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Hotel Arenal Carmela
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Costado Sur de la Iglesia Catolica, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Aalst, Belgium
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“Life danger”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Three nights in a room, where the smell of mold is the least problem. The electric heating of the shower resembles the switch of an electric chair and is probably equally dangerous.
There may be rooms in higher floors that are more recent, but the two rooms we and our children occupied on the ground level are not recommendable.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012 via mobile

We stayed on April in the Carmela and was a terrific experience!!! Clean rooms with A/C, nice pool, wi fi, a computer for guest use, great security, parking and also breakfast included!!

Staff was so kind and nice, pending of our needs, location is great, just cross of the park and meters away of excelent restaurants such La parada.

If you are looking where to stay for a reasonable price then this is your place!!!
Fully recommended!!!!

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

Stayed here with friends for a few nights checking out the area. The family that runs this place is great! So kind and willing to help with everything. One of the best experiences I had during my visit to Costa Rica. Great for travelers using "public" transport - like the bus. Right in the middle of Fortuna.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

Great crash pad for adventures near Arenal. Central location that allows you to get anywhere in town on foot. Friendly staff, nice little pool for cooling down after a hot, humid day of hikes. I had some trouble as my neighborhood at home is quiet and the room didn't block sound very well, had to get earplugs to block out the cars, people talking, etc.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

My mom and I stayed here during our time doing tourist things around the Arenal Volcano. The location was perfect--a block away from the bus stop to/from San Jose (a $4 & 4 hr bus trip), across the street from the town square and taxi stop, surrounded by restaurants, helpful tourist booths, and souvenir shops. In the US my family is accustomed to staying in Best Westerns and Microtels, and this was comprable to that. The rooms were on the small side but plenty of space for two adults, plus we were only there at night watching movies (they have HBO in English on the cable tv) after being out almost all day. The breakfast in the morning was great and the staff was helpful (we didn't intend for it, but we ended up having to check in a little early and leave a little late) and they were very flexible with us. Plus, they have a tourist info office attached to the hotel office with very helpful staff. Our balcony (room 6) had a lovely view of the pool and bridge and was surrounded with vines and flowers (and, in the mornings, hummingbirds!). The rooms were clean, they really did leave our towels in cute shapes, the hot water was so nice, and the beds were a little stiff, but better than other hotels I've stayed at in CR, and had bars of soap, towels, bedding, and AC. No noise issues (other than the occasional AC rattling that a good smack fixed). On top of it all, the price was great.
Needless to say, I really recommend this hotel, especially if you're used to your average Best Western/Microtel type hotels in the US.

Room Tip: I stayed in room 6. It was great. There were definitely some rooms stuck in the corner with the balc...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011 via mobile

I'm so glad we chose this hotel to end our costa rican vacation. It's right in the middle of La Fortuna literally down the road from the beautiful Arenal volcano. Our room was clean and comfortable, and at a reasonable price. The pool was super clean though it was a bit cool considering it was October. The staff was friendly and the breakfasts were really good. My only complaint was the day we checked out, the water was turned off at 9am for whatever reason. Other than the water issue, I'd gladly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2011

We arrived late evening and need the cheapest place available. We walked into this place with fear that it's gonna be smelly and dirty like cheap motels. We had a local Costa Rica friend who came along and he was able to negotiate the price down to $50 a night (2 full size bed). The only thing is there is no elevator and we had to carry stuff up for 2 floors to reach our room on the 3rd floor but we all young and strong so we are ok (seniors may have to consider the walk).

We went into the room and it was surprisingly nice and clean. AC was super cold, fridge and TV is working just fine. Toilet is clean except the toilet paper can't go any thinner LOL! Free breakfast. We love the view from the balcony where we can see a part of the LaFortuna town. This hotel is close to everything! next to an internet shop (600 colons per hr btw) and a travel agent (check out that hot lady there!!). there are also restaurant, gift shop and church nearby, you name it!

The next day we stayed at Tabacon and did the spa thing. Then the following day we return to Hotel Arenal Carmela simply because of the good deal. The hosts were very nice. They let us leave luggage in their storage after check out. And even take shower and put stuff in their fridge (after check out). Everyone were helpful and we simply could expect anymore from these guys... I don't know what others are complaining about here. I uploaded some user photos, check them out. If we visit LaFortuna again, we will stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: Costado Sur de la Iglesia Catolica, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #49 of 64 hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Arenal Carmela 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
hotel arenal carmela is located in the center of la fortuna town,arenal volcano area,we have 25 standar rooms all with private bath,hot water,a/c,mini bar,safety box,cable tv,coffee maker and also private balcony,also we have swimming pool,lobby area,breakfast area,parking,tour desk,souvenir shop,internet and also we have wifi in all hotel. ... more   less 
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