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“Peaceful & Gorgeous” 5 of 5 stars
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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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“Peaceful & Gorgeous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

My best friend and I arrived on 4/19/13 for a 4 day stay.The property is beautifully landscaped.The staff was extremely courteous and professional. We were greeted with wine and our bags were taken to our room. It seemed as if the volcano was an arms length away and the view was incredible. Our family suite was spacious and clean. The bathroom had his and her sinks and a toilet. The enormous shower had it's own space in a private area in our room. The room was also equipped with a jacuzzi. We left a tip for housekeeping almost every morning we were there. The hot springs on the property are very nice and the setting is tranquil and very picturesque. You will not want to ever leave with surroundings like these! The bartender graciously delivered drinks to us when we soaked in the hot springs in the evenings. The buffet breakfast they serve is delicious. Omlettes made to order, the sweetest fruit I've ever tasted, an assortment of pastries, yogurt, granola, pankcakes, sausage, baken, rice and beans, plantains, and other cultural dishes I don't know the names for :-) We booked our excursions prior to our arrival with a company called Desafio and we were very pleased. The only complaint I have is when we sent our clothes to be laundered. Unfortunately they were returned to our room the next day still dirty, and there was was bathing suit in there I was planning to wear on my next excursion in less than 30 minutes. The manager there is superb. She comped our laundry and she allowed me to choose a bathing suit from the gift shop for free to wear to my next activity. I also had a facial and a reflexology massage during my visit. The spa is lovely and the technicians are very skilled. Fortunately, the clouds cleared from the volcano on several occasions during our trip so we were able to get great pics and truly enjoy it. I will definitely stay at Kioro again on my next trip to Costa Rica!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

my husband and I were very impressed with this hotel. We arrived on April 14, 2013. We were treated with great kindness and the food was delicious. We had a beautiful room over looking the volcano. Little to our surprise there were hot springs in the back of the hotel and cows. The grounds were absolutely beautiful. the staff was friendly and warm i only wished i could have stayed longer but we were on a tour and was only able to stay for two nights. I will definitely keep this place in mind for future trips and i highly recommend it,

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

The Kioro hotel is located well close to the Arenal Vulcano. The surrounding is magnificant, the service and the attention of the staff is outstanding. What a pitty that they could not chase the clouds away from the top of the mountain during our stay!

  • Stayed April 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stowe, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Rooms are really nice - great views of the volcano, floor to ceiling windows, hot tubs and spacious.

Concierge booked all our taxis and Zipline excursion without any issues.

Grounds are impeccably maintained and lush with landscaping.

Pools were fine and hot springs were nice - probably about 10 different hot pools to choose from all tiered together.

Restaurants: Breakfast buffet was really great - lots of choices and fresh omelettes. Lunch by the pool was fair - more like an Applebee's menu. Dinner was good - but expensive and no kids menu.

I would definitely stay here again but skip lunch and dinner at their restaurant....

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We stayed here in February and really enjoyed it. The rooms are beautiful and the view out the sliding glass doors opposite the bed are just amazing...the best non-water view I've had. They have their own hot spring pools which are individual, very private and beautifully landscaped. We ate their every night and the food was good enough - we really didn't feel like going anywhere. The included breakfast buffet was huge and great quality. Eggs done to order along with other hot things, and all the usual cold things. We enjoyed the hard boiled eggs and fruit later in the day. Highly reccommend.

Room Tip: we loved the last unit away from the reception. Not too far a walk to the restaurant and it was so...
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  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

My husband and I really loved the hotel, room, surroundings but the restaurant needs to add more local fare to their evening menu! Too much American food! Breakfast and lunch was great! The tours we did were great! Whitewater rafting and horseback riding to La Fortuna waterfalls!!! I would recommend asking for a second floor room because the views of the volcano are spectacular! We could see the volcano right from our bed!!! Overall, great stay!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 April 16, 2013

We stayed at the Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa outside of La Fortuna. All our rooms had a view of the volcano. Although the volcano is inactive while we were there you can see it venting steam from the top and several lower vents in the forested area lower on the mountain. The first two days the top of the volcano was covered by clouds but on our last day it was clear and provided a spectacular view of the entire volcano from out rooms. Each room an in room hot tub with full view of the volcano. Rooms were very nicely appointed and clean. We recommend the second floor rooms because it gives you a much better view of the grounds, surrounding forest, and the volcano.
The on site hot spring spa pools are very well designed and look realistic. There are several pools linked with water falls between them. The hot springs vary from hot to very warm in the mornings and tend to warm to very warm in the late afternoon and evening but still very relaxing and can be very private. Our family used them every day. There are also two pools one is quite shallow (knee deep to maybe less than 12" at one end) for small children or sitting on the bottom and sunning and the other pool is 3-4 feet deep and can be used for lap swimming if not crowded.
There is a restaurant on site for breakfast which was include in our package. Breakfast was a excellent selection of food and fresh omelets. Dinner is also served in this restaurant but we would rate it as only average food for the price. We ate in La Fortuna two nights at better venues for the same price. There is a pool restaurant which was very good for lunch sandwiches and light meals during the day.

We took a taxi one day to Arenal Volcano National Park ($25 USD each way for 6 adults) and hiked the well marked trails on our own. Saw a lot of birds, some manuals, and monkeys plus a great walk through the rain forest and some good views of the volcano and lake.

Hotel arranged a river float trip for us with an experienced guide which could spot many birds, sloths, monkeys and lizards. It was a great trip which ended with a nice snack at a local family home.

Our entire trip was arranged through Costa Rica Vacations on line and customized to our needs and desires for Costa Rica. Our transport between San Jose Airport and Arenal and other destinations were by private vans for only our family of 6 adults. The ride from SJO to Arenal was all on paved roads and took a little over 3 hours. We highly recommend transport by private vans over local transport or larger buses.

Room Tip: We recommend the second floor rooms because it gives you a much better view of the grounds, surround...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
#7 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#11 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#13 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Arenal Kioro 4*
Number of rooms: 53
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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