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Hotel Arenal Jireh
Reviewed June 22, 2007

The manager, Rogelio (Roger) and staff were friendly, competent and professional. They took great detail in making sure we got the best prices for the many Arenal attractions. In addition, they steered us to the good ones and away from the mediocre ones. Our entire family spent three days and two nights at this property with fantastic views, great breakfasts, a/c rooms w/ TV and remote and clean bathrooms. The private pool is also a nice touch after a long day of horseback riding, skylining and ATVing. Be sure and buy tickets to Baldi Springs from the hotel and save $8 per person ($17 vs $25). Rogelio is also an accomplished travel agent and will assist you with other hotels in CR. This was our second visit and I'd go back again w/o hesitation.

Pura Vida!

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 23, 2007

5 of us stayed at Jireh and when we arrived we were promptly helped to check in. However, the room we got was shockingly CRAMPED! We were in room #1, which consisted of 2 double beds and one single bed - which would have been fine for 5 people - but the single and one of the doubles were literally right next to each other, and the room was infested with tiny bugs. It made is feel creeped out all night. To make matters worse, the air conditioner was in the BATHROOM! The room was extremely hot the whole night because it was hard for the cool air to reach the bedroom. The safe and refrigerator (which had a foul odor) were also in the bathroom. It was a very strange arrangement. It was also very dimly lit and one of the lamps was not working.

The next night we decided to split up into 2 rooms instead, and it was a HUGE improvement. We were moved to the 2nd floor where the window had a perfect view of the volcano, a small balcony, and an AC which was actually cool and blowing in the bedroom area. NO complaints about the 2 double rooms, it was great and we're glad we moved out of the tiny first floor room! It cost us $14 more per night, per room, but it was worth it.

The hotel is centrally located and around the corner from the Super Christian (supermarket, open pretty late at night) and about 2 minutes from the Desafio Adventures office. Several restaurants (which were delicious, do try "Las Brasitas" about 5 minutes away) were close by, and a casino too. There were 2 internet stations in the reception area which had high speed internet connections.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 24, 2007

This hotel was right in the middle of the town of La Fortuna. It is on the main road in and out of town, so if you want peace and quiet, it's not the place for you. However if you want to be able to walk 5 minutes to great cafes and eateries, and if you plan on only sleeping at the hotel, it's a great place. The staff is really friendly and the breakfast is ok. The restaraunt accross the street called Lava Lounge was REALLY delicious. It's not a fancy hotel, so if you are planning to spend lots of time in your room, go somewhere else. The great thing about this hotel is that it has two computers with internet access for free.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 1, 2007

We stayed at the Hotel Arenal Jireh in December for two nights. Some little extras on our arrival, fresh flowers in the rooms, nice arrangements on the bed, first class air treatment / conditioning, safes in the room - all nice touches. Breakfast included in the price. Free internet in the lobby. Recently renovated. Overall a very pleasant place to stay. I would recommend it. Good view of the volcano. We paid $50.00 per night.

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Reviewed October 19, 2006

This hotel is located in the center of La Fortuna. It was a decent hotel that provided us with all the basics. Nothing too special about it. The restaurant across the street was one of the best we'd been to in all of Costa Rica...do be sure and go there!

  • Stayed: December 2004, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2006

This is one of the best Hotels in C.R. The staff has been excellent, very friendly and helpful at all times. Great location and the services are great. If you have any questions please ask@ the desk and they will help you with anything.
thank you for you help and we will bring friendes next time.

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 29, 2006

Good value, friendly apartments in the centre of La Fortuna, close to shops and tourist agents.

Great views of the volcano (but not the lava). Nice pool (good for a quick dip after walking all day - but not to sit around all day) . Good breakfasts (included). TV in room.

Recently extended to feature at least 18 rooms.

Recommend rafting on the 3/4* Sarapico river (2 hours drive) and Soda del Rio was great in the town.

The tourist office on the main cross roads (can't remember the name) were very helpful and we negotiated 10% discount for booking 2 or 3 tours.

The walk to the waterfall is worth the effort, and recomment 'Kioro' restaurant for AMAZING views of the lava (but a bit pricey)

2 full days is more than enough in Arenal / Fortuna

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Additional Information about 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
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Ranked #48 of 59 Hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: $55 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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