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“Beautiful view”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Arenal Volcano Inn

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Arenal Volcano Inn
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Charlottesville, VA
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“Beautiful view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2008

We spent 3 nights here in late April. The hotel area was very well maintained with beautiful gardens and a nice people. The separate buildings for each room kept things quiet and private. The view of the volcano was awesome, but unfortunately the lava flow was on the opposite side. The staff was helpful and courteous, and the restaurant at the hotel had good food, especially the fried bananas and omelette bar with the complimentary breakfast. In La Fortuna we went to the waterfall which was beautiful, and relaxed one day at the hot springs (which are kinda overpriced, but still nice). This was definitely a nice place to stay at in the area for a reasonable price.

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2008

The Volcano Inn is a very solid choice in Arenal and I would definitely recommend it. They a number of self-standing cabins with views of the volcano. The rooms were new and clean.

The location is ideal to me as its located a few miles out of La Fortuna. Although its not on the side of the volcano where you can see the volcanic activity (its typically cloudy in the evening anyway), the advantage is the road is paved. You are also close to Baldi hot springs (the hotel can get you a discount) as well as a number of restaurants and other attractions.

Breakfast was included in the rate and was solid. We also ate at the restaurant for lunch and dinner one day and was decent.

Overall I recommend this place – its combination of clean/new cabins, volcano views, price, breakfast, and location make it a good choice for families.

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2008

I agree with the previous reviews about the great value of this place. You get a wonderful view from your own private casita. Breakfast is included and I have to say it was quite good. It was buffet style, abd you could ask them to prepare eggs for you on the spot. We had a bit of a problem with our A/C unit but the manager was very helpful.

You are also quite close to the Baldi hot springs which are very nice. The reception at the Arenal Volcano Inn can help you with entrance to hot springs as well as other activities.

  • Liked — View and the cabin
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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New York, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2008

We recently stayed at the Arenal Volcano Inn for 3 nights.

Pros:
-Excellent view of volcano
-Convenient location to La Fortuna and all activities
-Spacious rooms
-Friendly staff
-Adequate parking
-Free breakfast
-Free internet access

Cons:
-Rooms were kind of humid
-Sheets smelled a little

Overall, a nice hotel, good value for your money.

  • Stayed April 2008
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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2008

My husband & I stayed here for 2 nights. I loved having my own little cabin-like place. The room was big & so was the bathroom. It even had a little kitchen-like area with a sink & counter with a coffee machine & mini bar fridge. It had a front porch with chairs so you could sit & look at the Arenal Volcano right in front of you. It was great. The restaurant on site is a great place to eat, & the complimentary breakfast was really good.

The only problem I had was I would wake up with allergies & later found out after lying down to sleep on our last night that I was allergic to the sheets, or more specifically the detergent they used to clean the sheets. This has never happened to me before. I never did finally ask if they had hypoallergenic sheets. Just a note of caution.

Besides the allergy, everything was good at the hotel with a great price.

  • Liked — Location & price
  • Disliked — allergic to the sheet detergent, not enough closet space
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2008

We enjoyed our time here. It's a really convenient location, in between the town of Fortuna and the hot springs/volcano park entrance. The pool was comfortable, the restaurant and breakfast were yummy, and the rooms were spacious. The hot tub didn't seem to be working, but it was so warm out, we didn't really care. The sheets were kind of dirty, and you could definately hear critters on the roof at night and cows mooing, but we found the rooms to be well worth the price. Would definately stay here again.

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — Dirty sheets
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2008

The room was even larger and prettier than I expect and the view...indescribable. You open your window shades, and THERE's the volcano. Right in front of you. Amazing!

The room was very clean, well-designed, and spacious. This was probably the most aestheically pleasing hotel we stayed in in Costa Rica. It's a quick $5 cab to the hot springs and a $5 -$10 cab to town. (I would recommend telling the driver to start the meter - one time a driver did not, and I think he charged us more than he was supposed to. Not a lot more, but it was a bit awkward...)

The receptionists were incredibly helpful and cheerful. They were happy to make the reservations at the hot springs for us. All around, a great place to stay--even if it is a bit pricier than other hotels in the area.

PS - don't be surprised if they charge your credit card BEFORE your stay. This was alarming to me at first--I feared I may be charged twice--but it's just their policy. I was only charged once.

Stayed March 2008
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Property: Arenal Volcano Inn
Address: | 6.5 km NW of the Catholic church, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#14 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Arenal Volcano Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Volcano Inn is a 25 room hotel surrounded by exotic gardens that can be admired from the tranquility of your room or by taking a small walk on its natural trails. Every guest may enjoy the view of the Arenal Volcano from its own terrace. Come visit us and make Arenal Volcano Inn your home while vacationing in Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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Arenal Volcano Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
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