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“Do not miss the night walk”

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Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge & Wildlife Refuge
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

My wife and I visited this property last week and took the 2 hours night walk. It was brilliant. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and very passionate about what they do. The number and variety of frogs was outstanding. This is a family run business and the people are extremely nice. Excellent value for money.
Doug and Ulai
Thailand

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

These secluded cosy cottages nestled amongst a beautiful reserve truly lives up to its name.. an oasis. Our one bedroom cabin was spacious and spotless, furnished simply in creative rustic style..charming. It is a leisurely fifteen minute walk to the village backdropped by fabulous views of Arenal Volcano and past friendly village folks going about their daily lives. There is a large supermarket at the junction which stocks everything you could need and access to a number of shops, restaurants and sodas. The Bonilla family offer a list of tours which we did not need during our two nights there, but the prices seemed very reasonable. The family themselves are lovely and eager to please. Overall, great value for an intimate ecolodge experience.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

As explained already, neither word nor pictures can capture this unique oasis. Owners really care about their environment and are eager to share it with their guests. Thank you for letting us share this.

Room Tip: All looked good
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

A very cosy place, very clean and the grounds are amazing. Breakfast is served in the middle of a beautiful garden with amazing birds all over. The family who runs the place are exceptionally nice and do there best for there guests. I highly recommend staying there.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

Usually, a picture is better than words, but no picture can represent the colors, smells and sounds of the forest sorrounding the charming wooden cabins of Arenal Oasis ecolodge. Minutes from La fortuna, but hidden in the forest, the beautiful cabins are an excellent base for traveling in the Arenal area. The place is run by a very friendly family that wilingly adviced us about Arenal volcano, the area and everything we needed in town. Breakfast is served in an open garden, where the owners set fruits that attract so many kinds of colorful birds. Don't miss the night walk! We did it with the lodge's experienced guid who easily tracked many kinds of frogs, snakes, insects etc. and shared his wide knowledge with us.

Room Tip: A two-room family cabin was spacious and excellent
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

This place is breathtaking day and night! I was very pleased at every turn. The views, management, the nature trail, the food, simply everything is wonderful about this place. I really cant wait to return to Costa Rica and to this place:)

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

Stayed here on my recent honeymoon. Location is great within the arrenal area to access all the local attractions. Grounds are a beautiful little nature preserve, and each room is its own little cabin with a private parking space-very nice if you want to time to feel alone with the sounds of the jungle. Service was excellent - the man running the place even took the time to draw us a map to rio Celeste national park for a day trip we were planning!

Be aware that it is an Eco-lodge concept place, which means no AC and rooms that are not completely bug-proof. Neither of these things became an issue during our stay.

Overall, a very pretty place to stay for a good value if you plan to be filling most of your day with adventures around the area!

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Additional Information about Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge & Wildlife Refuge

Address: PO Box 21, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 76 Specialty Lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: $79 - $88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge & Wildlife Refuge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This wonderful place is the results of several years of conservation, allowing to a different species of animal a new home; at the beginning of the 80's was a big cattle field and now it is a paradise for Sloths, Mexican Anteater, Gray Fox, Ocelots, howler Monkeys, Toucans, Manakines, Hummingbirds, Turkeys, Tree Frogs, Glass Frogs and Poison Dart Frogs, Snakes, Lizards and much more...Accomplishing this rich natural environment, the Rojas Bonilla family created some cabins out in the woods, restaurant and one thematic trail of a several stations all along the refuge, where the visitors get a speech about natural history of the species. ... more   less 
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Arenal Oasis Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge & Wildlife Refuge Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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