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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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2 reviews
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“Mario was great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Mario was great in helping us choose the local attractions to visit. It was great how he drew maps and gave us very clear directions anywhere we wanted to go. Ask about the "hot river"; with Mario's maps it was super easy to find!

The lunch we had at the hotel was a rather expensive for the amount of food, although it was really good. But then again, most of the food in La Fortuna is expensive.

Overall 9.5/10.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Small rooms with a bit noisy airco and lukewarm water, but overall spotless. It does the job for a couple of nights. Easier to reach with a car as it is a bit further from the town, but also very quiet since off the main road, with a big home made breakfast and extremely kind staff. We would totally recommended if you are searching for a good value hotel - no luxury.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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6 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

I stayed here with my girlfriend a few days ago while we were visiting the sights around La Fortuna. The place is slightly farther away from some of the sights than other hotels but still very accessible. My girlfriend and I strongly regret forgetting the name of the young man who appeared to be the sole staff member in charge at the time, but his service is the greatest either of us have witnessed from any hotel anywhere. The hotel includes freshly prepared and delicious breakfast and lunch, and we were even given fresh coconuts from their trees to drink when we asked about them. The room was clean, spacious, and well-maintained. The availability of AC was a lifesaver, and the TV, fridge, and microwave was a nice touch as well. Overall I greatly recommend this hotel to any traveller who wants great service and value.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Heredia, Costa Rica
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

It is not a luxe hotel but is realy cheap and the rooms are big and confortable
one thing that can be unconvinient is that its a little bit close to the volcano but you still have a nice view and they contact you with all the fortuna activities

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

Mario & family & staff were super helpful with rides & recommendations & discount tickets. They went above & beyond to make sure we had a great time!!! The free breakfast was great & the grounds & rooms were clean & well-kept. The only downside is its a little outside of the town so you need a rental car or to pay for taxis. Definitely go to Baldi Hot Springs and the zipline tour!!!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at Lavas del Arenal. Mario was very helpful in recommending tours, dinner options, and he also helped us arrange to rent a car before we left for Guanacaste. The rooms are pretty basic, but clean, staff were friendly, breakfast and coffee were served on site in the morning. Our one regret is that we did not rent a car earlier in our trip. It would have been helpful in getting around since we stayed outside of town.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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6 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay in this hotel, though it is very basic in its amenities (hot water was hit and miss and the shower was fairly primitive). It's definitely not a "luxury experience" but that wasn't what we were looking for. The hotel was charming, the rooms were scrupulously clean and the owner, Mario, was delightful. Very helpful, with lots of advice about which activities we should try, he also made us a fantastic "typical" Costa Rican dinner one night for a very reasonable price (I think about $8 US per person) when we were too exhausted to head out to a restaurant. Homemade breakfast was also included in the rate, and the hotel has a lovely garden and a small pool. It even has a playground where our kids spent a few happy hours after dinner swinging and watching the fascinating antics of the leaf-cutter ants that were systematically destroying a nearby bush.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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:
#28 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#29 Top resorts 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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