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Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul
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Reviewed 5 March 2011

We stayed 3 nights at RANCHO CERRO AZUL & loved it. 
From the first view inside the cabin to our last home cooked breakfast- it was a delight. 
Alvaro Aragon & his wife Lorena are delightful. 
Our cabin number number 1- had a multitude of birds out at the back by the patio. ( there are only 4 cabins) We spent hours sitting out there enjoying a cool drink which we were able to keep in the rooms small fridge. 
 Alvaro was able to recommend good local restaurants where we were able to eat typical Tico food with the locals. 
Breakfast was worth the extra $5 each.  Home cooking at it's best. It was our first taste of Gallo Pinto & we have been ruined. Nowhere else has matched the flavour yet & we have been looking for 2 weeks!!!
Alvaro is able to converse in English, however his wife & daughter's English is on a par with our Spanish- not great. We did manage to express our thoughts on Lorraino's cooking however. 
We did struggle a little to locate CERRO AZUL. Signage is not great!! From Arenal it's right at the junction where the one way part of the road begins. Follow this road over 2 small bridges. Turn right onto a concrete paved road with signs for Cataratas Fortuna. (waterfall) The cabins are on the left up the road.
 From San Carlos it's turn left when the one way changes to 2 lanes. 

  • Stayed: February 2011
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Reviewed 28 December 2010

Cute little cabins, great atmosphere. The owner Alvaro took care of us and was wonderful with the kids. Good for them to get away from city life a while!!! The weather did not cooperate to let us see the volcano, but we had a bast in La Fortuna anyway - plenty of other things to do.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 December 2010

I really enjoyed Hotel Cerro Azul Arenal. The family is charming and very helpful, the breakfast delicious, and the cabins clean, spacious and comfortable with good showers and air conditioning. I really liked that there was a front and back porch. The back porch had two chairs, a small table and a hammock and had a beautiful garden view.
As some have said, it's a short distance out of town (about 1 mile) but a cab ride is only $3 or it is a pleasant 15 minute walk which we felt comfortable doing even late at night. Also, the host Alvaro had a menu for the best soda (Costa Rican term for restaurant) in town and would happily order for us when we didn't want to go into town and the delivery fee was $2.
It is on the road to the waterfall and the Cerro Chato hike, two of the best attractions in the La Fortuna/Arenal area.
What I liked about Cerro Azul was that it was close to town but a little out of town so that I felt that I was in the countryside where there was peace and quiet.
There is access to the river at the back of the property which I enjoyed swimming in.
It would have been perfect if there was a TV to watch at night!

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 August 2010

The roomy cabañas (a HUGE cut above the typically small and very sparse cabinas of Costa Rica) served our needs perfectly. My wife and I took one, our 3 young-adult sons slept in the neighboring one, where rather than share the queen-sized beds they took turns (and loved) sleeping on the hammock on the back porch.

Dorm-sized refrigerators and cutlery borrowed from the owners helped us save time and money as we ate in an exquisite setting on the back porch with only the sounds of birds and the river. Roomy bathrooms with plenty of hot water, air conditioning, and comfortable queen-sized beds were obvious plusses. We didn't try out the TVs (why would we?), but the wireless and cable internet were both fast and welcome.

We opted for the breakfast at $5 p.p., típico and very tasty.

Surrounded by numerous flowers (including orchids) and blossoming and fruiting trees which attract hummingbirds and other delightful avians, the cabañas have a perfect view of Cerro Chato and the green side of Arenal.

While no glowing lava is visible from this side, you can hear eruptions and see plumes of smoke from the volcano. I wouldn't trade the relaxing atmosphere of Cerro Azul for a direct view of the lava side -- and the congestion it entails. To spend time there take a walk on the Toucan Trail near the Arenal Observatory Lodge (a bit strenuous hike for the less fit -- lots of stairs) or eat else a late afternoon / early evening meal at Linda Vista in El Castillo (lake plus volcano view).

A few minutes' walk behind the cabañas there's a peaceful river with a modest swimming hole. Resident pooch Cookie will guide you.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2010

all you hear is the volcano, not the traffic. It worth staying here because you are away from the main road in town. Also the owner of the hotel is a great guy, very helpful and friendly. Each bungalow has a hammock on the back porch so one can sleep outside and there are very few bugs to bother you.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Morningsquire227
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Reviewed 10 June 2010

We love this hotel! The cabins are roomy, clean, comfortable, and made of beautiful local wood. Each cabin has a deck that it's surrounded by tropical plants and Guava trees. The views of the Volcano are amazing. This place is near the city of La Fortuna, La Fortuna Waterfall, and the entrance to the El Cero del Chato Park. This is a Family owned hotel and they are wonderful hosts. You can choose to have breakfast specially made for you! Delicious!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 April 2010

This quiet hotel (4 cabins) is a couple of kilometers from La Fortuna. It's close enough that you can take taxis into town, but it is much easier to get around if you have a car. They were "upgrading" the road while we stayed there, so the owner let us park in his yard across the street. His wife also made us coffee in the mornings, and they were both wonderful to deal with and told us about all of the great things to see in the area. The hotel is on the road to the La Fortuna waterfall, which is definitely worth the entry fee (it goes to a non-profit that protects the area). The cabins had A/C, plenty of hot water, and good beds. Overall, the rooms were nice, the view was beautiful, and the owner was awesome. Ask him about the path to the river- a quarter of a mile to a secluded spot where you can relax in the river in peace.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with friends
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Address: 1 km sur y 600 m oeste de la iglesia Catolica de La Fortuna, sobre la entrada principal de La Catarata. | 600 meters west from the road entrance to La Fortuna Waterfall, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: £61 - £99 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul is located 1.5 km from the beautiful town of La Fortuna on the way to the waterfall. The great natural beauty of the area will entice you to live the forest's most wonderful experience. Enjoy the comfort, peace and harmony assured by lodging with us in our cabins, surrounded by exotic gardens, birds and wildlife typical of the region. Delight yourself strolling along our trails towards Fortuna River and appreciate the perfect sight of the Arenal Volcano and Cerro Chato ... more   less 
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