I cannot give a full five because it was not quite perfect but it ran close. We booked a two bedroom suite. Suite is an understatement of what we got. Two substantial rooms with two substantial bathrooms and two substantial balconies with views across the valley to the volcano. The rooms want for nothing. Panoramic windows large comfortable beds, jacuzzi bath so deep, mask, snorkel and fins would help. Spotlessly clean rooms and more to do at the hotel than you can shake a stick at.
The must is the cat tour. Costa Rica promotes wildlfe as a reason for coming here but is closing its zoo. This might seem logical, if you have the wildlife on your doorstep, and it does in spades, why do you need a zoo and the expense. Good question if you think a zoo is a place for tourists to gawp at animals but that ignores the research and conservation aspects of proper zooz. Anyhow, enough soapbox. The hotel has acollection of toucans, central American big cats, sloths and some capuchin and spider monkeys. These are all rescue (injured wild) or confiscated pets that the hotel houses with a dedicated team of carers. You can take a tour free oc charge and learn why they are there. The alternative was for the state body to euthanase them.
Back to the hotel. Everything was fantastic except for the tea bags were not topped up in the room, it's damn difficult to make tea with a coffee pot, a small kettle in the room would be nice. The food in the Tres Cascadas is better than average but not outstanding, rice in a casada should not be firmer than al dente but the fine dining restaurant hits the mark.
A.string out hot spring pools running down the propety are great to relax, not chill out, they are warm!
Our two rooms were second and third storey. I prefer the second, the third has great views over the jungle to the volcano. The second however is just above the trees with agreat view to the volcano but with astring of huumingbirds, a toucan and wother birdlife during the day, with a cacophony of sounds, kicked off about 5am with some howler monkeys and easing backmthroughnthe evening with firefly displays with the odd shooting star thrown in. Scents of banana and passion fruit rolled innwith the flowers, it was brilliant. Probably the best rooms Ia've stayed at in the World and that beat the best in Prague, Budapest, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Rome to name a few.
It's not cheap but who said near perfectsion was cheap?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A world class luxury resort featuring spectacular Hot Springs, picture perfect views of the Arenal Volcano from every guest room and four restaurants including our famous Ginger Sushi Bar and Las Ventanas fine dining. Enjoy our 18 mineral-laden, artesian hot springs and our 14,000 square foot Spa and Fitness Center. On our exclusive 165 acre rain forest and riverfront property we offer horseback riding, river activities, ATV and hiking tours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Springs Resort And Spa At Arenal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
- The Springs Hotel
- The Springs Resort And Spa Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park