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“It's own little world” 4 of 5 stars
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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   5 Miles West of Catholic Church of la Fortuna | Gps: Latitude: N 10"30'07. 62" Longitude: O 84"41'00. 00", La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“It's own little world”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Arenal was a great place to stay. Very safe, clean, well maintained grounds. The hot springs and pool were very refreshing and the swim up bar was very convenient. The restaurant food was okay, what you would expect when making mass amounts of food for everyone. It was great that the breakfast buffet was included in the price of the room. We signed up for zip lining and volcano hike through the hotel and both went very smoothly, I would recommend using their services.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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hotel-arenal-springs, Guest Relations Manager at Arenal Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Hello dear friends, we note your comments and thank you with all our heart that you had to get the detail of your valuable time to remind us, all of your comments and suggestions are really important to us because it helps us to see and determine in what areas we need to work better and also in areas which are good, our dream and mission is to give all our guests the best possible experience here at our hotel, we know that there are millions of different opinions and that each person is different, so thanks to your comments we can help more people every day, we also appreciated that you chose us as your Hotel in Costa Rica and we hope in God to see you back soon.
from all workers in the Arenal Springs Hotel we thank you very much and God bless you always.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

This property was beautiful! Awesome view, clean rooms, gorgeous pool and hot springs,delicious breakfast, friendly staff.
The only negative was the lack of ceiling fans and that the air conditioning only works when you are in the room.
My family and I would definetely go back!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hotel-arenal-springs, Guest Relations Manager at Arenal Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Hello dear friends, we note your comments and thank you with all our heart that you had to get the detail of your valuable time to remind us, all of your comments and suggestions are really important to us because it helps us to see and determine in what areas we need to work better and also in areas which are good, our dream and mission is to give all our guests the best possible experience here at our hotel, we know that there are millions of different opinions and that each person is different, so thanks to your comments we can help more people every day, we also appreciated that you chose us as your Hotel in Costa Rica and we hope in God to see you back soon.
from all workers in the Arenal Springs Hotel we thank you very much and God bless you always.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We just spent three nights at Arenal Springs Resort. While the staff were very pleasant and the view was outstanding, our initial impression was disappointment. The resort complex looks like a Florida retirement condo/duplex community with a boxy layout of paved streets, yellow curbs, and asphalt driveways. Our "junior suite" was just a standard sized hotel room with two queen beds, a closet with perhaps six hangars, no drawers for clothes, no seating, a nice bathroom, and a little front porch with two rocking chairs...facing the Arenal Volcano. That view was a plus.
There is a yoga room, but no yoga instructor for classes. The thermal springs are small and right next to the swimming pools, that vary in temperature. All in a cluster; I had fantasized the springs and pools more spread out in the tropical environment.The swim-up bar was refreshing.
There is construction going on at the entry. I imagine it will look much more appealing in the future.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hotel-arenal-springs, Guest Relations Manager at Arenal Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Hello dear friends, we note your comments and thank you with all our heart that you had to get the detail of your valuable time to remind us, all of your comments and suggestions are really important to us because it helps us to see and determine in what areas we need to work better and also in areas which are good, our dream and mission is to give all our guests the best possible experience here at our hotel, we know that there are millions of different opinions and that each person is different, so thanks to your comments we can help more people every day, we also appreciated that you chose us as your Hotel in Costa Rica and we hope in God to see you back soon.
from all workers in the Arenal Springs Hotel we thank you very much and God bless you always.
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Port Charlotte, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Our family spent 5 days at the Arenal Springs Resort and Spa. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The rooms are clean. The beds are as hard as concrete. The food at the restaurant is ok. The springs are very nice. The wet bar staff was great.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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hotel-arenal-springs, Guest Relations Manager at Arenal Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Hello dear friends, we note your comments and thank you with all our heart that you had to get the detail of your valuable time to remind us, all of your comments and suggestions are really important to us because it helps us to see and determine in what areas we need to work better and also in areas which are good, our dream and mission is to give all our guests the best possible experience here at our hotel, we know that there are millions of different opinions and that each person is different, so thanks to your comments we can help more people every day, we also appreciated that you chose us as your Hotel in Costa Rica and we hope in God to see you back soon.
from all workers in the Arenal Springs Hotel we thank you very much and God bless you always.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

We arrived at 1:00 am and the lobby was closed. The employee working took us to our room and registered us from our room. He was extremely helpful. Rooms our clean. The refrigerator was stocked with 2 beers, 2 waters, and 2 sodas- complimentary. The breakfast buffet was included and each day a few items are different which was nice. The grounds are beautiful- flowers, birds, thermal/ hot springs. Food ( sushi, hamburgers, sandwiches, quesadillas, etc) are available for lunch and dinner at the bar in the pool which is a nice alternative to the restaurant.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hotel-arenal-springs, Guest Relations Manager at Arenal Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Hello dear friends, we note your comments and thank you with all our heart that you had to get the detail of your valuable time to remind us, all of your comments and suggestions are really important to us because it helps us to see and determine in what areas we need to work better and also in areas which are good, our dream and mission is to give all our guests the best possible experience here at our hotel, we know that there are millions of different opinions and that each person is different, so thanks to your comments we can help more people every day, we also appreciated that you chose us as your Hotel in Costa Rica and we hope in God to see you back soon.
from all workers in the Arenal Springs Hotel we thank you very much and God bless you always.
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Overall, a good value. We went in May during low season and there were afternoon rains. The rooms were well appointed and the grounds were beautiful. Having the hot springs in the hotel means you can use them over and over again. In contrast, you might need to book a "tour" of hot springs for between $40-60 US should you stay at a different hotel. Rooms were clean and had Wifi and air conditioning, albeit the beds were a little hard. There is no fitness center. The pictures appear to show many pools, which is technically correct. However, note that only one is a ""cool" pool and the others are pools filled with warm spring water. There is a swim-up pool bar from either the cool pool or spring side. My wife enjoyed the frozen cocktails (~$7 US, beers were ~$3.50 US), so decent prices.

