This hotel has large, clean comfortable rooms opening onto tropical gardens. They promote the rooms as all having a view directly onto the volcano and mine certainly did - very convenient for relaxing in comfort while the volcano disappeared and re-emerged from the cloud.
The staff at reception were very helpful. When I wanted to do a specific day trip they called four different operators to find one that was running the tour on the day I wanted.
The maids also did a great job - my towel was folded into spectacular shapes including an elephant complete with real orchids behind its ears!
The restaurant is also good (there was a buffet on the days I was there with fruit, traditional Costa Rican breakfast e.g. rice and beans) and european breakfast items like toast. There are two pools as well although I didn't have time for swimming.
I would have liked to spend another night at this hotel just to enjoy the facilities there.
My only disappointment was that the volcano stopped doing pyrotechnics about two years ago, so now there is just steam coming from the summit rather than the lava show at night.
A few tips:
- As well as the more well-known attractions in the area (volcano, thermal spa) I would recommend a day trip to Rio Celeste. Two rivers (both clear) come together and when the minerals combine the water becomes bright blue. It was one of the highlights of my trip.
- Many of the activities at Arenal and Monte Verde are similar e.g. hanging bridges, zipline, horse-riding. The ones at Monte Verde seemed less expensive (e.g. $50 at Arenal vs $30 - 40 at Monte Verde), I think both areas are worth visiting but it would be useful to plan which activities to do in each place to get the best value.
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