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“quiet and lovely hotel” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Arenal Manoa Hotel
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Calabasas, California
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108 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“quiet and lovely hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

Amazing views of arenal volcano from every room with rocking chairs on each deck to enjoy. The hotel is kind of secluded and the food was frankly not good!! In fact, my girlfriend said it was disgusting but i wouldn't go that far. Clearly the food is not why you come here.

The staff is friendly as I've come to expect from Costaricans. The grounds are lovely too! The spa is not what you would expect from a "hotel and spa".....with mixed reviews (I loved mine, but my friend got bruises from hers!)

The pool sits in front of volcano and has a bar incorporated into it...who can complain??? BUT, when we asked for the jets in the pool to be turned on, gross black stuff started to float around us. Some might say it was sediment from the hot springs ...who knows...we didn't stay in it!!

Room Tip: all rooms have volcano views....
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Plano, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

This hotel offered a private bungalow with a beautiful view of the volcano, mostly shrouded in clouds, but still so enjoyable. We also enjoyed the colorful gardens and the different pools this hotel offered. The morning walks around the garden with the volcano in the background were perfect. The staff at the desk was kind, but not overly welcoming. The restaurant offered food for the masses which tasted accordingly, not a nice dining experience at all. The restaurant was packed with an aged crowd and service was stressed and impersonal. Tip: they should give the girl who makes the omelets for breakfast a place where she can see what she is doing. It would also be nice if she would great guests when they say good morning or buenas dias to her .

Room Tip: All rooms are very good.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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113 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

I spent 3 nights at the hotel and I didn't wanted to leave at all, the staff, rooms, breakfast , pool and hotel area are amazing, you'll never get better a price/quality ratio on my opinion. The locations is quite good, it's close to the town and not that far from arenal volcano and other attractions.If you are looking to spend a good time and relax, making some time to visit the area, this is the place to be.

Room Tip: Rooms near the pool are better ;) But if you can choose, pick one with the big window facing the vol...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Arenal Manoa hotel for two nights in February 2014 and had a lovely time. The room was spacious and comfortable with a great view - it was wonderful to wake up facing the gorgeous Arenal volcano. Such a nice way to start the day! And I also enjoyed exploring the beautiful and well-kept grounds. Great hot spring with swim up bar and breakfast buffet too!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tampa, Florida
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218 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

This hotel/resort is great. From the time we got to the property until the time we left we were very happy with everything. The service was incredible with the front desk staff being friendly and smiling and bi-lingual and very helpful when it come to different tours and directions around the property and into town. The grounds are kept beautiful with a hot springs pool and a regular pool, small lake, and stream running through the property. They also have a farm which they offer free tours which takes about 20-30 minutes to walk with a knowledgeable guide and then you can watch the milking process of the cows and even milk one yourself. The farm isn't huge but they have several cows, pigs and horses along with a variety of fruit trees. The rooms are very spacious with two queen beds, mini fridge, desk, cable tv and a large bathroom. The maid service did a great job everyday. They also offer a free breakfast which included a variety of toasts, cereals (hot and cold) fruits, omelet bar, buffet with rice, plantains, and usually a meat such as sausage and one or two other items along with orange juice, water and coffee. This place is conveniently located about 5 miles from La Fortuna which is a nice little town with quite a few restaurants. We only stayed here for three nights and wish that we would have stayed the entire time here. All of the rooms have a view of the volcano and is located in a lush green forest.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vernon
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

The views, the rooms, the staff, the pools and the flowers.... Oh yeah and the happy hours. we would come back in a heartbeat!
Heather\Howard..and the price included breakfast buffet!!

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Columbus
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2014

Our cottage room was lovely. The patio was surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers, with birds fliting around. With the view of the volcano, it was a pleasure just to relax there. The only slight negative was that we didn't find the hotel restuarant's food overly interesting - but the view from the restaurant is wonderful and the service was good. And it is an easy cab ride into the city for other dinner choices. I would recommend this hotel and would stay there again if (as I hope) I am someday back in the area.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the volcano.
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Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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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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Also Known As:
Arenal Manoa Hotel And Spa
Arenal Manoa Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
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