Lovely little Costa Rican owned place a little outside town, but taxi is cheap, so it's worth it for the peace and quiet. Be careful of the taxi drivers as they rarely turn on the meter, and when one did the ride from town only cost $2 while other drivers charged $3-$4. Once we knew the real price, we bargained down the price. The included breakfast was OK, but nothing special, and by the end of my 3 days there I was sick of it as the selection was terrible (expecially if you're vegetarian). Service was nice and very friendly, but not a lot of english spoken which didn't bother me as I am fluent in Spanish, but might bother others. Pool area was great, and hot tub was nice to wind down in the eveving (front desk will provide you with towels for the pool). View of the volcano is great from anywhere on the property, but especially from te balcony of the houses. The houses are neat, but the beds are not comfortable and are doubles, and not the advertised queens (my husband and I are both tall, so we noticed the shortage of space). The bathroom was a bit outdated and had some ants, but the shower was huge. My one big issue with the room was that there was no phone in the room, so you had to walk to the front desk if you needed something. Also, the front desk closes after a certain hour (I think 22h), so if there is an emergency you haveNO access to a phone! All in all a nice place. For a great breakfast (when you're sick of the included one) there is a great Viennese coffee house (Called Café Vienna) on the main road into town that not only has great coffee, but great pasteries, hot chocolates, and in the evening becomes a great italian reastautant (called Anchio) which was the best meal we had in Arenal (we found most restaurants overpriced, and the food average). All in all a great budget place.
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- Also Known As:
- La Pradera Hotel
- Hotel La Pradera Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park