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“Volcano views from the front porch!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Arenal Green
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1km oeste de la entrada a Catarata Rio Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Assen, The Netherlands
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46 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Volcano views from the front porch!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Stayed one night only, did not look around the property much, suspect some cabins are much nicer than others (w.r.t. privacy, size of room, and visibility of the volcano). Ours was at the back of the property. Basic room and bed, but adequate. Strange contrast with their investment in a large TV screen, as that may not be why one generally goes to La Fortuna. Bathroom also basic but okay. Very nice front porch, with hammock, and unobstructed view of Arenal volcano (when it is not covered by the frequent clouds!). At 6 am, the light was beautiful ! Breakfast again basic, and unfortunately in a room without much atmosphere and no garden views. We used our car to go into town (5 min) for other meals and shopping. Friendly staff.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Of all the hotels I've stayed in at La Fortuna (including Los Lagos for $130/nite), Arena Green ($50/nite) is the best. It's quiet, extremely friendly personnel, birds, relaxing, great bathroom, refrigerator, A/C, large flat screen TV in both the cabin and the dining area and your own private patio. I have stayed there two times, and am in the process of planning my next trip that will include Arenal Green.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This hotels has 8 individual cabins and the reception/bkfst area. It is 2 km from La Fortuna town on the same rd as the Fortuna waterfall. When I booked I thought that it was walking distance to the waterfall but in the CR heat it is more of a drive or bike instead since the waterfall park is about 4 km from the hotel and then u still have to hike to the waterfall. The back yard of the hotel has a great view of the volcano and also is a great place to see lots of birds int eh early morning and evening 6-8 am 5-6 pm. They have a trail leading to a river in the back but the trail is not well cared for so be careful but the cold river is a nice spot for a little nature adventure. We saw the red jean frog here. The rooms have a fridge and air conditioning and Tv and the occasional mini little gecko (don't worry they're harmless)/ The hotel does not serve food after the breakfast meal but does offer a few beers and drinks for $2 each. There is another hotel restaurant within walking distance but ur best bet is taxi or walk to La fortuna town (taxi $4) for lots to eat/drink. We loved the fact that it was a little out of town for the birdwatching (toucans, parakeets, etc) and nature. The bkfst was included for us and we chose the tipico of galo pinto, coffee, eggs, plantain and cheese. It was the same ea morning. they have a computer in the lobby for guest use and the receptionist spoke English.
No pool, just the creek in the back. Also, only 2 of the cabins have the hammocks.

Room Tip: Cabins # 8 & #7 have hammocks in the front. Cabin #1 is closest to the street and reception.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Schenectady, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We had a great stay at Arenal Green. The service was super. Breakfast was delicious, and the covered outdoor dining room was a beautiful setting. 15 minute walk to town mostly without sidewalks, or a $4 cab ride. Taxis extremely easy to get. We ended up in cabin #7 which is different from the other cabins, and much larger than we expected. It included 3 queen-size beds, and a decent size bathroom inside, and large covered patio with a second bathroom, kitchenette for cooking, table and chairs and two hammocks. Our family really enjoyed the peaceful setting, listening to the birds and relaxing between adventures. The front desk was very helpful in setting up excursions, including a horseback ride through jungle to the waterfall. We'd return in a heart beat.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Bristol
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79 reviews 79 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We stayed 3 nights in the cabins which are nice, but basic e.g. no wardrobe or anywhere to store or hang cloths. This is made up for by the view of the volcano and sitting outside the cabin watching humming birds feed. Apart from breakfast you need to go into town for food @ about $4 each way by taxi. Front desk very helpful in arranging tours and gave a 5% discount for cash. If you walk back down the road (in the direction of Arenal) and turn right within 100 metres you come to a bridge ... under the bridge is a stream with a waterfall and swimming area used by locals, good fun.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Though we were here just one night, we very much enjoyed our stay at Hotel Arenal Green. The front-desk people were very friendly and helpful, the cabins are sweet. We found the rooms to be clean, and the shower was strong and hot. We very much enjoyed walking from the hotel up to the waterfall. We saw our first toucans and many other amazing birds along the way, and swimming in the waterfall was fun. All in all, this hotel is a great value!

The main reason I don't give the hotel a five-star rating is that the breakfast was only OK. All of the other places we stayed in Costa Rica had really outstanding breakfasts, but I would say this one was only so-so. Absolutely fine and entirely edible, but not amazing. Also, a very minor point, but I'd say the lighting is a little odd in the rooms -- for privacy you want to keep the curtains closed, and the electric lighting was either super-bright or too dim.

We went to bed very early, and the people in the cabin next to us were on their deck until 11pm or so. Even just regular talking (they weren't being loud) seemed fairly loud in our room as the cabins are very close to each other. But, because we went to bed so early, and they were not up late, we didn't bother asking them to quiet down. Again, for the value, this hotel can't be beat and I only describe our experience so future visitors aren't surprised.

Another point: Since we were there only a short time, it didn't matter to us, but in terms of location: It would be a long-ish walk into the town of La Fortuna from this hotel, so we did drive to town for lunch and dinner. That said, this hotel is within walking distance of the waterfall, so that's a big plus in its favor.

For the record, we never actually saw the volcano, due to the heavy fog that never lifted. But it's still a beautiful area, and we loved this little hotel, and found it to be an excellent value for the money paid. We (my husband, mother in law and I) all agreed that we would happily return to Hotel Arenal Green.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Florence, Italy
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Hotel was set in a wonderful area.Very close to the National Park and hanging bridges area. Very picturesqu. It sits on top of a mountain overlooking the Arenal Volcano. We were lucky enought to stay in one of the hilltop casitas. we had a great sitting area totally enclosed in glass that looked straight at the volcano. Awesome views. You are greeted every evening around 4:30 by the resident Macaw; Stephania! What a beauty! Really the only negative to this place was the lack of water pressure....but the water was hot which was a plus! Don't let the one lane brick road up the mountain intimidate you but be prepared and get there before dark!!! There is no lighting and it is a straight up curvy, onelaned switchback road.

Room Tip: Ask for the hilltop casitas, we stayed in 102 and it was great. Did hear from others that the honey...
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  • Stayed March 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1km oeste de la entrada a Catarata Rio Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#23 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Arenal Green 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Green hotel offers a unique experience and a personal touch to your individual needs as our guest. There are six modern, air conditioned cabins and one villa which are constructed from native wood. Even with the individual cabins, there is a feeling of family and a bed and breakfast environment. We offer a peaceful, friendly and intimate atmosphere for our guests from afar. ... more   less 
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