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Hotel Kokoro Arenal
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Reviewed December 30, 2006

I had a hard time finding any information on La Selva before I booked it and when I arrived I found out why. The resort is almost brand new (the taxi driver wasn't sure where it was, although he was brand new too!). That being said, in a couple of months it is going to be breathtaking!

The resort is well marked from the road by a clear sign and there are 14 cabins altogether. The reception area is a beautiful, open air desk with many tables, a couple of couches and a spectacular view of the volcano. There is a pool and hot tub/jacuzzi available to all guests. The cabins are spectacular. The owner decided to invest in excellent matresses and sheets/comforters and it really pays off. All cabins have large windows, clear volcano views and convey a sense of luxury (which isn't easy to do in the rainforest). I also stayed at an adjacent resort which has a much more 'hotel/motel' feel and I missed the intimacy of La Selva's cabins. I would definitely recommend it for those looking for a more luxurious cabin stay or for a romantic getaway. The owner/managers are incredibly helpful and accomodating (lots of information on tours available and no pressure or commissions with any certain companies).

The only downside is that the bar/restaurant was not complete so you have to order your food in (Lava lounge in town is excellent and charges $3 to deliver) or eat out. That being said, in a few months La Selva will be the one to beat!!

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 24, 2006

We were the very first guests at this lovely new resort at Arenal. We were greeted very warmly by part-owner, Scott, of Santa Monica, and manager, Letty, a native of the region. Letty can arrange for transportation to the nearby sights. Tabacon and Baldi hotsprings are just minutes away, as is a local favorite, the waterfall and swimming hole - take a picnic lunch. Letty also knows some more secluded hot springs and can give you the inside scoop.
The cabinas fit perfectly into the setting and offer spectacular views of Arenal volcano. You never knew what that crazy volcano was going to do. During our stay it generated weird clouds over the cone, cleared, erupted, puffed, and then at night spewed red lava. Our evenings were a bit cloudy so we just saw a stream of red rocks and embers cascading down the side, but on clear nights you can see red lava pouring out of the cone. The volcano also rumbles and murmurs. On one of our day trips, our local driver made the comment that he thought the views of the volcano at La Selva were the best he had seen.
This place is a dream for birders, especially novices, because you can just sit on your porch and get treated to groove-billed anis, assorted tanagers, and hummingbirds working the hibiscus plants. We fell asleep to the sweet sounds of the nightingale wren.
There is a beautiful open patio where you can breakfast on local fruits while toucans breakfast on the papayas in the tree. In the evening you can gather there and listen to soft world music. From the pool and jacuzzi area, you can watch the volcano and flocks of parrots devouring red flowers, oropendolas performing acrobatics, and woodpeckers sharing trees with toucans. There's a little trail that leads around the property, where I saw a clay-colored robin, the national bird of Costa Rica. For more jaded birders, the hanging bridges are just minutes away, where we ascended through the rain forest canopy, seeing a buff-rumped warbler wagging his rump, blue-crowned mot-mot, female slaty-tailed trogon, tanagers, hummingbirds, and a turquoise cotinga.
We came to La Selva knowing nothing about it, but after enjoying their hospitality, amenities, and tranquil location, we would unhesitatingly recommend it to travelers to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled with friends
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Stayed: September 2017, traveled with family
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: 500m oeste de la Quebrada la Palma | 7km Northwest, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 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:
#5 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: $79 - $152 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Kokoro Arenal 3.5*
Number of rooms: 28
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
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