The roomy cabañas (a HUGE cut above the typically small and very sparse cabinas of Costa Rica) served our needs perfectly. My wife and I took one, our 3 young-adult sons slept in the neighboring one, where rather than share the queen-sized beds they took turns (and loved) sleeping on the hammock on the back porch.
Dorm-sized refrigerators and cutlery borrowed from the owners helped us save time and money as we ate in an exquisite setting on the back porch with only the sounds of birds and the river. Roomy bathrooms with plenty of hot water, air conditioning, and comfortable queen-sized beds were obvious plusses. We didn't try out the TVs (why would we?), but the wireless and cable internet were both fast and welcome.
We opted for the breakfast at $5 p.p., típico and very tasty.
Surrounded by numerous flowers (including orchids) and blossoming and fruiting trees which attract hummingbirds and other delightful avians, the cabañas have a perfect view of Cerro Chato and the green side of Arenal.
While no glowing lava is visible from this side, you can hear eruptions and see plumes of smoke from the volcano. I wouldn't trade the relaxing atmosphere of Cerro Azul for a direct view of the lava side -- and the congestion it entails. To spend time there take a walk on the Toucan Trail near the Arenal Observatory Lodge (a bit strenuous hike for the less fit -- lots of stairs) or eat else a late afternoon / early evening meal at Linda Vista in El Castillo (lake plus volcano view).
A few minutes' walk behind the cabañas there's a peaceful river with a modest swimming hole. Resident pooch Cookie will guide you.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park