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“An Oasis on the Edge of the Jungle”

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Hotel Lavas del Arenal
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Lavas del Arenal is a real treat. It's 10-15 minutes outside of La Fortuna, the largest town closest to the Arenal volcano, known for its "hanging bridges," among other things. The hotel would be a tad difficult to find without a GPS, but the place is splendid. As I can see from previous reviews, Mario (and family) really know how to make travelers feel at home. Drive onto the property, and you're in a little sanctuary. A beautiful lawn & garden complete with two separate grill areas and a pool. Mario will help you make reservations at discount prices for whatever local attractions you'd like to see, and serve up a delicious breakfast to boot. His father-in-law is a very friendly person, and provided you speak a little Spanish, will surely introduce you to Tico culture. The A/C is a bit underpowered, but if that doesn't faze you, I highly recommend Lavas del Arenal. It was a very homey experience - but at the same time, the service was very professional. The rooms were very clean and you can tell that the entire property is well-maintained. 4.5 out of 5 stars in my book.

Room Tip: Rooms are more or less identical - the ones farther in back are closer to the pool & grill areas...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Mario and his family were so friendly and helpful, they made us feel like family. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and the property is gorgeous, fruit falling off the trees, lovely birds all around. They also serve an awesome breakfast. It's not right downtown, so it's totally tranquil and lush. I recommend it to anyone going to La Fortuna, and I'll definitely go back. :-)

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

This is a wonderful place to stay Mario was a very good host. The place was like livivng in a garden of paradise, Ever the gardner was very friendly taking us on a tour of the place showing us the different plants and fruit and the peaceful bubbling little stream in the back of the property. The breakfast was very Tico, it was all just wonderful. The accomodations were just as good, very nice rooms. They were doing some upgrades while we were there so it will be even greater. The best was the wonderful view of Arenal Volcano, the day was very clear.

Room Tip: One level all seemed to be as good as the other. We stayed in room 10 near the stream.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

What a lovely place. We were so warmly welcomed when we arrived. The grounds are so well kept and we got to see toucans in the trees. The breakfasts were fabulous. I was not feeling well one day and Gabriel took me to the doctors and stayed with me the entire time.
Can not say enough good things about this place. It is off the beaten track, which is exactly what we were looking for. Would love to go back and visit once again.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

We arrived at this little hideaway, and were surprised. There was no real "office" to speak of, instead the owner just walked out with our room keys in hand. He took us to our rooms, and then gave us a personal guided tour of the property. Told is all about the delicious fruits that they grow, even getting some for us to sample. He showed us where to look for certain birds (toucans, etc), and when they would most likely be visible.
The next morning we woke up to the gardener having caught a blue jean dart frog for us to see, because when they mentioned them the day before I was very excited to hopefully see one. Then he pointed out an arisari toucan in the tree. While we ate our complimentary breakfast (which was delicious), we were also being shown all kinds of different birds that frequent the property.
All in all, very pleased with the stay, it was such a pleasant experience. We will definitely be back. Highly recommend this to anyone who isn't expecting anything grand but wants a very friendly, typical costa rican hospitality. Oh, the rooms have ac that works incredibly well...

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

Helpful and friendly staff. Quiet, well-kept, and clean room and grounds. Pool area and landscaping/breakfast area are beautiful. Rooms themselves are small but they do offer a small fridge, microwave and coffee-maker. A few couples were there with small children when we were there and the sound travels a bit : )

Overall, great little place and a good value. We enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank dmjm
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

I just put down the facts and you can decide :)

+ nice owner
+ cheaper tickets to Baldi than from the door
+ they can arrange trips to you
+ swimming pool, breakfast, wifi in the lobby
+ there is a river near by where you can swim
+ really clean room, hot water, fridgerator, microwave oven, coffee maker

- owner doesn't speak English
- location is far from city, but that's not a problem with a car
- wifi doesn't work in the room, only lobby

Stayed: April 2012
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Additional Information about Hotel Lavas del Arenal

Address: 300 Oeste de la Escuela de EL Bosque, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#22 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#26 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: $91 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Lavas del Arenal 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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