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Arenal Volcano Inn
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All reviewsque ricoarenal volcanocosta ricapool and hot tubdeluxe roomkitchen areahot springsbeautiful viewon site restaurantcomplimentary breakfastloved this hotelstaff was very friendly and helpfulmini fridgeshort drivecoffee makercab ridetown of la fortuna
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Reviewed March 10, 2008

The hotel rooms here are all separate villas which are great for privacy and noise. Each room has a great view of the volcano, but pretty much every hotel in Arenal does. Some of the issues we encountered at this hotel were: The linens in our room, including towels and bed sheets, all smelled like mildew, which makes me question the cleanliness of them and also passes the mildew smell onto me after using the linens. Also, there were a lot of settling and banging noises in the middle of the night which kept us up thinking there was someone trying to break into our unit. The spa was not heated automatically, but on request, and never really got up to a regular spa temperature when heated.

Pros of this hotel were: Unit privacy, restaurant was tasty and food selection was good, tour booking was quick and easy through the front desk, and the price was great.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank BlueCoop
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Reviewed March 4, 2008

This small hotel (15-rooms) is located about ten minutes from city center. All rooms (which actually feel like separate cabins) face the volcano. The gardens are immaculately kept up. The rooms are very clean. The open air restaurant is nice and the food is good. The staff are incredibly helpful and courteous.

There is a small pool - not much fun if you want to swim but great to cool off.

I have nothing negative to say about this property. You won't see any lava coming down - for that you have to go the other side of the mountain.

Every morning we woke up to sound of birds - lots of birds. We spent three nights here and must have seen over fifteen varieties. There was even a parrot who seem to have found a home for himself in a small bush outside the restaurant.

All of us (four) felt this is truly a wonderful hotel and give it our highest recommendation.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 8, 2008

Just spent 3 nights here in January. Arenal Volcano Inn was fantastic.

To start the whole property is immaculately maintained with lush plants / trees and birds are pretty much cruising around everywhere. The pool is really nice to have, even if the weather didn't permit.

We had our own cabina which was really big, with a very good shower and large bathroom, as well as a nice little kitchen counter area with fridge. In front of our place was a little patio with a couple of chairs and the whole place was facing the volcano for fanastic views (granted the lava isn't on this side).

They have a nice restaurant and a decent included breakfast buffett. I'd also say the staff is incredible friendly and there's tons of them if you need help. Plus free internet if needed.

Location wise, it's less than 10 minutes to La Fortuna and about the same to Tabacon.

It was the nicest place we staying in Costa Rica and I would totally recommend it.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank araham
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Reviewed February 4, 2008

Arenal Volcano Inn has a very nice spa-like feel to it. I really don't think the pictures do it justice. It is much nicer in person! The grounds are kept in perfect condition, and the inside of my room was extremely clean. We had a small fridge with sodas and beer which were reasonably priced. Each beer was $2.50 which is a bargain compared to most mini-bars!

The staff is attentive and was prompt with our every request. We didn’t have hot water in the bathroom, and literally 5 minutes after the call to the front desk, someone came down and fixed the problem.

They have their own shuttle/taxi, so if it was available we could quickly get to our destination. They can just bill it to your room if you wanted. La Fortuna is about a $5-6 taxi ride from the Arenal Volcano Inn. We found most of our souveniers in Fortuna and went to a couple of restaurants in town which were pretty decent. We also ate at the restaurant at the Volcano Inn and had their pizza. The prices were about the same as in the United States for an average restaurant. The service and food were both excellent!

We chose to go to the Eco Termales hot springs. I would highly recommend this one over the other 2 hot springs in the area (Baldi and Tabacon). Its across the street from Baldi, but doesn’t have a sign, just a big wooden gate with a buzzer. Eco Termales limits the number of people, so it had a very secluded feel and is much cheaper than Tabacon. We got the dinner, which was definitely worth it.

Recommendations:
Go to Eco Termales Hot Springs and get the dinner with admission. Enormous amounts of food that was cooked to perfection!
Hanging Bridges. Very cool “birds-eye” view of all the trees. We used a guide, but I don’t think its necessary. It would be fine to do on your own.

Not so exciting:
Night tour at Ecocentro Danaus. It was $35 a person, and we didn’t see much of anything. We saw lots of plants, moths, a few frogs, but not much other than that. (which I know is a risk with wildlife that they may not "show up") I thought it was a bit pricey, considering its a fairly small place, no fancy equipment was needed, and the bus ride was only 10 minutes outside of town.


The Arenal Volcano Inn is quiet, clean and absolutely gorgeous. The hot springs and Fortuna are all in close proximity, and it was never a problem getting a taxi. I would highly recommend staying here!

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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12  Thank Seajax
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Reviewed January 15, 2008

Arenal Volcano Inn was a wonderful experience. The small private cabins make it feel more luxurious and personable. The bathrooms were clean, but did not have warm water on our second night (making showers very difficult).
The staff was very friendly and helpful. The included breakfast was delicious with excellent selection.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with friends
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8  Thank monkey24
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