We thoroughly enjoyed our time at La Mansion. Our hosts, Leo and Peggy, are welcoming and expert at advising their guests. The staff is equally accommodating, the property is both beautiful and artistically quirky. Cottages are extremely comfortable with great beds and showers. The scenery is magnificent and the views were apparently considered when the cottages were constructed.
Our experience in the restaurant was also wonderful. The included continental breakfast was delicious and enough for those of us without monstrous appetites. We also had a very good dinner there and did not find it, as described by others, as "expensive".
I would agree that the location only works if you have a car, as we did. I was not as impressed with the town of Nuevo Arenal as I have been in other similarly sized towns elsewhere in the country. The drive to La Fortuna took approximately 45 minutes and the roads, while smooth and paved, are quite winding.
If we had more time we might have preferred to merely stay at La Mansion and enjoy its amenities rather than exploring the surrounding area. There's much to do right on the property. We had originally passed it on the way from Monteverde to Arenal and would especially recommend La Mansion for a break between those two locations.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- La Mansion Inn Arenal Hotel Costa Rica/Nuevo Arenal