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“Our favorite place to stay during our Costa Rican adventure” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Lavas del Arenal
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   300 Oeste de la Escuela de EL Bosque, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“Our favorite place to stay during our Costa Rican adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

This hotel was great in every way. We stayed during the rainy season (October). The hotel was very affordable ($40/night), quiet, very comfortable and restful. Breakfast was included, and it was delicious - gallo pinto, huevos revueltos, lots of fresh fruit, freshly-made fruit juice, coffee, toast. There's a nice pool and a creek that meanders along the back of the property which has beautifully kept lawns and gardens and lots of fruit trees and flowers. My boyfriend and I both agreed that one of the best parts of our trip to Lavas de Arenal was Mario, the owners' son-in-law who runs the hotel. He made breakfast for us every morning, was very nice and helpful and extremely welcoming. He helped us to book a hotel in Manuel Antonio for later on in the trip and arranged a tour/zip line for us. As this was our first stop on our trip, it really set a good tone for the rest of the trip.

Keep in mind that the hotel is ~5km outside of town. This was a plus for us since we rented a car. We really enjoyed the peace and quiet away from the busy and touristy La Fortuna.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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El Paso, Texas, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We were greeted by Mario a very helpful person who immediately was able to answer all our questions. Gave us a tour of the hotel and the amenities and prepared a wonder meal for us. We ate in a lovely patio outdoors where we enjoyed watching beautiful birds and a nice breeze envelope us in this little piece of tranquility and nature. We asked for suggestions and were given the rapids of Sarapiqui and the Baldi Hot Springs both of which we enjoyed to the fullest! We enjoyed the time there, the pool was clean, clean sheets, room was nice and roomy, it was clean, we could see Mario takes great care of the property and wanted to accommodate us well. I would return to it just for the beauty, hospitality and cleanliness. It was affordable and peaceful. We also made great conversation with a lovely worker, Ever.

Room Tip: It is clean, spacious, friendly and affordable. Can't go wrong.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Enjoyed a perfect stay in this Gem of a place. Mario and his family attended to our needs each and every time we needed it. They were very helpful that we felt we were around family. The rooms were extremely clean and comfortable, that it made our vacation more pleasant and enjoyable. They serve an excellent breakfast surrounded by luscious flowers and various fruit trees. One feels like we are eating in a jungle paradise. On our next trip to the Arenal, we are once again staying in The Lavas del Arenal. I highly recommend this hotel to all visitors of the Arenal.

Room Tip: All rooms are in a great location. The scenery is fantastic.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Lavas del Arenal is a real treat. It's 10-15 minutes outside of La Fortuna, the largest town closest to the Arenal volcano, known for its "hanging bridges," among other things. The hotel would be a tad difficult to find without a GPS, but the place is splendid. As I can see from previous reviews, Mario (and family) really know how to make travelers feel at home. Drive onto the property, and you're in a little sanctuary. A beautiful lawn & garden complete with two separate grill areas and a pool. Mario will help you make reservations at discount prices for whatever local attractions you'd like to see, and serve up a delicious breakfast to boot. His father-in-law is a very friendly person, and provided you speak a little Spanish, will surely introduce you to Tico culture. The A/C is a bit underpowered, but if that doesn't faze you, I highly recommend Lavas del Arenal. It was a very homey experience - but at the same time, the service was very professional. The rooms were very clean and you can tell that the entire property is well-maintained. 4.5 out of 5 stars in my book.

Room Tip: Rooms are more or less identical - the ones farther in back are closer to the pool & grill areas...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Mario and his family were so friendly and helpful, they made us feel like family. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and the property is gorgeous, fruit falling off the trees, lovely birds all around. They also serve an awesome breakfast. It's not right downtown, so it's totally tranquil and lush. I recommend it to anyone going to La Fortuna, and I'll definitely go back. :-)

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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17 hotel reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

This is a wonderful place to stay Mario was a very good host. The place was like livivng in a garden of paradise, Ever the gardner was very friendly taking us on a tour of the place showing us the different plants and fruit and the peaceful bubbling little stream in the back of the property. The breakfast was very Tico, it was all just wonderful. The accomodations were just as good, very nice rooms. They were doing some upgrades while we were there so it will be even greater. The best was the wonderful view of Arenal Volcano, the day was very clear.

Room Tip: One level all seemed to be as good as the other. We stayed in room 10 near the stream.
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Toronto, Canada
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44 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

What a lovely place. We were so warmly welcomed when we arrived. The grounds are so well kept and we got to see toucans in the trees. The breakfasts were fabulous. I was not feeling well one day and Gabriel took me to the doctors and stayed with me the entire time.
Can not say enough good things about this place. It is off the beaten track, which is exactly what we were looking for. Would love to go back and visit once again.

  • Stayed February 2012, 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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Address: 300 Oeste de la Escuela de EL Bosque, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#25 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Lavas del Arenal 2.5*
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