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Lake Arenal Hotel

Kilometer 30, Route 142, Santa Rosa | PO Box: 92-5710, Tilaran 5710, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Minoa)
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Ranked #1 of 6 Tilaran B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most relaxing places I have ever stayed. Unbelievably friendly staff who treat their guests like family. Amazing windsurfing available through Tom, a great instructor who knows the lake as well as anyone. My friend and I were supposed to just be passing through but ended up staying for 10 days. Plenty of activities available throughout the day... More

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this lovely place by accident, stayed for a meal and a chat, and returned for a stay 3 days later. It is simply lovely, the kind of place you want to go back to. The rooms are well, roomy, the water steaming, the pool and views wonderful, but the hosts and the ambiance are stupendous! Great visit!

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Boone, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great find this is!!!!!! EXCELLENT Micro Brewery!!!! Run by a really nice family. Fabulous Hotel and a great Restaurant too!! Great Lake Views!!! Kite and Windsurfing lessons available This place boasts 3 types of pool: Billiards, POOL, and a Legit SKATE BOARD PARK!!!! I would have stayed here for weeks but my lady had a travel agenda!!! Do... More

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ArenalLAB, Manager at Lake Arenal Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks Trevor, we enjoyed having you and your friend here...please come back and let's take the world of water sports to the next level! More

Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend and I came to do a few days of windsurfing, and we ended up staying for 10. Great food, great beer, great rooms, and most notably, great hosts! JP, Jules, and Mason took care of us like family. We stayed in one of the spacious apartment suites, with a beautiful lake view from our patio. We windsurfed with... More

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Hobe Sound
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here after we saw the brewery signs and we were really glad we did. What was intended to be a quick stop turned into several hours. The beer was great, food spectacular, and staff extremely friendly. If we didn't have reservations somewhere else, would have stayed here for a while. They helped me locate my lost camera and... More

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Viroqua, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved this place! It has a very laid back atmosphere and we felt instantly welcome and at home. The people there were very friendly and helpful. I appreciated the "green" philosophy and education that they practice and promote. Our 14 year old son tried to wear out the pool table. My husband really enjoyed the beer. We all loved... More

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Lake A, Manager at Lake Arenal Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks Jean. We're so glad you stayed and enjoyed Lake Arenal Hotel. Thanks for your feedback-- we are upgrading the rooms as well, with new 400-count sheets and nice thick towels. Looking forward to the next time! More

Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What an awesome place to stop at for a day to enjoy the food, beer and people. If your into adventure, stay longer and check out the full size cement skateboard park or world-class kiteboarding and windsurfing at the lake in front of hotel...loved it!

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Keswick, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved the place, the people, the stunning architecture, the décor, the ambiance in the dining area and the brew pub setting with fabulous views of the lake and hills. Beautiful pool area. Great space for an event or group get-together. Staff was very kind and helped us to de-stress after a 10 hour drive. We were stuck for a... More

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Julzlove, Manager at Lake Arenal Hotel, responded to this review

Hello and thanks for your review! We're glad you came, and even more happy that you'll come back to Lake Arenal Hotel! Just so folks know we're not totally roughin' it here, our cement floors were made with natural ochre powders sifted into the concrete while it was still wet, and then highly polished to a sheen--they were built to... More

New York City, New York
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4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We didn't stay at this property, but saw the sign for their microbrewery when we were driving by. We stopped in for a beer, and they had a beautiful view of Lake Arenal from the restaurant/bar area. The staff were very friendly - pointing out a Tucan in the tree to everyone in the bar area, and the service was... More

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Penticton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

A very pretty spot to stay overnight while touring around Lake Arenal. You can watch the kiteboarders from the balcony if you don't want to drive to the kiting beach. The craft beer is a real treat and rare to find in Costa Rica. The change of names is rather confusing - I've seen it called Minoa, Lake Arenal, Huerta...... More

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Julzlove, Manager at Lake Arenal Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks LC, we appreciate you writing here and helping us reach more folks who might enjoy this establishment! We have indeed changed the name a few times and understand it's been confusing! Jean Paul has been working hard on the Green Program (teaching college students about sustainable practices and green entrepreneurship) so we leased the hotel to Volcano Brewing Company... More

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Additional Information about Lake Arenal Hotel

Also Known As:
Lake Arenal Hotel Costa Rica/Tilaran
Address: Kilometer 30, Route 142, Santa Rosa | PO Box: 92-5710, Tilaran 5710, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Minoa)
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tilaran
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Tilaran
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lake Arenal Hotel is the crown jewel of a 15-acre organic farm and world-renowned green-energy education center in Northern Costa Rica. With dramatic red-ochre pillars and colorful walls adorned with hand-painted frescos, the 21-room hotel overlooks hundreds of acres of Costa Rica's protected jungle and the rainbow shores of beautiful Lake Arenal. Also home to Costa Rica's first microbrewery, Lake Arenal Hotel serves farm-fresh food at its on-site restaurant, La Huerta, with an international menu by award-winning chef and owner Marcos Vega. Come enjoy the relaxed ambience, delicious food and what many of our customers say is the "best beer in Costa Rica." A tennis court, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and fully-equipped classroom are just some of the hotel's amenities. Two flat-screen TVs in the bar/restaurant and free high-speed wifi throughout the facilities make your stay modern and comfortable. Lake Arenal Hotel's superior and family rooms are uniquely appointed with cast-iron candelabras, dining areas, fireplaces, some with private patios and lake-view hammocks. These upper-tier rooms have various arrangements of queen-sized beds, accommodating from two-to-eight adults, all with private baths. The standard garden and lake view rooms have two queen-sized beds and private baths. Just one-and-a-half hours from Liberia Airport and three hours from the San Jose Airport, Lake Arenal Hotel offers a wide variety of activities and tours, including waterfall hikes, horseback riding, sailing trips, kite-boarding lessons, river rafting, zip-lining, rappelling and day-trips to the nearby volcanoes and hot springs. In addition to our popular Green Program adventure-tours, immersing hundreds of college students from Princeton to Pratt in renewable energy production here in Costa Rica, Lake Arenal Hotel offers educational weekend packages on organic and sustainable farming, cheese making, craft beer, and sustainable energy and water management and green entrepreneurship. Come relax, play and learn at Lake Arenal Hotel. ... more   less 
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