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Hotel Royal Corin
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4,2 Km West of Catholic Church | on Road to Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Plano, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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“Intimate, restful, beautifully appointed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2011

This our first visit to Costa Rica and I was hesitant to say the least, although this hotel received excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. From the moment we checked into the hotel I knew we had made the best decision. Mario, the bellman, was awesome! A positive, welcoming attitude and huge smile - thank you! After the harrowing drive from the airrport, that is just what we needed. The staff welcomed us with a fresh welcome drink.

All areas of the hotel are beautifully appointed, from the marble statues and furnishings in the lobby, to the fabric for the dining tables, the detail in the draperies, the paintings in the breezeways and other areas in the hotel. All my senses were overjoyed.

There is fresh juice/water every morning in the lobby and the breakfast buffet is bountiful.
We ate dinner in the restaurant every evening and thought every dish we chose was excellent and aesthecially pleasing. The wine selections and drinks were also very good.

The 5th floor Lava bar has 'Happy Hour' every evening with light snacks if you choose to drink (2 for one). Another beautiful, yet relaxing space (both indoors and out).

We upgraded to a junior suite (room 319) which had a double jacuzzi in the room and 2 crescent shaped balconies, one with two chaise lounges and the other with a table/2 chairs. The room was HUGE, clean, and again decorated in a light minimalist style.
The bathroom had granite/lovely tilework and a shower with multiple shower heads (excellent pressure). The bed was like sleeping on a cloud of cotton!

The pools- two were 'cold' and the main pool was the hot mineral spring water as were the many jacuzzis and the water falls. After a day of white water rafting, we sat under the waterfalls and let the water pound our backs! How invigorating....they also have a hot sauna room behind the water falls.

I cannot say enough about this hotel or the welcoming, warm staff. We only stayed three days and we did not want to leave. It was one of the best places I have stayed in the world. The front desk staff will assist you incalling/reserving great excursions, so do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you, Thank you!

Room Tip: We stayed in a junior suite, 319, dbl balconies. I don't think any room would be 'bad'.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

We stayed at the Hotel Corin for 4 nights while in Arenal. We have a family of four and upgraded to a suite. The suite was nice and big enough for all of us. The room had a kind of funny smell to it, that I never quite got used to. The beds were very comfortable though. The view of the volcano from our room was great.. The hotel was clean and in a good location, but felt very European. It was not my first chioce when booking, but some of the other hotels were full. The staff was super friendly and the pool was nice. Food was just OK, nothing special.

If I were to do it again, I would want something with more of a Costa Rica feel.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

Our stay at the Royal Corin was great. We got one of the packages and the premium suite. The suite and hotel were both very nice. The staff was helpful and friendly, especially once they started to recognize you. Part of the package was lunch and dinner at the restaurant. There is only one restaurant, but we thought the food was good and there were enough dishes to last for a few days without getting too sick of it. The only real negatives for our stay were the drive to the hotel (we rented a car) which isn't truly the hotels fault and one night the music from the lava bar on the 5th floor was a bit loud. Overall we very much enjoyed our stay and would stay there again if we were to return to La Fortuna.

Room Tip: Higher up floors are closer to the lava bar which may be loud at night if you're an early sleepe...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011 via mobile

This hotel was incredible. Amazing view of the volcano, beautiful architecture, wonderful service(drinks upon arrival and a dessert delivered to the room), beautiful pool and hot spring area with swim up bar, great restaurant and the best complimentary breakfast ever, swank bar upstairs, clean rooms with high thread count sheets and the coolest shower on the planet(I will leave that as a surprise).

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Connecticut, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

I stayed here for three nights this past week with my husband and two sons. This was our third and final stop in Costa Rica before departing from SJO.

This hotel is such a mix of high & low, luxury & borderline tacky. I will start with the positives:

--The master suite room was huge and well-appointed. I decided on the master suite instead of two standard rooms as I didn't want my boys to be down or across the hall from us. The suite included the largest king bed I have ever seen. It was larger than the king we have at home, and very comfortable. The boys each slept on separate comfortable couches way across the floor in the sitting area. The room is wide open with a TV in the center of the room. The TV is located on a swivel stand in what would be an indoor fireplace in a cooler climate. The room also included a jacuzzi tub that looked out on the volcano. We attempted to use the tub the last day but could not get the water to fill at more than a trickle, so gave up. The master suite rooms have two sets of sliders opening onto a double-sized balcony that looks out on the volcano and down on the pools. Balcony was spacious with seating for four. Volcano view is wonderful. We were on the third floor which afforded a nice view but was also far enough away from the Lava Bar to not hear the music from inside our room. I don't know if this would have been a problem on the fourth floor, but we were not bothered on the third. Only heard the music down the spiral staircase when we opened the door.