Keep in mind, the hotel is about 5 miles from downtown La Fortuna, so eating options are limited. It was a $12 US cab ride from the hotel to downtown. There are 2 restaurants on the premises including the pool bar which doubles as a sushi restaurant and a classic international restaurant with white table cloths. Both restaurants are pricey IMO for what they serve (example: $10-16 US per sushi roll, $25-45 US for entrees). To compare, Don Rufino's downtown was both cheaper and more delicious / adventurous. The food was still tasty at the hotel though. Breakfast is included and the Buffet was well-stocked.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hotel-arenal-springs, Guest Relations Manager at Arenal Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Hello dear friends, we note your comments and thank you with all our heart that you had to get the detail of your valuable time to remind us, all of your comments and suggestions are really important to us because it helps us to see and determine in what areas we need to work better and also in areas which are good, our dream and mission is to give all our guests the best possible experience here at our hotel, we know that there are millions of different opinions and that each person is different, so thanks to your comments we can help more people every day, we also appreciated that you chose us as your Hotel in Costa Rica and we hope in God to see you back soon.
from all workers in the Arenal Springs Hotel we thank you very much and God bless you always.
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We stayed at the Arenal Springs resort for 3 nights as part of a tour around Costa Rica for our honeymoon.
The resort is pretty upmarket compared to the other places we stayed (rainforest lodges etc). Rooms are well appointed with good quality beds, bedding, towels, robes etc. There's also really good air conditioning.
The resort has a fabulous thermal pool with wet bar and several loungers/booths around the outside too to while away the hours.
Cocktails at the wet bar are really fun and taste excellent too.
Staff are really friendly and for the lazy there are golf carts to take you from reception to your room (we didn't use them!)
The only downside to this hotel is the food. Breakfast was ok but the dinner menu is awful. Around $45 for a basic steak! in fact any meat other than chicken is vastly overpriced. I decided on the last night to take the hit and have a steak. Ordered medium rare. I don't know where the chef learnt to cook but to serve a steak in a red hot skillet is just madness. The first couple of bites were ok but the heat from the skillet just overcooked the steak and made it tough. Deserts were pretty bad too. The only highlight was the coffee but then again this is Costa Rica if they can't serve a good coffee then there really is no hope.
My advice would be to stay here, enjoy the comfort, the wonderful hot springs but go out to the town of La Fortuna for dinner. The amount you'd save would easily pay the taxi fare. If only we'd been told about the wonderful restaurants in the town beforehand.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hotel-arenal-springs, Guest Relations Manager at Arenal Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Hello dear friends, we note your comments and thank you with all our heart that you had to get the detail of your valuable time to remind us, all of your comments and suggestions are really important to us because it helps us to see and determine in what areas we need to work better and also in areas which are good, our dream and mission is to give all our guests the best possible experience here at our hotel, we know that there are millions of different opinions and that each person is different, so thanks to your comments we can help more people every day, we also appreciated that you chose us as your Hotel in Costa Rica and we hope in God to see you back soon.
from all workers in the Arenal Springs Hotel we thank you very much and God bless you always.
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Address: 5 Miles West of Catholic Church of la Fortuna | Gps: Latitude: N 10"30'07. 62" Longitude: O 84"41'00. 00", La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, 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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#3 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#8 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#11 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Arenal Springs Resort and Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Arenal Springs is located just 5 miles away from la Fortuna town toward the Arenal Volcano or National Park. We are located between La Fortuna town and the Arenal Lake.The Hotel count with 87 Junior Suites and 3 Master Suites King and 3 Master Suites Queen with direct view to the Arenal Volcano. Each room are surrounding with exotic gardens, beautiful flowers and many species of birds. These rooms offer either a king size bed or two double beds. Also we provide rooms with handicap access and adjoining rooms for families who want stay together.Our hotel offers you 2 swimming pools and a Thermal river.Hotel Arenal Springs Resort offers on each Junior Suite the best amenities for your comfort. King Bed or Two queen beds, Hair dryer, Cable TV, Mini bar, Free Wi-Fi Internet access, Air Conditioning, Ceiling fan, Laundry Bag, Telephone, Safe deposit box, Coffee Maker free coffee and tea), Bath amenities, Private bath with tropical garden, hot water, Private terrace. ... more   less 
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Arenal Springs Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Hotel Arenal Springs
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