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“Beautiful garden and pool in a quiet street just 100 yards from the centre of town.”

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Hotel Arenal Rabfer
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Sydney, Australia
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“Beautiful garden and pool in a quiet street just 100 yards from the centre of town.”
Reviewed 29 December 2013

This family owned hotel is a beautiful small property just two minutes walk from the centre of town. It is in a very quiet area even though it is so close to town. The pool is welcoming after a busy day of touring. Large groups can stay here .Our room could sleep five people. My personal highlight was a yellow bird visiting the pool area .

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

The family-run Arenal Rabfer hotel is located in downtown La Fortuna. It is 2 blocks from the main square so is quiet but convenient. The hotel has free parking and a beautiful pool. Rooms are simple but good size, spotlessly clean and comfortable. Tiled bathroom has a corner shower with good water pressure. I have stayed here several times and highly recommend it.

While there are large resorts in the area, I like to stay in La Fortuna for the convenience of walking to restaurants and shops. Staying at the larger resorts means driving everywhere. I also like to support locally-owned businesses.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

This hotel was a highlight of our stay in La Fortuna. We moved to this hotel after checking into a higher priced hotel in the centre which was noisy, lacked privacy and felt crowded.

This hotel is very central, set on a side street away from the town noise but yet only a minute to walk to the town centre. The hotel itself has been really well designed with a lovely pool area and immaculate gardens. The owners are very friendly and helped us with car hire and day trip planning. The rooms were very clean, as was the entire hotel. Our breakfast each day was a simple, but cooked fresh by the very friendly lady who served us something different each morning during our 3 night stay.

Rooms are simple but more than adequate with a safe and good air conditioning. I would highly recommend this hotel to travellers looking for a clean, safe, friendly and well priced mid rage option in La Fortuna. It was by far the best mid-range option I saw in town.

Room Tip: Go for a room on the terrace level.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

This hotel is very nice.
It is very close, just a few blocks, from downtown La Fortuna. La Fortuna is a wonderful little town! This hotel has a nice clean pool, great staff and tasty food. I would recommend this hotel to everyone.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

This is a very nice little place - only about 5 mins walk to all the shops and restaurants, good sized room with balcony etc. Breakfast was included but it wasn't massively inspiring so I only had it one morning. The staff are very helpful and booked our trip to the hot springs and onward travel to our next location. I would have liked to maybe stay another night as I don't really feel I saw all La Fortuna had to offer but the weather was a tad iffy whilst we were there and the other half was keen to move on to the beach!!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

Lovely hotel situated just next to but not in the town centre so you avoid noisy traffic but you're within a 5 minute walk of all the shops and restaurants. Lovely pool, friendly staff, good food, scenic views of the volcano and the rooms were very stylish. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone visiting the La Fortuna/ Volcano Arenal area.

Room Tip: Ask for one at the back of the hotel as it is the back that faces the volcano
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Ocala, FL
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

I found the room to be very comfortable and quiet for being in town. Also, the pool is nice and the small balcony relaxing. It's just a short walk to the town square, and while La Fortuna isn't exactly a nightspot destination, it provides some a few good sodas nearby for meals. Don't take any of your meals here unless breakfast is provided, and even then, you might want to supplement their spartan and fairly tasteless fare

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Arenal Rabfer
Address: Mts North of Banco Nacional de la Fortuna 175 | 468 Street, Between Avenues 333 and 335, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Arenal Rabfer 2*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Arenal Rabfer born as a family project, hence its name derived from the initials of the names of the children: Randy, Brayan, Felipe and Roberto (Rabfer) _ In a familiar environment and in harmony with nature. owners and partners hope to give special treatment making it feel like casa._ We have a great location, a few meters can find banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, souvenir shops, restaurants and gas stations between otros._ invite you to visit us and who knows scenic beauty and recreation offered by the majestic La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano. ... more   less 
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