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“Private with great views” 4 of 5 stars
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Arenal Manoa Hotel
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Chicago
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68 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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“Private with great views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We got such a great deal on our room that I figured that it couldn't be as nice as the photos looked--but it was!

Our room was spacious, clean, private, and updated. Every room has a great view of the volcano. It was so nice to sit on the patio and listen to the birds and look at the view.

The included breakfast was expansive and really tasty, with an omelette station in addition to the hot buffet. Couldn't ask for more!

The grounds are very well maintained and nicely landscaped, and the staff was very friendly. All around, it's a great place to stay.

Room Tip: All the rooms were pretty private, but room 210 at the back of the property seems especially set awa...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

My husband and I spent 4 nights at this hotel at the end of April and it was simply beautiful! First of all, I will say this is not an ordinary hotel it is a heavenly retreat! The rooms are spaciously positioned apart from each other so you hardly ever see your neighbors unless you've decided to take a stroll around the property which is a must! It's just you, nature, a few howler monkeys :) and the beauty of Arenal! Every morning we woke up to the amazing views of Volcano Arenal from our patio, the sounds of nature, and two mornings in the the distance we were greeted by a few howler monkeys up in the trees. The grounds of the hotel were kept so clean and very well landscaped! I had read some "so-so" reviews of restuarant here but we thouroughly enjoyed every breakfast (which was included). We had a wide variety of fresh fruits, freshly made omelettes, pastries, gallo pinto, yogurt, etc every morning during our stay. The distance from the town of La Fortuna was a little far to walk but we just took a taxi into town whenever we wanted explore. The front desk as well as the wait staff in the restaurant were extrememly friendly throughout our stay. They even treated us to some wonderful chocolate dipped fruit for our anniversary which was delicious and much appreciated!! :) We would definitely return here again!

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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We stayed at the Arenal Manoa for 2 nights as part of a Caravan tour. This is a spectacular property, located almost at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. Every room has an amazing view of the mountain, and the lush greenery that surrounds it. The facilities are great, with beautiful pools, featuring swim up bars(!). Food is excellent, and the restaurant also has great views of the mountain and property.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

This hotel is great, is very beautiful. The staff are excellent and very helpful. The food is good, We eat at the pool bars. The Bartenders Eddy and Mario are nice people and very friendly. The room is good, don't leave the door open is you don't want bugs in your room. We book the tours from the hotel and we have a great time. Try the Rio Celeste tour is Amazing!!!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

We loved the Arenal Manoa with its wonderful view of Arenal Volcano. Our room, 214, was large and comfortable and had a perfect view of the mountain from our secluded patio. Dozens of different birds flitted among the numerous plants just off our patio. They had two pools; one pool was geothermal heated and one was “cool”. Both were delightful. The food was very good although somewhat pricey and, surprise, their pizza was amazing! We considered taking a taxi into La Fortuna due to the high prices at the restaurant but the high cost of a taxi rendered that meaningless. Nonetheless, we will gladly stay here again if we return to La Fortuna.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

The rooms were well laid out, huge and clean. There was air conditioning and TV as well as a mini fridge and tea/coffee maker.

I loved that my room was close to the restaurant, pool and lobby. My other friends had quite a hike up to their rooms (I had 237). The bathroom was very open and muggy as the AC did not work its way in there but that was okay as you had one wall full of sliding glass doors (facing the volcano) AND a patio with 2 rocking chairs where you could sit and enjoy the fresh air and views.

Room Tip: Ask for a room closer to the restaurant/pool so you do not have such a hike.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

OMG Volcano Views from basically everywhere on the property. There is a "hot springs" pool that is lovely -- no need to pay to go to Tabacon. The view from our villa -- 218 -- was so spectacular it was hard to leave the room to go exploring. Grounds are immaculate -- flowers and birds everywhere. Feels like Eden with stunniing views of Arenal -- the volcano recedes in photos -- its actually much more impressive in person. Booked directly through hotel via email and got a great rate for 4 -- $130 a night. Bathrooms are large and clean, but not luxurious. Rent a car and explore! The Lost Iguana Gift Shop is a must -- its near the end of the road out past the dam for Lake Arenal. They carry beautiful crafts from all over Costa Rica that you actually want to buy and we almost took a detour back through Arenal on the way back to San Jose to pick up a few things we thought we'd find elsewhere but didn't. We rode Alberto's Horses to the la Fortuna waterfall and loved it! THE most gentle, well cared for and sure footed trail horses I've ever encountered. Pure Trek Canyon Tours for waterfall rappelling is right around the corner from the hotel and its worth every penny! If I could do it anyone can.

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Property: Arenal Manoa Hotel
Address: Route 142, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#8 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Arenal Manoa Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Manoa Hotel is a beautiful Arenal hotel to relax and enjoy the marvelous view of Arenal volcano in Costa Rica. Surrounded by gardens, pastures and animals, our rooms have been designed so that each one offers you a panoramic view of the Arenal volcano. Our visitors can take advantage of our spacious gardens for walking and meditation as well as the opportunities to see the daily operations of a typical Costa Rican farm. ... more   less 
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Arenal Manoa Hotel And Spa
Arenal Manoa Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Arenal Manoa Hotel Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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