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“Don't know what everyone else is raving about” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Eco Arenal Hotel
Tampa, Florida
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3 reviews
“Don't know what everyone else is raving about”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

I booked this room because of the good reviews but I do not agree with them after staying 2 nights. The mattress was thin, lumpy, and you can feel the springs. The television has such bad video feed, we ended up listening to the cnn channel as if it was the news radio. The room is damp and musty unless the ac is on high. And just FYI- the breakfast is not worth the price of $7 per person (if they charge you.)

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014

This place was not so great! Air conditioner sounded like a jet plane! The room smelled like sewage. Could not get a drink and we needed one here!!Food service poor!!! Young middle school group stayed here and were loud. We only stayed because we were with a group or we would have left. There was no one at the desk after seven PM if you had an emergency. The entire group was unhappy with it!!!!

Room Tip: Don't go!!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Linda S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

We went for just a night and we had a Villa and a double room. Place was beautiful and the rooms were just fine. They have a pool and a nice landscape. its the perfect place to relax with freinds and its really close to the center of La fortuna.The service was great, everyone is really nice and the breakfast was good too. Def would go back there.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Clearwater, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

"Nice place, very clean and very friendly staff. The breakfast was buffet and really good!! Hot water, A/C and comfortable clean beds. The front dest manager was always helpful and the staff at the place very service oriented. We had a nice view of the Volcano and that was great! Perfect if you want to go in family or as a couple. Free wi-fi,very quite, peaceful and close to the center of the city. You get more than what you pay for." Cris Kundert

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for one week with our toddler. She was thrilled with the small pool, perfect for her size. The water is absolutely perfect. The garden at the back is beautiful and calm. A real invitation to contemplation. The service is perfect: housekeepers and reception staff are amazing. They are helpful, very kind and know very well the area. Perfect stay in La Fortuna !

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Yambarare
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Dorset, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

We were a group of fourteen students and two teachers on a service trip to Costa Rica combining fun, adventure, studying flora and fauna, and working with children. Villas Eco Arenal took great care of us from the moment we arrived. The manager and staff were kind, caring, and made sure we had everything we needed. There were many attentions to details such as flower petals on our bed when we arrived, delicious meals with fresh fruits, and vegetables, served buffet style. The cook and wait staff seemed to really take pride in what they served, and I felt as though we were a guest in a friend's gracious home. The grounds are well taken care of, as is the lovely pool which has a beautiful view of the volcano. The property is quiet and calm, and in the morning we went to the river in back of the rooms. We even found an owl when we went for a walk at dusk. It is obvious that the people who run the hotel, and the staff care so much. I give Eco Arenal the highest of ratings and hope to return one day soon!

Room Tip: It was very warm when we visited and the air conditioner was great to have. We were near the pool wh...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

We were travelling with six people and arrived in Arenal after a hot day of travelling. Our rooms were in a single stock building with two rooms at the base and two on the first stock. We let the childeren have the base rooms and we took the top one to experience that there was no water available at all on the first day and only cold water the day after. With no water available two bottles of mineral water were supplied for drinking, toilet and washing.
Any conversation from our next door nabours could be heard load and clear. The windowsills were below knee-level;very dangerous and the tv-set had only one very misty channel. The airco was terribly noisy and at a very wrong place in the room.
We had a lovely holliday in Costa Rica with only this unfortunately experience.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Eco Arenal Hotel
Address: | 2 km north from Banco Nacional, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 60 Hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Eco Arenal Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villas Eco Arenal is a mountain Eco hotel, designed especially for rest. It is 2 miles north of Fortune and you reach it by a stone road. It has satellite TV with 5 channels. The emphasis is on their facilities and green areas close to nature as can be seen many types of birds, sloths, frogs and a huge amount of types of flowers and lush vegetation. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Eco Arenal Hotel Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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