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Arenal Country Inn
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San Francisco, California, United States
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49 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Only stay here if on a tight budget”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We had planned a vacation through a travel agent who I think got some kind of kick back from this place. I imagine it would have been fine if we we're being charged $175/night for an uncomfortable bed, cold showers and so much street noise we couldn't sleep. Its a decent drive to the arenal national park b/c of the dirt roads.

I never really give negative reviews unless it was really that bad - everything else would have been fine if not for the fact that the room was so close to the main road. If you get rooms 1-3 avoid or bring ear plugs

Room Tip: do not stay in room 1-3, they're too close to the road
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Komal B
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Holland, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

After coming from an all inclusive resort on the beach we are extremely happy with the Inn. The cabins were clean, cute, and in a beautiful garden setting. The free "tico" breakfast was good and the set up was nice. We walked into town, not too far about 10 minutes and did some shopping. We ate at El Establo next door and they had some great ceviche. The pool was relaxing and no one was there, and had a great view of Arenal Volcano from the hotel and pool. I would recommend staying here if you are busy sightseeing all day which most people are.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Jenna D
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Merzig
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154 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

The Arenal Country Inn is a nice hotel in a beautiful garden setting. The cabins are a little old, but clean and quiet. You have TV (no remote control), a fridge and a small bench outside the room on the "terrace" to sit on and watch birds. Breakfast was not very good, not because of the Tico style but more because of the taste.We did not try the restaurant.Staff was friendly but speaks very poor English (as poor as my Spanish, maybe) The Arenal C.I. is outside of town, about a 10 min walk, but I think it´s quite dangerous to walk because the way to and from town is very dark and Ticos drive very wildly...All in all, this hotel was one of the better ones in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank hasile
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

If you are looking for a quite place to rest with a nice view and pool, this is the place. The rooms are average and they offer the basic things you can need. The hotel also is really close to the town, so you will find supermarkets and restaurants really close to you. The breakfast is good and the staff is friendly. As i said before, if you are looking for a calm non luxury place, this is a good option.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank acarballop
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Duncan, Canada
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

This property was pretty basic little duplex cabins with a nice pool looking up to Arenal Volcano. Bed was squeeky so changed over to second bed next night and it was fine. Breakfast setup was Tico style and average. Property lacked lustre with landscaping way behind good standard of cleanup. There was a guard walking the property at night and the barédisco was only two minutes walk with good food and entertainment. Cabins backed onto a very busy street so noise was an issue. Staff friendly and rates average.

Room Tip: Good place close to town
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank tubtent6
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Palatine, Illinois
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100 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

This is a lovely hotel wthin walking distance of La Fortuna. The grounds are extensive and full of plants and birds. There is a very clean pool. My husband wasn't feeling well so we spent a couple of quiet days here, reading and hanging out. The rooms are separate casitas, good sized with 2 double beds, a table and 2 chairs and a small rickety refrigerator. There is AC and cable TV with a no. of English channels. The price includes a complete breakfast--eggs, gallo pinto, fruit, rolls/toast, oj, coffee/tea. On weekends, there's a buffet. During the week, we had a waitress. The staff's English is limited. Most of the other guests are Costa Rican. Lots with kids to play in the lovely pool. If you're looking for a modern, high service place, this is not for you. If you want a quiet, older place with charm, you'll be happy here.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank kkordisch
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Charleston, South Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

Very close to downtown La Fortuna. Great service and staff. Very clean rooms with large comfortable beds. Recycling options and very environmentally friendly. Within walking distance of souvenir shops, bars, and restaurants. Great place to stay for family and friends.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank goldwasserb
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Additional Information about Arenal Country Inn

Property: Arenal Country Inn
Address: 1 km south of the Catholic Church, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, 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 Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 62 Hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Arenal Country Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Country Inn is a small hotel with twenty rooms distributed in ten bungalows; all of then surrounded by exotic gardens. All you have to do is reach the door of your room and you will go from the most comfortable human made environment to the magnificent nature. Rooms with cable TV, A/C, mini fridge, telephone, safe deposit box, private bathroom and terrace. Large swimming pool area, food service, internet access, tour desk and parking. Impeccable cleanness and friendly service is our promise. We will make our best to make your visit a memorable one. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Arenal Country Hotel
Country Inn La Fortuna De San Carlos
La Fortuna De San Carlos Country Inn
Arenal Country Inn Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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