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“Fantastic stay in La Fortuna- best location and great price!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Arenal Montechiari
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   400 mts norte del Banco Nacional | Barrio Sinai. Entrada a mano izquierda., La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 5194-1000, Costa Rica   |  
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“Fantastic stay in La Fortuna- best location and great price!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

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.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 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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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Not your typical hotel! Loved the individual cabanas and the grounds. Amazing view. Convenient location next to downtown. The owner was amazing, so helpful in helping us plan excursions and the rest of the trip.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Poole
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

The rooms are basic but clean and are set in beautiful gardens. The receptionist spoke excellent English and was extremely helpful. The breakfast was good and we enjoyed watching the birds visiting the bird table. The swimming pool was also very pleasant. The location was good because it was an easy walk into town for shopping and meals. We didnt have any problems with noise.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

The grounds are very pretty, nice swimming pool, good breakfast, but there is one big problem, the noise. And not just any noise. Could be solved with a chicken soup for a couple of Sunday dinners. That would take care of the roosters. I don't know what to suggest about the barking dogs. The sounds come from the house next door to the property and are very annoying, because the cabins are not insulated. Also the pillows are very lumpy and really uncomfortable.
However if you are a teenager and can sleep through anything the place is for you. Owner or manager is very friendly and you can watch beautiful birds from your breakfast table.

Room Tip: Closer to the road, but further away from the household next door.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

The view was amazing, the room very clean and the staff was extremely helpful. There is a pool on the grounds among the beautiful gardens. Location is very convenient, close to downtown Fortuna. Great value for money. Definitely recommend.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

The place is really good, it is really close to the downtown in Fortuna, the people is so nice, the recepcionist was so friendly and helpfull! The bed was comfortable, gardens are pretty and the place is so nice! I suggest 100% stay there :-)

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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Thornton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

We stayed 6 nights at this hotel and found it to be a very friendly place. The cabins are clean and have a great view of the volcano. The staff is very friendly and accommodating.
Our only complaints were the chairs at the pool....the pool is lovely but needs some decent loung chairs to really enjoy. There also needs to be some shade available.
The breakfast was the same everyday....gallo pinto, pancakes and minimal fruit. We absolutely loved the hospitality though which made up for the few little issues. Easy walk to town and close to all things in La Fortuna and area. Recommend it

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Additional Information about Hotel Arenal Montechiari

Address: 400 mts norte del Banco Nacional | Barrio Sinai. Entrada a mano izquierda., La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 5194-1000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#27 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#29 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Arenal Montechiari 3*
Number of rooms: 29
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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