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“Great Place to Stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Cerro Azul Arenal
1 km sur y 600 m oeste de la iglesia Catolica de La Fortuna, sobre la entrada principal de La Catarata. | 600 meters west from the road entrance to La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Atlanta, Georgia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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“Great Place to Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We were so pleased with Hotel Cerro Azul. Alvaro and his family were very nice and helpful. The breakfast on the porch of their home was very good. I was surprised how nice the cabin was--spacious,clean, well equipped and very comfortable. I loved having the front and back porches. I don't want to be in Costa Rica and be inside, We were fortunate that we could see Arenal and had a great view form the front porch. I enjoyed sitting on the back porch with my computer to check email and plan a few days ahead for our trip. So private and many birds,
We were only there two nights but I would have been happy tp stay longer.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Pontiac, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

These cabins are located just far enough away from the city to be absolutely quiet and peaceful, yet are close enough so a nice brisk walk can bring you to the resturants and super markets of town. Taxi fare back is only a couple of $. But, once you are there you really don't want to leave the cabin. We stayed there for several nights and found the bird watching and flora extravaganza to be as good from the porch of the cabin as it was on the $40 tours. We walked down to the river through the horse pasture and enjoyed the same rushing waters as the waterfall up stream, only our outing at the river didn't cost anything.
The breakfasts were outstanding. The family that owns the enterprise is just as nice and down to earth as could be.
When we go to Costa Rica again we will definately stay at Cerro Azul.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Duncan, Canada
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Another score for Trip Advisor: we would have been most unlikely to have stumbled onto this place by chance, and Alvaro and his wfe deserve their reviews.
Be aware that the cabins are a 20min walk into La Fortuna: on the other hand they are only a 20 min walk, in the other direction, to the La Fortuna Waterfall, so you win some/ lose some.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

These amazing little cabins were such a lucky find for us - we wanted something romantic, clean, safe, and above all - affordable. These little cabins are an incredible value. The gardens are beautifully kept and the location is off of a secluded little road just a couple minutes outside of the busy side of town. We've stayed there twice now, bringing friends with us the second time, and we had a 100% positive experience both times. The owners are lovely locals and Alvaro's wife makes you feel at home with a perfectly-priced home-cooked breakfast in the mornings. Alvaro has a ton of information about the local attractions as well as discounts available for many of them. We'll definitely visit again the next time we make a trip to the area.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Immediately when we arrived we were greeted by the owner Alvaro. Him and his wife are incredibly friendly, helpful and passionate about making your stay the best it can be!!

The cabin we stayed in was amazing for the price. It was very private, clean and spacious. Each cabin has an awesome back deck with a hammock to admire the rich jungle behind. The panoramic views are breathtaking!!

The breakfast was prepared by Alvaro's wife and is a tico tipico meal (this is an extra cost). After trying many different variations of this Costa Rican classic we can easily say this was the best one. During breakfast remember to bring your camera because there are countless birds flying around in their front garden.

We felt very comfortable planning our adventures with Alvaro's help and would certainly go back to stay here in the future when visiting La Fortuna.

Room Tip: I think all of the cabins would be excellent!!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Great location with clean, comfortable rooms and nature all around you. Alvaro, the owner is a very nice guy and very helpful with any local information you might need. They do a great typical breakfast too. Well worth the 5 stars.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Cerro Azul has four cottages kept by a friendly family living across the street. The cottages are fairly small but very well kept. Each has a terrace on both sides and garden surroundings. Cerro Azul is situated in a nice residential area which is very close to nature. Horses were grazing a few meters away and all kinds of exotic birds were flying around. There was a half an hour walk to the center.

Breakfast was served on the porch of the family's home. It was built in a traditional Costa Rican way around gallo pinto. It was a fresh and tasty start for the day.

During our visit the weather was very foggy and humid. It seemed that wet clothes never got dry and even the dry ones got gradually wet. On a longer visit it would have been a problem.

The owners were happy to help with tours, hot springs spa visits etc. Overall an excellent experience.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 km sur y 600 m oeste de la iglesia Catolica de La Fortuna, sobre la entrada principal de La Catarata. | 600 meters west from the road entrance to La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#3 Best Value Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Arenal Blue Hill Hotel is located in an ideal area for rest. It is surrounded by tropical gardens and great scenic views; just the perfect place to relax and make the most of a memorable timeOur spacious cabins are equipped with hot water, two queen size beds, a mini bar, and terrace. They also have air conditioning. ... more   less 
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Hotel Cerro Azul Arenal Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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