My husband and I unexpectedly got the opportunity to spend a night at The Springs, due to our experiences at its sister property The Peace Lodge. The Springs, whose owners are the same as The Peace Lodge, is obviously a very different kind of hotel, due to location and amenities. The big drawing card at The Springs is Arenal Volcano, prominently on view from each and every guest room, from all restaurants, bars, and just about every inch of the property--and it's an awe-inspiring drawing card. From your comfy bed in a well-decorated luxury room, you can wake up and go to sleep watching the volcano. From the patio or balcony with its hammocks, table and chairs, and rocking chairs, you can relax with an eye on nature at its finest.
The variety of pools of different temperatures attract young and old alike. There's a fun water slide for the young and daring at heart, as well as more isolated and quieter spots for those wanting more privacy. The springs of Los perdidos, separated from the main pools, is a specially nice place to hang out, and very beautiful at night. One thing I did notice is that there's not much lighting around many of the pools, so it's important to be very careful not to trip--I'd suggest some more lights to avoid possible accidents.
The food at The Springs was expensive and I have to say that what we had wasn't anything special. On the afternoon we arrived, we ate at Las Cascadas and the service was distinctly mediocre and way too slow. The following morning we had the breakfast buffet there and the staff was more attentive, so maybe it had to do with the time of day, although for the price one pays, the staff and food should always be good, no matter what the hour.
Many of the staff , but not all, were very friendly--Alan, who greated us and gave us a tour of the property, was professional and nice.
The computers available for the public were not working during our stay--and we received only vague answers as to why and for how long. That was disappointing, since we did not travel with a computer and needed access in order to check on our next destination.
Overall we liked this place, and one can't deny that it's a beautiful spot to visit. Its seamless integration with the natural beauty of the Volcano and lush surroundings makes The Springs a special place. The cost of the rooms, food, tours, etc. puts it out of the normal range of many travelersl ike us who must keep an eye on budget--although special pricing may be available, especially in the off-peak seasons. Also if you don't want to stay here, you can get a pass to use the pools. I've been to Tabacon and this compares very favorably. It's definitely worth a visit.
- 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