This place is unique in positive and negative ways.
It has a business model somewhat different than most other places.
You have to chose yourself, whether this caters to you or not.
You could best describe it as an (inconsistent) mixture between low budget resort and upscale hostel.
* you (and your car if you have one) are fenced in for a better security and get a wristband to be recognized
* the place doesn't provide the "heartly, family-feeling" that hostels usually do, instead it comes with the professionel, somewhat unpersonal feel of a hotel.
* for the "posh" atmosphere you pay approx. 5 USD p.person extra per night compared to other places and are missing breakfast
* very clean (cleaned constantly throughout the day)
* nice location at the edge of the little town
* somewhat posh (nice pool area, new rooms and facilities, nice common space, nice garden)
* nice view to the volcano
* a basic restaurant / bar onsite
* Alan, the receptionist, is a friendly, attentive and professionel guy, speaking perfectly english, being able and willing to deal with your requests and wishes.
* a bar on the opposite side of the street makes the nights noisy
* no breakfast
* the exchange rates between Dollars and Colones are very unusual, more difficult to handle and differ from reception to restaurant. Thus paying in local Colones you end up paying a "penalty" of 2% for hotel and tours and a "penalty" of 10% for restaurant and bar (Status Nov 2012)
* rooms (at least dormitories) and tents contain only a minimum of furniture, e.g the tents come with a plug but don't contain hooks or anything where you could lay or hang your belongings onto. Same applies for the shared showers.
* the way to the tents is paved with fine red sand/soil, which color you will finally find again on your tent, foot shoes, clothes...
* you pay extra for towels which are usually included (it's only a symbolic price of 1 USD but it's still a small hassle you have to ask for them)
* you have to ask extra for blankets - at least in the tents (but they are included in the price)
* A big sign at the reception is telling you "No Refunds". Does this mean whatever reason, once you're paid you're money is gone?
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- Also Known As:
- Arenal Backpackers Resort Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park