First and foremost - this hotel's advertising does not do it justice! The grounds have 3 large pools/hot springs (2 hot, 1 cool) with two waterfalls, in addition to a number of smaller hot spring pools, some under waterfalls, some among plants. There is a swim-up pool bar in the main hot spring pool where you can also order food in addition to the main restaurants. Every room has a balcony view of the volcano and given the shape of the hotel in a V shape, they all have decent views.
We debated staying here versus The Springs Resort and are very happy we stayed here after visiting The Springs Resort on a two-day $40 visitor pass while staying at Hotel Royal Corin. The pass allows you to use their springs, enjoy their on-site activities, and eat at their restaurants if you choose (we don't recommend eating there over Royal Corin). We preferred the views, location, food, decor, and even mostly the hot springs at Hotel Royal Corin.
Located at the base of the Arenal Volcano, the hotel has gorgeous views of the summit. Note about the Volcano in general: Although sometimes the clouds do get stuck around the top of the mountain, especially given you are in a rainforest-like jungle region, the peak did appear for us a few times in the few days we were in the area. We found the views at Royal Corin to be superior to those at The Springs Resort up in the hills as it is much closer to the volcano.
The hotel is a short smooth taxi ride into town which is nice if you are looking to explore on your own. The town is relatively small, with a few road-side open air restaurants and some good places to pick up souvenirs. The Springs in comparison is up a long bumpy ride up and away from town, tours, etc.
The Hotel Royal Corin food was excellent and far superior to that at The Springs Resort which we also visited and dined and just as good as the "best" restaurant in town, so no need to leave the property for food unless you're looking to explore.
As mentioned above, the hot springs were diverse and not at all crowded. None were nestled quite as deep in the jungle like other resorts but what we found not well advertised was the amount of landscaping and jungle-ness! The one seeming downside is the resort is close to the road, but this had no negative impact on our trip or enjoyment given how well they make you feel away from it and noise was not an issue at night.
They also have a great modern bar at the top of the resort with an excellent view with snacks in the evening and drink specials that seemed under utilized. The entire resort is very new and modern and the room was clean and spacious.
We loved our massages so much as the spa (we are pretty picky) that we booked second ones only a couple days later given the prices were reasonable and would highly recommend it!
We did really enjoy using the day-pass to the Springs Resort to do river tubing as well as visiting their Perdido springs which are nestled into the jungle a bit more but can be crowded. The Springs Resort only has a single place open for lunch (strange) and it's very small but sort of in the trees which was nice while visiting. The tubing along with the waterfall rappelling tour offered from any hotel were our two favorite things to do aside from sitting in the hot springs at the Hotel Royal Corin.
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