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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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Chicago, IL
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“An Amazing Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

This was our favorite hotel in Costa Rica! The grounds are beautiful, with good bird sightings by the lagoon and creek. Large rooms, lovely bathrooms, and small patios with rocking chairs (I did wish for padding on the chairs, though). The breakfasts were substantial and the food selection was good. We did not eat dinner here, but happy hour drinks are half price, down from the already reasonable prices!
The volcano is no longer active, but that hardly matters when the living is so easy, and Tabacon Hot Springs are so close!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

This hotel is wonderfully luxurious especially after staying in Tortuguero National Park ( which by the way is a MUST). Individual bungalows with two queen sized beds, spacious shower room and all mod cons. Very warm welcome by friendly staff. Nothing is too much trouble. Cocktails in the thermal spa waters was a treat. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: All rooms have volcano views but pick your time as it can only be seen 70 days per year.
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Lovely bungalows distributed around a truly beautiful property. We had a great view of Arenal Volcano from our secluded, private patio. It was a wonderful place to start and end each day of our time there. Breakfast was excellent and the facilities, like the pool were excellent. The only down side were very compliant staff who was good at saying, "we will send someone," and no one arrives - I broke a glass on our patio and called to get a broom to clean it up. Twice I was told they would take care of it, and the third time (after a personal visit to the front desk), it was cleaned up.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bloomington, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We stayed here for four nights in February. The view of the volcano was beautiful, rooms were clean, and the grounds were beautiful. The restaurant was pretty good, not great, but the staff at the restaurant were amazing. I would definitely go to this hotel again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We just returned from two weeks in Costa Rica. We stayed at four different properties, and this was by far our favorite. The grounds are amazing - beautifully maintained with acres and acres of walking trails. The "rooms" are single story bungalows, two units per building. The bedroom portion is quite large, with two queen size beds and a dressing area. The bathroom is huge, with a magnificent walk-in, rock-lined shower. Each bungalow has a private patio with two rocking chairs, where you can sit in the mornings and evenings and gaze at the Arenal Volcano. There are two swimming pools on the property, one with cold (air temp) water and the other with warm water. We headed for the warm water pool every night after a busy day of sight-seeing, and it was so relaxing! There is a restaurant on site and it is a wonderful place for breakfast. There is an extensive buffet with fresh fruits, cereals, breads, juices, yogurts, and also an omelet bar where you can order omelets made to your specific request. Try to get a table on the veranda of the restaurant which overlooks the river below.
Now - my only negative. Do not eat dinner here. We had the worst meal on our entire trip here. Service was slow and the food was terrible. My husband could not even cut his steak. My fettuccine with shrimp had 6 tiny, itty-bitty brine shrimp and was smothered in onions - I couldn't even eat it. We were with several other couples, and no one enjoyed their meal. The next night we went into town and ate at Don Rufino Restaurante - best meal on the trip. Do not miss eating here if you are in La Fortuna. Other than dinner at the on site restaurant, this is a fabulous place to stay and our only regret is that we didn't book it for a longer period. I would go back in a heart beat.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Was here 2 nights in February with Carvan tour! loved the property! loved the service at the desk, loved the pools! loved the view out my patio window of the volcano! loved the landscaping, the hotel is spread out on many acres, so you get excercise walking to the pools, restaurant, front desk, if you are not comfortable walking, they will come pick you up for free in a van. I found the food to be good, clean, with a nice view, wait staff, all over costa rica struggle with service, it wasn't horrible, but it lacks compared to us standards, The rooms were large with nice large bathrooms, I was able to get a hot shower ( not always in some places in costa rica) clean room, a little fridge with ice cubes even! loved that, free computers and internet in the lobby, so nice for me to be able to connect as I didn't have phone service down there, nor did I want to haul my laptop around. ended up taking a taxi from town and shared the taxi, it was $10, reasonable, lots of nice shopping, little eateries in town with view of volcano. I loved this property! upon departure, I even tipped the young man at the front desk. Room maid did some cute thing with the bath towel and bed cover :) yes, she got a tip as well. Highly recommend this hotel. Wish the cool pool didn't close at 6, the heated pool was open till 10

Room Tip: I think they are all nice, no water view here, mountain views
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

From the friendly greeting we received upon arrival, we were impressed with this property. The grounds are meticulously maintained with lovely foliage and flowers throughout. Most accomodations here including ours consisted of only a two unit dwelling with perfect view of the volcano. The buffet breakfast in the lovely open air dining hall was delicious and also overlooked the volcano. The rooms were spotlessly clean. Sonya from the housekeeping staff should be commended. We would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: We stayed in 240 and 241 and both had perfect views of the volcano.
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  • Stayed February 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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