After a long drive, we arrived at the Springs to be greeted by name as we entered the lobby area. Our luggage was taken away and we received welcoming fruit drinks and a tour of the property as we were escorted to our rooms. The staff was great at explaining every amenity offered in our room. The rooms were gorgeous. Wood, stone, high ceilings, and an incredible view of the volcano. There were two huge bathrooms, and this was a regular guestroom. One was designed for the handicapped, and the other was opulent. Two sinks, mirrors everywhere, tiled jacuzzi bathtub, great shower, and lots of space. The bed was very comfortable, and the TV was mounted from the ceiling for comfortable viewing. The room had a wet bar and lots of cups. Everything was spotless, and the room had oversized cabinetry that invited you to unpack. The porch had two hammocks, and a sitting area with volcano and garden views.
We were able to swim on our first night, since the pools were open late. Unfortunately, there was a power outage (common in Costa Rica and that area) which interrupted our swim. However, the staff managed it very well, and offered to escort guests where ever they wanted to go, since the paths were not lit.
We enjoyed all of our meals here. We ate at the sushi bar one night, which was delicious. Another night, we enjoyed finer dining at Las Ventanas. Service and food were excellent, and prices were reasonable. Breakfast was great! It was a vast buffet, including pancakes, waffles, amazing fresh baked pastries and cakes, fruit, bacon, costa rican fare, and an omelet station. All of this was only $12, and it was a great start to our mornings, especially before a tour.
I can't say enough about the pools. Any temperature to suit your desire was available. Pool styles ranged from the large "resort" pool with swim up bar to intimate springs with waterfalls and gorgeous foliage. One pool had a waterslide. Another had a great view of the volcano over an infinity edge.
This hotel is a destination resort, and any one could stay here for a week and not run out of things to do. However, one thing to note, this hotel (as well as many others in the area) is not on the side of the volcano where you can see the lava. You can see smoke from eruptions very well, but no lava.
- 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