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“A little gem” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Arenal Rabfer
150 mts north of Banco Nacional de La Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Nottingham
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“A little gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012 via mobile

This family run hotel was recommended by a tour guide in La Fortuna. Two blocks from main street, lovely quiet hotel. Good clean pool and facilities. We were made extremely welcome for our one night stay. Breakfast cooked freshly for us; we were allowed to keep our room well after check out time. I would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Scarborough, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

If you are in the La Fortuna area and looking for a great place to call home in between all your adventuring, I recommend staying at Hotel Arenal Rabfer! It's within a short walk to restaurants, shops and vendors. It's a family owned hotel with great home cooking every morning for breakfast...YUM! They are from the area, can connect you with some wonderful adventures, very accommodating and recommend wonderful local flavors for dinner (NeeNee's was our favorite). The rooms are sparse but extremely clean. They take great pride in their business and it really shows.
They welcome feedback during your visit in order to make your stay memorable.

Room Tip: Second floor rooms on balcony overlooking the pool are great!
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  • Stayed December 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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Stockholm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2011

A sewwt family hotel with very helpfull staff. Nice rooms and a very personal touch. Located very close to the center of Arenal

  • Stayed December 2010, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2010

We decided go to Costa Rica very spontaneously during the peak season- late December 2010. I found arenal rabfer from wiki travel and called them using Skype... they were extremely nice and helpful over the phone and gave us a reservation without a credit card. When we arrived they gave us a discount for paying with cash (only 100$!! For 4 people). The room was clean and had a double and two single beds. Very modern. The swimming pool is beautiful, and breakfast was free. The staff is a friendly couple and their three sons- who speak English very well. The service was excellent, and I would definitely stay here again

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2010

We loved our stay at the Rabfer.

A very nice family runs the hotel.

The rooms are spotless. The hotel feels brand new. And it's in a great location, right near the center of town.

Also, the pool is heated, which our kids loved!

We would definitely stay there again.

Also, the breakfasts are good. But they aren't large. I could have eaten more.

We think it's a wonderful place to stay in La Fortuna.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Reading, United Kingdom
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2010

This is a great family run hotel and the staff would do anything for you. They can book many tours for you including the jeep-boat-jeep (which isn't actually a jeep but a mini bus!!) transfer to Monteverde.
It's in a good location just off the main square and near to plenty of places to eat, souvenir shops and a bank.
The rooms were clean and comfortable, perhaps a little on the small side and there was great shower in the bathroom with hot water (Not always the case in Costa Rica!!!)
The pool looked really nice but unfortunately we didn't get to try it as it was pouring with rain for most of our 3 night stay!!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2010

We were referred to this place by another hotel. Reservations were easy online (had to provide credit card). The family running this hotel was very hospitable. Stayed 2 nights in a standard room with a/c. The room itself was very basic, just a bed (relatively comfortable with lumpy pillows), a night stand and a TV. No closet or storage space. Room and washrooms were clean.
Located about a 5 minute walk away from centre of La Fortuna, and within tour group pick-up range. Hot breakfast (eggs and pancakes) and coffee were included. Looked like there was wi-fi and a pool.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Arenal Rabfer Hotel
Hotel Arenal Rabfer Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park
Address: 150 mts north of Banco Nacional de La Fortuna, 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 Wheelchair access
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Ranked #39 of 63 hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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