Staying in a room with a private balcony overlooking the volcano is a treat. I recommend an evening with a full (or nearly-full) moon, so as to enjoy the vista as much as possible.
The price is very reasonable, and the service is excellent. The restaurant is very good, with a nice selection of both food and drinks. I would have liked room service, and/or for the restaurant to be open later. Reaching the hotel can be a bit tiresome, as the roads are not paved.
Hot water in the room was lacking, and, hearing from other guests, this was not unique to my lodgings.
Still, the place was very nice, the view exquisite, and the hotel is very dog-friendly. A very good choice to see the Arenal area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Castillo del Arenal overlooks the beautiful little village of El Castillo, and looks on to the majestic Arenal Volcano. Its amazing location allows guests to enjoy views of both the volcano and lake. Hotel Castillo del Arenal is a family owned business located in a beautiful, quiet and unique area in Arenal. All our rooms have stunning views of the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. Our hotel is only 6.5 km from the National Park and 700 mts from the Arenal Lake, and 25 min from the town of La Fortuna. We are very accessible for all types of vehicle. With more and more travelers choosing to skip the crowded resorts of La Fortuna, the town of El Castillo near the Arenal Volcano is now becoming the place where you can find the most unique and peaceful hotels in the area. ... more less
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