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“Quiet bungalows in a beautiful location”
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Arenal Green Hotel
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Toronto, Canada
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“Quiet bungalows in a beautiful location”
Reviewed February 27, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights and thoroughly enjoyed this quiet hotel not far from town - about a 20 minute walk or a $4 taxi ride. Nice views of the volcano from the bungalows. A small but nicely landscaped property with many flowers and birds. At the back of the property is a beautiful river that you can swim in. Our bungalow had 2 double beds which didn't leave much extra space but we spent most of our time outdoors and on the patio anyway. The room was very clean, wifi worked well, the bathroom was large with a good shower, and the sink and fridge were nice to have. The only thing missing was a TV but that was not a concern to us. The complimentary breakfasts were fresh and tasty (not a great deal if you paid $7 for breakfast). The owners and staff were all very friendly and helpful - happy to provide information, arrange taxis and book tours as needed. There are lots of resorts in the La Fortuna area, and while they may be more luxurious, they are definitely more expensive. We were glad to stay here and thought it was very good value - especially compared to other choices in town.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

We stayed at Arenal Green for 6 nights in Mid-February and it was wonderful. The cabins are clean, quite, cozy, and comfortable. We stayed in cabin 8 and we had a volcano view from our bed! The grounds are beautiful and we woke every morning to lots of birds, a happy horse, and fresh fruit. The owner, George treated us like we were family with open arms, big smiles, and friendly service. We missed him as soon as we drove away! We would recommend Arenal Green to anyone who wants a quite getaway close to La Fortuna town and the surrounding area, the location is great. We will stay here again as well as recommend it to friends and family. Thanks George!

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Madison
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

We stayed here last March and were greeted by a fantastic staff. The cabins are clean and have everything you need. The restaurant is excellent and had good prices. They recommended a river tour bordering Nicaragua and it was the highlight of our two week trip. The waterfall is about a mile 1/2 up the road from the hotel. There was a small art gallery across the street. We would recommend for families, couples or individuals. Great stay!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

We stayed at Arenal Green from Jan 28-30 and absolutely loved it! Can't say enough great things about this little place. The individual rooms are so cute and very comfortable. And the views of the volcano are a great bonus too! The owners and staff were extremely nice and welcoming, and the location was great. We didn't have a car, and found it pretty easy to get around. The walk into La Fortuna took about 20 min and we also hiked to the waterfall, which is a 40 minute hike uphill. Definitely a workout, but very well worth it once you get to the spectacular waterfall. It's also on the same road as the hotel so there's no navigation necessary - just take the same road all the way to the end. Very easy.

We had some issues on the morning we checked out as their credit card machine was down and we didn't have enough cash to pay the bill. We had a bus coming to pick us up and we're a little stressed out how the whole thing, but the owner was very nice about it and let us leave with no hassles. German apologized for the inconvenience, and took my credit card number and told us he would put the charge through once the machines were back up. We really appreciated that as we were scheduled to leave first thing in the morning and didn't have time to go into town to take out more money. The charge was put through a few days later and we received a very nice email thanking us again for for staying with them.

All in all, I would definitely return to Arenal Green. It was a great little b&b on a beautiful property with very nice staff.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

It's easy to find Arenal Green (if you keep an eye out for the sign pointing off the main road as you drive in) but it's far enough away from the hustle of La Fortuna that you can better appreciate the setting--and the views--of this idyllic little place. We stayed in Cabin 7, which I believe is the largest cabin, even though we had reserved one of the smaller ones and the owner gave us the cheaper rate all the same. Speaking of the owner, German and his family were very welcoming without being at all intrusive.

As other visitors have noted, cabin 7 has an outdoor kitchen and seating area which we really enjoyed. We loved sitting outside in the hammocks on the patio and watching the clouds roll in and out of view over the volcano. The views from the grounds are fantastic. The cabin itself was clean, comfortable, and spacious.

If you're looking for fine dining and luxury, head to five start Tabacon about 15km outside of town. But if you want a peaceful, no frills, relaxing stay, Arenal Green is great. Next time we visit the area we will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

We were the first tourists in new room 9 and really enjoyed our stay! Room 9 is "in the rain forest", remote from the other cabanas. The walls are "open", so you can hear the sound of the nearby river all night long. It's really as if you are sleeping in the middle of the jungle, but then in a comfortable bed! Great experience! The owner is also very friendly and drove us for example to the center of town one night in his own car. Great hospitality.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

I had read several trip advisor reviews and had high hopes - and was not disappointed. The place was lovely.... I had read reviews that cabin #8 was the best - so I'd requested that and we stayed there.... the view was amazing... the breakfast was also amazing, although I wish it started earlier since many of our activities we did left early and we had to rush or not get much breakfast. German must have been out of town when we were there because I did not see him and although the front desk was pleasant I didnt think they were outstanding or went out of their way.... one night we got back to our room and there was no water - i went to the front to tell them and the guy behind the counter hardly spoke english (nor I spanish) but said "all water out" we asked if it would be fixed later and he just shrugged and said "i dont know" - so not very helpful! luckily it was on later when we returned. the staff at our other locations i felt was much friendlier and helpful.
i liked the location of the hotel - we walked to La Fortuna and to Cerro Chato (although I wouldnt overly recommend either of those).... there was a great wood art galery up the road that was wonderful though!! :) We also walked to town most nights since it was only about 2 miles.... I was glad we were not right in town though and we always felt safe walking.
So all in all I enjoyed our stay here very much although they would have got 5 stars if the staff were a bit better. But overall great stay.

Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Arenal Green Hotel
Address: | 1 km west of the entrance to Rio Fortuna Waterfall, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Arenal Green Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Green Hotel offers a unique experience and a personal touch to your individual needs as our guest. There are six modern, air conditioned cabins and one villa which are constructed from native wood. Even with the individual cabins, there is a feeling of family and a bed and breakfast environment. We offer a peaceful, friendly and intimate atmosphere for our guests from afar. ... more   less 
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