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Arenal Kioro
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   San Carlos, 10 km NE of La Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 116447, Costa Rica   |  
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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Wonderful spot in paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Everything about this hotel was fabulous. We were greeted with pina coladas and escorted to our room, which had a fabulous view of the volcano. The room was spacious and quiet. The grounds of the hotel are beautiful and the pool/hot springs were never too crowded. The breakfast buffet included with the room was delicious. The hotel had nice extra touches that make it a memorable place to stay. We didn't want to leave!

Room Tip: The rooms are spread out throughout the grounds. Some are far away from the main building.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Houston, TX
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

The rain forest eco-system provides the clouds and cool temperatures; the lush, exotic vegetation; and the breath-taking animals which gives this quaint hotel a mystical and mysterious aura. When we arrived and walked the bamboo path, I wasn't sure if we were inside or outside. We were greated with lovely drinks in the lobby and after a moment I determined there we no walls!

The hotel is seems small and boutique because each building has only 4 rooms which are somewhat isolated; at least it feels that way because of the cloud cover. The pathways were intriquing and always yielded another briliiantly colored bird or insect. Meandering the path in my bathrobe to the hot springs, I would never know what to expect! And the courtesty facial was just the perfect touch. The food, though overpriced, was decent. The service and willingness to customize was ever present.

Our room was large and the mattress firm (although the pillow was too high for my neck; I used a rolled up towel the second night). The bathrooms were spacious, with the shower separate from the rest, conveniently. Our view over the mountainside was nice, although Arenal was mostly under cover. The decor was charming. There was an ever present dampness as none of our clothes would dry out from our traipsing through the rain forest and rafting. It is a rain forest after all! Thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

Room Tip: I would choose the upstairs rooms and rooms mid-way from the lobby/dining. At the end, the rooms ar...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

What an experience - this is the most tranquill place - admittedly we only managed a quick glimpse of the top of the volcano but more than most see (apparently) - the rooms are beautiful and after walking there is nothing better than relaxing in your own personnel hot tub. The hot springs in the grounds are really good - we were like kids in a sweet shop - what to go in first. We had a really nice meal - it was a bit pricey but food was good - one down side the service is not that of the price and standard of the food - the service let the meal down - a bit thrown at you. The view from your window was amazing and I loved the way the chairs and stools were placed for you to relax and watch the nature.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for our anniversary and it was wonderful. The view from our room could not have gotten any better. The spa was great. Booking times for the spa could not have been better. We were able to get right in the first night that we were at the resort. The hot springs on the resort were very nice. If you have the opportunity to go to the hot springs at their sister location, do it!!! It is located a few miles down the road in La Fortuna, but well worth the trip. The only downfall is that the resort doesn't have a shuttle from the resort to the spring and back. They really should. The food was decent. The fruit and veggies were very fresh, just like they went to a garden and picked them that day. The staff at the front desk was first rate. They recommended excursions for us to go on, all of which were wonderful! When we go back to Costa Rica, we will make a point to stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Des Moines, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Like other reviews state, this hotel is a wonderful experience! Inviting, friendly, accommodating staff greet you and serve you during your stay! The grounds are gorgeous and the views wonderful!

The rooms are clean, spacious, and very comfortable!

Other pluses: Only 8 min from La Fortuna, free shuttle to town once a day, fantastic free breakfast, long hours on hot spring and pool, great pool food, love the fruity drinks!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Tierra Verde, Florida
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

The ultimate test for a resort hotel is whether the actual experience matches the look of the web site. With the exception of being able to view the peak of the volcano, Kioro delivers in every way. The volcano's peak is frequently enshouded by clouds or mist, but the view from our spacious and comfortable room was still stunning. The large floor to ceiling glass doors overlooked the undulating and terraced grounds, and provided an unobstructed view of Arenal. The large hot tub in the suite went unused because the outdoor thermal spas were so inviting. The hotel staff was very friendly and service was flawless. The restaurant food and service were wonderful. The room WiFi was intermittent because of heavy rain, but that was a minor inconvenience.

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  • Stayed March 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 March 16, 2013

If you want comfort, luxury, peace, nature, YOU SHOULD STAY in arenal kioro! I truly enjoyed my stay in this hotel... It is so peaceful, full of nature... It had everything I was looking for.. The service is excellent.. We went to a trip and got back late to the hotel to get our free breakfast. The manager said that it was ok, that we could have our meal anyways.. They cooks were cooking only for us since breakfast time was done already. The rooms are huge!! They are VERY clean as well, which I totally appreciated it. Don't think about it twice! This is the right place for anyone!

  • Stayed April 2012, 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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Address: San Carlos, 10 km NE of La Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 116447, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#12 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#14 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Arenal Kioro 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Kioro offers a fabulous place with a natural viewpoint to the Arenal Volcano. The hotel has 27 acres of undulating land, surrounded by two streams (La Palma and Kioro) with crystalline waters that begin to flow in the Arenal Volcano National Park. It has two paths where plant species are identified. Besides, private thermal springs for our customer’s delight. All our suites have:Two terraces with the best panoramic volcano and mountain view, hydro-massage, air conditioning, safe deposit box, minibar, coffee maker, hot water, direct dialing telephone, satellite television, hair dryer, key card, safety locks, internet connections. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Arenal Kioro Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Arenal Kioro Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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