--Rooms come stocked with plenty of towels, robes, a coffee maker, mini fridge (honor bar) and a couple of glasses. Ice can be obtained by walking down to bar when needed. (I could probably have called for ice but it took no time to walk down to request it.) There was rarely a wait for any type of service, but we didn't really look for much. We did not use room service or the spa.

--Housekeeping did a wonderful job each day. The room and bathroom were left very clean, and the daily towel art was very cute. Housekeeping arrived within moments of our checking in to ask if we wanted the couches made up as beds or if we wanted rollaway beds brought in for my boys. After requesting additional towels the first day, they were restocked without asking each day. This does not always happen even at very expensive hotels, so I was impressed by the housekeeper's attention to detail.

--The volcano views from the suite's balcony, pools and Lava bar are amazing.

--The hotel offers a lot, given its small size (54 rooms/suites, I believe). My boys enjoyed the hot pools and the ability to order burgers at the swim-up bar. The fifth floor Lava Bar Two-for-One Happy Hour offered an opportunity to meet other guests to compare stories after days of zip-lining or rafting. Watched an incredible lightening storm from the Lava Bar one night. The staff had to push a sofa in front of the glass doors to keep the doors from blowing in. WiFi was only available in the lobby so guests congregated there morning and evening, again exchanging stories and offering advice. The hotel is trying to offer all things to all people.

Negatives:

--The food really isn't good. They do try, and some items are OK, but overall, we ate there as infrequently as possible. The free breakfast buffet was OK the first day and downhill after that. Cold cereal and fruit were fine, but the hot offerings were not good.

--Bathroom design did not allow one person to use toilet or shower while anyone else was using sinks. A separate WC would have helped. A few of the small shower floor tiles came loose each day. On the plus side, the shower was huge. There is a lot going on with various spray options and blinking colored lights. It was a bit much, but you could shower without activating the colored lights.

--Overall, as I opened with, the hotel is a mix. It is almost a little bit Vegas, compared to other properties we saw in the La Fortuna area. The building does not blend with the surrounding area. It is concrete with some neon signs on the side of the building. Many hotels in the area are nestled on a hillside at the end of a long uphill dirt road. Royal Corin is right on the road. This made it very convenient, but you didn't feel like you were in Costa Rica. It isn't charming and there isn't any wildlife around. But, the rooms were huge and attractively priced, the hot pools were nice at the end of the day and if you are not too discriminating, you could enjoy an early breakfast before heading out for a day of touring. Plan to eat dinner elsewhere. It is not a destination hotel where I would want to linger by the pool, but sufficed as a base of operations for touring the area attractions.

Room Tip: Master suite is huge. Third floor offered wonderful views.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Annapolis, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

The beautiful rooms, didn't make up for horrible location on the road. Balconies look out
on the road and across the road is Baldi Hot Springs which has loud music that playing till 10PM, maybe good for teenagers, but not couples wanting a relaxing stay.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

This hotel was located in a great area and was in close proximity to everything. It was amazing to have a view of the Arenal Volcano and really nice to relax in the almost vacant hot springs. The rooms were very nice and we couldn't have asked for anything more.

The food was a bit pricy and there was a lot of seafood on the menu (being an avid diver I tend to avoid seafood at all costs given the current issue with overfishing) but there was also enough selection that was not seafood that was well priced and very good.

Overall however I was very happy that we chose to stay here and would highly recommend it!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4,2 Km West of Catholic Church | on Road to Arenal Volcano, 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:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#3 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#8 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#9 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Royal Corin 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Royal Corin Is the best answer if you are looking for a comfortable and luxurious destination in one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. Located in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, we offer great service with accessible rates to enjoy Arenal Volcano, fun & entertainment. ... more   less 
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