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La Mansion Inn Arenal Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Nuevo Arenal
Certificate of Excellence
Hua Hin
1 review
“Paradise on Earth”
Reviewed 9 April 2009

The hotel is cool and charming, very easy-going atmosphere, staff is extremely helpful and friendly. The design- layout of the room was superb, perfect combination of form and function.
Great food; rich breakfast and delightful gourmet dinner. The best I ate in Costa Rica.
Very comfy bed. Bathroom was lovely. Spectacular view on the lake, magnificent garden, with lots of hummingbirds.
It was truly a relaxing and enjoyable experience. I will be back.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
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Smyrna, Georgia, USA
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Reviewed 28 March 2009

I give La Mansion 3 stars as a compromise- my wife would give it one star, I give it four. I thought that the hotel was a great value- it was $195 for a deluxe room, and when we stayed they had a promotion that if you stayed 3 nights the fourth night is free AND breakfast and dinner are included! The hotel has cooked to order breakfasts and dinner which tends to focus on locally available ingredients such as jumbo shrimp and beef. There is free wireless internet available in the lobby (at dial up speed, however), and there is a computer terminal that guests can use for free as well.

The views from the room over the lake were amazing, and the cleaning staff added quirky touches such as making the towels into animal shapes. There is satellite TV with the usual CNN, BBC and Fox News Channels in English as well as quite a few Latin American and European channels. The rooms were very large and ours even included a separate second bedroom. There is a small refrigerator in the room and a hotpot for making coffee or tea.

But perhaps the best asset was Christopher, one of the managers of the hotel. He spoke flawless English and was very helpful in booking excursions (such as the one to Cano Negro, which I highly recommend) and he was very pleasant to talk to.

So what was wrong? As the person wrote in the "A major disappointment" review, the hotel badly needs to be renovated. The decor was probably in fashion in the 1980's but it hasn't been updated since. The rooms did smell musty, but that it probably due to the high humidity in the area. And the sheets were rather thin and not of the best quality.

So if you can overlook these minor defects, as I did, then I recommend La Mansion- the views were amazing, the price was right, and the staff were helpful. If it is really important to you that a hotel be recently renovated and have 200 thread count sheets, you should probably look elsewhere.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Walla Walla, Washington
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2009

My wife and I stayed at La Mansion Inn in mid-February 2009. From the time of our arrival to departure the owner Leo and his daughter Peggy and their staff all provided us with excellent friendly and kind service. At one point when my camera battery went missing Leo loaned me his camera. That is genuine service. The room was very large, clean, with a cozy feeling. All the rooms face the beautiful Lake Arenal and have a private outdoor sitting area for watching birds, nature, and the beautiful sun sets. The location, about 30 minutes from La Fortuna, has a rural, relaxing feeling. This is a plus in that it is far away from the noise and crowds in LaFortuna. There is a small pool with an smaller adjoining "hot tub" area with a gorgeous view of the lake. A full service complementary formal breakfast made to order from a menu was served each morning in the open air dining area. We had dinner at La Mansion two night. The food was excellent. Complimentary internet is available. There is a pool table in the back room, reading room, and full service bar. If you plan on taking tours the operators will pick you up at La Mansion or you can easily drive to La Fortuna and go from there. We did both. We enjoyed La Mansion very much. From what we saw in La Fortuna it is a great respite from the crowds of tourist who are all staying at mediocre hotels and eating mass produced meals. This is a gem in the LaFortuna/Arenal area.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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UK
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2009

I found the rooms generally clean, beautiful views of the lake, fine dining menu and helpful information about local activities. Service generally good, although the TV in my room and jacuzzi/hot tub was not working on my visit.

The draw back is the location, it maybe take 40mins to drive to La fortuna, howvever with a car it is not so much an issue as you tend to be out most the day on excursion/sites. The drive itself is scenic with good road.

Really enjoyed the Selva Leona tour.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled solo
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Thank RaineUK
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Rye Brook, NY
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2009

We stayed at La Mansion Arenal for 3 nights in cottage 11, which was amply spacious for our family of 5. The cottage had a queen bed in 1 room, and 2 doubles plus a daybed in the other. The view towards Lake Arenal and the volcano from the patio was spectacular. We really enjoyed the pool and hot bath, the very comfortable bar/ restaurant/ game area, and were so relaxed there that we ended up eating all 3 dinners right at the restaurant-- this is very unlike us, so you know it was good!

Only real negative is the distance from La Fortuna (main town) and the volcano-- this property is about a 45 minute drive, compared to many of the other hotel/ resorts which were half the distance or less.

Overall, just what we were looking for... be sure not to miss trying one of the zipline tours- we did Adventure Mundo Canopy Tour and it was the highlight of our trip.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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Miami
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 January 2009

I stayed at the La Mansion Inn with my family, grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins (14 of us in all). We stayed for five days and were really taken by the beauty of the Arenal area. We booked four double rooms. The rooms were huge and it was almost like staying at a museum with beautiful murals painted all over the walls. The view out of our room was incredible- overlooking the mountains and the lake. There was wildlife all around the hotel. We saw coatis, hummingbirds, horses, monkeys, and many other wild animals. The restaurant at the Inn was incredible with a made to order dinner menu and an amazing spread of food at breakfast time. I definitely would love to stay there again. I know that everyone in my family enjoyed their stay as much as I did.

Stayed December 2008
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LOS ANGELES
1 review
Reviewed 3 January 2009

La Mansion Arenal was a wonderful place to stay. Very intimate with a lovely European charm. The villas were very comfortable and all had spectacular views of the lake and volcano. The food and sevice was spectacular. I will definatlely stay here on my next visist to Costa Rica.

  • Liked — The view and the food
  • Disliked — Not a thing
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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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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