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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- La Mansion Inn Arenal Hotel Costa Rica/Nuevo Arenal