We returned from a stay at Hotel Arenal Manoa 2/7/09-2/11/09. The hotel staff at this resort were very friendly. We read that indivdiuals were unhappy with the front desk staff. We found them all to be very pleasant and helpful. Erick at the pool was awesome and tried his best to make us laugh. The kitchen staff were also very friendly, Jerney was one of our favorites. We noticed while visiting during breakfast that people would tend to be rude and demanding to the staff. It also amazed us how little people tipped at the resort while we were there. The people in this area of Costa Rica are not accustomed to making the type of incomes we do in the states and oversees, tips are very much appreciated for this reason.
The grounds of the resort were absolutely beautiful. Be prepared to get your exercise while staying at this resort, we actually did not mind this at all. You may request someone at the front desk to drive you around if needed. The units are very spreadout and placed on strategically on hilly terrain. No matter where they put you, each bungalow has an awesome view of the volcano, that is if you can see it. We only had one day to view it clearly.
As far as the dining is concerned. We ate at the resort everyday for breakfast. I agree with some of the review, the food was very good, however, I would have expected more variety. During our week stay there was an omelete station everyday with rice, beans, plantains, chocolate/vanilla bread, toast, and sometimes hash of some sort. One day during our stay they made pancakes which I loved. We never had them again during our stay. The breakfast while decent could have used a bit more variety. We had dinner one night during our stay. I'm more of a picky eater so I went with the spaghetti, my husband had tilapia which he loved. The food is a bit pricier than in town, however, during the night we ate there we had the entire place to ourselves with one other couple. We found it sad that more individuals did not utilize the restraurant for dinner. I understand when the caravan tours come through that more eat in versus out. We ate in town two different nights, once at Don Ruffinos, the other night at a restraurant located next to the Burger King. We was awesome. If you go, you have to try the banana split, they serve it in a pineapple, it was delicious.
We did several excursions. If you have any chance of booking an excursion our favorite guide was Miguel with Mapache Tours. Just a reminder, the tour guides also like to receive tips. With Mapache we did the volcano hike, hanging bridges, and waterfall, and a trip to the Tabacon Hot Springs (what a beautiful place, be careful to watch your step, the tile in the restrooms are very slippery). We also took a trip to Monte Verde to do the zip lines, what a wonderful experience.
It was an awesome resort and we enjoyed our stay tremendously.
- 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