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Arenal Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   200 meters NW from the Arenal Lake dam | Escazú, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 1250, Costa Rica   |  
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“Way better then I expected!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

I have been driving by the sign advertising this hotel every time I've been to La Fortuna (many times over the years). A friend that booked a tour with 3 nights at the Arenal Lodge, so I wanted to spend some time with him and his significant other. So, we booked two nights at the lodge. On the way up the hill we were greeted by at least a group of 15 Coatimundis digging in the leaves for their next meal. I knew right then this would be a great trip. Well, this was right up my alley, I love nature and animals. When we got to the top I found the reception area to be charming. That night the dinning was just great with good food that filled me up. The next morning I was ready to hit the trail with a free guided tour. Well the tour blew me away. Our guide Manuel Jiminez explained all the detail with of the relationship by the vegetation, the insects, the animals and man. It was fascinating, best guide I ever had, he had my attention 100% of the time. The stay at Arenal Lodge will have many memories and I'll be back for more.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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91 reviews 91 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

This hotel is superbly situated for walking, bird watching and other outdoor activities. The views are incredible. The staff are friendly and the food excellent. There is a good wifi and a small shop for snacks and souvenirs.

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Montreal, Canada
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

We loved our staying here. Arenal Lodge is a magic and beautiful place. You drive to the top of the hill through the forest on a paved road and you feel like being in the fairy tale story. The view from the top is breathtaking. The lodge is in the middle of 1000 hectares of land and no other building is around. You are facing the majestic volcano Arenal. Staff at the resort was extremely nice and polite. We got a glass of champagne to welcome us. One night coming back from hot springs…. we were very hungry but the kitchen was already closed. They offered us to make a sandwich with no hesitation.
The lodge is a wood build construction having elegant colonial style. Rooms have French windows, large balcony with rocking chairs and a beautiful view to the luxury garden full of flowers and the Volcano. Our room was a junior suite. The standard rooms, didn’t have the view. We loved our tours with hotel guide Miguel. We went with him on horse back riding and hiking in the forest. He is an amazing person, passionate by his work and knowledgeable about the nature. We saw more wildlife here than in Cloud forest in Monteverde. We saw, learned and enjoyed our time with you Miguel. We had other tour guides during our trip, before and after meeting you, but you touched our hearts and made our memory unforgettable. Thank you Miguel!
If one would like to go hiking to the Volcano there are few centers you can start from. This time we went without guide. The information we found about volcano on the Internet was enough to us. The place is safe and you are not allowed to hike very high. It’s rather a short trail.
The activity to experience is a hot spring thermal station. There are many centers and for all budgets. We chose one witch was small with more privacy - Eco-Termales Hot Springs. We had a blast. We went also to visit the Baldi Hot Springs Centre and it was too big and too commercial.
We experienced also the laundry service in Fortuna. The way it works: You bring your laundry; the price is based on the weight + detergent and softener for dryer. There is an employee, who does everything. You just come back 1h later and you get fresh, perfumed and nicely folded clothes. The place was very clean and their machines where all new. We paid 12$ for 2 medium size bags.

Room Tip: junior suite with the view on Volcano Arenal
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  • Stayed September 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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

