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Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   6 KM Oeste de Fortuna | Arenal volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 33021, Costa Rica (Formerly Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens)   |  
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Perfection Achieved”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We arrived at Nayara after a very long day of traveling. We were greeted at the valet parking area by an extremely warm and friendly gentleman named Jose. He escorted us into the amazingly beautiful reception area where an equally friendly Sharon met us. We were given drinks and cool wash clothes for our faces as we sat in the comfortable and relaxing reception area. Our stay only got better as time went on. We booked a suite and were not disappointed. It was huge, absolutely stunningly beautiful and everything we had hoped for. The outdoor shower is dreamy. The vanity areas are spectacular. Our deck overlooked the volcano and had gorgeous views. The area surrounding our deck was planted with a lush array of tropical plants and had constantly present hummingbirds and other amazing birds. The service was impeccable. Every detail in the rooms and all common areas was thought of. I literally could not have been more happy and can not think of a single negative thing to say about Nayara. The staff made our stay wonderful and even went so far as to make and have everyone on staff sign a Congratulations card for our wedding. They are just the nicest group of people. I would stay here again in a heartbeat. I can't attest much to a majority of the food because my husband and I are vegetarians, but I will say, the vegetarian fare was great and they had some interesting looking meat options that many people seemed to be loving. Breakfast buffets were tasty and full of fresh fruit and both healthy and sinful options. The cocktails were great. I didn't think they were expensive ($6-10 each) but some might depending on what you were used to.
Nayara was a beautiful start to our vacation and our marriage. I cannot recommend it enough. If you want relaxation, peacefulness, beauty and great service, stop shopping and book here. You will not be disappointed. Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions! I'd love to provide more feedback or answer specifics.

Room Tip: I had room 30. It had a great view. It was not the farthest from the common areas, but not the clo...
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  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

The Nayara Hotel exceeds your expectations in the beauty of its private lodges, its lush plantings ad graceiousness of it public facilities - pool, jacuzzi's, dining room and reception hall. Everyone is made to feel welcome and well accommodated. I give it a perfect 5 stars.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We just returned from Costa Rica a couple of weeks ago. This hotel is amazing and the service is beyond anything we have ever experienced. We travel a lot. The rooms have every possible amenity and the facilities have anything that one might want. The tone is clearly set by the owners who circulate to inquire if there is anything and I mean anything that they or their staff can do to make one's stay more pleasurable. My wife used the spa facilities which she felt were excellent. Over all this is the hotel to stay at in the Aranel area of Costa Rica.

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  • 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 April 28, 2013

Simply put: a remarkable hotel. Beautiful rooms---we were in #17 which, I believe, is an "ordinary" casita--- indoor shower, outdoor shower, private balcony with jacuzzi, chaise lounges and hammock, an absurdly spacious interior, plenty of cabinet/storage, and more---and convenient to the pool, restaurants, and lobby of the hotel. The hotel property is not large but it is lushly gorgeous and the grounds are impeccably maintained. Nice small pool....too busy?.....there are Jacuzzi's dotted around the property, or enjoy the one on your balcony. Beautiful and quiet spa facility. Excellent food. Most important, superb service from a bright, young staff that is uniformly friendly, well-trained, and eager to please (congratulations to Manager---Freddy, who we never met). Charo (Sharon), Keilor, Jose, Jorge, and Jairo were great.....but those whose names I can't recall were also excellent. If you're looking for a formal European-style of service, Nayara may be too warm and intimate for you. My wife and I (in our early 50's) have traveled a good deal and have experienced both styles---for us, Nayara was perfect. We can't overstate how much we enjoyed Nayara and, frankly, their prices are too low for the quality of service and product they provide.

Room Tip: As the grounds are not large, no casita/suite is overly distant from amenities (pool, spa, restauran...
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  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

My wife and I just returned from a 5 night stay at the beautiful Nayara Hotel in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. We selected this hotel based primarily on its 5-star Tripadvisor reviews and we were not disappointed. Our stay started off with a good laugh, because our king-sized bed had a 'Happy Honeymoon' sign on it, and was strewn with rose petals. Nice touch, but we have been married for 34 years. Maybe this was prophetic, because they made us feel like we were on a second honeymoon. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and the staff is extremely welcoming and friendly. We stayed in a Casita Deluxe, which was very nice. The canopy bed, jacuzzi on the private deck, and outdoor shower added to the romantic feel. The Nayara Suites are quite a bit larger and more secluded, but the Casita Deluxe met all our needs. One word of advice; we were originally assigned to Room #1, which is the closest room to the pool and restaurants. After an exhausting day of travel, we were ready for an early bedtime. The noise from the swim-up bar and the restaurants was disruptive, so we mentioned it the following morning. The front desk staff was very accommodating and moved us to Room #5, which was much quieter. All rooms have a beautiful view of the Arenal volcano from the deck. We ate almost all our meals at the hotel and were very satisfied with the food quality. The free breakfasts were especially good. My only bad meal was a hamburger ordered poolside. The evening meals in the open-air Altamira restaurant were accompanied by a Spanish guitarist, which added to the romantic ambience. We also enjoyed a couple of meals at Sushi Amor.
We indulged in a couples massage & facial the final night of our trip. It was a great way to end a perfect vacation.
I have read in a couple of other reviews that visitors with children got the stink-eye from some of the other guests. Granted, Nayara Hotel welcomes families. But when you see the property, you realize that their target audience is couples, especially honeymooners. If you are looking for a place to take a family vacation, I would suggest another property. Visit Nayara when it's just you and your significant other. We hope to visit again some day.

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  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We took a family trip to Costa Rica in late March 2012. Our group of 10 ranged in age from 8-79 and Nayara Hotel was everyone's favorite place that we stayed. We were there for three nights and the kids loved the pools, the adults loved the accommodations and food. The hammocks and tubs on the porch were truly unique. we all also enjoyed our indoor shower being connected to an outdoor one! Everything was wonderful and the service top notch. A perfect place for families but also for couples!

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  • Stayed May 2012, 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
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights in May 2012. It was absolutely stunning. We thought we had picked a really nice hotel and our expectations were greatly exceeded. The casitas were quite large and the jacuzzi and hammock were a plus on the already beautiful terrace and GORGEOUS view. you can spend a whole day just gazing at the view and watching all of the birds fly by. the staff brought bottled water every night and chocolates. the room was very clean, the grounds were great to walk around. the food was great for breakfast as well as in the sushi restaurant. the staff was so friendly and welcoming. i would certainly stay again at this hotel

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Address: 6 KM Oeste de Fortuna | Arenal volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 33021, Costa Rica (Formerly Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#1 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#1 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#1 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a five star luxury boutique hotel that is widely recognized for providing premium luxury amenities and ultra-personalized service at surprisingly affordable rates. Located in the outskirts of the amazing Arenal Volcano, Arenal Nayara is an oasis of tranquility, where guests can experience a profound and organic immersion with nature, while living in luxury at the same time. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, each one of our 50 spacious casitas (bungalows) provide an exclusive, ultra-luxurious retreat. Each expansive casita (ranging from 855 to 1905 square feet) includes a secluded garden with an outdoor shower and a beautiful terrace overlooking the volcano with a private, intimate Jacuzzi for two. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Arenal Nayara Hotel And Gardens
Arenal Nayara Hotel Gardens
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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