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La Mansion Inn Arenal Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Nuevo Arenal
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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
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“Best Vacation Tragedy Resolved!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2012

Last minute our original rental was without power, and the property manager scrambled to find us suitable lodging for our 10 person party. We ended up at La Mansion, which was 10 times better than we had originally planned on. Upgraded from a 5 bedroom house for 9 adults, to 4 beautiful cottages fitted with a king and separate bedroom w/ 2 doubles. And the cottages are so pretty, rustic decor, tiles, wooden shutters... just magical.
Peggy the manager was so accommodating to our 3am arrival. Food was great, landscape pristine. I couldn't have imagined a better property for our vacation.
Thank you Costa Rican power company for causing an outage that put us in this awesome lodging.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Lockport, Illinois, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2012

Everything about this hotel was amazing: the view, the staff, the value, the wildlife, the location, the cottage, etc...

You cannot go wrong; we got a special (stay 2 nights and get the third free), with secure parking, a gorgeous cottage, and free breakfast. This place was the highlight of our trip.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Alexandria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

Everyone has raved about this special place and offered advice about car rentals etc, so what more can I add? I offer some context to my review so you can compare your situation with ours. My mom and I picked La Mansion as our "base of operations" for our week in Costa Rica. This was my second trip in two years to CR to celebrate my birthday; it was my mom's first trip to CR. Last year I visited the two coasts and Arenal. Instead of hopping around the country this year, I wanted to explore the rain forest environment in more depth.

Every morning a cacophony of bird song awakens you along with the rush of plants brushing against the cottage. We'd make a pot of coffee, settle in at the table on the patio, and greet the day. Each cottage has a perfect Eastern-facing view of the lake and is surrounded by beautiful plants, which attract a wide variety of birds. This prompted us to look up the variety of birds and get to know their names through the week. It was a delightful change from listening to the drone of traffic and overhead planes where I live!

Being from the US we are used to hopping in the car, and since I live near DC, driving for 20-40 minutes is no big deal. In fact, traveling around Arenal is a pleasant change from the clogged highways in the US since there's little traffic on the winding picturesque roads. Each day, after indulging in an amazing breakfast at La Mansion, we'd take off in search of adventure. We'd rented an economy vehicle, which was great on the paved roads but a bit iffy on the dirt ones. Having a GPS was essential even though the road signs are pretty reliable. Often we were back by dinner but sometimes it was much later. In either case, Leo and his staff were willing to accommodate us for an early or later meal. Leo has invested in top-of-the-line kitchen accoutrements and this is reflected in the high quality of the food that arrives at your table.

Leo and his staff are completely gracious. They offer a classy experience...with high European standards of cleanliness and comfort and warm Costa Rican hospitality. They work very hard to address the human invasion of the rain forest, by reminding the bugs that they're not welcome in the cottages! The pool, jacuzzi, and common areas are immaculately maintained. Each cottage is thoughtfully appointed with plenty of electrical outlets, lamps, a mini-fridge, fluffy towels, big pillows, and both closets and drawer space. In addition, we were comfortable with multiple tables w/ chairs, a sofa, and a t.v.

La Mansion is a place where you feel safe and secure, even late at night. More importantly, it offers a haven if you're seeking a time to pause in your busy life to put things in perspective.

I was so grateful to celebrate my birthday here!

Room Tip: Coordinate with Leo or his staff to ensure you get what you need.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2012

Nicely situated mid way along the Lake Arenal road, this hotel has wonderful views over the lake. It is tranquil and well away from the tacky tourist locations nearer the volcano. You can't see the volcano, but since it's in cloud most of the time, who cares? More importantly, the location is sheltered from the howling winds that scour Lake Arenal. If you want a change from the hotel restaurant, there are a couple of low-cost food options within walking distance, and the excellent Gingerbread House is 15 minutes to the northwest by car. The owner was helpful and all the staff friendly. Watching the sun set from the hot tub is so relaxing...

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Montauk, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2011

Our family also started our trip in Arenal, and La Mansion Inn was an ideal choice. The cottages are not like any other hotel room - they are small cottages with a Spanish decor and an outdoor private patio looking over the lake. We arrived at night, and woke up to the beauty of hills rolling down to the lake with grazing horses and beautiful birds. The staff was very gracious, and the meals were good. We also ate at the Gingerbread Inn, not too far away in Arenal, a lively spot with good food. We "adopted" a dog that had the run of the property and he followed us everywhere, making us feel welcome. A most beautiful place to stay.

Room Tip: All the cottages are lovely
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

We loved this hotel. The owner and staff were very accommodating and friendly. Our one year old son was "adopted' by the wait staff and given regular tours of the kitchen. We also enjoyed the pools.

Our room was very comfortable with a private terrace with a nice view of the lake.

But don't stay here if you want Four Seasons perfection and anonymity. Also, don't stay here if you want to be close the the volcano and spas. But do stay here if you want a comfortable hotel at the quiet end of the lake with a very personal welcome.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Boulder, CO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2011

We started our trip in Arenal, staying at La Mansion Inn. What a way to begin a terrific vacation! The setting is spectacular and our cottage was wonderful. We ate all of our dinners at the restaurant, and the food was fabulous - the best we had in Costa Rica. The owner was friendly and so helpful -- he arranged for our zip lining tour and a most special private tour at the Selva Leona rainforest -- the highlight of our vacation. This tour can only be arranged through La Mansion, and includes a boat ride, jeep tour, horseback ride and a rainforest hike. What an amazing day that was. We loved everything about our stay at La Mansion and recommend it completely.

Room Tip: We stayed in Cottage 1 -- wonderful!
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: La Mansion Inn Arenal Hotel
Address: La Union de Nuevo Arenal, Nuevo Arenal 050807, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nuevo Arenal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Nuevo Arenal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Mansion Inn Arenal Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This exclusive and luxurious Arenal hotel is located amidst overwhelming nature and tropical gardens on the scenic ARENAL LAKE. The inn is made up of 17 luxury boutique VILLAS of 1-3 bedrooms, all with their own private tropical gardens, terrace, AC, satellite TV, fridge and sweeping lake views. The Mansion Inn is the ideal starting point for the activities in the ARENAL and TENORIO area, like fishing, Hanging Bridges, Canopy, Selva Leona,Volcano Hike, Bird watching, Venado Caves, Rio Celeste...... ... more   less 
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