My husband, daughter and I stayed at Arenal Lodge Jan. 22 & 23 2013. Elonzo at the front dest immediately made us feel at home. He was so kind and very helpful with all of our questions. We stayed in a Jr. Suite right in the maid lodge. Our room was beautiful!! It was very clean along with large bathroom, nice shower and the beds were comfortable. The best part was the spacious deck that over looked the infiniti pool with direct views of the volcano. We had many hours of beautiful skies with the volcano blending right in the scenery but of course, its a jungle, there will be fog at times which actually made it beautiful just the same. We ate the free breakfast both mornings which had more than enough variety and it was delicious. We also ate lunch and dinner in the lodge and it was very comfortable and we loved looking out the huge picture windows while we ate. The grounds are BEAUTIFUL!!!! The pool area with two hot tubs is a great bonus. During our 10 day tour of C.R. , my husband and I both agree that we relaxed the most while we were at Arenal Lodge for those two nights. Everything about it was perfect, in the Jr. Suite we stayed in. The female receptionist was an angel.... I forget her name but she was so sweet as well as the waiters and bar tenders. Everyone was a joy to meet during our stay. And yes, we agree with the above mentioned about Miguel, he is a wealth of information either on the hike or the horse ride. What a pleasure meeting him. One last thing, the drive up to the lodge is fantastic. It adds to the uniqueness of Arenal Lodge. We hope we get to go back one day. It was the best.
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Room Tip: We stayed in a Jr. Suite so that is all I can recommend.
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We booked through JetSet, a wonderful choice, and got a "Superior" room which was actually a suite with a living room and bedroom. Rooms were clean - couch in living room a bit dated. This was the first resort in the area. Room had a safe, nice bath. The maid did the most artistic arrangement of the daily clean towels I have ever seen, once an elephant and once a pig. The view from the room was spectacular - great view of the Arenal volcano. There were miles and miles of grounds, with a guided walk each morning. The room came with a buffet breakfast with a large number of selections. The dining room overlooks some beautiful grounds, and raised bird feeders are right in front of the windows. During breakfast, the feeders are loaded with cut fruit which attracts a wonderful and colorful mix of birds. We ate dinner there once - I had the steak, my wife had the bass. Both were good. The lodge is quite a distance from the nearest town, la fortuna, and most of the attractions such as the hot springs. We had a wonderful stay and I highly recommend it..

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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El Cerrito, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

My husband and I stayed here as part of a Travel by Jenn package and mostly like it a lot. It's in a lovely setting, nice large room with great view. Only problem is the very remote location from any town or store. We did not have a car so were dependent on transport and cabs to town cost $30 each way.

One big irritation was that we were promised, as part of our package, a horseback ride. When we inquired about this, we were told the horses were out "for inspection." We were there for 3 days and saw several horses on the property so this seemed like a come on and a lie in their advertisement. Otherwise the food was good and staff was accommodating with our needs. They do have a "ranger" who leads a nice and informative hike every morning.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the Volcano or else a cabin on the hillside to get a great view.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vero Beach, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

just returned from la fortuna- 6 days at arenal lodge. alonzo at front desk was very, very helpful with reservation and had much knowledge of sights and tours. we had the superior room for 2 day ( no a/c- but not really needed) with a view of volcano from our bed. it was our honeymoon and was, after the second night moved to the suite. superior room is good for view and price. superior room is a nice 3.5 rooms , with a nice bath and very very clean! breakfast was included...either buffet or omelet station...lovely view of volcano in dining rooms also. feed the resident coati (local animal) or the many lovely birds at the 2 feeders. the blue ones will land Right by you. pool and 2 hot tubs are just outside the dining area also with a view of the volcano. be advised the entry to the hotel is a 6-7 minutes drive Up the side of the mountain and about 25 minutes from the town...but Very nicely located for the park, volcano , butterfly gardens, fishing and horseback riding, etc.....husband did the rain forest walk at the hotel and saw a monkey.. the riding and fishing at hotel was advertised BUT not available when we got there. service and good was Great ( so were the prices) at the restaurant and bar.

Room Tip: there are rooms on a hill just behind the main building that seemed very nice. some rooms have a/c a...
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  • Stayed January 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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Address: 200 meters NW from the Arenal Lake dam | Escazú, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 1250, 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 Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#13 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Arenal Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Lodge provides guests with the excitement of staying in an authentic rainforest lodge with breathtaking panoramic views of Costa Rica’s famous Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. Guests will enjoy a casual and relaxed rustic lodge setting with the added value of a complimentary breakfast daily. Located on 2000-acres of beautiful tropical rainforest, the lodge is situated near Arenal Volcano National Park. The lodge is surrounded by rainforest - housing hundreds of exotic birds, small animals and the beautiful tropical flowers and trees of Costa Rica. and is it's own local tourist attraction due to its exclusive location with breathtaking panoramic views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. The lodge features a full service restaurant with local and international cuisine, gift shop, three heated outdoor Jacuzzi's, an infinite edge swimming pool, walking trails, a butterfly garden, horseback riding, a game-room and outdoor playground for children, fitness room, sauna, and free wireless high speed internet access.Guest rooms and suites feature cable TV, telephone, coffee maker, clock radio, and all have private baths. Complimentary crib and wheel chair are available on request. ... more   less 
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Arenal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Arenal Lodge Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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