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“Great Family Experience at the Foot of the Volcano”
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Arenal Manoa Hotel
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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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“Great Family Experience at the Foot of the Volcano”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

We recently spent three nights at the Arenal Manoa Hotel in Costa Rica. We took our family of ten--six adults, two pre-teen granddaughters and four- and two-years-old grandsons to this beautiful hotel. The hotel sits at the foot of the Arenal Volcano and the views are spectacular throughout the large expanse of the resort.. The hotel consists of several beautiful villas off of winding brick roads. Our villa was well-appointed, immaculate, and comfortable. The hotel staff was exceptional from the moment we checked in to the moment we left. They worked hard to meet our needs. They were friendly and very efficient. The restaurant staff was also great and the food was as well. We especially enjoyed the pools, one of which was filled with cool water and the other with hot spring water from the volcano. Our pool bartender was especially helpful in learning about the local area. The hotel staff helped us in signing up for a variety of excursions in the area including zip-lining and motoring on ATVs. My daughters and I also enjoyed a free 15-minute facial, which was more than we expected. If we weren't leaving the next day we would have signed up for more spa services. When it came time to leave, none of us wanted to go. We cannot wait to return to this hotel resort.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Very pretty property with nice sized comfortable rooms and huge bathrooms. The staff are all super nice and there if you need. You can feel very isolated walking the grounds which is nice and then can gather at the swim up bar hot spring pool and enjoy happy hour cocktails with the other guests
They helped us pan and book all our excursions
Food is very good but more fancy options than simple and priced accordingly- not cheap
Overall a wonderful stay

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Costa Rica's MonteVerde area is full of surprises. Sounds you've never heard, animals you've never seen, and food you've never tasted. The staff is super-friendly and will go out of their way to take care of you. Eduardo Castro was our 'Night Walk' nature guide and he was fabulous. We saw so much more with him as our guide than we would have seen on our own! Eduardo really knows his stuff and brought the forest to life for our kids. Transportation on-site is fast and very helpful too. Two thumbs up!

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Central MA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed June 21, 2013

We arrived here after dark, a snafu at the car rental agency put us behind schedule. The drive was in the fog on Costa Rican roads. What a relief that our GPS brought us right to the hotel. Welcome drinks at check-in. We grabbed appetizers at the restaurant for a late dinner. They were fantastic! We were in room 139, the view of the volcano was great, except for the block of rooms in front of us I'm sure they have rooms on the edge of the resort that have a fantastic view of the volcano, but I'm not sure which ones they are. We had strong wifi, a tv and a mini fridge in our room. The skylight and plants in the bathroom made it feel extra tropical. The walk to the breakfast (included) was close and there was wildlife and nature everywhere. The grounds are stunning. The breakfast was good and you could have eggs made to order, but the buffet was fine with me. The great pool (and pool bar) have a fantastic view of the volcano as well. You can order food and drinks at the pool bar. We didn't take advantage of the hot springs at the resort, but that's a good reason for a return trip.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

This is the type of the hotel that I will always compliment. Nothing, absolutely nothing to complain of. This is a paradise garden in the area of La Fortuna. The staff is always very helpful, the rooms are very clean and provide everything you need. My wife tried the spa and she was very pleased. Breakfast is included with your stay and is one of the best I tried in Costa Rica. The property has two pools - one with cold and one with hot mineral water. The owners are local family and their care of the property is admirable. This is the perfect place for families with children, couples, groups, you name it. One of the best things is the value you get for your money. The hotel is very affordable. No, I am not one of the staff members trying to write awesome review :) I've been twice to Costa Rica and both times I stayed in this hotel. I can not imagine going on vacation there and not staying at Arenal Manoa. All rooms have view of the volcano and they are the same. Good internet connection, good TV's, very nice bathrooms with garden in them (you need to see that). Also it's close to dining in La Fortuna, to shopping and all activities Arenal has to offer. Really, if I say anything negative about this place I will be a liar.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Best resort ever! Rooms are clean, private, little cabin-types, with large sliding glass doors, rocking chairs on patio, and great views of the Arenal volcano. Bathrooms are the most beautiful i have been in..bright, tropical...large...makes you feel like you are outside...Food is great at the restaurant with beautiful views. Staff is so nice. I would recommend this hotel 1000%!!!!!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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wesley hills, ny
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

beautiful rooms with beautiful views, friendly staff, well kept and secure property. I couldn't ask for anything more. highly recommend! from check in to check out, everything went smoothly and the staff was super friendly and accommodating. food was great, great location, and the best part was the amazing views. perfect in every way

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Arenal Manoa Hotel
Address: Route 142, 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:
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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