My girlfriend and I just got back from a week in Costa Rica, part of which we stayed at the Royal Corin. After a few hours of driving our rented 4WD Jimmy through the curvy but surprisingly well-paved roads from San Jose, we were greeted with some much-appreciated fresh fruit drinks and a delightful and attentive staff. The lobby is open-air and has a very luxury-resort-like feel to it... well furnished and classy. Within minutes we were in our volcano-view room (they all are) and standing on our balcony looking out over the thermal-heated pool area and up at Arenal Volcano. We had a very comfortable, clean, and modern Standard room (304) with a fantastic bathroom that included an incredible rain shower with lights, radio, multiple jets – definitely an added perk. There are 3 main pools when you first enter the pool area, all heated – so don’t expect a cool, brisk, refreshing dip in the pool – use the outdoor shower post near the bar or the one back in your room for that. Actually, it would be nice to have at least one of the pools non-thermally-heated for when you want a refreshing dip, but really - what would you expect from a thermally-heated pools resort? Anyway, there are also 4 other smaller Jacuzzi pools behind the bar area that you can make your way through – all of which are the same, 104F-ish temperature. There also seemed to be a sauna in the farthest back area of the pool zone up over a small bridge and by some waterfalls, but it wasn’t well-lit and seemed rather creepy and uninviting… so we never ventured in. Maybe some glass doors and better lighting or something to make that area more enticing. The included buffet breakfast each morning was fantastic considering it was free (really though - great pastries, fruit, and a variety of egg and other dishes). We rather liked the soft background tunes that play throughout various parts of the hotel and during breakfast - everything from Sinatra to Whitney Houston to Marvin Gaye and Spanish music I wasn't familiar with. While the food prices at the pool bar were a little high, that food was fine as well. We never ate dinner at the hotel and opted for dining in Fortuna instead – since the Royal Corin is much closer to Fortuna than Tabacon and many of the other hotels/resorts of the area. It’s almost directly across from Baldi Springs though – in case you want to walk across the street & pay for the larger thermal pools experience. We didn't take advantage of the Royal Corin's spa while we were there unfortunately - so can't comment on that. We liked the smaller boutique feel of the Royal Corin, the great staff (the gardener gave us lettuce to feed Valentina, a resident iguana), the amazing view regardless of which room you got, and even the rather deserted Lava Bar upstairs. We thought that maybe promoting the happy hour special at the downstairs lobby bar would be a better draw than the Lava Bar, and instead convert the Lava Bar into the breakfast area or a honeymoon suite or something, but hey – just random thoughts. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and we would definitely recommend it as a great place to stay in the Fortuna/Arenal area.
It seems that all rooms would have a great volcano view... ours did.
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