Our travel agent booked us here for 3 nights this past Christmas Holiday. Upon arrival we were aware that it was a very basic, minimal place, however we had no idea how uncomfortable and primitive it was. Lighting in the rooms is horrible, towels and sheets, very thin and old. Bed, sloped and poor mattress. No furniture except for a portable refrigerator. We came back from a day trip and there was No running water at all. The air-conditioner in our room, turned it self off every 20 minutes. When we asked for another room, they were of no help. The breakfast was poor and no wi-fi, except for the office, which was closed early. In addition there are no safes in the room to lock your valuables. Our stay was so bad we stayed only one night and moved to another location in town which for another $100 was night and day difference, complete with natural hot springs.
Surprised other ratings were so high, the local authenticity did not make up for it lacking the basics. Can not recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arenal Montechiari Hotel is very close to the beautiful Town La Fortuna. The Arenal Volcano that is one of the most active volcano in the world. The hotel is surrounded of lush gardens and a spectacular view of the Volcano. Special for ecoturism, culture and adventure lovers. We are located 400 mts north from the Banco Nacional in La Fortuna, San Carlos, offers you access to main services as banks, souvenirs, chemistries, ATM´S, etc we do offer you the perfect combination of peace with nature and services close to us that would give you a pleasure vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Arenal Montechiari Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park