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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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1 review
“Spectacular views and Very Friendly staff!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

My husband and I spent 4 nights at this hotel at the end of April and it was simply beautiful! First of all, I will say this is not an ordinary hotel it is a heavenly retreat! The rooms are spaciously positioned apart from each other so you hardly ever see your neighbors unless you've decided to take a stroll around the property which is a must! It's just you, nature, a few howler monkeys :) and the beauty of Arenal! Every morning we woke up to the amazing views of Volcano Arenal from our patio, the sounds of nature, and two mornings in the the distance we were greeted by a few howler monkeys up in the trees. The grounds of the hotel were kept so clean and very well landscaped! I had read some "so-so" reviews of restuarant here but we thouroughly enjoyed every breakfast (which was included). We had a wide variety of fresh fruits, freshly made omelettes, pastries, gallo pinto, yogurt, etc every morning during our stay. The distance from the town of La Fortuna was a little far to walk but we just took a taxi into town whenever we wanted explore. The front desk as well as the wait staff in the restaurant were extrememly friendly throughout our stay. They even treated us to some wonderful chocolate dipped fruit for our anniversary which was delicious and much appreciated!! :) We would definitely return here again!

  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We stayed at the Arenal Manoa for 2 nights as part of a Caravan tour. This is a spectacular property, located almost at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. Every room has an amazing view of the mountain, and the lush greenery that surrounds it. The facilities are great, with beautiful pools, featuring swim up bars(!). Food is excellent, and the restaurant also has great views of the mountain and property.

  • Stayed April 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

This hotel is great, is very beautiful. The staff are excellent and very helpful. The food is good, We eat at the pool bars. The Bartenders Eddy and Mario are nice people and very friendly. The room is good, don't leave the door open is you don't want bugs in your room. We book the tours from the hotel and we have a great time. Try the Rio Celeste tour is Amazing!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

We loved the Arenal Manoa with its wonderful view of Arenal Volcano. Our room, 214, was large and comfortable and had a perfect view of the mountain from our secluded patio. Dozens of different birds flitted among the numerous plants just off our patio. They had two pools; one pool was geothermal heated and one was “cool”. Both were delightful. The food was very good although somewhat pricey and, surprise, their pizza was amazing! We considered taking a taxi into La Fortuna due to the high prices at the restaurant but the high cost of a taxi rendered that meaningless. Nonetheless, we will gladly stay here again if we return to La Fortuna.

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

The rooms were well laid out, huge and clean. There was air conditioning and TV as well as a mini fridge and tea/coffee maker.

I loved that my room was close to the restaurant, pool and lobby. My other friends had quite a hike up to their rooms (I had 237). The bathroom was very open and muggy as the AC did not work its way in there but that was okay as you had one wall full of sliding glass doors (facing the volcano) AND a patio with 2 rocking chairs where you could sit and enjoy the fresh air and views.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

OMG Volcano Views from basically everywhere on the property. There is a "hot springs" pool that is lovely -- no need to pay to go to Tabacon. The view from our villa -- 218 -- was so spectacular it was hard to leave the room to go exploring. Grounds are immaculate -- flowers and birds everywhere. Feels like Eden with stunniing views of Arenal -- the volcano recedes in photos -- its actually much more impressive in person. Booked directly through hotel via email and got a great rate for 4 -- $130 a night. Bathrooms are large and clean, but not luxurious. Rent a car and explore! The Lost Iguana Gift Shop is a must -- its near the end of the road out past the dam for Lake Arenal. They carry beautiful crafts from all over Costa Rica that you actually want to buy and we almost took a detour back through Arenal on the way back to San Jose to pick up a few things we thought we'd find elsewhere but didn't. We rode Alberto's Horses to the la Fortuna waterfall and loved it! THE most gentle, well cared for and sure footed trail horses I've ever encountered. Pure Trek Canyon Tours for waterfall rappelling is right around the corner from the hotel and its worth every penny! If I could do it anyone can.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

We stayed here for two nights and before that we stayed at Tabacon for two nights. I wish we had stayed at Arenal Manoa the whole time! I absolutely loved this place. There are small buildings on the hillside that have only two rooms side by side in them, so they are very private and quiet. Each room has picture window sliding glass door going to a private patio with an amazing view of the volcano. We were lucky and had pretty clear skies for our stay. I could have sat on the patio with a delicious cup of coffee (can make it in your room) and watched the clouds pass over the volcano all day. We also saw monkeys, lizards, and birds outside our room. Hummingbirds visited the flowered bushes around our patio. The rooms were very large, beds were comfortable, and bathroom was really nice. The grounds are large and very pretty. There is a shuttle that comes right away when you call the desk to pick you up if you like, or you can walk to the lobby or restaurant if you want, which we did most of the time. It is nice to walk around and look at the little pond, waterfall, various trees, etc. They have an operating farm on the property too which you take a free tour of. We saw a couple Oropendolas on the walk to the farm. They also have a spa on location if you are so inclined. They have a thermal pool and a regular pool - both have bars, food, and views of the volcano with the regular one being the best view. We ate breakfast (included), one lunch, and one dinner at the hotel during our stay. The breakfast buffet is great with the typical food and an omelet bar. Lunch was good and not as expensive as some hotels, but still more than you will pay in town. Dinner was also good. I think you can get better meals in town, but if you don't feel like going out, it is not a bad choice. They will arrange tours for you at the front desk. The staff was friendly and helpful. It is only about 10 minutes driving from downtown. If I am ever back in La Fortuna, I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again!

Room Tip: Room 204 is amazing. It sits right above the spa and pond, so there is no room or road in front of...
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  • Stayed April 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
    • 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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 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*
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
Arenal Manoa Hotel And Spa
Arenal Manoa Hotel & Spa Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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