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Arenal Volcano Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   6.5 Km NW of the Catholic church, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 6793-1000, Costa Rica   |  
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Deluxe Special $95p/night
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“Wonderful Honeymoon Destination”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

My wife and I spent our week long honeymoon at this hotel, and it was amazing. Clear views of the Volcano, beautiful flowers and landscaping, clean rooms, friendly and incredibly helpful staff, safe location... all for a very affordable price.

We stayed in one of the standard superior rooms - it was very comfortable with ample space for what we needed. Had an easy to use safe, refrigerator, and wall AC. The food at the on-site restaurant was also better than my expectations (which were pretty high!). The buffet breakfast was the same every morning, but given the variety and freshness of the food that was OK with us. We ate dinner there two nights and all the meals (including pizza, pasta, and fish) were excellent. The staff was very helpful in arranging taxis for trips to the nearby town of La Fortuna ($10 10 minute taxi ride from the hotel) and also booking tours for us during our stay. One of the ladies even gave us some fresh local fruit to try! The cleaning services were also very thorough, and the maid left us a unique towel design with rose petals everytime she cleaned! As far as amenities go, the jacuzzi was also very warm and comfortable.

I only had a few minor complaints. The pool was a little colder than I was expecting it to be considering the warm daytime temperatures (but it was refreshing!). Also, the beds were comfortable, but not the best I've ever slept on. We also had a few critters visit our room during our stay, including a few beetles, a couple flies, a trail of ants (my fault for leaving a fresh pineapple lying on the floor!), and a small lizard. This isn't the hotels fault, but fyi you are in Costa Rica, so don't expect to be completely isolated from nature. :)

Overall we had an amazing stay here. I don't have much to compare it to since we did not stay anywhere else, but if you are traveling to La Fortuna I would highly recommend this place. Here's a quick summary of our stay.

Pros:
-Friendly & helpful staff
-Comfortable accommodations
-Beautiful location and views
-Good food & reasonably priced dinners
-Nice jacuzzi
-Quiet atmosphere (we didn't hear our neighbors or have any problems with noise during our stay)

Cons:
-A few visiting critters
-Cold(ish) pool temperature
-So,so bed comfort level

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

I stayed here with my family for 2 nights and had a great time!

The good:
-Rooms were clean and spacious, with wi-fi and air conditioning
-Beautiful views of the volcano and surrounding areas
-Staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful
-Grounds and pool were well kept
-Restaurant onsite has great menu for lunch and dinner, and a delicious complimentary breakfast buffet

The bad:
-This hotel is not very close to the town of La Fortuna

Bottom line: I would absolutely recommend staying the the Arenal Volcano Inn!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We were in love with this place from the moment we arrived. We were greeted by very friendly staff who remained helpful and gracious throughout our entire visit! The grounds are very well manicured and include a beautiful jacuzzi and pool, as well as complete spa packages on site.

The best part of our stay was the beautifully decorated and clean bungalow that sat atop the grounds and provided an amazing view of the Arenal volcano. We were lucky enough to wake up on several occasions to clear skies and see the top of Arenal - a perfect way to start any day full of exciting adventures.

The restaurant staff were very attentive and had some wonderful options for breakfast and dinner. It was the perfect location for all that we wanted to do while visiting La Fortuna and reception was very accommodating in contacting the right people to get us to where we needed to be that day.

Thank you to the entire staff - you helped make our trip a very memorable one! I will definitely be recommending Arenal Volcano Inn to all my friends and family planning to visit this wonderful city.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the bungalows at the top of the hill for the best sites of the volcano!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

I loved that the rooms are "bungalows" (2 rooms per cabin) and that we had a PERFECT view of the volcano! We didn't use the pool or the hot tub while we were there, but both looked nice. The breakfasts were delicious, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. It's a little ways out of La Fortuna downtown, but chances are you're not there for the town anyway. Definitely recommend!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This was an amazing beautiful hotel close to the Arenal Volcano. The grounds are well manicured and maintained green and plush. A nice swimming pool and hot tub with spacious room for three adults. The restaurant food is very good and also the pizzas they make. I would highly recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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Nossegem, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Great location with view at the Arenal Volcano. Spacious rooms. Good restaurant. Very friendly staff. Short drive to the Lava Volcano Trail, Skywalk and Canopy Tours. 10 min drive to city of La Fortuna. I do also recommend to make a coffee tour at the local coffeefarm of Matias. You can book it from his shop, rightover the church, at 'Down to Earth Coffee'.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

the hotel provides nice breakfast and its view is terrific. In my room, I could sleep on the bed and see the volcano. Although we only have one day there and also on that day it is too cloudy to see the volcano clearly. The price is about $100, which is quite reasonable in that area.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6.5 Km NW of the Catholic church, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 6793-1000, 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 Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#15 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Arenal Volcano Inn 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal volcano Inn is a 25 rooms hotel surrounded by exotic gardens that can be admired from the tranquility of your room or by taking a small walk on its natural trails. Every guest may enjoy the view of the Arenal Volcano from its own terrace. Come visit us and make Arenal Volcano Inn your home while vacationing in Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Arenal Volcano Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Hotel Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano Inn Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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