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“Wonderful Costa Rica location and stay”
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Arenal Manoa Hotel
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Lockport, Illinois
2 reviews
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“Wonderful Costa Rica location and stay”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Arenal Manoa for four days and had a wonderful time. The landscaping and atmosphere (many cabins yet felt remote and quiet) among the rolling hills amidst a rain forest area was terrific for the price. Everything was within a short walking distance (spa, pools, dining) so it was large enough to get away but small enough to get around. The views were terrific and each cabin had such great (and beautiful) landscaping around it you felt you had the privacy you would want. The staff was very pleasant and they delivered on the price promised. I loved the bathroom and shower area in our cabin as well. We would stay again!

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Plainsboro, New Jersey
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

all in all, very gracious hosts. The staff was always responsive and sensitive to any request

We stayed in rooms 226-227. The view of the volcano from our bed was breath taking. It was a short walk to the pool and to the breakfast area. A great location.

Clean room (for being near a rain forests). Yes, there was the periodic harmless little crawling insect, but you are in a rain forest, so, that is to be expected.

The breakfast buffet is fine. Made to order omlets, plantains, fruit, cerial, bacon, bean & rice, juices and great coffee.

The pools are refreshing. The pool fed by the hot spring is a wonderful way to end the day (and it has a happy hour from 8 to 9 PM to boot)!

Never ate at the hotel. Seemed a bit pricey. Besides, my family of 5 likes to eat at local watering holes to really get a "flavor" for local food, drink and to support the local businesses. So, we went to a lot of Sodas (the Costa Rican version of a cafe or small dinner). Always had a good meal. Even the picky eater in my family always said her meal was delicious.es. Also, the meals are generally cheaper in Sodas.

Room Tip: 200 series rooms seem to have a good view, close to the restraunt for breakfast and to the pool.
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Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Andover, Massachusetts
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

Rooms are nice and airy. Beautiful grounds. Stayed with 2 kids (6 & 8) and would stay again (especially for the price!). The view of the volcano was amazing with all the flora in the foreground. Say hello to the guy at the omelette stand, he has some interesting stories to tell and was very nice.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Framingham, Massachusetts
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

The property is really beautiful, with incredible landscaping. I was amazed when I entered my unit. Beautiful interior and exterior. There was a skylight in the bathroom. The breakfasts were very good and it was nice to eat with such a nice view. I had one dinner in their restaurant and it was a good meal. I was traveling solo and found Arenal Manoa isolating in that context, but live and learn. It's a bit off the beaten path, which could be a pro or a con depending on what you are looking for.

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Reviewed December 22, 2013

Our room at the Arenal Manoa was wonderful. We kept the curtains drawn and the sliding doors open all the time. We couldn't get enough of that terrific private view of the volcano! The property is filled with so many beautiful plants and flowers. Though I went on a birding trip while in that part of the country there certainly were plenty of birds right there on the hotel property. Breakfasts were great, pools very nice, room private and clean and a very friendly staff.. I only wish they had a shuttle to and from La Fortuna. Our stay there was a highlight. Only missing was the top of the volcano!
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Room Tip: Our room #204 was so private we could sit on our porch and see no one and nothing but the volcano, b...
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

The property is so beautiful, the plants, the birds, the grounds. You wake up to views of the volcano from your room. The beds are very comfy. The staff is great, and transportation is comfortable and on time to get you to and from day trips & into La Fortuna for souvenirs and strolling. For downtime, (or any time!) the pools are wonderful. A cool pool for hot days, and a warm pool perfect for evening. Both pools have a great bar food menu and swim up seating, so on our last night we dined at the warm bar. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 19, 2013 via mobile

From the second we entered the property we have loved our stay at the resort. We were greeted with a special drink, given tons of tips on where to go and what to see! The hot pool with the swim up bar was defiantly a favorite, with a GREAT HH! Complimentary breakfast every am with all the special CR treats included! Really close to the volcano entrance. An amazing view from everywhere on the property!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Arenal Manoa Hotel

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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Also Known As:
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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