Arenal Montechiari is a GREAT little hotel so close to the center of La Fortuna. It's an easy 400 meter walk from the hotel to the town, so there's no need to pay for a long taxi ride like with many of the other hotels in the area. If you do choose to take taxis back and forth, they only cost $2 or 1000 colones, very cheap! The cabin that we stayed in was perfect; very basic, but very clean and meets all necessities, including very nice hot water. Bring an alarm clock though!
The property was beautiful. Although very close to the center of La Fortuna, the way the property and cabins were arranged with the garden made it seem very secluded in a peaceful way. The garden is gorgeous, maintained with love every day by the gardeners, who are all so friendly. The breakfast every morning is very good, served at whatever time you need for the activities you have planned.
The seating area for breakfast (and the garden) has a FANTASTIC view of Arenal Volcano. Be sure to sit at a table where you are facing the Volcano!!
The staff is so helpful; the manager, Mayid, personally helped us continue planning the rest of our trip, which we had left somewhat open ended. He recommended a great tour for us, arranged it, and even helped set up through the tour service a transportation of ourselves and our luggage to the next hotel we had in Arenal region. Even once we left La Fortuna and travelled all the way to Monteverde and Jáco beach, he continued to make sure things worked out smoothly. Also, as we were walking into town one evening for dinner, two of the staff were about to leave for the evening and they offered us a ride into town! So friendly.
Stay here if you have the chance! Best location, services, and experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arenal Montechiari Hotel is very close to the beautiful Town La Fortuna. The Arenal Volcano that is one of the most active volcano in the world. The hotel is surrounded of lush gardens and a spectacular view of the Volcano. Special for ecoturism, culture and adventure lovers. We are located 400 mts north from the Banco Nacional in La Fortuna, San Carlos, offers you access to main services as banks, souvenirs, chemistries, ATM´S, etc we do offer you the perfect combination of peace with nature and services close to us that would give you a pleasure vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Arenal Montechiari Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park