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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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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Lovely grounds”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We stayed 3 nights during Easter Week in Room 210. The room was nice and big, and we had outstanding views of the volcano, which we luckily saw every single day. Maybe due to the holiday, there were many families at the resort when we were there. The rooms are “duplex” style – 2 rooms per building. We are a family of 4, and had I known this, I might have spent the extra money to book two rooms. It would have been nice to have both sides of the “duplex”. Unfortunately, the walls between the 2 rooms are paper thin, and the family on the other side had a young child who screamed and cried every night. That was very unfortunate.

The grounds of the hotel are beautiful. We enjoyed sitting on our terrace and seeing tons of birds and other wildlife. We even saw toucans in the trees one evening. Every evening, the white egrets fly in to roost in one of the trees by the pond – a lovely sight!

We found the staff to be very helpful and friendly, and the breakfast buffet had lots of options.

The hotel is a bit far from town. We had a car, so this wasn’t a problem for us, but is something people should consider when planning their stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Brooklyn, NY
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22 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The property is spread out over a large area with accommodations in two unit houses. Ours consisted of large bedroom and large bath with smaller outdoor porch with view of the volcano. We thought that the staff went out of their way to make things easy, whether getting in and back from town, using the facilities or just lounging at the swim up bar. I nice place to come back to after a day hiking, rafting, etc. Nice, friendly people.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

My fiancee and I stayed here at the end of February for 3 days. Grounds were gorgeous but we are young (26) and most of the other guests staying were quite older. There was rarely anyone at the pool, or anywhere else on the premises, which some might consider nice and relaxing but it was almost too quiet. We like when there are people to socialize with on vacation. We had one tour package while we were the, the lost canyoning with desafio tours, and it was so much fun. We made friends with two other couples who were on our tour and and were able to meet up with them later that night in town. It seem that most of the people who stayed at the resort go on tours every day and I guess that is why the resort is so desolate. The resort has its own farm which you can take a tour of which my fiancee was resistant to going on but in the end he had a good time. You can see a bunch of animals and the guide is really knowledgeable and so friendly. The rooms were spacious, clean and well kept. The porch was nice to sit out on and the breakfast was good. All in all this was a nice place to stay but if you are looking for a lively place with people to interact with this is not it.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Hartselle, Alabama
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10 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Very nice and helpful staff. Nice restaurant. Large room, large bathroom, coffee and mini-fridge.
It was raining while were there, so we did not see the top of the volcano, but our room had a gorgeous view of the bottom and the clouds. It is near the hanging bridges which is worth doing and Ecoglide ziplines.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Fantastic place. Beautiful lush tropical grounds, large rooms, AC,patio with view of Volcano. Great swim up bar with 2 for 1 tropical drinks. Open air restaurant served delicious food. Staff very friendly, made up room beautifully with fresh flowers daily. Need taxi to get to town $12.

Room Tip: If you are in the # 100 rooms,closer to volcano and reception, the# 200 rooms closer to pool dining...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We spent two nights at the Arenal Manoa Hotel and Spa while touring Costa Rica with Caravan Tours. We were immediately impressed by the service of the hotel - the check-in was well orchestrated for our tour of 46 people. Our bags were promptly delivered to our beautiful villa. We stayed in Unit #20, which was a fabulous location near the main building, hot pools and a beautiful view of the Arenal Volcano.

The room was very clean and I was immediately impressed by the bathroom - spacious, clean and well designed. Loved the touches of the folded toilet paper!

We ate two dinners and two breakfasts during our stay. The food was delicious, fresh and nice variety.

We were fortunate that we had beautiful blue skies during our stay at Arenal and were able to enjoy the views of the volcano and the meticulously landscaped grounds.

While at the Arenal Manoa we enjoyed the naturally heated hot pool and bar in the evening - great service and wonderful way to end the day!

Room Tip: We stayed in Unit #20 - excellent location to the hot pools with a beautiful unobstructed view of th...
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  • Stayed March 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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Kent, WA
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We really enjoyed our bungalow with patio and pretty view of the volcano! We stayed with our adult daughters; the 2 queen bed room was roomy with fridge, coffee maker and large bathroom. We enjoyed the patio with rocking chairs and view to gardens and Arenal - so relaxing! David at reception was welcoming on check-in and very helpful with contacting our canyoneering trip on our behalf. Wifi was easy to use along with their computers in the lobby to check email - made it easy to stay connected. We really enjoyed the breakfast! Good variety of fresh fruit plus rice, beans, sausage, potatoes, yogurt, granola, oatmeal, toast, muffins & eggs on the buffet. You could also have a made-to-order smoothy, omelet or pancakes / french toast. Service was great for breakfast and so was the coffee at a pretty setting! We ate at the restaurant for dinner 1 night and it was good but not great; service was a bit slow and drinks were 'meh'. We really enjoyed the pools and hot tubs (we tried both the 'warm' and 'cool'. We may be younger than some of the folks staying here but honestly it's only a block or two to walk to the restaurant or to the pools - and it's a BEAUTIFUL walk - so that shouldn't deter you from staying here! As my 82 year old mom would say 'use it or lose it'. And, there are the shuttles if you need them. There is a real nice hiking trail that you can reach by walking down the farm road (go left at the 'y' and look to your right for the trail sign). It was a beautiful morning walk and we saw multiple monkeys in the trees along with cows and a pretty countryside. We would stay here again if / when we return to Costa Rica. Overall a very nice stay, with great service and great breakfast!

Room Tip: We stayed in room 210 which was next to a pasture with mares (and a brand new foal) and also great v...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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:
#8 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#9 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Arenal Manoa Hotel & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 80
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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