We just left the Royal Corin after two nights there, and we could have stayed longer. The hotel is relatively new and very beautiful. It has a spa-like feel throughout. The rooms are very modern with sleek interiors and spacious bathrooms. We got a master suite, which is a very special room. There is a king bed, a modular couch, a desk, a sunken jacuzzi with a tv in it, and a fireplace in the center with a large flat screen tv that can swivel around so that you can watch it from the living room area or bed. It looks exactly as it does in their pictures.
The bathroom in the suite was very large, with two sinks, a separate toilet area, and a huge shower with a rain shower head and side jets. I am personally not a big fan of that type of shower head, but it looks beautiful and gives plenty of water for the shower head. My only complaint is that the lighting was terrible for a woman who wants to be able to put on makeup. Also, the blow dryer is tiny, so you may want to bring your own.
Our friends had a junior suite, and it was a little smaller, but also spacious and lovely. I peeked at a regular room as housekeeping was cleaning and it looked nice, but just a regular-sized room. The suites were not much more expensive, so if they are available, I recommend them.
The staff was very nice and helpful. Julio, at the front desk, was especially helpful in arranging tours for us. Weather was definitely an issue--it rained almost the entire time we were there--so we appreciated his guidance, and he changed our plans several times with a smile. FYI--take his advice--he knows what he is talking about.
We did the Sky Trek/Sky Tram zip line, which was crazy!!! It is an incredible setting, and we were actually able to see the volcano for a brief stop in the clouds/rain, and it was quite beautiful. The zip lines are not for the faint of heart. I was very close to backing out because they are very high and scary, but I am glad that I did it (with the help of one of the guides--we went tandem). The guides are wonderful there and make you feel very safe--thanks Milton!!
The rest of our group (the men/boys) also did the Ecoglide Canopy tour, too, and they said it was very fun, but much more tame. That one was much closer to the hotel, too, although the views were not the same.
We also did the horseback riding up the volcano, which was fun, but we couldn't see the volcano because it was pouring rain by the time we reached the viewing area. Better to do that when the weather is better.
Others at the front desk arranged for reservations and transportation into La Fortuna for dinner. Nene's was a much more authentic Costa Rican dinner experience than the hotel restaurant. There was a mix of tourists and locals, and the food was pretty good overall.
The hotel restaurant was okay, but uneven. The service was lacking just about every time we were there. At one lunch, half our group (of 7) got our food, and then the rest didn't get the food until 15-20 minutes later, and we ended up late for our transfer. Some of the food was good, but one of the dinners was inedible and sent back (they removed it from the bill).
The pools/hot springs really made this a special place. First, the tile work in the pools (and all over the hotel) was really incredible. The hot springs were wonderful after coming back in from the rain (and cold!). We went at night, too, which was great. The swim-up bar was so nice, and we even ate a quick lunch there one of the days. As others have said, there are different pools of different temperatures, plus many hot tubs. We even discovered a giant sauna near the upper hot tubs, which was the largest I have ever seen.
If you have time, you should definitely try the spa. The massages there were great, and there is a more private jacuzzi in the changing area. Make sure you hit the Lava Bar on the 5th floor, too. It's a cool room with great views.
As many others have said, you often cannot see the volcano because you are in the middle of a rainforest, but if you can, you are perfectly situated right across from it.
All in all, I highly recommend the Royal Corin.
Definitely go for a master suite!! All the rooms look at the volcano, though.
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