I'm not here to rebuff any of the previous posts, as I'm sure their experience is what it is. However, my stay at the Arenal Vista Lodge was very peaceful. The pool and the pool deck were inviting and clean. The grounds are well cared for and the scenery was beautiful. I was hoping to the volcano would make some noise (since it's been quite for a while) but just being near the baby, and the lake made for a peaceful and relaxed stay.
The road from the primary road is a bit rough, quite do-able, even without 4x4. Bumpy yes... very much so, but its a small price to pay to be surrounded by such an amazing setting.
The staff is extremely helpful. I asked for directions to my next hotel in Monteverde and not only was the guy able to give me directions he even called the hotel to have them fax over a map. - What more could I ask for!
There is a pizza joint next door and its quite good, so do check out that place out.
The town of La Fortuna is about 35 minutes away, but with such wonderful scenery who cares... it's vacation no?
There were a lot of steps to get to the room, but again - small price to pay for the view!
Didn't eat here, but I saw they had very clean kitchen and the eating area had a wonderful view of the lake and volcano.
I'm not sure if they have AC in any of the rooms- my room didn't and I thought I would have a problem with that. However, the nights were quite cool - I didn't even use the fan in the room, just opened the window.
Waking up looking at the volcano/lake and the birds flying over was joyful way to start the day!
I gave rated the location a 5 because of the view, if you're looking to stay in town, this may not be the place for you - but you're missing out - my opinon.
Sleep quality could always be better, I'm very picky on the firmness of the bed. Harder the better - most would say softer the better... but to each their own.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the northwestern region of Costa Rica, 30 minutes away from La Fortuna, in the BiologicalCorridor between Monteverde Reserve and Arenal National Park, our lodge rests marvelously in one of the surrounding hills of the Arenal Lake, enjoying a unique view of the Lake and the Volcano. Coming to our lodge, you will be surrounded by a dense tropical forest, where more than 300 species of birds can be seen, as well as 100 species of mammals and 2500 species of plants and orchids. The Hotel Arenal Vista Lodge was conceived from a prevailing necessity derived from the deficiency of facilities in the Arenal area. We felt the need for a place that took advantage of the natural beauties the area, while offering the national and international tourists the commodities they require in the Biological Corridor between Arenal Volcano National Park and Monteverde Cloud Forest FEATURES: • 25 comfortable rooms, each lodged up to four guests. • Every room includes a private hot water bathroom, walk-in closet and a balcony with spectacular view of the volcano and lake area. • Facilities equipped to care for disabled people. • Restaurant and salad bar with costarrican and international recipes. • Swimming pool, wet-bar, souvenir shop and a meeting room, natural forest trails. Internet facilities. Parking area with 24-hour security • Restaurant, which fits 90 guests, Bar and Souvenir shop • Conference room for 30 people and swimming pool with wet bar • Optional tours: hot springs, canopy, horseback riding, boat rides, transfers to Monteverde. We offer laundry service as well. Special offers for honeymooners, students, families and cycling groups. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arenal Vista Hotel Arenal Volcano National Park