My Fiance and I went to the Hotel Royal Corin for 3 nights in late July and we were both extremely satisfied with our stay. The hotel and grounds were very clean and very pretty, with the gardens and Arenal Volcano in the backdrop. My Fiance and I didn't realize that July was a rainy season, so we didn't see a whole lot of the Volcano. We actually only saw it once over the three days we were there, but there are plenty of excursions to do near by to amuse anyone. The hotel staff were very helpful in advising us on the best and most popular excursions to take. We booked all of our excursions the day before we planned to do them and no problems with excursions being booked. We rented a car and drove from the San Jose airport to La Fortuna. The drive was about 2 1/2 hours and a GPS is definitely needed. The roads can be confusing and there are no highways up to La Fortuna from San Jose, so expect a long drive if you get stuck behind a truck on a windy road. Overall the rental car was a nice way to see the country of Costa Rica.
The excursions we did were all great fun, and we took a more relaxed approach and did one per day. It is definitely possible to do two per day though. The first day we did the canyoning tour which was great fun. Like i said it was the rainy season, so it pretty much rained all day, but repelling down waterfalls get you wet anyway. You repel down about 6 waterfalls and the guides do a good job of splitting the group up so you aren't spending along time waiting for the rest of the group. The second day we did the ecoglide zip-lining tour, which was also a great time. Thankfully the weather was pretty nice during our whole excursion which made for some amazing pictures.
The hotel food was really good. The pool bar served food all day and the restaurant was good also. The food at the restaurant was a little pricey but worth it. We drove into town for dinner one night and had a great authentic costa rican meal that was very reasonably priced. The hotel staff were very nice and helpful. The pool bartender could have been a little happier but the night guy made up for it. The hotel spa couples massage is amazing and absolutely worth getting. The hotel pools and hot tubs are a constant 85 degrees and cleaned every night.
We got engaged our first night at the Hotel Royal Corin hotel and this hotel was definitely the best place we could have hoped to spend the first days of our vacation and engagement.
The higher floors of the hotel probably have a better view, but all the rooms look out over the volc...
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