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“Settle in for a few days” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Arenal Vista Lodge
Beallsville Maryland
1 review
“Settle in for a few days”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

We stayed at this hotel several days as part of an EF Tours group touring Costa Rica for 10 days. I loved the generous sized suite we had which had a fantastic view of the lake and volcano behind it. If you want to take your time and unwind with a good book or just relax away from the bustle of tourist attractions you will probably like this spot. Our teenage children enjoyed the well maintained pool but would have gotten bored quickly unless we ventured the 30 to 45 minute drive to most activities. My wife and I would both go back and stay a few days. The children would need to travel to other activities to keep them occupied. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Ask for a suite up on the hill with a porch view of the volcano.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

But old, do not expect anything special but peace and quiet.
Furniture is old, but the views are magnificent. Food was very good. Yes, the road is the BUMPY but it was an adventure.
The view of the volcano is astonishing.

Room Tip: Room # 24 has view and balcony
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

This is a typical Costa Rican owned small hostel lodge. The service is outgoing and friendly. The view is outstanding, across the lake looking up on to the volcano. Every room in the Lodge faces the volcano, all you have to do is sit up in bed and see the volcano (to bad it isn't erupting now). The rooms are basic but clean, no bugs. Usually queen and two twin beds per room. This lodge is a great value, two meal included. The breakfast a typical Costa Rican, serve yourself, as much as you want, wonderful fruits. The dinner is typical CR with rice and beans at every meal. There are hiking trials that lead into the reserve, and horseback riding is available throughout the Lodge. The landscaping is beautiful.

Room Tip: All room have view of volcano!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

If you don't mind lack of cleanliness and are looking for a place with excellent service, then this is the place for you. The staff is so friendly and helpful. However, the rooms have every kind of bug imaginable, and they'll bite you too. There are also gecko droppings on the beds and chairs. My recommendation for a Arenal/La Fortuna hotel is Hotel Tacotal.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

In it's heyday this place must have been incredible. The gardens are absolutely lovely. The view of the lake is astonishing. The volcano looms in the distance. Too bad it is no longer active. The road to get there is BUMPY..painfully bumpy and painfully slow and long. While it may only be 6 miles of dirt road it took way long because we were afraid our car would fall apart. This is no UP North dirt road. The decor is way outdated but clean enough room. The reservation was paid in advance which was a good thing since again the credit card machine didn't work to pay our food bill as mentioned in the previous review. Service was very friendly, but in Feb 2013 we were only 1 of three rooms occupied. No one else ate in the restaurant for either dinner or breakfast with us. Food on dinner menu was pricey for very typical American food. We want the Costa Rican sauce, but they were out. As with most of CR, the fruit was fresh and the coffee delicious.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mrs_fudgecrumbs
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Palo Alto, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed here in December 2012 for two nights and may have been the only guests for at least one of the nights. Hotel: not new, but in good shape, with a nice view. Rooms: fairly large, clean, with small balconies, somewhat old plumbing. Access: over 20 minutes of dirt road (pretty bumpy), altogether about 30 minutes outside of La Fortuna. Service: very friendly and attentive, but of course we seemed to be the only guests; we got ready help when we had a flat one morning. The credit card machine or the network didn't work when we checked out. This is close to Sky Trek.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Jericho, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

This hotel was run down, musty and needed a major renovation. You can't walk around on the property and need them to shuttle you to your room. Both my daughter and I were extremely disappointed after driving 5 hours from Manuel Antonio.

I also would not recommend using The Tropical Travelers - I was very unhappy with their service and this hotel selection for me and my daughter.

Room Tip: If you have the $, The Springs in Arenal is top notch!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Michele R
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Additional Information about Arenal Vista Lodge

Property: Arenal Vista Lodge
Address: 25 km west from La Fortuna, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 5717, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > El Castillo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 8 Specialty Lodging in El Castillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Arenal Vista Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the northwestern region of Costa Rica, 30 minutes away from La Fortuna, in the BiologicalCorridor between Monteverde Reserve and Arenal National Park, our lodge rests marvelously in one of the surrounding hills of the Arenal Lake, enjoying a unique view of the Lake and the Volcano. Coming to our lodge, you will be surrounded by a dense tropical forest, where more than 300 species of birds can be seen, as well as 100 species of mammals and 2500 species of plants and orchids. The Hotel Arenal Vista Lodge was conceived from a prevailing necessity derived from the deficiency of facilities in the Arenal area. We felt the need for a place that took advantage of the natural beauties the area, while offering the national and international tourists the commodities they require in the Biological Corridor between Arenal Volcano National Park and Monteverde Cloud Forest FEATURES: • 25 comfortable rooms, each lodged up to four guests. • Every room includes a private hot water bathroom, walk-in closet and a balcony with spectacular view of the volcano and lake area. • Facilities equipped to care for disabled people. • Restaurant and salad bar with costarrican and international recipes. • Swimming pool, wet-bar, souvenir shop and a meeting room, natural forest trails. Internet facilities. Parking area with 24-hour security • Restaurant, which fits 90 guests, Bar and Souvenir shop • Conference room for 30 people and swimming pool with wet bar • Optional tours: hot springs, canopy, horseback riding, boat rides, transfers to Monteverde. We offer laundry service as well. Special offers for honeymooners, students, families and cycling groups. ... more   less 
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