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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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Hellertown
1 review
“Costa Rica Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

The Hotel was very nice. Having only two rooms to a building made it more enjoyable. The view of the volcano from the porch of our room was fabulous! All of the staff was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend staying at this hotel to other travelers,

  • Stayed April 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Menlo Park, CA
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59 hotel reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Lots of nice things about this hotel, some not so nice. First, if it's a clear day, you'll get a great view of the volcano -- see the picture, which was taken from our hotel room. Each room is in a 2-room bungalow, so there are few neighbors to make noise -- but the walls between the two rooms are paper thin. The bungalow layout means that the hotel grounds are very spread out. If you are near the restaurant and the traditional pool, you have a 10 minute walk to reception and the thermal springs pool. However, there is a free shuttle service. They recently replaced their beds, but the new beds are way too hard to be comfortable. Warning -- the air conditioning is on a remote control, so don't look for a wall switch. The restaurant is pretty good.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

After a great stay in the (hot and humid) Manuel Antonio area, we eventually (after a tiring 6.5 hour shuttle ride) arrived at the Manoa to spend a few nights in the cooler Arenal area.

The hotel grounds are stunning – it’s laid out like a small village with single-storey lodges dotted around some small roads, and surrounded by exotic trees, lakes and rivers teeming with all manner of birds and animals. One thing I should point out is that, unless you are infirm or just downright lazy, you should only ever need to use the shuttle bus twice (arriving and leaving with your luggage). We walked from the restaurant area right at the back, to the reception at the front, in about 10 minutes at a fairly slow pace - so anyone who complains about this needs to get a grip.

Unfortunately, my biggest regret from our trip to Costa Rica is that we didn't stay longer at the Manoa. As we only really had one full day here (and half of that taken up by a great trip out to the hanging bridges), we only experienced a fraction of what we could have but we did try..
we made use of the restaurant for both breakfast and lunch, we spent our final evening having drinks and lounging in the hot pools by the bar and we walked around the grounds snapping pics of the wildlife.

One thing you have to remember is that although the hotel occupies a lot of space, it doesn't actually have that many rooms (due to the way they are laid out) so there isn't a high enough guest count to warranty multiple restaurants. The one that is there is fine – in fact, it’s actually very nice with some incredible views over to the volcano, and the food and drink were of good quality (if a little pricey). However, sometimes it’s nice to have other options. Not an issue for us due to our short stay but I’d imagine anyone staying a week or longer would probably want to hire a taxi for a trip into La Fortuna for some dining alternatives.

The rooms were fine – extremely spacious, very comfortable and with all the facilities that one could want.. although the safe is on the small side (you won't fit a 13” laptop or a large DSLR in one). All rooms have large sliding glass doors that face out to the volcano and if you can get a room where this view is not facing the road, you end up with a fairly private little seating area (rocking chairs no less) to sit and watch the birds and the volcano when it emerges from the clouds).

One other thing I was very impressed with was that, unlike the other two hotels we had stayed at during this trip (one in NYC and the other in the Manuel Antonio area), the internet connection here was great – a strong signal wherever we were in the hotel grounds and fast/reliable at all times. Why can’t every hotel manage this?!

I would certainly recommend the Manoa for anyone looking for a relaxing/peaceful stay during their time in the Arenal area – it’s no party zone (so if that’s what you are looking for, try somewhere closer to town) but it’s definitely a great place to stay anda perfect base to explore the area.

Room Tip: Try and get one where the volcano view is not facing one of the roads.
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  • Stayed April 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Virginia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Great place to view the volcano....lovely rooms....very private. Lots of beautiful birds. Has great pool an spa. If you go stay in the rooms numbered 200. Breakfast good, buffet was awful! Go into town as there are many great restaurants there.

Room Tip: For great views stay in rooms #200!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

I had a short stay for myself on a business meeting. I did not get to try the spa. In general, the Fortuna area in Costa Rica has a lot more to offer than this hotel. There are much better hotels for a better price.

The place is very peaceful. Big rooms, with a nice bathroom. The beds are not that comfortable. Very in touch with nature because you can hear the bugs and frogs at night... these makes a great sleep. The food is average. Breakfast fine. If you order from the menu it is much better than if you order from the buffet. I sincerely don´t recommend the buffet.

The pools are nice. They have a hot one and cold one. It has very nice place to walk or run with a beautiful small lake inside the property.

It is a nice option. But there is a better choice of hotels in the area for the same price. I will stay there is other hotels around the place had no vacancy, if not I will find another option.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We stayed four nights at this hotel & it was great. The staff are very friendly and will all say "hola" as you pass. We had a beautiful room with great picture window and a view of the Volcano (mostly in cloud). The children were particularly amused by the flowerbed in the large bathroom. Facilities in the room are quite basic & would benefit from a drying rack.
The site is beautiful and very well kept. We loved the flock of egrets that roosted over night on the tree over the lake, turning it white.
I had a complementary mudmask at the spa, which I thoroughly recommend.
There are two pools - a colder pool & a hotsprings pool. We mostly stuck with the cooler pool as the hot pool really is quite warm.
Food was good, although evening service in the restaurant was quite slow.

The hotel is quite a way out of town, and the hotel will arrange transport in to town for $15 each way. We generally picked up a taxi at the taxi rank to return (which was easy) & on the meter it was still about $15 for the trip.

We went on the complimentary farm tour, which was OK. It's about 1km walk up a track with a guide, who chatted about wildlife & life in Costa Rica on the way. At the farm we milked a cow, and saw chickens and pigs. The chickens provide all the eggs for the hotel & the pigs eat some of the hotels food waste. The milk is sent for processing & not used by the hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Wonderful hotel in lush tropical settings. Very clean. Nice restaurant on site. Enjoyed the hot (geothermal) pool. Actually, the "hotel" is a bunch of duplexes in a tropical garden. Clean, comfortable and basic. Would recommend to any sane person without any hesitation:)
If you go there, consider visiting Tabacon, just check an admission price and the price of their buffet-style restaurant (the food was pretty good) on their web-site befor buying a tour - to make sure it's not a rip-off by a tour company. Tabacon is actually quite close to the hotel, so if they try to charge more than $10-15 per person above the price of admission+meal - be on guard. From my own experience: unless you are a hot water enthusiast, stay just half a day. Combining Tabacon visit with any other activities may be a bit too much for less energetic person: remember that hot water is not just relaxing, it may be quite taxing as well

  • Stayed March 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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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
#10 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*
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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Arenal Manoa Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
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