The hotel had beautiful views of the lake and volcano. There was a nice hiking trail behind the hotel where we saw some monkeys in the trees. The lodge is quiet and secluded. If you want to be in a "down town" area, this is probably not the place for you. The driveway is long and steep, but the tour van and transportation shuttle were able to find us. I'm sure a taxi would be available to take you to down town La Fortuna. One review made reference to the rooms being outdated. The rooms may be a little outdated but they were clean, everything worked accordingly, the views were beautiful, and the price was extremely economical. The restaurant was excellent. Staff were very nice and helpful including the tour representatives in the lobby. As far as bug references in past reviews, you are in the middle of a rainforest, there will be some bugs. I would stay there again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Arenal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
- Arenal Lodge Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park