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Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul
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San Diego, California
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We (wife and 2 teenagers) had a wonderful stay at Hotel Cerro Azul Arenal. Tatiana, her mother and father were fantastic hosts. We rented 2 cabins for 2 nights and found both to be incredible values. The bathrooms were clean and quite nice, the beds and linens were fine and the cable TV was a nice distraction. The wifi with the cabin closer to the front desk was stronger (FYI), however we still had coverage with the cabin further away. Oh yes, the hammock in the rear porch was quite comfortable as well. We had the traditional Costa Rican breakfast ($7/ea) one morning and it was terrific. The location is gorgeous with the river running behind the property. The hosts were caring and very helpful with outstanding recommendations for dining and excursions. We used their river rafting tour company and had a fantastic adventure at very fair price. Hotel Cerro Azul is an outstanding value and we were so happy to meet such wonderful hosts.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We love Rancho Cerro Azul and would highly recommend it! We stayed here for the first time two years ago and came back in July for another great experience. Don Alvaro and his family are wonderful hosts. The cabins are very nice, comfortable and clean. Each cabin has its own back balcony with table, chairs and a hammock. The quiet cabins are surrounded by lush greenery, tropical flowers, and if you're lucky you'll see a gorgeous view of Volcan Arenal on a clear day. We opted for the typical Tico breakfast each morning. It's so nice to walk across the street to the family's home for delicious coffee, fresh fruit, and gallo pinto on their front patio. The family does a great job in making you feel welcome and happy at their place. A true Pura Vida experience! We'll definitely go back to Cerro Azul for future trips back to La Fortuna.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Centerport, New York
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My husband and I recently visited Arenal for the first time this summer and decided to stay at the Hotel Cerro Azul due to all of the high reviews on TripAdvisor - we were so glad that we booked our stay here! Hotel Cerro Azul has a great location - very close to town (within walking distance) but enough removed so that there is total peace & quiet in the morning/evening hours.

The cabins are adorable - ours was relatively spacious, clean, and had a great little back deck with a table/chairs and hammock - perfect for coffee in the morning or happy hour at night. The cabins overlook a sprawling property that borders up against a river - we took a dip in the river on the first day, so refreshing/invigorating! You can hear howler monkeys and lots of other creatures from your room.

Breakfast was extra (I think $7/pp), and we opted to get breakfast one morning. It was good & pretty tasty, but portions were small. We opted to go into town the remainder of our trip for this reason - we felt we got a better breakfast for a similar price at certain restaurants (we loved Rainforest Cafe). However, if you are looking for convenience and nice personal service, the breakfast at Cerro Azul is just fine!

The staff at Cerro Azul was very friendly and helpful when booking and throughout our stay. If we ever return to Arenal, we will definitely be staying here again!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Rancho Cerro Azul in August 2014 and were extremely satisfied. It is located on a beautiful property and really does have a ranch-type feel. Alverro and the rest of the staff are very hospitable and friendly. The rooms and bathrooms were all clean. There is an optional breakfast (American or typical Costa Rican style), which if you choose to take it, is very delicious.

Alverro is also very helpful in helping to find tours/guides for things to do in the Arenal area. I came away fully impressed and recommend this place to anyone looking to stay in beautiful Arenal.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Oak Grove, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We stayed there two nights. It was close to town with a great view of Arenal. My kids liked swimming in the river behind the cabins. The breakfast was very good although not cheap. I especially liked sitting in the hammock reading a book and watch the hummingbirds come and go from the gardens out back.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Detroit, Michigan
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

WOW. We were SOOOOOooooo relieved to arrive at our cabin here after two days of crazy travel . Our "mini house" was pristinely clean, the owners were incredibly nice, and breakfast was superb. So peaceful. We were secretly happy that it rained all afternoon so we could relax in bed and in our hammock listening to the raindrops.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Fairfax, Virginia
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32 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Our family spent two nights at the Hotel Cerro Azul and enjoyed our stay overall. The staff were very friendly and the cabanas were nicely maintained and comfortable (if not huge). The back porches were especially nice for relaxing with a drink and a book. As it was very humid, we were glad to have air conditioning. The breakfast was definitely worth the $7 - good quality and delicious - especially considering that restaurants in La Fortuna are pretty expensive, overall. Actually, based on my research before leaving, a lot of the lodging in La Fortuna is fairly pricey (for a family of five) which made Hotel Cerro Azul a very good value indeed.

Lastly, the young woman with whom we interacted most at Hotel Cerro Azul had excellent English, and we were impressed that she had learned her English from the local high school and never lived in an English-speaking country - kudos to Costa Rican public schools!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul
Address: 1 km sur y 600 m oeste de la iglesia Catolica de La Fortuna, sobre la entrada principal de La Catarata. | 600 meters west from the road entrance to La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#6 Best Value Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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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