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La Mansion Inn Arenal Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Nuevo Arenal
Certificate of Excellence
Santa Fe, NM
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69 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Loved it, would definely return, recommend to others”
Reviewed August 27, 2007

We only stayed here one night in July, 2007. Too short a time but we were trying to get a good overview of the country - which we did. We loved the Arenal area. It's beauty is awe-inspiring. We drove here fron the Puntarenas area, going around the lake, through the town of Arenal - which has a strong German influence with German bakeries and restaurants galore - to this lovely Inn. The owner greated us upon our arrival, which was earlier than normal check in time. At this point in our travel we were overcompensating for arriving late and driving at dark, something we were trying to avoid. Nonplussed, he invited us to share a welcome drink with him and gave us a tour of the property. This is not a large resort but a lovely, well-planned out property overlooking a lush valley. Great lap pool, enormous hot tub with infinity edge, beautiful accommodations. We loved our room, which they had upgraded to a suite. We had a separate sitting area, hot tub area, and a separate bedroom with two additional beds. If we go back, this is where we'll stay, and put our grandkids in the other room. The concierge recommended a fabulous restaurant at another hotel closer to the volcano for dinner and volcano view - the Kioro - just about 10 km away. It was one of our most fantastic meals in Costa Rica and the volcano view outstanding. They have huge floor to ceiling windows that open up completely so you get a close up view of the volcano, which you want to see at night when the lava is glowing. During the day, it only appears as white, due to the ash covering. Unfortunately, it started raining cats and dogs when we got to Kioro so we didn't get to enjoy the fireworks - another reason to return. Breakfast the next morning at La Mansion was excellent - fresh fruit, breads, eggs, anything you wanted really. We chowed down and hopped on the road for the Guanacaste coast, remarking about what a great property this was and who we would tell about it.

  • Liked — Pool, room, restaurant, people
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Irvine, California
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2007

We stayed at La Mansion for four nights and had a wonderful time. Our cottage was secluded and cosy with plenty of room for the four of us and a fabulous view of the lake. We sat on the verandah watching beautiful sunsets in the evening. The staff were so friendly and helpful and because the place is so small they get to know you and your preferences very quickly. Breakfasts are fantastic with beautifully presented fresh fruit and just about anything else we wanted to eat, and the dinners were great too - all in all a great start to our vacation in Costa Rica.

The Malik family - Irvine, CA

  • Liked — Friendly, personal service, great views, great food
  • Disliked — Distance from the activities we wanted to do
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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2 Thank Mamakali
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California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2007

My husband and I stayed here for five nights during our honeymoon in May 2007. During our entire stay here we felt very comfortable and well taken care of by the staff.

The rooms are nicely decorated, clean, and have amazing views of the lake and surrounding grounds. We spent quite a bit of time at the pool just reading and looking out at the wonderful view.

On of the great things about this place was that they were very accomodating when it came to menu selection. We were able to tell them whatever we wanted for our meal and they were able to provide it for us. They also are great about arranging activities for their guests.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank GoTeamNap
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2007

We stayed the week of May20th, 2007. I want to personally thank Godfried and his staff for their excellent service, phenomenal food, and amazing accommodations. What a beautiful beautiful place and an exquisite relaxing atmosphere. I can't think of a place where I have ever relaxed and been pampered more and still have the opportunity for adventure. And the view from the vanishing soaking pool kept us lounging in the warm waters well after sunset. Stunning.
La Mansion at Arenal will definitely be our destination again next trip.

The food was the best we had in over two weeks of travel around CR. The cooked to order breakfasts (complementary) cant be beat. They have a good bar and an excellent wine selection favoring the reds.

La Mansion also arranged for tours, guides, transportation, and fees for any of the sites we wanted to visit. The prices were more than fair and the service top notch.

Godfried even loaned me his brand new personal camera to photograph our adventures away from La Mansion after we had an unexpected camera loss on the Picuare River a couple of days before. How often do you see that kind of service anymore?

The rooms really are as beautiful as the pictures on their website.

  • Liked — Fantastic service, food, and incredible views
  • Disliked — Slightly remotelocation, and that we had to actually SHARE this paridise with a few other guests.
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with friends
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3 Thank michael_mcc1
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Bethesda, MD
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2007

La Mansion is far superior to Tabacon in this area if you like quiet luxurious and romantic hotels and dislike touristy and crowded areas. My husband and I spent 4 nights at La Mansion and were very very impressed with the personalized service and loved having our very own casita. The food at the hotel was wonderful and the sounds of the birds waking us every morning was so peaceful. As quiet and peaceful as the resort is, it's just a stone's throw away from outdoor adventure -- try the hanging bridges, waterfall rapelling and ask the owner of La Mansion to set you up with your own private tour of the cloud forest where you can zip line. What a wonderful place to stay!

  • Stayed February 2005, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank RRZF
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Durham, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 12, 2007

We arrived in Costa Rica without any hotel reservations and stumbling upon La Mansion was the highlight and defining moment of our trip. We drove through La Fortuna and were lucky enough to have a full view of the volcano. In fact, we didn't know how lucky we were. The volcano was covered in fog for the remainder of our stay in the area. Definitely take every advantage of touring around the volcano when the weather is right. We continued driving west, past the many overly touristy hotels and stumbled upon La Mansion. Immediately we knew this was the paradise we were searching for. The setting was peaceful and beautiful, the grounds immaculate and the rooms impeccable. The food in the open air restaurant was phenomenal....fresh seafood, vegetables, desserts, European breakfasts. Considering the amenities, you definitely get your money's worth at La Mansion. The owner and hotel staff are welcoming, friendly and will make you feel at home. They are thoroughly knowledgable and will arrange tours to nearby activities and adventures. The visit to Monte Verde is a must. One can really base their stay in Costa Rica at La Mansion and enjoy different activities each day. La Mansion leaves a taste of pampered luxury in one's mouth and a strong desire to return.

  • Liked — Superb Meals
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed February 2005, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank SuzanneDurham
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Orlando
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 22, 2007

We stayed at this hotel for three days. Let me start by saying you really need your own transportation unless you are ok with paying $70 for a cab back and forth to all the tours and activities. We had a honeymoon suite and the inn had only a few guests during our stay. The view and setting is beautiful. The accomodations are more of a western rustic flavor. All in all the staff was very accomodating and treated us very well. It's more of a family run business so many times there was one person present running the show. Our one complaint was that we had dogs barking at 1:00 am every night. The drive to the activities takes around 45 minutes and I would recommend not doing the drive at night. It was a bit freaky even for a guy from Alaska. Given some rain it might even qualify for an adventure tour. Recommendations: Ice cream w/ Belgian chocolate, Canyoning tour, La Fortuna Falls, ATV tour, Brasitas Restaurant.

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — The remote location
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank OrlandoSunsetter
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Property: La Mansion Inn Arenal Hotel
Address: La Union de Nuevo Arenal, Nuevo Arenal 050807, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nuevo Arenal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Nuevo Arenal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Mansion Inn Arenal Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This exclusive and luxurious Arenal hotel is located amidst overwhelming nature and tropical gardens on the scenic ARENAL LAKE. The inn is made up of 17 luxury boutique VILLAS of 1-3 bedrooms, all with their own private tropical gardens, terrace, AC, satellite TV, fridge and sweeping lake views. The Mansion Inn is the ideal starting point for the activities in the ARENAL and TENORIO area, like fishing, Hanging Bridges, Canopy, Selva Leona,Volcano Hike, Bird watching, Venado Caves, Rio Celeste...... ... more   less 
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