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“Amazing Stay, Incredible View, Wonderful People!!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Kokoro Arenal

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Hotel Kokoro Arenal
Arlington, Virginia
1 review
“Amazing Stay, Incredible View, Wonderful People!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2010

What an amazing place. The first thing you notice is the beautiful view and wonderful surroundings of the hotel. Flowers, birds, and peaceful...and what a view of the volcano. My room was spotless and perfect for my entire stay. Finally, the staff at the hotel was incredible. They could not have been more helpful and pleasant. I will be coming back and I would highly recommend this hotel to everyone.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
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Thank Colonel_Moose
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new york
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2010

From the moment we contacted the hotel to inquire about reservations to the time we checked out, we were treated with unparalleled warmth and hospitality. The grounds are meticulously and beautifully landscaped. With prime view of the famed volcano, we were lucky enough to see a little lava display from Arenal----right outside our bedroom window!!!
Breakfast rivaled that of a 5-star restaurant, again with a clear view of Arenal. Anita (wife and co-owner of this lovely resort) generously prepared a traditional Costa Rican breakfast of eggs, caramelized plantains, beans and rice. As we were still hungry, Anita graciously offered us more from her kitchen: fresh, local fruit, yogurt, cereal, saving the best for last---homemade strawberry pancakes, complete with organic maple syrup.
All in all, Kokoro Arenal is a gem of a place. The only regret that I have is that we only had time to stay for 1 night. Forget about the larger, overcrowded hotels where you are made to feel like an unwelcome visiting tourist and stay at Kokoro instead - a family run hotel where you are made to feel as if you are part of the family.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2010

I went to Costa Rica with my friend all the way from Taiwan. This is our first time to travel so far as a backpacker. We have been doing lots research about where to stay and what to do then we found Kokoro and think it's less commercial to spend the Christmas with.

We love this place, in the morning, you can walk with the trail and don't need to book anything for tour, just a fresh woke up walk! it was awesome.

The staffs are super helpful with local tours because we barely speaks Spanish. We just found out the owner is from Taiwan when we having Christmas! how amazing! Totally recommend anyone to stay in and you do feel like home when you come here!

PURA VIDA~~~

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank AlineCTaipei
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2010

If you are looking for a place to stay during your visit to Arenal look no further than kokoro. The Kokoro is family owned and by the end of your stay you definitely feel like part of the extended family. The rooms (bungalows rather) are very spacious and airy with a huge bathroom and a lovely front porch which all face the volcano. the grounds are lush and perect for bird watching. we did a number of adventure tours while in the area (all booked by felico who was awesome) but one of our favorite activities was to just sit on our front porch at the end of the day and watch condors, parrots, and countless other birds fly above. the breakfast spread every morning was awesome with fresh fruit, juice, coffee, cereal, and your choice of american or tico breakfast. felico was very attentive and wasnt satisfied until our tummies were full. the hotel has a pool and a hot tub for guest use which have wondeful views. you cant beat this hotel's value, our only regret is that we didnt stay longer. thanks for all of the help booking our tours and your wonderful tico insight Felico, we wont forget our stay at the kokoro and will return to test out the hot springs once theyre ready :)

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2010

Kokoro Arenal is a great place to stay if visiting near La Fortuna in Costa Rica. This hotel was my favorite hotel that we have stayed at during our trip to Costa Rica. I wish I would have stayed longer here. The area near arenal is beautiful, if planning on taking a trip to Costa Rica, plan to stay in this area a little longer.

The family and Felico were great. Felico is super friendly, down to earth, and makes great suggestions on places to eat, visit, and which adventures to go on. The rooms and grounds are super clean and well kept The breakfast served by Felicio was delicious, try his rice and bean mix (casado) in the morning, you will not be disappointed. The views of the volcano were excellent and great to wake upto in the morning. The hotel has lots and lots of birds and wild life to see. We will def. come back again. Thank you very much for everything Felico, you are a great host.

Efren and Jennifer-Chicago, IL

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank HURT54
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2010

We've been around the world and back but we never experienced more kindness, helpfullness and hospitality than at Kokoro.

This charming family has many nicely located little cottages and are very clean. Great price for the location.

What really top it off for us was the kindness and hospitality of the whole family and Filico their manager son in particular. We got tips for our stay in the region plus, now a great friend.

Thank you Filico! :)

Martin and Carla

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank marthud
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California
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2010

Our family which includes two children, ages 6 and 9, loved staying at Kokoro. Waking up to a view (or clouded view) of the volcano was amazing! Luis greeted us and was very helpful and honest when arranging tours for us. We absolutely loved horseback riding to the La Fortuna waterfall with Alberto and are glad we saved ziplining for Monteverde. The breakfast was delicious and with fresh papayas, pineapples, yogurt, coffee, eggs, toast, etc. Thanks to all for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank needavayK
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Property: Hotel Kokoro Arenal
Address: 500m oeste de la Quebrada la Palma | 7km Northwest, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 4000, Costa Rica
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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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#16 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#24 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Kokoro Arenal 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest of the northern hills of Costa Rica, Hotel Kokoro Arenal is the perfect hideaway retreat blessed with untouched flora and fauna and a panoramic setting overlooking the majestic volcano of Arenal. At Kokoro Arenal, each of our carefully designed eco-villas offers a stay in a cozy family oriented style, with charm, and a service approach prepared in a joyful, attentive, and sustainable way. The lodging grounds also invite you to dip into the hill-top swimming pool, tropical hut with hammock, and explore our tucked away rainforest trails. With our Kokoro ‘heartfelt’ ways, we aim to revitalize your senses and share with you a vibrant experience in the Costa Rican tropics. ... more   less 
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Kokoro Arenal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Resort Kokoro Arenal
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