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Arenal Manoa Hotel
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Delray Beach, Florida
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29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Breathtaking Views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

We stayed one evening here and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The staff was friendly, the pool and hot tub overlooking the volcano were gorgeous. We also loved the large bathroom with a skylight in the room. It seems as though every room has a spectacular view. The complimentary breakfast served in the restaurant was bountiful and delicious. We would visit again!

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Value
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014

Well positioned hotel with very good views of the volcano. The rooms were big and the beds were comfortable but it was easy to hear the people in the neighbouring room, which was disappointing. The food in the restaurant was good but don't go in to dinner too early otherwise you are with all the mainly American coach tour group!
Well tended, pretty grounds and a lovely swimming pool but no sunshades around the sun loungers only at the tables and chairs.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Port Wentworth, Georgia
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

This was one of my favorites during our visit to Costa Rica. All rooms are spacious, private and overlook the volcano. Hot springs feed pool with swim up bar on lower level and another gorgeous pool w/bar on upper level. Meals were delicious and served in open air restaurant. Very clean. Bring flashlight to walk to restaurant and on property in the evening, as there is minimal out door lighting.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

The facilities and lay-out of this hotel are fantastic. The lodges were the best and most modern we stayed in, beuatifully spaced out in extensive grounds with both Hot Springs and a swimming pool, each with swim up bar. The restaurant and bar have an amazing view of the volcano and the food is good. We had a really nice a la carte evening meal with a lovely bottle of Chilean Red.

So why not 5 stars? For us the resort felt a bit too sterile and corporate, out of keeping with the more rustic places we stayed in Costa Rica. People whizzing round on golf carts, an electronic safe that kept breaking (compared to the simple key versions we found elsewhere) and a slightly off-hand attitude of the staff didn't really do it for us. Two specific examples - as our group of 10 checked in, rather than the open welcome we received everywhere else we were lectured on the $10 and $20 fines respectively for losing our plastic room key or slightly bizarre pool towel tokens. Not necessary! Also, some of the bar and resturant staff seemed to take great delight in closing off various sections or telling us at 10.00pm that the bar was shut and we needed to leave. We were a group of well travelled 50 and 60 year olds and felt that this attitude just spoiled what was a lovely stay

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Potomac, Maryland, United States
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2014

We stayed here last week, a family of four with a 14 y/o and a 12 y/o. The grounds were beautiful, peaceful, and quiet. Views are breathtaking. We enjoyed watching the birds that are everywhere. So many species! The breakfast buffet was good, and we ate dinner at the onsite restaurant one night and it was delicious. We also grabbed lunch poolside one day and it was good. The maid staff made our kids smile each morning by arranging their blankets and towels into animals. Very festive! It is slightly remote to the various attractions in Arenal, but many of the nice hotels are. the roads in the area are one lane each direction so it just takes a little while to get around. Part of the Costa Rican charm, if you care to look at it that way. :). I would stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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73 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014

Just stayed there this past week on a family vacation. Landscaping between rooms is stunning. Many tropical plants with a great view of the Arenal Volcano (when it's not cloud covered). Rooms were very nice but it could have used some shelves for clothes. A/C worked great. Minibar fridge. Bathroom very spacious and even had a square meter of plants between the shower and the toilette. Awesome to bring nature into your room.
Breakfast was included but was very average to weak.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014

A nice hotel, one of the many hotels in the area, most of which seem to offer hot springs etc.
Staff are very friendly an the grounds a very well maintained and landscaped.
Our room was of a good size for the 3 of us and like all rooms at this hotel had an excellent view of the volcano, even though it spent a lot of time hidden by clouds during our stay.
The breakfast was good and the restaurant had a decent selection for other meals.
The hot spring pools are very relaxing and a great place to meet other guests and share tips and experiences.
Taxis to the town are easily organised and cost $12 each way.
We would certainly stay here again if we came back to this area.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Arenal Manoa Hotel

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
Arenal Manoa Hotel Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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