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“Scrupulously clean with great amenities”
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Hotel Arenal Jireh
IL cornfields
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28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Scrupulously clean with great amenities”
Reviewed July 3, 2008

We really enjoyed our stay at Jireh. The rooms were extremely clean and well designed for comfort. The showers had plenty of hot water. There was free Internet and computers for guest use in the lobby. It was right in the middle of town and within walking distance of almost everything. We stayed on the 3rd floor with a balcony that looked out onto the volcano. There was a nice table and chairs on the balcony and also at the front entrance. We took advantage of the opportunity to have all our laundry washed. Seven dollars and one hour later, it was returned to us perfectly washed and folded. I can not think of one complaint.

This was the second hotel we stayed at in the LaFortuna area...and among six during the length of our trip. It was probably the best value for the money, at $60 per night.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, hot water and location
  • Disliked — Can't think of anything...
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2008

I have to admit that I wanted to stay in a hotel downtown while in La Fortuna/Arenal area, so I decided to book Hotel Arenal Jireh. The hotel is very well run and it is indeed downtown. You are close to everything you can imagine, but there is a price that you have to pay for that: it is noisy.

The hotel is located at a main intersection in town where all the cars and buses stop. Since 80% of the cars there have a Diesel motor, they are noisy and you can hear the noise very well while staying at this hotel. However, this is a problem that you will run into if you are staying in any hotel in La Fortuna, so if you want quiet, stay out of town. The only time the noise level goes down is after 2am and it does not last for too long because around 5:30 am the town of La Fortuna comes to life again. This did not bother me too much because I wear earplugs when I sleep anyway, but my husband mentioned to me few times during our stay there that the street noise woke him up few times.

The hotel rooms are big, very clean, with a safe and A/C. The bathrooms are big and clean. There is a small pool on site that my husband used and the hotel grounds are very well maintained. The price of the room includes all taxes and the breakfast (you get a ticket for every day of your stay when you check in; you need to take this ticket with you when going to breakfast in the morning). We paid $65 per night for 2 people, which was a great price for the size of the room and the services that the hotel provides. The hotel beds are very comfortable and your body will thank you for picking a hotel with such good beds at the end of the day (which has to be an active day if you are in Arenal!). Each room has a balcony with 2 very comfortable chairs and a small wood table. There is a mini-fridge, a safe and a coffee maker in the room. Free Internet access is provided to the hotel guests in the lobby.

We had a room on the 3rd floor (room number 10) that rewarded us with a good view of the volcano (a very cloudy volcano that did not clear up at all during the 4 nights we stayed in the area).

  • Liked — location and services provided
  • Disliked — noisy, but all the hotels in town are noisy
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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winnipeg
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33 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2008

This hotel was a great value for the money. Clean, great service, all the amenities (a.c., cable t.v., fridge, safe, etc.), pretty little room, nice pool, excellent location right in the town. The only problem we had was that the street is a bit noisy, and the noise starts early in the a.m., which makes it a bit hard to sleep in. But would definitely recommend this hotel to friends!

  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 3, 2008

I would definitely suggest a top floor room, as far away from the street as possible. The hotel faces the main street, so there was a lot of traffic noise, as well as construction noise from the building going up next door. The room was pleasant and clean enough, with an in-room safe, a fridge, and a balcony, and the free breakfast was handy, but the complete lack of soundproofing made it difficult to sleep. The people in the next room had voices that really carried, and I could hear their conversation word for word! Hearing people coming and going all night along the corridors didn't help the situation, either. I have high praise, as do most other reviewers, for the helpfulness of the reception staff and for the convenience of the location, but not being able to sleep most of the night took away from the overall experience.

  • Liked — free high-speed internet in the lobby
  • Disliked — the noise!
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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glasgow scotland
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43 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2008

Booked this at the last minute through one of the tour operaters in La Fortuna. Large Yellow building on main street of the town, however once inside we were more than pleasantly surprised at the size of the room/ bathroom. Beatifully laid out towels with fresh flowers. It was spotlessly clean. The staff were very pleasant and helpfull and we enjoyed the small pool. a little oasis in the centre of town.

  • Liked — The time and care taken to make us feel welcome (like the fresh flowers in the room)
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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San Marcos, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 25, 2008

My family had reservations for two rooms/two nights at Hotel Arenal Jireh during Christmas vacation. We were traveling from Jaco to La Fortuna. We stopped at a busy restaurant. While we were gone our locked SUV's window was broken and EVERYTHING was stolen....luggage, tote bags, purse, etc. Needless to say, we spent the rest of the day at the police station filing a report and of course, everything needed to be replaced.
Unfortunately, this "set us back" and we were unable to visit La Fortuna.
A big thank you to Hotel Arenal Jireh! They changed their policy for us and did not charge us for the reserved rooms.
Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, and Hotel Arenal Jireh were going to be the highlight of our trip. We hope to return to Costa Rica and the Arenal Volcano will be our first stop.

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st. pete,fl
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed December 21, 2007

This is a nice hotel off of the main drag in la fortuna. It is still very quiet, but close enough to walk to almost anything in the little town.

The rooms are nice. And I had no problem making a reservation for the best room in the hotel 3rd floor-with a direct view of the volcano-no obstructions. The lower floors are obstructed some.

The beautiful ladies at the front desk were very helpful and we had a pleasant time while I practiced speaking some spanish with them.

There is a pool and hot tub, but it needed to be cleaned. Also, there were some ants in the room, but there were ants in everyroom I stayed in costa rica. It wasnt' a big deal, just don't leave pop on the floor.

They also had internet you could use and answered ny questions I had and arranged any trips I wanted to go on or needed.

Try the sky trek ride it's awesome!

--Dan

  • Stayed December 2007
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Property: Hotel Arenal Jireh
Address: 150 M W Del Parque Central La Fortuna | 1 block west from Central Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 03 - 4417, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #48 of 57 Hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Arenal Jireh 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Arenal Jireh Hotel
Hotel Arenal Jireh Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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