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The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort
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“Heaven”
Reviewed 4 March 2013 via mobile

I have been travelling around Costa Rica. From the beach to the mountains and now a volcano. This was a treat to leave for the end.

The hot springs on site are amazing. I sat in there for hours just enjoying the heat while the temp outside was cold. There are also 3 main hotsprings just around this place that you can take a 2 min walk too : baldi, ecotomalis and paradise

The service hAs been excellent. The spa was great to take a last minute booking.

LOCATION! The hotel is just off the major road. Don't worry it's not loud at all. The good thing is that you can drive anywhere from this point in 15 mins or less. Or catch a very cheap cab. The rest of the high end hotels are a few miles off the main road which makes it hard to get to, especially at night when the roads are not lite and everything is up hill/ downhill

There are two restaurants if you didn't want to leave

The rooms are amazing clean and I get to overlook the hotsprings.

Can't wait to come back

Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 February 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at the royal corin for 4 nights during our honeymoon. Arenal and the royal corin resort was nothing less then amazing. Their staff was extremely helpful and polite. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. We really enjoyed their buffet breakfast and there fish dishes on their menu.
There was a lot of activities and adventure in the area, and the tour companys picked you right up from the hotel.
Our first night there we came back from the pools to a bottle of red wine and cheese tray in our room. We enjoyed it on our balcony. Our balcony had beautiful views of arenal volcano.
The pools are fed by the hotsprings, so we found it was the perfect way to relax after a day of adventure.
By far our favourite place we stayed while in costa rica.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

All good. Restaurant in hotel was top notch. Good service. Desk help was perfect. Able to provide tours and boat trips even past the alloted hours. Clean. Good views of volcano. Convenient to the Volcano activities. Close to spas

Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 February 2013 via mobile

The Royal Corin had large, clean rooms with amazing views of the volcano. The hot springs pools were clean, quiet and refreshing. The food was not good however. Breakfast was OK but the rest of the food was terrible. Eat in La Fortuna for lunch and dinner!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

The hotel is very beautiful with 3 hot spring pools which vary in temperature. The warmest is 104 degrees F. another is 100 degrees F and a third is a little cooler. The dining facility is delightful and allows you to eat indoors or on a terrace. The food is very good and the service was excellent. The entire hotel is spotless and the landscaping is gorgeous. They have a Spa (which we didn't try ) and two bars. There is free wi-fi and good cable TV which gets several US channels. They do not have a gift shop! The hotel is close to La Fortuna town and the hotel will call a cab for you which came in a few minutes. It is 8 US dollars to town, and it took about 10 minutes to get there. Cabs back from the town are very plentiful. This hotel is an excellent choice when visiting the Arenal volcano area.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2013

The resort was very nice. Grounds well kept. Hot spring pools lovely. Service excellent. Several bars. Our breakfast buffet was included and delicious everyday. Dinners seemed overpriced, not as tasty but convenient. Did go into Fortuna one night for a delicious dinner at well recommended restaurant but purse was stolen. Local law enforcement of NO help. BEWARE- keep passport and other valuables in room safe! Also should know that you are unable to walk much from this resort. No paths or even sidewalk from the grounds, only taxi. Resort was helpful in obtaining transportation or other area activities. Scenery is beautiful, view of Arenal spectacular!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 February 2013

First and foremost - this hotel's advertising does not do it justice! The grounds have 3 large pools/hot springs (2 hot, 1 cool) with two waterfalls, in addition to a number of smaller hot spring pools, some under waterfalls, some among plants. There is a swim-up pool bar in the main hot spring pool where you can also order food in addition to the main restaurants. Every room has a balcony view of the volcano and given the shape of the hotel in a V shape, they all have decent views.

We debated staying here versus The Springs Resort and are very happy we stayed here after visiting The Springs Resort on a two-day $40 visitor pass while staying at Hotel Royal Corin. The pass allows you to use their springs, enjoy their on-site activities, and eat at their restaurants if you choose (we don't recommend eating there over Royal Corin). We preferred the views, location, food, decor, and even mostly the hot springs at Hotel Royal Corin.

Located at the base of the Arenal Volcano, the hotel has gorgeous views of the summit. Note about the Volcano in general: Although sometimes the clouds do get stuck around the top of the mountain, especially given you are in a rainforest-like jungle region, the peak did appear for us a few times in the few days we were in the area. We found the views at Royal Corin to be superior to those at The Springs Resort up in the hills as it is much closer to the volcano.

The hotel is a short smooth taxi ride into town which is nice if you are looking to explore on your own. The town is relatively small, with a few road-side open air restaurants and some good places to pick up souvenirs. The Springs in comparison is up a long bumpy ride up and away from town, tours, etc.

The Hotel Royal Corin food was excellent and far superior to that at The Springs Resort which we also visited and dined and just as good as the "best" restaurant in town, so no need to leave the property for food unless you're looking to explore.

As mentioned above, the hot springs were diverse and not at all crowded. None were nestled quite as deep in the jungle like other resorts but what we found not well advertised was the amount of landscaping and jungle-ness! The one seeming downside is the resort is close to the road, but this had no negative impact on our trip or enjoyment given how well they make you feel away from it and noise was not an issue at night.

They also have a great modern bar at the top of the resort with an excellent view with snacks in the evening and drink specials that seemed under utilized. The entire resort is very new and modern and the room was clean and spacious.

We loved our massages so much as the spa (we are pretty picky) that we booked second ones only a couple days later given the prices were reasonable and would highly recommend it!

We did really enjoy using the day-pass to the Springs Resort to do river tubing as well as visiting their Perdido springs which are nestled into the jungle a bit more but can be crowded. The Springs Resort only has a single place open for lunch (strange) and it's very small but sort of in the trees which was nice while visiting. The tubing along with the waterfall rappelling tour offered from any hotel were our two favorite things to do aside from sitting in the hot springs at the Hotel Royal Corin.

Room Tip: Higher floors, toward the middle are best although all do have views so not really a major concern.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort
Address: | 4.2 km towards the Arenal Volcano, 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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#3 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#7 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#9 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Royal Corin Is the best answer if you are looking for a comfortable and luxurious destination in one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. Located in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, we offer great service with accessible rates to enjoy Arenal Volcano, fun & entertainment. ... more   less 
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