We stayed here for 2 nights during our bus tour. We were plesantly suprised to learn that our room, and most rooms here, are acually a private cabin. The resort is well kept, and fairly large. If the clouds clear, you have a great view of Arenal right from your front porch. The hot springs are really neat too. There are about 10 pools, all different temperatures. The hottest at the top, and each one spilling into the one below. There is a swim up bar, seperate pool and a warm pool. Please take note, that the warm pool and the swim up bar are filled with a health water. (might not have properly named that) The water is rusty orange colour, but it is suppose to be that way, its not dirty!
So, the negatives.
We arrived at night, and there is very minimal outdoor lighting here. This resort prides itself on being green, so it was very dark, and hard to make our way to the room. Slapping around in the dark to find the light switches too. All was good once we found the light switch.
The walls are incredibly thin. You can definiatly here the conversation in the next cabin. The toilet doesnt flush very well. About 3 flushes for liquid waste. They are very green oriented here, so toilet paper doesnt go in the toilet. That helps reduce the number of flushes needed. They also suggest while showering to get wet, turn the water off, soap up, then rinse. Now, the fun part!! The hot water is intermittent. Lasts for about 2 minutes, then cold! The shower is huge, and great if you wish to shower with your partner, but you will be running for the dry spots when the hot water stops. Then, after a min or two, it will come back. Just beware, its going to cut out again. Short showers are the best here.
We found the hotsprings not very hot. Dont get me wrong, they were warm, but not quite what we thought the temp should be. That said, the hotspring pools were really neat. Being that there were so many, it was easy to find one all to yourself. Really cool how each one overflows into the next.
Food. The food was ok. They had the best breakfast out of all the resorts we stayed at. Bacon, sausage, pancakes and french toast. And of course, rice and beans! Overall, it wasnt bad. You shouldnt go hungry, as long as you arnt a fussy eater.
Its is good to know a few spanish words too. We found the bartender wasnt very versed in english, nor the person working the desk for towels. These are minor things and easy to overcome, but hey, heres the heads up!
Weather. For our trip it was cloudy (not the resorts fault, keep that in mind), and the odd rain shower now and then. Temps at night are not hot. During the day, it can get warm, especially if the sun is out.
Lastly, our tour guide informed us that the resort we were to stay at (los lagos) is apparently not as good as this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy of cozy & comfortable rooms surrounded by tropical gardens, with the best view of Arenal Volcano. Discover the wellness of our hot springs and our Mayin Spa. Taste the Costa Rica flavor, international cuisine and the best steak house in the area. Feel the adrenaline on our Canopy Tour, and take the best shots of Arenal volcano on our horseback riding. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arenal Paraiso Hotel Resort And Spa
- Arenal Paraiso Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
- Hotel Arenal Paraiso
- Arenal Paraiso Hotel Resort & Spa Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park