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“Amazing views and loved seeing it from our lovely deck, however, thin room walls kept it from being truly private and magical.” 4 of 5 stars
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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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“Amazing views and loved seeing it from our lovely deck, however, thin room walls kept it from being truly private and magical.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I am up for adventure, and the ride up the mountain to get to the Lodge, is a bumpy adventure. We didn't mind but some folks may. Our room had a fantastic view of the volcano and we were lucky enough to get great views the whole time. The rooms had a nice deck from where to enjoy it. However the walls were very thin and we could hear every conversation and door slam from our neighbors. The waiters were very nice and food was ok. The horseback ride could have been more riding and less talking. We did the nature walk and it was easy to find and enjoy on our own. The lady who booked tours was very friendly and helpful. Overall, I loved the area and the views but they need to find solution to thin walls.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GutiMau, General Manager at Arenal Lodge, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Good afternoon dear friends,

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments, we take guests comments very seriously and use them for learning what we do right and what can be done better in order to have happy returning guests.
We are happy that you enjoyed your stay here at the lodge and would love to see you come back in the near future!
Sincerely,
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • 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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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The Arenal lodge conjures images of Jurassic Park. The restaurant is expansive, with excellent open air views of the grounds and Arenal. Rooms are large, clean, with good water pressure and views. The grounds are very pleasant, with hot springs to enjoy

Room Tip: Must have a view of Arenal
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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GutiMau, General Manager at Arenal Lodge, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Good morning,

Thank you much for stopping and leaving your comments, we are glad that you had a great time while staying at Arenal Lodge, it means we are doing our homework!
This motivates us even more to keep doing things better so more people can have a good time and enjoy our fantastic lodge.
A big hug from your friends in Arenal,
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We stayed at the lodge for our first 3 nights in Costa Rica. The lodge is located on a 2000 acre property, that is part farm and part nature preserve. All of the staff were extremely friendly and made you feel right at home. We stayed in the junior suites. The room was very large, with 2 double beds. The walls are covered in dark wood paneling and there are only 2 lamps which made the room very dark. The upside is that one wall was all windows and a door that lead to a big porch with andarandak chairs which looked over the beautiful gardens and pastures with a spectacular view of Arenal Volcano! We visited in August and there was a downpour every night. It was great sitting on the deck enjoying the jungle sounds and the rain pounding on the roof.

Included in the room fee is a great nature hike with the Miguel, the resident naturalist, through the rainforest. He is quite knowledgeable about all of the flora and fauna, and has great personal stories. He also was our guide on the horseback ride that was also included.

They have a nice bar and restaurant. The wait staff are really friendly and eager to please. The included breakfast was very good, it is not a buffet.

There is a desk in the lobby with a representative that can book you for all manors of excursions where they pick you up at the door. We did the whitewater rafting, and it was a blast. The day included a great lunch at a local farm.

If you are looking for a luxury room, the junior suites are not for you. If you are looking for an authentic Costa Rican experience, then you should stay there. One note, the driveway to the place is all uphill on a mile long on a bumpy driveway. The nearest grocery is a 20 minute drive, so stock up before you get there.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GutiMau, General Manager at Arenal Lodge, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Buenos dias amigos!!

Thank you for leaving your kind comments, we are glad that you had a good time.
Definitely, Arenal Lodge is out of the way and far from the crowd of being in downtown La Fortuna, making our lodge a special place to comune with nature as close as you can.
Thanks to our chef de cuisine, our restaurant serves delicious homemade meals prepared with the best organic and natural ingredients found on the market today.
Again, thank you for staying with us and hope to see you back soon!!
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Very peaceful and quite place with outstanding views. Food and drinks are fresh. Services are perfect. Personal is very friendly and helpful. We were in Juniors rooms and rooms were very big and nice with big balcony. We stayed for 3 days and I already dream to come back and stay there for a week at least. We rented a car and were driving around. Coming back at evening and having a good rest was very enjoyable.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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GutiMau, General Manager at Arenal Lodge, responded to this review, October 21, 2013
Thank you much for your review, we are very happy that you enjoyed yourself while staying with us. We feel motivated as we like to know when we do our job right.
Please come back soon so you can experience the Arenal Lodge and its surroundings again!!
Your friends,,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

During my recent 8 day stay, this Lodge was the first place we stayed. I enjoyed my time there, the mood, rooms, people were all great. It was also close to many of the excursions we went on. If you want actual rest and relaxation, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GutiMau, General Manager at Arenal Lodge, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Dear friend,

We must say that we are very happy for your review, especially for having stayed 8 days.
Like you point out, this a perfect place for rest and relaxation, but also for adventure tours and outdoor activities, since there are beautiful hiking trails in the property as well as a butterfly garden and horsebackriding tours. If you prefer, our tour desk will find you a tailor made tour for and your family, as there are countless options for everyone to enjoy!!!
Thank you again and hope to see you back soon!!

your friends in Arenal!
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NYC
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We stayed for one night at the Arenal Lodge. Based on the excellent reviews here we were really excited about the place. So we decided to splurge a little and booked the Chalet. In the end we were very disappointed with the place and would not recommend it. The reviews available here leave out a lot of the discomfort and misrepresentations that you need to be prepared for.

