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The Springs Resort and Spa
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Near Montana de Fuego, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“the best place in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2010

I cant say enough about the resort. I was so impressed and excited about staying here.I never had a vacation so perfect. I am coming back next year.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2010

The Hotel is tucked away, with jungle and volcano views on a large property, and is 5 stars in every way. The rooms are stunning, the dozens of hot springs on the property and countless hummingbirds, breathtaking. Any issues can be handled by Johnny Castillo the hotel concierge and guest representative. He is absolutely wonderful and assisted us in many ways (you can email him at the hotel). Apart from being one of the best hotels in the world (Ive stayed at beautiful hotels in many places), this is a hotel with a heart. Due to a death in my family, the hotel charged us only for the dates we stayed, even though our reservation was for longer. The area has a lot to do, so if you are in Costa Rica DO NOT MISS THIS HOTEL

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2010

Don't let the drive in scare you, owner Lee Banks has built a jewel in the Springs. I saw a couple of reviews from people mentioning the gravel road into the property, these people obviously haven't traveled much and think the entire world has roads like we do in the US.
The trip up the gravel road simply made me more amazed that they were able to build the Springs, because you will be amazed from the moment you enter the lavish lobby to when you experience one of the dozens of springs. Or my personal favorite waking up to a breathtaking view of Arenal volcano every morning was the highlight of an amazing stay.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bonita Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2010

It's hard to describe The Springs Resort and Spa with only five stars to rate it. This place definitely tops most any other five-star hotels I've visited, with all the amenities and comforts you'd expect and service and food that's over the top fantastic. The spa is second to none. The hot springs take you to a mental place you never ever want to leave.

All of this is meticulously crafted to fit into the landscape -- and oh what landscape indeed. Surrounded by rain forest, every room in the resort presents a stunning view of Arenal, one of the most active volcanos on earth. It's like stepping back into prehistoric times with an incredibly beautiful, fully appointed room to return to whenever you wish -- never losing site of the hypnotic Arenal.

As I said -- it's tough to describe the experience of this place...the total attention to every detail...the from-another-world surroundings -- without an available six-star rating.

The Springs Resort at Arenal in Costa RIca is waiting for you. Once you've been, it will never leave you. I plan to return often. You will, too.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brentwood, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2010

We just had the most wonderful experience at the beautiful Springs Resort at Arenal.
The facility was brand new, and we learned that most all of the fixtures, beds, furniture and accessories were made on site by local artisans. We could see a spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano from every inch of the place - from our beds, from the hot springs, from the bar - it was breathtaking.
The staff was so nice, friendly and helpful. And, Joey, the manager was always nearby to make sure we were treated like royalty!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2010

What a beautiful hotel, me and my wife had an amazing time, the view, the food, the room everything was beyond our expectations
I fully recommend it, either you go on a business trip or just to get away of all the noise this place is the perfect spot.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Decatur, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010

Upon waking my first morning at the Springs I rolled over to see the most spectacular wiew of the volcano. At first it seemed faked as beauty of this caliper is rare. 2 hours later I found myself still enjoying the richness of the outside beauty. After leaving the room I discovered a resort with every amenity required for a pleasurable stay. Don't miss the water slide into the warm pool at the bottom. A must for all travelers

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Near Montana de Fuego, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#6 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Springs Resort and Spa 4.5*
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

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