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“La Mansion; a special place.” 5 of 5 stars
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La Mansion Inn Arenal Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   La Union de Nuevo Arenal, Nuevo Arenal 050807, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Nuevo Arenal
Certificate of Excellence
Napa, CA
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“La Mansion; a special place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2008

Loved the La Mansion!!!!!!!!!!! The rooms, the breakfast, the views and the staff are all fabulous. We actually loved the location on the lake. I can't think of anything to have made our stay better. We will be back.
The Archers

  • Liked — The view from our private patio.
  • Disliked — Everything was great!
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Duffel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2008

We spent 3 days in this hotel for our honeymoon, and this hotel is absolutely beautiful.
Our room/house was large and spacious , beautifully decorated, with every comfort you need.
The staff were all so friendly and willing to help and the service was excellent.
Great food, beautiful and clean pool, and spectacular view on the lake. This is place to relax, enjoy nature and Costa Rica
What a sunset !!!
It was pure paradise. Thank you, we will be back.

  • Liked — The view on the Lake
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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san francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2008

This is a fine and beautiful, well-run, family hotel, in a bucolic, green corner of the Costa Rican countryside. The cottages, the grounds, the pool, the setting, the rooms, all are way, way above average.Really quite lovely. The owners are also very present, on top all details, and are accommodating and pleasant.
However, be warned, the hotel itself is well out in the country, miles from "the sights." If you like to walk, there are some pleasant side roads and paths to follow, and the hotel has a few canoes and paddles, which get you out into the beautiful Lake Arenal, populated with birds, ringed with flowering trees and plants. But you will probably need a rental car, and it's fairly far off to the volcano parks, the hanging bridges and the "sights: -- all worth a visit. The hotel's food is less successful, though not bad, and the restaurant is lovely, in a pretty but covered, open air corner of the hotel lobby , and the service is cheerful and polite. It's not a place for foodies, though. The menu is more or less "hotel continental," with the main, meat-heavy entrees almost always sauced, too much for our taste. The owner says he has stopped hiring expensive "outside" chefs, who habitually leave after three months, and he is working on training local ladies. (The little, modest :soda" next door, a mom and pop restaurant, very plain and simple had good foot at a quarter the price.), But at the hotel, one night we had exceptionally good food; another night, very much so-so. The Belgian owner, who has lived in CR for years and years, may get this right, but don't expect fine dining as a given. But would we come back, would we recommend? You bet. It's a lovely place, relaxed and lovely, with friendly and efficient service,lovely cottages, and pretty dining. So our marks -- and we are fussy -- are very high. We would stay there again.

  • Liked — beauiful grounds and rooms
  • Disliked — uneven good
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2008

This hotel was our favorite place we stayed in Costa Rica. We were on our honeymoon and this was our splurge hotel, our honeymoon suite was so nice. Our view was stunning and it was very romantic, lake arenal is so amazing. There is a european class in the attention to details. Fresh cut flowers everyday, mixed drinks made with real fruit, fresh & interesting food, great natural spring drinking water, great coffee, great desserts, and a wonderful staff. There is nothing pre-fabricated about this place, it is a small place which allows for a more simplistic elegance.
We took the hotel's advice and booked our activities when we got there. We couldn't have been more pleased with the hotel's recommendations. We relaxed our first day at the pool but then had two days full of great activities. I was very glad that we left it open, though I couldn't say that about the other hotels that we stayed at. I felt like the other hotels were treating us like tourist cattle that costa rica seems to create/attract.

We had perfect weather from Jan11-20th, it was the pefect time to go. It was fairly quiet at La Mansion because they were very busy around the holidays.

We had to reschedule our entire trip because of my husbands knee, they were great about it. We were happier that we went in January and not November.

When I first booked the hotel, I was surprised by the aggressive payment policy. We had to pay in full by a half month before our reservation (with no refund!). But in the end, we felt like the place didn't nickle and dime us like other hotels/cities in costa rica. We felt like it was worth the money and would highly recommend this hotel to others. It's great for 'low maintenence' travelers who appreciate a less mainstream environment with class. Their 4 nights for the price of 3 is a great deal!

