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“cute place located just outside of La Fortuna town”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Eco Arenal Hotel

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Eco Arenal Hotel
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“cute place located just outside of La Fortuna town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

this place has several one story villa type buildings and townhouses that were build about 4 years ago. We stayed in the townhouse building which consists of 4 rooms with private balconies that had a table and chairs to hang out on. The room had ac, a small fridge and tv which was hard to figure out the remote. The kids finally got it. Nice pool and basketball court for the kids to play at. the backside of the villa consists for forested areas and we saw a sloth and heard Mantled Howler males making noise one morning.

Food was great and the staff was very nice. One person in our party wasn't feeling good and the staff made her a special tea and toast for her upset stomach.

close to town- about a 2 km walk.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

The hotel has very nice and spacious bungalow rooms. The bathroom is clean. The bed is comfortable. Breakfast is sufficient. Nice swimming pool for kids. The personal is very polite and there is always someone at the front desk to help you. Worth the $30 a night.

Room Tip: Nice view from second floor rooms.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Hartsville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

I have stayed here on six separate occasions since 2009. I prefer this location for the quiet. There are no drunk American twentysomethings here hooting and hollering like you'll find en el centro. This is a peaceful place where wildlife abounds.

I'm a birdwatcher, and I have personally seen 61 different species of birds on the property, including white-crowned parrots, aracaris, toucans, and countless tanagers. Parakeets fly over all the time, but they don't ever land. Along the creek in the trees I've seen a sloth, large iguanas, smaller lizards, and on the ground the famous bluejeans frog. Last month, I was walking along the creek and I surprised (and he me) a Blue Heron feeding. He took off with a few angry squawks in my direction. The swimming pool is clean and surrounded by flowers where hummingbirds come to feed. The grounds have been landscaped with flora designed to attract animals, especially birds.

The rooms have good air conditioning (some of them can be a little noisy), small refrigerators (a nice luxury in the San Carlos heat), and hot water. The toilet paper holders are in odd places, and some of the beds can be very hard. I find the ones on the 2nd floors to be much softer.

The staff are very helpful; there are always fresh flowers artfully arranged on the beds when we check in. The grounds crew loves to show my kids the bluejeans frogs. The reception folks even gave our bus driver a free room once so that he didn't have to stay in town (and we wait on him).

If you don't have a car, the hotel is 2km from the park, and it'll cost about $4.50 (2014) to get to the hotel via taxi. Canopy tours and other tourist things will come pick you up there. This is my preferred affordable place to stay in Fortuna, and I will always go back here unless something drastic changes. For the price, I think it's as nice as any place in the country.

Room Tip: I prefer the ones in the back corner of the property. 123, 124, 125, 126...I think.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Tampa, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014

I booked this room because of the good reviews but I do not agree with them after staying 2 nights. The mattress was thin, lumpy, and you can feel the springs. The television has such bad video feed, we ended up listening to the cnn channel as if it was the news radio. The room is damp and musty unless the ac is on high. And just FYI- the breakfast is not worth the price of $7 per person (if they charge you.)

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

This place was not so great! Air conditioner sounded like a jet plane! The room smelled like sewage. Could not get a drink and we needed one here!!Food service poor!!! Young middle school group stayed here and were loud. We only stayed because we were with a group or we would have left. There was no one at the desk after seven PM if you had an emergency. The entire group was unhappy with it!!!!

Room Tip: Don't go!!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

We went for just a night and we had a Villa and a double room. Place was beautiful and the rooms were just fine. They have a pool and a nice landscape. its the perfect place to relax with freinds and its really close to the center of La fortuna.The service was great, everyone is really nice and the breakfast was good too. Def would go back there.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

"Nice place, very clean and very friendly staff. The breakfast was buffet and really good!! Hot water, A/C and comfortable clean beds. The front dest manager was always helpful and the staff at the place very service oriented. We had a nice view of the Volcano and that was great! Perfect if you want to go in family or as a couple. Free wi-fi,very quite, peaceful and close to the center of the city. You get more than what you pay for." Cris Kundert

Room Tip: need a car!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Eco Arenal Hotel
Address: | 2 km north from Banco Nacional, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, 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 Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 60 Hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Eco Arenal Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villas Eco Arenal is a mountain Eco hotel, designed especially for rest. It is 2 miles north of Fortune and you reach it by a stone road. It has satellite TV with 5 channels. The emphasis is on their facilities and green areas close to nature as can be seen many types of birds, sloths, frogs and a huge amount of types of flowers and lush vegetation. ... more   less 
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