I stayed at this hotel with a groupon getaways coupon. While the grounds of the hotel are beautiful and the pool is nice, the rooms leave a lot to be desired. Ours reminded me of a rustic cabin…it always smelled musty/mildewy and was kind of damp (I'm aware it's located in the rainforest where it rains a lot). The room decor is kind of awkward and ugly and instead of a couch or other furniture in the living space part of the room, they shoved another queen-sized bed. I guess it would have been useful had we been traveling with more than 2 people, but because we weren't, having the extra bed was cumbersome. The mattresses are also pretty uncomfortable. There's an inch of space between the doors (front door and sliding glass door) even when they're closed, so any little (or giant) insect critter can come right in. There are no screens on the windows and no screen door leading out to the back patio. However, although I found the room unpleasant, having a private back patio was nice.
The staff was very nice, and the food at the restaurant is pretty good…although it's expensive, so I'd recommend taking a taxi off the property and either eating in town at one of the sodas (basic local cheap food) or trying a restaurant at another hotel. The breakfast buffet wasn't the best.
All in all, I wouldn't stay here again.
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- Home away from Home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mountain Paradise Hotel
- Hotel Mountain Paradise Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park