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“Superior accommodations for those wishing to relax” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Arenal Springs Resort and Spa

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Arenal Springs Resort and Spa
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30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Superior accommodations for those wishing to relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Arenal Springs Resort and Spa is simply a wonderful place to stay near the volcano. I would define it as a luxury resort. The staff is very accommodating, the rooms are quite nice, the hot springs pools are a real treat with the obligatory "swim up" bar with the added bonus of a sushi bar, too! The grounds provide a great opportunity to explore the nature side of Costa Rica and there is a special walk that highlights many of the fruit trees and and plants of the country that should not be missed. The included breakfast is over the top good and the dinner we enjoyed in the restaurant one evening was the best meal I had in Costa Rica....really top notch.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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hotel-arenal-springs, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Arenal Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, February 29, 2016
Thank you very much for taking your valuable time to share your comments and thank you for staying at our hotel, we were glad to read that you held a wonderful vacation and enjoyed everything here in Costa Rica, we hope to see you back soon to serve you in the best way possible.
On behalf of all staff working at Hotel Arenal Springs thank you very much and blessings.
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Tabernacle, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

We recently stayed at Arenal Springs. Our rooms were beautiful and spotless. We had two bedrooms and our own hot spring in the master. It was one of the nicer hotels I've stayed in, with more than enough room for our family of five. The service was fantastic, and everyone was very eager to please. The restaurants are pricey, though. Our last night (we stayed for four), we ate at their Italian restaurant, which was our favorite meal. You won't go wrong with this resort.

While in Arenal, we did zip lines, canyoning, white water rafting, and ATV's. Canyoning was our favorite (Lands and Love?), the guides were great, and there is nothing like rappelling down into a waterfall! Zip lines are a must too, as was rafting down the Balsa River. The ATV's were ok, but not great. Overall, it was the best vacation we've ever taken. Four nights in Arenal and five in Manuel Antonio. If you're on the fence, I urge you to go!

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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hotel-arenal-springs, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Arenal Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, February 29, 2016
Thank you very much for taking your valuable time to share your comments and thank you for staying at our hotel, we were glad to read that you held a wonderful vacation and enjoyed everything here in Costa Rica, we hope to see you back soon to serve you in the best way possible.
On behalf of all staff working at Hotel Arenal Springs thank you very much and blessings.
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I was visiting my sister in San Jose and she and her husband recommended a trip to this resort. We stayed in a master suite and it was beautiful! The staff are very friendly and accommodating. The food at the restaurant on site is ok-- not bad for breakfast, but you probably want to find somewhere else to go for lunch or dinner as the nearby town offers far better fare for less money. The grounds are gorgeous and well kept. I would definitely love to visit this resort again!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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hotel-arenal-springs, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Arenal Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, February 29, 2016
Thank you very much for taking your valuable time to share your comments and thank you for staying at our hotel, we were glad to read that you held a wonderful vacation and enjoyed everything here in Costa Rica, we hope to see you back soon to serve you in the best way possible.
On behalf of all staff working at Hotel Arenal Springs thank you very much and blessings.
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was the perfect choice for Arenal. We have 2 teenaged boys and wound up getting 2 adjoining rooms, which was perfect. Would have definitely been too crowded to share. The prices were quite reasonable. The bathrooms are so cool, with rain coming through the roof to water the live plants in the shower area. The staff arranged great tours (do NOT miss the water rappelling/canyoneering!). The springs were wonderful. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating. The only disappointment was the food. Included breakfast was not very good at all and the food at the pool bar area was downright gross at times (e.g., squeeze cheese on the nachos). The positive aspects of the resort by far outweighed the food, though. Finally, don't miss the spa. It's absolutely gorgeous and I had a fantastic massage (and I'm really picky on that front).

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Pensacola, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Our extended family recently stayed at Arenal Springs Resort. The customer service was outstanding. The property was gorgeous. The hot springs and wet bar was a relaxing place to gather after an eventful day. If you like sushi, don't miss it at the wet bar. Great place for families.

