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Lake Arenal Hotel & Microbrewery
Ranked #1 of 7 Tilaran B&B and Inns
Reviewed February 3, 2014

My son and I were in Costa Rica visiting family and Hotel Minoa was a real treat! The rooms were wonderful (tho remember to bring your own wash cloth if you use them.) The swimming pool and hot tub was beautiful, nice and clean, and they served our lunch pool-side. The food was amazing and arrived in large portions which made sampling and sharing between family members on a budget a real treat. The views of Lake Arenal from the bar and the lake side rooms are gorgeous while the early morning roar of Howler Monkeys will always be remembered! Great staff, very friendly bartenders and a wonderful family run business. Definitely recommending to all of my friends!

Room Tip: Lake side rooms have great views! Lower level rooms probably quitter as farther from bar.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Julzlove, Manager at Lake Arenal Hotel & Microbrewery, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2014

Thanks for your review, we're glad you and your son enjoyed your stay! We will look into wash cloths for future visitors. Pura Vida!

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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Hotel Minoa and Micro Brewery. Wow! A hidden gem with spectacular views of Lake Arenal. In Nov. 2013 we were on our way to Arenal Volcano, however it was raining so hard that day, that we decided to stop and see if the weather would ever let up. It didn't but what we found instead was a great place to relax by the fire, eat, and try some incredible hand crafted beer. The staff are friendly and down to earth . The food was fresh and made with local ingredients. Hand made cheese from a local dairy, fresh eggs, fresh fruits, and local farm raised meat. We enjoyed our time that day so much that we have booked a return overnight stay so that we can spend a couple of days getting to know the area even better. Jean the owner has done a wonderful job making his home, a home away from home for eco, and adventure travelers alike. We are looking forward to going back the end of this month and would recommend this to anyone travelling near Lake Arenal. Jean is also very knowledgeable about green energy and is an excellent resource. Stop in for a pint or a quick bite to eat! You will not be dissapointed.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Deb H
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Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here on our way to Argentina and we enjoyed it. The hotel is located in a very nice spot with great views to the lake. They brew their own beer which is excellent and something different to the lager and black commercial beers.

Staff is really friendly and makes you feel comfortable. Will definitely recommend this place ro anyone.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Julzlove, Manager at Lake Arenal Hotel & Microbrewery, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2014

Thanks so much for your positive review! We greatly appreciate you spreading the word about our unique hotel and microbrewery on beautiful Lake Arenal. We're currently developing new weekend packages --such as our sustainable farm and water tours plus a beer brewing workshop!

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

The service was great, awesome and very friendly staff. They got the best microbrewery with delicious beer, you have to taste it, is just like heaven. Besides you have these amazing views of Lake Arenal in front of you is just breath taking. I definitely recommend the Hotel MINOA to have a delightful experience while you visit Tilaran.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

The service was great, very friendly staff. They got the best microbrewery with delicious beer, you have to taste it, is just like heaven.Besides you have this amazing veies ok lake arenal in from of you. I definitely recommend the hotel MINOA to have a delightful experience while you visit Tilaran.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 4, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Lake Arenal Hotel & Microbrewery

Address: Km. 30, Route 142, 8 km from Tilaran to Nuevo Arenal. | PO Box: 92-5710, Tilaran 5710, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Lago Arenal & Microcervecería)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tilaran
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Tilaran
Price Range: $34 - $83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lake Arenal Hotel & Microbrewery 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Is the crown jewel of a 15-acre organic farm and world-renowned green-energy education center in Northern Costa Rica. With dramatic red-ochre pillars and colorful walls adorned with hand-painted frescos, the 21-room hotel overlooks hundreds of acres of Costa Rica's protected jungle and the rainbow shores of beautiful Lake Arenal. Our closest neighbors are toucans and parrots, howler monkeys, sloths, armadillos and occasionally, wild cats such as the Puma Jaguarondi. Also home to Costa Rica's first microbrewery, Lake Arenal Hotel serves farm-fresh food at its on-site restaurant, La Huerta, with an international menu. Come enjoy the relaxed ambience, delicious food and what many of our customers say is the "best beer in Costa Rica" produced on-site by Lake Arenal Brewery. A tennis court, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and fully-equipped classroom are just some of the hotel's amenities. Two flat-screen TVs in the bar/restaurant and free high-speed wifi throughout the facilities make your stay at Lake Arenal Hotel modern and comfortable. Just one-and-a-half hours from Liberia Airport and three hours from the San Jose Airport, Lake Arenal Hotel offers a wide variety of on-site activities and day-tours, including waterfall hikes, horseback riding, sailing trips, kite-boarding lessons, river rafting, zip-lining, rappelling and day-trips to the nearby volcanoes and hot springs. ... more   less 
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