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“Fantastic place to spend a day or a week, lake views, staff and beer that is world class!”

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Lake Arenal Hotel & Microbrewery
Ranked #2 of 7 Tilaran B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 17, 2014

What an awesome place to stop at for a day to enjoy the food, beer and people. If your into adventure, stay longer and check out the full size cement skateboard park or world-class kiteboarding and windsurfing at the lake in front of hotel...loved it!

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Reviewed March 13, 2014

We loved the place, the people, the stunning architecture, the décor, the ambiance in the dining area and the brew pub setting with fabulous views of the lake and hills. Beautiful pool area. Great space for an event or group get-together. Staff was very kind and helped us to de-stress after a 10 hour drive. We were stuck for a place to stay as the neighbouring B&B we booked was closed. They gave us samples of the two beers they brew to help us decide our preference. Dinner was delicious. We found our room to be very basic with painted cement floors but otherwise was a very enjoyable stay. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Julzlove, Manager at Lake Arenal Hotel & Microbrewery, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2014

Hello and thanks for your review! We're glad you came, and even more happy that you'll come back to Lake Arenal Hotel! Just so folks know we're not totally roughin' it here, our cement floors were made with natural ochre powders sifted into the concrete while it was still wet, and then highly polished to a sheen--they were built to last more than 20 years ago (it was fun coming up with the designs). They can be a little cool to the footsies though (so slippers are nice). We will soon be posting more photos of the original frescos too--which are actually painted into the plaster walls....thanks again and pura vida!

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Reviewed March 11, 2014

We didn't stay at this property, but saw the sign for their microbrewery when we were driving by. We stopped in for a beer, and they had a beautiful view of Lake Arenal from the restaurant/bar area. The staff were very friendly - pointing out a Tucan in the tree to everyone in the bar area, and the service was quick and friendly. The two beers they brew there were incredible - my preference was the Dark Ale over the IPA... but it took me awhile to decide after I was given samples of each. Worth a stop!

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

A very pretty spot to stay overnight while touring around Lake Arenal. You can watch the kiteboarders from the balcony if you don't want to drive to the kiting beach. The craft beer is a real treat and rare to find in Costa Rica. The change of names is rather confusing - I've seen it called Minoa, Lake Arenal, Huerta... They are all the same place and always good! How about a simple "Lake Arenal Brewery Hotel"?

Room Tip: The garden side is less windy. This end of Lake Arenal has consistent winds (hence the kiteboarding...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Julzlove, Manager at Lake Arenal Hotel & Microbrewery, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2014

Thanks LC, we appreciate you writing here and helping us reach more folks who might enjoy this establishment! We have indeed changed the name a few times and understand it's been confusing! Jean Paul has been working hard on the Green Program (teaching college students about sustainable practices and green entrepreneurship) so we leased the hotel to Volcano Brewing Company for two years. After we took the hotel back last fall, we briefly called it Hotel Minoa-- until we found another Hotel Manoa on the other side of the lake-- no bueno! So yes, we agree, this is better: We are now called Lake Arenal Hotel and Brewery (and the restaurant is called La Huerta, which is owned and operated by Marcos Vega). Check us out on facebook too. Thanks again!

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Reviewed March 7, 2014

The staff was uber friendly. On the particular evening we stayed we met the owner (Jean-Paul) and his son (Mason) - both were great company. They explained the history of the place as well as a lot of information about the region. The beer was very good. My only regret is that we couldn't stay long as we were passing through but every trip I make back to Costa Rica I intend to stop.

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Reviewed March 4, 2014

You have to taste their beer! Respectful microbrewery with a great lake view. Worth the break on your road trip. Make sure you save an hour in this point or stay there for some nights. Nice point for kitesurfers.

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Reviewed February 8, 2014

I often stop in at Hotel Minoa for an excellent micro beer and to chat up the tourists. I have seen the changes over 20 years from Hotel Tilawa to Volcano Brewery and now to Minoa. I have never seen the hotel looking better! The owner has done a great job with remodeling and placing lots of new furniture in the public areas. The hotel has excellent views from the upper floor bar / restaurant area. I had lunch there this month and the chef is providing excellent quality food. Sometimes I will drink too much so I sleep in a guest room before continuing the 30 minute drive home. There is quite a variety of rooms, the upper rooms being smaller while the lower rooms are more like condos with kitchens and patios. If all you do is stop in for a beer and a meal, it will be a highlight of your time on lake arenal.

Room Tip: I like the apartment rooms downstairs with private patios.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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Julzlove, Manager at Lake Arenal Hotel & Microbrewery, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2014

Thank you Mountain Monkey,

We are happy to have such long-term friends of our establishment! We wanted to let you know that we have settled on a new name: We are now Lake Arenal Hotel. So thanks for helping spread the news and please come to our re-opening party this Friday 2/28 starting at 5 pm. Lake Arenal Hotel is proud to offer a high-quality, sustainable and uniquely beautiful tourist destination and education center--not to mention what many of our clients say is "the best beer in Costa Rica." Pura Vida!

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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
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Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Tilaran
Price Range: $38 - $85 (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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