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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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Detroit, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“PLEASANTLY surprised”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

WOW. We were SOOOOOooooo relieved to arrive at our cabin here after two days of crazy travel . Our "mini house" was pristinely clean, the owners were incredibly nice, and breakfast was superb. So peaceful. We were secretly happy that it rained all afternoon so we could relax in bed and in our hammock listening to the raindrops.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Fairfax, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Our family spent two nights at the Hotel Cerro Azul and enjoyed our stay overall. The staff were very friendly and the cabanas were nicely maintained and comfortable (if not huge). The back porches were especially nice for relaxing with a drink and a book. As it was very humid, we were glad to have air conditioning. The breakfast was definitely worth the $7 - good quality and delicious - especially considering that restaurants in La Fortuna are pretty expensive, overall. Actually, based on my research before leaving, a lot of the lodging in La Fortuna is fairly pricey (for a family of five) which made Hotel Cerro Azul a very good value indeed.

Lastly, the young woman with whom we interacted most at Hotel Cerro Azul had excellent English, and we were impressed that she had learned her English from the local high school and never lived in an English-speaking country - kudos to Costa Rican public schools!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This place is remarkable. An oasis in its own right. We spent three weeks in Costa Rica and this was the best place we stayed. We walked to and from town every day, sometimes twice. The staff is small, professional, and very helpful in suggesting activities for anyone who wants an honest, local opinion. We stayed 13 out of our 21 days in C.R. and did not want to leave this gem!

Room Tip: Ask for the cabin furthest north.. #8. From the deck there is a great view of Volcan Arenal.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Paul, MN
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

What a great find that if not for Trip Adviser would not have found! We stayed 3 nights and the place was perfect for exploring La Fortuna. It is a bit out of town, but if I had to guess maybe only a 20 minute easy walk or so to the main downtown area and maybe 15 minutes to the nearest small grocery store and restaurant. We had a rental car but only used it for going into town for dinner as any tour we did picked us up at the front door. The owner was very helpful in addressing any needs we had and made it so easy to book tours in the area. We did the ATV and whitewater rafting tours recommended and both were wonderful. These are individual cabins that are very clean and comfortable and I would say a great value, I don't believe you will find a better value in Costa Rica. The breakfast as others have said was the best breakfast we had during our 11 day Costa Rica stay. The back porches of the cabins were wonderful to hang out in the chairs and hammock and just read and watch the local wildlife. The cabins were not huge, but had plenty of space for my boyfriend and I and 14 year old son. We also had a fridge in our room which was a luxury we did not have in any of the other more expensive places we stayed in Costa Rica and there was air conditioning. The owners want to make sure you have a great time and take care of their guests. There was not a view of the volcano from the cabin, but you could see it from the hotel grounds which was more than adequate. Would book again in a heatbeat!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fresno, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This place was perfect for us. We visited Arenal with our three small children, and the separate cabins were perfect. Management was always very helpful: getting us taxis into town, recommending age appropriate activities in the area, and taking care of anything that arose. The location was great, being a 3 dollar taxi ride away from La Fortuna. The waterfall was a 7 dollar taxi ride away. It is also a short walk from a chocolate tour which we didn't have time to do. The flowers and trees on the property were beautiful. Not many bugs for a location right next to fields and a short walk to the river. There were butterflies and humming birds all around every day, and we even saw some toucans and other exotic birds. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Get a bungalow on either end of the row. #1 or #5. We loved # 1!!!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Loveland, Ohio
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

we stayed for 3 nights. cabins were very charming. great waking up to hummingbirds. both Tatiana and Alvaro were great. very close to La Fortuna, Arenal volcano, hot springs, La Fortuna waterfall and Cerro Cheto

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Redwood City, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We just had one night in La Fortuna and this place was perfect. The rooms are very basic but comfortable and clean. The porches are the place to be with a lovely hammock on the back porch to listen to and watch the wildlife. The front porches have nice views of the volcano. We didn't have the breakfast as we had an early pick up so can't comment on that. But the owners were so friendly and helpful. A real gem. And if you do stay here, be sure to check out the souvenir store next door. Really, really nice wood work at fantastic prices with the family living in the back. Another small, family run business. And take the chocolate tour town the street. Lots of fun!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Best Value Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul is located 1.5 km from the beautiful town of La Fortuna on the way to the waterfall. The great natural beauty of the area will entice you to live the forest's most wonderful experience. Enjoy the comfort, peace and harmony assured by lodging with us in our cabins, surrounded by exotic gardens, birds and wildlife typical of the region. Delight yourself strolling along our trails towards Fortuna River and appreciate the perfect sight of the Arenal Volcano and Cerro Chato ... more   less 
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