As mentioned in many reviews, the location of the property on top of a hill is excellent and provides for awesome views of the volcano. Also, you cannot stay much closer to nature than in this detached location (5 minutes up a steep dirt road). So far so good.

BUT: The hotel facilities are very simple and worn out - in many places you can see a fair amount of wear and tear. This is definitely sub-par, considering the price which aims at a higher class market. For example, the microwave did not work, the fridge was defrosted and in disrepair and moreover you were greeted with a puddle of water when you opened it.

The service was OK but clearly uninformed. For example, nobody told us that we had to let the water run for 15mins to get hot water for the shower. More importantly, we were told - as mentioned in many reviews here - that there would be a free guided tour around the area the next day and also horseback riding available. Further, that a buffet breakfast would be included.

NONE OF THESE THINGS PROVED TO BE TRUE. We adjusted our travel schedule (slept longer) to take advantage of the guided tour and the horseback riding, only to be told the next day that the guide had his day off and that there would be no activities - the opposite of what had been told to us the day before.

Further, there was no buffet breakfast, but only a choice of several types of breakfast. We opted for the american breakfast, which consisted of two fried eggs and a couple of dry slices of toast, accompanied by some almost cold coffee and orange juice. That was it. Barely a "feast" as mentioned in a review here.

All in all, I have stayed at more comfortable and enjoyable places in the Arenal region for a half and even a third of the price. I recommend checking out a different hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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GutiMau, General Manager at Arenal Lodge, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Good morning dear friends,

We apologize if you had any incoveniences during your visit, we thank you for taking the time to let us know your comments and suggestions. Your opinion is very important for us and we will definitely use this experience to review our procedures and make changes to improve our operation.
I wish you could have given us the opportunity to talk to me while still at the lodge so that we could have done something while you still were here.
Please feel free to contact me directly should you have any more suggestions, i will be very happy to listen to them.
Sincerely ,

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

I recently stayed 3 nights at the Arenal Lodge. It is a long drive from the San Jose airport, so be prepared to take at least 3-4 hours to get here. And the steep, bumpy hill to get to the lodge was not very welcome after an already long flight and drive. If you want to do things outside of the hotel each day, just be prepared to drive down and up the hill on the property. However, once we made it to the lodge, we were definitely glad to have picked this place. The property is beautiful and has a great view overlooking the Arenal Volcano. All of the staff members were very friendly and knowledgeable. The main waiter at the restaurant was always there to greet us at breakfast. There were a few breakfast options (Traditional, American, pancakes, or omelets) and all of them were pretty good. We did do dinner one night and they gave large portions of meat, but the cost was a little pricey. There is a lady in the lobby that was very helpful in booking tours and explaining all of the options available. Miguel, was an excellent naturalist and his guided jungle walks and horseback riding was included within the price of our stay. Miguel taught me more than I ever needed to know about ants and poison dart frogs! He also found us again the next morning to show us a red-eyed tree frog. Stephanita, a blue and yellow macaw, made frequent visits to the hotel and even sat with us by the pool while she sharpened her beak with pieces of the rock. We saw a ton of lizards, geckos, walking sticks, frogs, butterflies, wild pigs, and other animals during our stay. It was nice to have a balcony overlooking the backyard and volcano. The rooms were pretty simple. Just beds, a night stand, a small table and chairs, a bench and an overhead ceiling fan. The bathrooms were fine. Our rooms were kind of dark because the rooms are paneled in wood and one of our lamps wasn't working. Be warned, that there are frequent bugs that will likely enter your room as your open the doors and go out on the balcony. Just realize you are in a Costa Rican jungle and get over the fact that you may be living with a few bugs. It will be okay - they won't hurt you. The maintenance staff were not very fast as one of the room fans was broken and it still wasn't fixed within our 3 day stay.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GutiMau, General Manager at Arenal Lodge, responded to this review, November 13, 2013
Dear friends

Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving your kind comments.
We feel happy that you had a good time while staying at Arenal Lodge. we do our best effort so that people like you can take back home a little piece of this beautiful paradise in their memories.
Our warm regards,

All the staff at Arenal Lodge
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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:
#14 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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