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Hotel Jardines Arenal
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed November 9, 2010

I stayed at this Lodge with my boyfriend for a couple days while in CR, and it was the best days of the whole trip! The owner, Hernan, provides detailed and friendly service and his friend Inti runs a tour company so he took us to all the sites around La Fortuna (waterfall, hot springs, volcano, hanging bridges) as well as took us to the best places for traditional casados. I highly recommend staying at this place. It is out of the city, very cute rooms, hot water (that was a problem in some places we stayed), great people, and beautiful views.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Missoula Montana
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Reviewed April 8, 2010

My three teenage grandchildren and I stayed a couple of nights at Hernan Blancos hotel. Located about a mile from town it is on the highway but the noise wasnt a distraction for sleeping. The breakfasts were superb with fresh fruit, great coffee and choices of cercal or eggs with sausage and toast. We used two rooms and both were clean and very functional, and quite spacious. Everything worked and was well maintained, including the beautiful grounds. The view of the Volcano is uninterrupted. the owner is very knowledgable and gracious and speaks excellent english.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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London
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Reviewed March 2, 2010

This property looks good when you arrive. It has a pretty seating area with rocking chairs. However, the rooms tell a different story. Our room was very dated and worn and in desperate need of refurbishing (it had A/C but no TV). It also smelled very damp and we could not seem to get rid of the smell. Maybe the A/C was leaking? This could all have been overlooked except that the bedding was really foul. One of the beds had massive stains on the sheets and both beds had very worn out sheets and cover. Even if they spend no other money on the place, the owners really need to buy new bedding.

Most importantly, it will not cost you less than 2000 colones (approx $4) to get a taxi into town and there is nowhere to eat nearby so this adds on $16 to the cost of your room each day assuming you travel into town for lunch and dinner.

Note that not all rooms will receive wifi so you may need to sit in the lobby area to use it. The lobby area does not have A/C so it can get pretty hot!

I wouldn't write this place off entirely but they just need to spend some money and I would suggest you need a car rental to stay there.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Cork,Ireland
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Reviewed December 31, 2009

We stayed just one night here but our host was incredibly helpful. He gave free advice and a free lift into town with a great recommendation for a local quality sodas for lunch. The place is spotlessly clean and the gardens attract squirrels and birds in the morning. Our host also provided breakfast to us at 6 am so that we could catch the bus to Quesada at 630 from outside the gate. There was also a fantastic view of the volcano in the morning.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed December 31, 2009

We weren't sure where to stay in La Fortuna. We happened upon this place and found it was affordable, comfortable but nothing fancy. The gardens are well maintained and on a clear day you can see the volcano. The host was nice and helpful. The taxi provided by the hotel seemed over priced but was a nice, convenient way to get to town and the hot springs.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Massachusetts
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Reviewed October 22, 2009

I stayed at this hotel over a weekend. I travel to Costa Rica every once in a while because I like it so much and have stayed at many different hotels throughout the years, but I have to say that this hotel has the best value for your money. I didn't think that this hotel was just decent, I thought it was great. The rooms were always very clean, everything worked fine for me. The air conditioner was helpful and functioned great. The views of the volcano are stunning whether the weather cooperates or not. It's amazing to be so close to the volcano. Also, this hotel I think really gives you the feeling of being in a typical Costa Rican home and not a hotel, so if you're looking for a vacation where you feel like a native, this is the place to go. Hernan (owner) is willing to help you do anything to have a great vacation. He can put together a package for you in minutes that will include all of the activities you can take part in in La Fortuna. Anything from horse back riding to hot springs to hanging bridges, and it's very decently priced! The food was delicious and fresh. You really have to try not to relax here, it's amazing. I would go back tomorrow if I didn't have to go to work. They can definitely expect me there next time I visit the country.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2009

Jardines Arenal Lodge was one of the nicest places I've ever stayed. It was remote enough that you were away from the noises of the city, but close enough that you could walk or take a very cheap taxi in. Upon arriving Hernan - who runs the hostel - sat down with us and was absolutely incredible about helping us plan out what we wanted to do, the timing of it - how we could get there.. every last detail. He made every necessary call and gave us our vouchers for doing the activities so that we could pay everyone at once at the end. He took what was going to be hours of debating and planning and put it together in minutes, it was great.

He was nice, welcoming and took us to his friends new restaraunt Attica, which is also truly amazing. After debating it with my girlfriend we agreed it was the single best restaraunt and meal we'd ever actually had.

I would return here in a heartbeat. I would stay as long as I could. I could not say enough good things about Hernan and the staff. Thank you!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Jardines Arenal

Property: Hotel Jardines Arenal
Address: main road to La Fortuna | 2 Kilometer east of Banco de Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#9 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Jardines Arenal 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jardines Arenal Hotel is a quiet place, surrounded by beautiful wildlife, located only 2 kilometers east of the park of La Fortuna, San Carlos, Costa Rica. It is a perfect place to enjoy with your family or your friends. Our goal is to provide quality service and excellence, thus making customers happy. We guarantee a comfortable and pleasant stay for our guests. Jardines Arenal Hotel has very pleasant rooms, set in two categories: standard and superior. Equipped with air conditioning, private bath, safety deposit box, cable TV, hot water and some with an extraordinary view to the Arenal Volcano. Also our rates include a rich typical breakfast, consisting of the famous gallo pinto, egg, sour cream, platano, tortilla, orange juice and coffee; ideal to start the day in the best way. Also Jardines Arenal Hotel features private parking, restaurant (on request), WIFI, gardens and an information center where you can get everything you need to book tours, transportation or hotels nationwide. We try to cover all areas to provide more ease and comfort to our customers. Seize the opportunity to visit the famous Arenal Volcano area, known worldwide for being a beautiful place with wonderful views and relaxing hot springs. In addition to many other activities like canopy, canyoning, bridges, rafting, kayaking, bicycles, etc. Enjoy an unforgettable ride while you receive the attention that you deserve and rest in a unique and welcoming place. In Jardines Arenal Hotel we are waiting to make of your vacations an extraordinary and enjoyable time. Our Goal: Make customers happy! ... more   less 
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