an infinite edge swimming pool, walking trails, a butterfly garden, horseback riding, a game-room and outdoor playground for children, fitness room, sauna, and free wireless high speed internet access.Guest rooms and suites feature cable TV, telephone, coffee maker, clock radio, and all have private baths. Complimentary crib and wheel chair are available on request. ... more   less 
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