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The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort
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Reviewed 3 March 2009

Funny how we ended up at Royal Corin, the staff at Nayara sold our room and despite our reservation (and paid depost) they had no rooms available when we arrived. Nayara actually booked us at The Royal Corin with the option of going back to Nayara after a couple days. We opted to stay at Royal Corin which was really a very easy decision.

The hotel is very new, and still is working out a few minor kinks, but it really is a five-star property by Costa Rica standards, almost by any standard. The hotel itself is beautiful, really impressive aesthetically from the public areas, to the spa and the rooms are in class by themselves in Costa Rica. Very elegant decor, incredible interior finishes, Italian bathroom fixtures, a two-person jacuzzi tub with a built-in television screen right in the main parlor area of the room, sleek and contemporary furnishings and a very comfortable and larger-than-king-sized bed.

Not your typical nature lodge, it is a high-styled property with a european feel that could easily fit in South Beach. The company provided photos on this website and their home page are very representative, it really is that visually stunning.

The natural hot-pools and tubs are incredible, though not as large as Tabacon or Baldi, they are everything we needed and then some, simply beautiful and without the crowds of overweight bikini-clad tourists. Really a touch of class compared to the others, including a very nice swim-up bar. A large naturally fed sauna and steam room overlooking the rest of the pools and waterfalls was appealing on every level. The water itself is ideal "bathtub" temperature and very relaxing.

The spa was very elegant, well-operated, and had a full menu of services that met or exceeded US standards. The restaurant was good, perhaps over-reaching somewhat at times, but well worth an evening. The included breakfast was by far the best we had in Costa Rica.

And the service exceeded our expectations in every regard. Beyond prompt service for room service requests, a front-desk staff that was beyond reproach, and not an unfriendly or smug individual on the entire staff. We booked two trips through the front desk and each went off without a hitch and with no hotel surcharge, both with well established providers. I have this thing about the staff remembering my name at nicer properties as it tells me something about their training and the staff at Royal Corin didn't miss a greeting.

You would not want to stay here if you are looking for a more traditional Costa Rican nature lodge type look and feel, instead opting for the likes of Nayara or Tabacon. You would want to stay here if you desire clearly the most luxurious property in the La Fortuna area (and perhaps all of CR) while still having full access to everything the area has to offer. This property has no equal in the La Fortuna area.

Finally, in some earlier reviews there was mention of the pools not yet being fully completed. This is no longer the case, everything is done and in great working order. Every couple of days they drain the pools in the late evening and by early morning they have been refilled with completely clean and fresh water...something that I appreciate in naturally fed pools.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 February 2009

This place is brand new. Even though we didn't get to see the volcano due to the bad weather, the hotel was so fantastic it really didn't matter. The thermal pools were great, the deco of the whole hotel was perfect, full of details...the spa was perfectly designed. The staff was very helpful and polite. The room has great bedding and pillows, state of the art shower, etc.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 December 2008

The hotel is the most beautiful in all of Arenal!!! The hotel is only four months old so everything is brand new!!! The staff (Jonathon, Roy and the rest) are100% concerned with comprehensive service. Once the pools are finished there is no reason to stay anywhere else in Arenal. Premium view of the Arenal volcano, and the food was good too. Rooms were absolutely amazing, complete 5-Star luxury!! Do not go to Arenal or La Fortuna without checking this place out!!! The spa was also exceptional. - - Chase Weaver. Also from San Clemente, CA (funny that someone else from San Clemente, CA also recently stayed at the RC as well)

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 November 2008

We stayed at the Royal Corin as I recoverred from having dental surgery in San Jose. I wanted a nice place where I would feel pampered and peacelful, but would have access to service that I wanted. The thermal pool was under construction, so we were offered a 50% discount on the Master Suite. The room and amenities were AMAZING! We had a Jacuzzi overlooking the Volcano in the living room behind the sectional. It was better than a Vegas hotel room! I deffinitely was not immersed in Nature, but for a beautiful room with a view and comfort this place is great with a wonderful staff and excellent food! We were booked at the Nayara and the staff was SO RUDE to us the night before we opted to stay at the Royal Corin an additional night instead! Once the pool is completed this place will be an exceptional hotel!

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 July 2008

Stayed at the new Royal Corin Hotel outside of La Fortuna overlooking Arenal.Only open 30 days.We were offered a 25% discount off the usualroom rate of $200/tax .The rooms were very spanish techno with nice balconies overlooking volcano plasma TV special showers and very nice size.Free breakfast most impressive was included.Food was very good but not cheap.Nice attempt at swimming pool water park like Tabacon Arenal but plantings not very developed yet felt quite artificial.Spa but no internet point no Gym.On checkout they tried to bill the credit card for the 25% discount but I caught them.They blamed it on their newness and automatic billing system but I am not so sure it was not an intentional attempt.Overall a new nice big hotel not ready for prime time still needing to work major bugs out including perhaps some honesty issues.

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Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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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: £162 - £409 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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