My fiance and I stayed at Hotel Cerro Azul for three nights over Memorial Day weekend (May 28 - 31) as the first part of our Costa Rican vacation. When we visited the Arenal area we wanted to stay at a place where we felt like we could relax and it wouldn't be a resort with a bunch of tourists. Well, Alvaro and the Hotel Cerro Azul delivered! From making arrangements before we arrived to helping us plan (and getting us discounts on) which hot spring, canopy tour, or restaurant to visit Alvaro really was amazing. In addition to the lovely hospitality he and his family showed us, the accommodations were perfect and the setting was beautiful. We truly couldn't have asked for more.
Alvaro arranged all of our transportation ahead of time, but when our flight was delayed more than 2 hours coming in from the US we were worried that no one would be at the airport to pick us up. No problem; Alvaro was waiting with a smile at the airport in San Jose himself to pick us up. And when we arrived at the hotel his wife had coffee and snacks waiting for us. Such wonderful hospitality! Every morning we had breakfast on the front porch of Alvaro's house (across the street from the cabins) and it was so delicious!
As for the accommodations, they were great too. The cabins were built from trees on Alvaro's farm and they are really well made. They provided privacy and the back porch was so relaxing as it looked onto beautiful plants and flowers and a field where horses graze. They also have air conditioning which was nice to switch on while sleeping.
Just beyond the field where the horses graze is a path that leads down to the river which was another peaceful world itself hidden in the jungle. With such a great location, just outside of town with a wonderful view of the volcano and close to the LaFortuna waterfall which we walked up the road to, the Hotel Cerro Azul really exceeded all of our expectations.
We recommend this place to everyone and if we find ourselves in Costa Rica again we will be sure to stay there again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul is located 1.5 km from the beautiful town of La Fortuna on the way to the waterfall. The great natural beauty of the area will entice you to live the forest's most wonderful experience. Enjoy the comfort, peace and harmony assured by lodging with us in our cabins, surrounded by exotic gardens, birds and wildlife typical of the region. Delight yourself strolling along our trails towards Fortuna River and appreciate the perfect sight of the Arenal Volcano and Cerro Chato ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park