I can't imagine anybody could complain about this place, specially if you stay in cabin #5. It's clean and new. I am one of those people who will not even sit on a bed without removing the bedspread, much less lie on it or sleep with it. This place had a nice quilted cover and I did not find the need to remove it. Cleanliness is huge for me and this place cannot be better. And there is AC. It's a great value! We did see one of the other cabins and it was a little older with a less modern bathroom but it is still a great deal. Pay in cash and it's cheaper. I also really like that the place is family-owned and that it is located just outside of town - not off the main highway where all of the other hotels are. You have your own little cabin in the countryside with a front and back porch. Horses are in the property next door and forest in the back. If you are lucky, and the volcano is not covered in clouds, you can see the volcano from the front porch. What a wonderful way to start the day with a walk across the street to the owner's front patio to get breakfast. Get the tico breakfast. The gallo pinto, the black beans and rice that comes with your scrambled eggs, toast and fried plantain is the best I have had. I liked the place so much that we extended our stay.
Don Alvaro (the owner) and his daughter (Tatiana) will arrange for any tours/activities you want. They are extremely helpful and I like that most of the activities can be made in one payment to them rather than separately to each tour operator. We had a car but we noticed that many of the guests did not. Many tours are set up to pick up guests at the hotels and they do come to Cerro Azul.
If this is your first stay in Costa Rica then note that it is common that wifi is spotty and that the TV only has two channels in English.
- 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