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Arenal Lodge
Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
“Best views of Arenal!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

My girlfriend and I wanted to get away and stayed in one of their hilltop chalets and we could not have asked for a more spectacular experience. Every morning we woke up to beautiful views of the volcano and the lake and enjoyed the delicious juices and fresh fruit in addition to our breakfast every morning. The staff was always incredibly cheerful and willing to help. They were able to show us around the property on horseback and helped organize canyoneering and kayaking trips during the week. All around I could not have hoped for a better experience! I highly recommend the Arenal Lodge!

Room Tip: The view from the chalets are exceptional!
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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GutiMau, General Manager at Arenal Lodge, responded to this review, 9 November 2013
Hello our dear friends,

On behalf of the team of people who works at Arenal Lodge to make your experience memorable, we thank you very much for your kind comments, it makes our job very enjoyable and rewarding, knowing that you are taking back home wonderful memories of the time spent in Arenal Lodge.
We are grateful that you stopped by to let us know.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

This place is heaven on earth. Arenal Lodge is beautiful, no matter which way you look; the views of the volcano are unmatched, the gardens are vibrant, the lake glistens in the sun, the rolling hills are covered with rainforest and horses. The rooms, restaurant and all the facilities are all comfortable, clean and accompanied by great views. The food in the restaurant is the best that I had in Costa Rica! Arenal Lodge is the perfect balance of a private getaway location but also a hub of fun and activities. The town and hot springs are both a quick drive away, and all of the best adventures that Costa Rica have are minutes away, lots can even be done on site! I can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Opt for the Chalets! A short walk up from the restaurant, but well worth the view as you're waki...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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GutiMau, General Manager at Arenal Lodge, responded to this review, 9 November 2013
Thank you very much for your beautiful comments, we feel delighted that you had such a great time. Been a central point to almost all activities , makes Arenal Lodge The Place to be, far from the crowd and close to nature with majestic views of the Arenal volcano and lake.
Saludos from Costa Rica!!
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Agoura, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

I have stayed at this hotel last December. Hotel is located on a top of hill but that didn't matter as taxi drivers drove us to the top of the hotel. Location is excellent and the hotel property is huge. Plan on spending a day in the hotel exploring the location and the free horse ride they provide. Restaurant ambiance is OK but the food and service is great and views are exceptional. If you get lucky and skies are clear, you could see arenal volcano tip from the hotel itself. Overall I love this place and highly recommend it.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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GutiMau, General Manager at Arenal Lodge, responded to this review, 4 November 2013
Dear friends, good morning!!

We are delighted to know that you had such a great time while staying at Arenal Lodge. We feel happy and motivated to keep doing our best so people like you can enjoy what we have to offer in our little piece of paradise!!
Your friends at Arenal Lodge!!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

Great place to spend some quiet time and enjoy nature at its best. Not easy to reach, right now the bridge that takes you to the Lodge is down but the Lodge accommodates you by picking you up where the bridge collapsed. Rooms are great, food is good and the staff is outstanding. Highly recommend it. The rooms by the reception level will be the best in case of rain. Amazing views of the volcano.

Room Tip: The rooms at the reception and restaurant area are the best for when it rains.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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GutiMau, General Manager at Arenal Lodge, responded to this review, 23 October 2013
Thank you very much for your comments, we are glad you enjoyed your stay here at the lodge.
We are working hard to build the new bridge, which will be ready in the next day or two.
In the meanwhile we are happy to pick you up and take you to the lodge.
Thanks again for your comments and hope to see you back sometime soon!

Your friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

We enjoyed our stay at the Arenal Lodge primarily because of the breathtaking views of Arenal from the pool and restaurant area. Our family had two adjoining rooms surrounded by gorgeous gardens. An easy walking path behind the rooms gave us our first taste of the flora and even some fauna we would see during our stay. One pouring evening we even had room service deliver our dinner with no problem. And on a better night, our grandsons (11 and 14) enjoyed their meal seated at the bar in the pool.
Our only reservation is that taxis to town and to the National Park were very pricey:$10 to town and $30 to park entrance) given the relatively short distance from the hotel..

