I was skeptical about this property because of the reviews and pictures we saw before we went. Our 9-day trip was arranged by Travels By Jen through Travelzoo (great value and itinerary). Arenal Lodge was our first, 3-night destination, and really set the stage for getting into the beauty of the Costa Rican rain forest. We stayed in Junior Suite 112 and it couldn't have been more perfect for us and a tremendous value. Open air, high ceilings of teak? wood with a huge patio with rocking chairs in the middle of a magical jungle and lord of the land volcano coming in and out of view with the clouds and rain. The staff was very friendly but not intrusive. The complimentary breakfast was a feast and the dinner we had was delicious and a good value. The nature paths were breathtaking. The guide for the free horseback riding was ill the day we were not riding the rapids at Rio Balsa (through Desafio company - highly recommended). Ask the staff about the (free) hot springs that the locals go to rather than the touristy ones - this was a highlight of the trip (about 5 km. towards Fortuna).
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