Stayed January 2007
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New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2008

Great cozy hotel (17 rooms), Very romantic, relaxing, and the staff are friendly.
The chef is unbelievable, she cooked us the best food in Costa Rica. She is an American who lives in Costa Rica for many years.
The rooms are just great, an experience you will not forget. The only thing, we could not sleep during the heavy rain over the metal roof.
We highly recommend this place. It is definitely one of the best in Costa Rica. Probably the best kept secret… their private natural spring water tastes unbelievable, you don’t want to buy the bottled water…the place is always clean. Enjoy your stay

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — The Rain
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2007

La Mansion Arenal is easily one of the most beautiful places we've ever stayed, or even seen from a distance. We loved having a private cottage -- we had gorgeous views of the land (and the horses on it), lake, flowers, and countless birds without having to leave our porch. The interior is lovely, with paintings of flowers and birds and monkeys on the walls and beautiful tile in the bathroom. Every day we had different fresh flowers arranged everywhere -- on our bed, in the bathroom, and on the little table in the seating area. Some highlights:
- bird watching from our porch
- amazing breakfasts -- not just a whole platter of fresh fruit, cheese, and toast, but also whatever hot options you'd like (e.g., macadamia nut banana pancakes, omelettes, excellent ham, etc.)
- canoeing on the lake... (but a warning here -- be careful! When it gets windy, there are strong currents and it can be hard to get back! My husband and I are fairly strong and we had a real struggle one morning)
- hike in Selva Leones cloud forest, including a horseback ride in the mountains, super-friendly guides, and delicious homemade barbecue
- day trip including visits to Arenal volcano, Eco Thermales hot springs (very pretty and not too busy), and other local spots
- great shower; this won't mean a lot to many people, but for those of us who care about great heat and water pressure, this shower was a stand-out. And you could see the trees from a high window.

We didn't rent a car and that actually worked out very well for us. It's tough to get around in this area, and La Mansion was extremely helpful in setting up all our tours and transportation for us; they just put it all on our bill so we didn't have to worry about a thing. (And the final totals were quite reasonable by any US standards.)

To respond to a preceding negative review... we can only speak from our own experience:
- we had no mustiness in our room
- all staff was extremely helpful
- booking dinners was very laid-back and easy, even last-minute
- there were some little TINY ants around, but nothing that caused any second thoughts even for an insectophobe like myself.
- there was so much else to do we never even went in the pool, but it looked great.
- food at dinner was admittedly mixed... not gourmet by US city standards, and the portions were too large for us. But the salads and soups were quite good, and it was worth it for us most nights to not have to worry about going out. Also breakfasts were the best we've had almost anywhere, and even the snack plates we requested impromptu were wonderful.

  • Liked — views and breakfast
  • Disliked — distance to get to other places
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mechelen
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2007

We’ve traveled Costa Rica and this was our favorite place.
They have the best food, the nicest staff, thank you Godfried, and a breathtaking view on the Lake.
This place is incredible, a little heaven on earth.
It was just a great experience and a memorable part of our Honeymoon !
We will be back !

  • Liked — The view, hospitality and great food
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: La Union de Nuevo Arenal, Nuevo Arenal 050807, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Nuevo Arenal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Nuevo Arenal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Mansion Inn Arenal Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This exclusive and luxurious Arenal hotel is located amidst overwhelming nature and tropical gardens on the scenic ARENAL LAKE. The inn is made up of 17 luxury boutique VILLAS of 1-3 bedrooms, all with their own private tropical gardens, terrace, AC, satellite TV, fridge and sweeping lake views. The Mansion Inn is the ideal starting point for the activities in the ARENAL and TENORIO area, like fishing, Hanging Bridges, Canopy, Selva Leona,Volcano Hike, Bird watching, Venado Caves, Rio Celeste...... ... more   less 
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