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Arenal Manoa Hotel & Spa
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Head northwest on Route 142, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica   |  
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Lakewood, Colorado
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“Wow!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Stunning volcano views I could see without even having to get out of bed! The pools are spectacular, with swim-up bars and surrounded with beautiful plants and exotic birds and butterflies! I was travelling on a "Road Scholar" tour with my parents (who are in their 80's) and they also were very impressed. They said it was the most "posh" hotel they had ever stayed at on such a tour. (They are used to more "economical" accommodations.) Although they didn't need it, the hotel does offer a free shuttle service within the resort for those who find walking difficult. The food was good although the fish always seems better than the beef in Costa Rica. The breakfast buffet was the best with lots of fresh tropical fruits and Costa Rican coffee! YUM! I wish we could have stayed there at least another week!

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I just returned from a fabulous trip to Costa Rica. Arenal Manoa was the first hotel we stayed at and we were warmly welcomed by the staff. Juan was very helpful in planning our excursions and making are stay as comfortable as possible. During one of the excursions we had lost our bag. The tour company had brought it to the hotel and the friendly staff member of the Arenal Manoa, Carlos, had knocked on our door and personally delivered it to us!
The food was excellent and the view of the volcano breath taking! Thank you, Arenal Manoa for an enjoyable stay and wonderful welcome to Costa Rica!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

What a pleasant surprise! The rooms and grounds were impeccable, and the staff was so unbelievably courteous, kind and professional, we were blown away. A great ending to a wonderful honeymoon in a spectacular country!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

The service here is superb. The reception staff especially will help you a lot. If you are into wildlife and birding, forget the park, its the hotel grounds you want to roam. Hummingbirds, vultures, kites, armadillos etc. Also, the hot spring pool is amazing. Only advice is do not eat dinner there, leaves much to desire. Otherwise, do go enjoy and relax!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

This hotel really deserves a 4.5 out of 5 if I was able to give that. The hotel is a series of private bungalows, each with a great view of the volcano. Breakfast is included with the hotel rate and was the best breakfast we had when traveling around Costa Rica - omelets, tons of fresh fruit, and local Costa Rican dishes - while looking over the jungle and volcano. Front desk staff was very helpful and made great recommendations (go to Tabacon hot springs!) and even arranged drop off/pick up from our room when we had our suitcases. We also spent an afternoon drinking at the pool bar and our bartender was fantastic.

Two cons:
The giant sliding door was left open all day (made for an impressive entrance given the view and perfect temperature) so there were a number of bugs in the room that took a few days to remove. Of course, we were in the jungle and had anticipated this so it didn't bother us too much!

Logistics when making arrangements wasn't always easy. For example, my wife went to the spa to get a massage but they required her to walk to the front desk (about .5 mile walk) to make the appointment then walk back once that was done.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

This hotel has great service and the facilities are nice with beautifully manicured grounds and thermal springs. Very family oriented so lots of kids. Concierge service was excellent! Keys deactivated frequently which was a pain but they replaced them quickly. Restaurant is good for breakfast which is included. Dinner is a little pricey and food is average.

Room Tip: Can hear through the walls the next unit so if possible share a villa with someone you know.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We just got back from 10 days in Costa Rica. This hotel was our first stop and it was absolutely wonderful. After a long day of travel, it was so great to find the service folks at the front desk so hospitable and friendly. The rooms in our private bungalow were spacious and clean and it was an absolute delight to wake up in the morning and be greeted by a private patio, garden and clear view of Arenal when we opened our shades. It felt like Arenal was right in our backyard. The grounds are very beautiful, lush foliage. gardens of flowers, birds and paved paths to walk everywhere. There is creek running the property which is very soothing and even a farm to visit. The dining area is beautiful and open, and the food was plentiful and delicious, with great vegetarian options. We had the best breakfast here over all the other places we visited. Our room (228) location was perfect--close to the dining area and pool, and a short walk (5-7 minutes) to the front desk and hot tub. We stayed here for three nights without a car and it was no problem, as we took various tours. The kids took advantage of the pools--which were wonderful and I took advantage of the spa--the massage was delightful. This is a great place to stay and I would definitely come back again!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Arenal Manoa Hotel & Spa

Address: Head northwest on Route 142, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#12 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Arenal Manoa Hotel & Spa 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Manoa Hotel is a beautiful Arenal hotel to relax and enjoy the marvelous view of Arenal volcano in Costa Rica. Surrounded by gardens, pastures and animals, our rooms have been designed so that each one offers you a panoramic view of the Arenal volcano. Our visitors can take advantage of our spacious gardens for walking and meditation as well as the opportunities to see the daily operations of a typical Costa Rican farm. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Arenal Manoa Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Arenal Manoa Hotel And Spa
Arenal Manoa Hotel & Spa Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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