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“Best hotel in Costa Rica” 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
florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best hotel in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2008

We just returned from a 6 night stay at La Mansion. I traveled with my husband and two boys (11,13). We stayed in a deluxe cottage which included a king bed, two double beds in a separate room, three sinks, a toilet and two showers. There was also a couch, cable TV, A/C, and a refrigerator we used quite often. The fresh flowers in the room each day were also a lovely touch. We travel quite often and to upscale resorts and La Mansion is now our favorite location. The drive to and from La Fortuna was not a big deal, great road, beautiful views and monkeys!!! It was even easy to drive at night. The cottage was VERY private. Listening to the birds each morning is something I will not soon forget. We looked forward to breakfast each day with the fresh fruit, juices, french toast, eggs, bacon, etc. The staff, especially Chris was extremly helpful. They set our tours up ahead of time which included Mundo Adventura zip lines, a MUST do in the area and the PRIVATE rainforest tour with a local family. This was our best experience in Costa Rica...we were treated to a boat ride, and fantastic horses up to a rainforest, a fresh cooked REAL Costa Rican meal and horseback ride back down. I want to thank Chris for all of his work, plus he helped us out when our son got real sick with a cold. He called a Dr. in La Fortuna and within 1 hour we were at the Doctor's office getting my son checked out. The dinners were romantic and having a glass of wine at the bar was a nice experience. My kids loved the pool and the pool table. Pura Vida!

  • Liked — breakfast, views, Chris
  • Disliked — that we had to leave
  • Stayed April 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2008

If you are a Tabacon or Paradisus Playa Conchal type (see tripadvisor reviews if you don't know what I mean), you will not like this resort. Quiet, secluded and serene, it is remote in both location and feel. The villas are large, clean and colorful and have a strong local flavor. Its about 30-40 minutes from La Fortuna, but that can be a positive if that's what you want. If you are a confident driver it is not a problem at all, even at night. Your reward is a pastoral lakeview setting instead of the hustle and bustle of the resorts nearer "the strip". The meals were excellent and the service was unobtrusive and yet very attentive and responsive. The beer selection was as good as it gets in Latin America or even in the States for that matter (at least 5 Belgians!). You will meet like-minded travellers there and make new friends since it is an intimate and laid-back place that fosters casual conversation amongst interesting people who seek out-of-the-way experiences. Others have already covered the details, so no need to reiterate here. I just wanted to provide more of an idea of the "feel" instead of the particulars, because I think that is La Mansion's most important attribute.

  • Liked — seclusion and scenery
  • Disliked — trip to and from Arenal/La Fortuna
  • Stayed July 2007, 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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Napa, CA
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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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Duffel
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
1 review
2 helpful votes 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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2 helpful votes 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
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5 helpful votes 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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Address: La Union de Nuevo Arenal, Nuevo Arenal 050807, Costa Rica
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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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