We stayed 3 nights at the Villas Vista Arenal and really enjoyed out visit. The cabins are kept clean and have air conditioning- which is nice. The pool with a view of the volcano was a nice amenity to enjoy. Breakfast is included, with 3 choices (which is very typical as most hostels)- Tipico, Americano or Continental. Loved the pineapple jam that came with the Americano option... but also loved the fried plantains from the Tipico option. One of the property managers- Hyner (?not sure how to spell his name) was extremely helpful in giving us tips of what to do and booking the hanging bridges tour. He was very accommodating to all of our many questions, and treated us great. The landscaping surrounding each cabin was beautiful made the cabins more private. The front porch provided a great place to sit and watch the many different birds as well.
The location is about a 1 mile walk from the center of town, in the direction of the volcano. It felt much closer than we expected, and we were able to walk into town each day for dinner. It's slightly uphill walk- but not anything too difficult (as I was able to make the walk and I am 31 wks pregnant). The rooms were spacious, and the showers had hot water. The beds were a bit hard- but that is quite typical of South America. I brought a camp sleeping pad on the trip just in case- and that helped. Each room has a refrigerator which was nice to have for our drinks. If you don't like bugs, be aware that there are small little caterpillar worms that come inside each night. They don't bother you, but can be gross if you accidentally step on one in the middle of the night.
One thing the room did not have was a safe- which would have been nice to have. Overall we always felt safe, but it would have been nice to leave our passports and other valuables in a safe during our day trips.
This is a wonderful place to stay, and a very reasonable price. We would come back again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Arenal! We have very naturistic log cabins that are private and in large open spaces. Beauty is all around us! Very close to the city center of fortuna, only 5 minute walk to the park. Very clean rooms that sleep 4 to 8 people people depending on size of the room you choose. Great American or Costa Rican breakfast included from 630am to 10am. Come experience Arenal with us and we can make your trip a great experience! See you soon.... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Villas Vista Arenal Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park