We were pleasantly surprised by the Volcano Lodge and Gardens. The service was exceptional. Our room was spacious, clean, and comfortable. The grounds of the hotel are beautiful and exceptionally well kept. Some of our best pictures of the volcano came from just a few steps outside our room because of how beautiful the surroundings were. We ate at a few locations in Arenal and La Fortuna. We ended up liking the restaurant at the hotel the most. I highly recommend the beef casado. They have a really nice hot tub that is hidden away in some of the foliage. I recommend asking someone where it is if you cannot find it as it was a great way to relax at night after a day of activity.