Stayed July 2014
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hotel-arenal-springs, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Arenal Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, February 29, 2016
Thank you very much for taking your valuable time to share your comments and thank you for staying at our hotel, we were glad to read that you held a wonderful vacation and enjoyed everything here in Costa Rica, we hope to see you back soon to serve you in the best way possible.
On behalf of all staff working at Hotel Arenal Springs thank you very much and blessings.
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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

WE were looking for adventure, romance and relaxation to celebrate my husband's 50th. We live in Florida, so we opted not to go to the coast -- and stayed at the Nayara for 5 days. It was just what we wanted! The staff were all very helpful and friendly. The room was wonderful (and a great value), the grounds were relaxing and peaceful (except when very discreet grounds keeper walked out from under our room when we were on our deck!), the spa was amazing! no need for a recording of a rain forest -- it's really there! And my foot massage that ended in the light pitter patter of rain... I want to go back! We went on a few excursions. We enjoyed the horseback riding and the rappelling on the waterfalls was a thrill. The hanging bridge tour of the rain forest was relaxing and informative. We saw a lot of wildlife in the forest AND on the transfers to and from the airport! We enjoyed trips into La Fortuna for the local culture. All in all, a great trip!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank you very much for taking your valuable time to share your comments and thank you for staying at our hotel, we were glad to read that you held a wonderful vacation and enjoyed everything here in Costa Rica, we hope to see you back soon to serve you in the best way possible.
On behalf of all staff working at Hotel Arenal Springs thank you very much and blessings.
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Homosassa, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I enjoyed the location and the lodge style rooms with super cool bathrooms. The room had a metal/plastic roof with white plastic over the shower. This allowed light in for the shade loving plants planted by the shower wall.l There was a half inch gap between the wall and the roof which allowed the plants to be watered by rainfall (super cool). It also allowed critters (insects and lizards) to gain access. Nothing like sharing a shower with nature.

A retractable clothes line for drying clothes was mounted in the shower area. However, because of the open roof and placement of the line, bathing suits or other articles of clothing would be hit by the falling rain and not dry properly. Also, because of the open roof, the bathroom area remained warm and humid and added to the drying problem.

Storage space in the bathrooms was extremely limited. While I had space for my bare minimum toiletries, my wife and daughter found the space to be completely inadequate.

The beds were hard and uncomfortable.. The AC unit is controlled by a remote control which in my case needed new batteries. I could hear the people next door (my wife and daughter) through the shower but closing the bathroom with the AC on covered the noise. Sleeping quality was overall is good. This is an eco rated hotel with a control to automatically turn off the lights and ac when the single key is removed This may be a problem during full summer bur we were there in winter (rainy season) with temps from 70-85 degrees F. I found the rainfall noise from the roof rather romantic.

We were on the 600 row. While a previous reviewer stated they preferred the garden view and not that of the parking area and street that we had, I found the walk to be closer from the street in the frequent downpours (it was rainy season) then needing to walk around the building from the street to the entrance. Because all the bungalows are on a hillside, our view out was not blocked by the buildings across the street. Unfortunately, we never did see the volcano because of the low clouds.

The grounds were beautiful. At the end of our row was a neighboring property which was a pasture with grazing cows. My wife also took shelter in the yoga pavilion during one of the frequent heavy showers. It was a large beautiful space. There were no mats available in the pavilion and we don't know if the resort has them available for use.

The restaurant was open air. We were on a Caravan tour and our breakfast and dinner was buffet style. My daughter has a severe allergy to bananas (epi pen severe). When she checked and found out that the food in the hot trays were all presented on banana leaf liners, the chef came out and discussed with her what she would like to have for dinner and cooked her dinner for her. Kudos for this extra service.

We would return to this resort if we ever return to the Arenal Volcano area.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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hotel-arenal-springs, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Arenal Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, February 29, 2016
Thank you very much for taking your valuable time to share your comments and thank you for staying at our hotel, we were glad to read that you held a wonderful vacation and enjoyed everything here in Costa Rica, we hope to see you back soon to serve you in the best way possible.
On behalf of all staff working at Hotel Arenal Springs thank you very much and blessings.
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Property: Arenal Springs Resort and Spa
Address: 5 Miles West of Catholic Church of la Fortuna, 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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#7 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#7 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#12 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Arenal Springs Resort and Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Arenal Springs is located just 5 miles away from la Fortuna town toward the Arenal Volcano or National Park. We are located between La Fortuna town and the Arenal Lake.The Hotel count with 87 Junior Suites and 3 Master Suites King and 3 Master Suites Queen with direct view to the Arenal Volcano. Each room are surrounding with exotic gardens, beautiful flowers and many species of birds. These rooms offer either a king size bed or two double beds. Also we provide rooms with handicap access and adjoining rooms for families who want stay together.Our hotel offers you 2 swimming pools and a Thermal river.Hotel Arenal Springs Resort offers on each Junior Suite the best amenities for your comfort. King Bed or Two queen beds, Hair dryer, Cable TV, Mini bar, Free Wi-Fi Internet access, Air Conditioning, Ceiling fan, Laundry Bag, Telephone, Safe deposit box, Coffee Maker free coffee and tea), Bath amenities, Private bath with tropical garden, hot water, Private terrace. ... more   less 
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