My mom and I stayed here during our time doing tourist things around the Arenal Volcano. The location was perfect--a block away from the bus stop to/from San Jose (a $4 & 4 hr bus trip), across the street from the town square and taxi stop, surrounded by restaurants, helpful tourist booths, and souvenir shops. In the US my family is accustomed to staying in Best Westerns and Microtels, and this was comprable to that. The rooms were on the small side but plenty of space for two adults, plus we were only there at night watching movies (they have HBO in English on the cable tv) after being out almost all day. The breakfast in the morning was great and the staff was helpful (we didn't intend for it, but we ended up having to check in a little early and leave a little late) and they were very flexible with us. Plus, they have a tourist info office attached to the hotel office with very helpful staff. Our balcony (room 6) had a lovely view of the pool and bridge and was surrounded with vines and flowers (and, in the mornings, hummingbirds!). The rooms were clean, they really did leave our towels in cute shapes, the hot water was so nice, and the beds were a little stiff, but better than other hotels I've stayed at in CR, and had bars of soap, towels, bedding, and AC. No noise issues (other than the occasional AC rattling that a good smack fixed). On top of it all, the price was great.
Needless to say, I really recommend this hotel, especially if you're used to your average Best Western/Microtel type hotels in the US.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- hotel arenal carmela is located in the center of la fortuna town,arenal volcano area,we have 25 standar rooms all with private bath,hot water,a/c,mini bar,safety box,cable tv,coffee maker and also private balcony,also we have swimming pool,lobby area,breakfast area,parking,tour desk,souvenir shop,internet and also we have wifi in all hotel. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Arenal Carmela Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park