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“Pleasant and memorable stay” 5 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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Worcester, MA
1 review
“Pleasant and memorable stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2009

Our family stayed at Arenal Green during Thanksgiving week. The cabins were spacious and clean and the garden was beautiful. We liked that there was inside parking and the hotel is really close to La Fortuna.

The best part is the extraordinary service from the family that owns and runs this hotel. We were greeted by Monica and her father German. During our stay they made sure we were comfortable, gave us advice about good local restaurants, interesting places and driving directions when we were leaving for Manuel Antonio. They are very friendly, hospitable, and generous people. Overall this place is great value and you can enjoy some real Costa Rican hospitality!

Thank you, German, for sending those items we forgot across the country by express mail!!!

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kansas City
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2009

Don't let the name fool you - these are around half a dozen individual cabins. They are a short, bumpy 1km outside of Fortuna. They appear recently built are fairly clean and are a decent size with hot showers. They are nice cabins and we would have probably had a better experience there had the weather been nicer. It was cold and rainy and the four windows we had did not close - they were open air with screens and thin curtains. We asked for extra blankets, but I am cold blooded and both nights we stayed there were not comfortable - the beds are hard and the two blankets just weren't enough. I'm giving it a 4 because for $50 a night I think it is a good value and if the weather was better it would have been fine. Most hotels, cabins, etc. in Costa Rica prefer cash and give you a discount for paying cash as the credit card fees for them are high. They requested cash here.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Top Contributor
261 reviews 261 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2009

Quiet location a couple of miles from the center of town. Having a car helpful.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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albuquerque, nm
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2009

If you're visiting Arenal volcano, you must stay at Arenal Green! The prices are great compared to many other hotels in the area and the location and staff is amazing. We had originally planned to stay at Arenal Green for 3 nights and at another hotel for 2 days. After our time here at Arenal Green, we actually decided to cancel our other hotel reservations and stay here instead. The grounds and cabins are incredibly clean and beautiful, very simple and everything you need. The location is nice because it is out of La Fortuna, but only a short walk (20-25min) to town and the La Fortuna waterfall. There are also many great hikes nearby. If you book tours and other activities through the Arenal Green, you can save quite a bit of money as well, even compared to other hotels in the area (white water rafting was amazing). The hotel has a nice restaurant with fresh, delicious food and great prices. We cannot say enough about the family that owns and runs this hotel... they are very gracious, hospitable, and generous people and will do anything you need to make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable (they speak great English too!). When we come back to Arenal, we are definitely staying here again!

Thank you, German and family, we had a wonderful experience here:)

Pura Vida,
B & J
February 15, 2009

  • Liked — Great family run, small, clean cabinas.
  • Disliked — Everything was great. There was nothing we did not like.
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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San Diego, CA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2009

Blown away with the friendliness of this family run hotel. Monica, who ran the front-desk and daughter to the owners, was so sweet and patient. She booked Baldi Hot Springs, did our laundry for a nominal fee, called taxis and was beyond kind. The first night there we went to eat at the restaurant (fantastic food!) but they had already closed and Herman, the owner, offered to take us into town to a restaurant. He took us to this little restaurant that was not only super tasty, very pleasant but rather affordable for what we all ate! At every turn the family went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The last day there they booked a tour at Ecocentro Danaus and provided transportation (for a nominal fee) - loved the tour! We were able to transport some newly hatched butterflies into the garden! There are some really nice looking cabin across the street that we were tempted by due to the price difference but when the heat and humidity came up we were SO, SO glad for the air conditioning.

  • Liked — staff and hot water
  • Disliked — more storage needed
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Oakton< VA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2009

These are clean, small cabins with everything you need. We had 2 adults and 2 children in the cabin. The staff is friendly and helpful. The location was very convenient for visiting La Fortuna, the waterfalls and Mundo Aventura. Considering how much less expensive this was than other similar hotels, it was definitely worth it.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, location, convenience, and good value.
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Edmonton, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2009

This is a great place to stay. The cabins are cute, clean and comfy. The owner was super friendly. The front desk staff spoke English and helped us plan several excursions. The landscaping was very nice. The view of the volcano was not superb but it was there. The hotel is a little ways out of town so it is nice and quiet. Really good value for your money!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
#24 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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