Room Tip: Ask for proximity to the restaurant/pool.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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GutiMau, General Manager at Arenal Lodge, responded to this review, 21 October 2013
We thank you very much for your nice comments!
Definitely, the views from Arenal Lodge are the best in the area! Due to our rmagnificent location you are able to experience volcano and lake views like no one else!!
We are located way out of the crowd, thats why a taxi will be a little more than the rest of the places, but this is what makes us special!!
Thanks again your friends at Arenal Lodge!!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

My husband and I traveled to Costa Rica this summer (August 6-14), and stayed at the Arenal Lodge for three nights. We had a chalet room, on the upper floor, and were blown away by the magnificent view. The room was huge, had two large beds (one king, one queen/full), and even had a couch with a pull-out bed. There was a small kitchen area with a microwave, mini-fridge, and sink. The bathroom had a wonderful tiled shower, but no bath tub, which is fine by me.

The lodge itself is well-appointed and filled with gorgeous hand-carved wooden furniture and fixtures. There is a restaurant and a bar, and Arturro the bartender/server was AMAZING. We loved to talk to him about the lodge, local wildlife, and life in Costa Rica in general. The view from the lodge is gorgeous, with untouched forest spread out in front of you like a movie. The volcano is the star of the view, and was visible almost every day (except one very cloudy one).

The infinity pool is small, but does the trick - you can cool off and sip your beer while taking in the incredible view. Another activity we loved was going horseback riding, free of charge, on the vast property. Remember to tip your guide - he is a wealth of information!

I recommend paying more for the Chalet room, but know that it is UP A HILL. My husband and I joked that everything in Costa Rica is up a hill, and this was our introduction to the hilly climate. Bring your walking shoes and sense of adventure.

Also, we booked Canyoneering through Jessie at the trip desk, and it was quite possibly the best adventure we have ever taken on a vacation. Check out "La Roca Canyoneering Adventure" here on Trip Advisor for my review (hint: it's glowing!).

Overall, I recommend this hotel with a glowing YES! Be ready for an adventure, and don't expect beds and linens from the Four Seasons... just bring your good attitude!

Room Tip: Chalet rooms offer the best views in all of Arenal - but be ready to hike up the hill every time to...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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GutiMau, General Manager at Arenal Lodge, responded to this review, 18 October 2013
Good afternoon dear friends!!

We thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind comments, we feel highly motivated that you enjoyed your stay here so much and we thank you again for your visit.
We feel your comments are the best compensation we can get for a job well done!!
Thank you again ,

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

Our room at Arenal was one of the nicest so far in our week in Costa Rica. We had a Junior Suite for a discounted price - I was quoted the official rate but after I asked if there was a cheaper option I offered a price that was around $30USD cheaper so it was a bargain. (This is showing up without a reservation in the low season)

The room was large and had a deck, two double beds and a table which is nice for using my laptop. Everything was wooden so it had a very mountain lodge feel to it. Shower was hot but you have to wait about 10 minutes for it to warm. We had a swim in the infinity pool which was lovely and had a excellent view of the volcano but it was a bit chilly (You can get towels from reception).

It started raining really hard in the evening so it was exciting listening to the sound of the rain (it does get VERY loud sometimes). Don't leave anything out on the deck over night, we left some clothes out and it was damp by morning, even through the roof extended well past the deck.
We had dinner at the hotel, not the cheapest but reasonable for hotel prices. The steak is really good. There is also a decent gym on site with the standard cardio machines as well as free weights and one or two weights machines.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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GutiMau, General Manager at Arenal Lodge, responded to this review, 18 October 2013
Buenas tardes amigos

Thank you for leaving your comments, they are of great motivation for us to keep doing a good job.
Thats the idea when you travel, have a good time, in a charming place with a nice atmosphere and close to nature, thats what we are!!
Thanks again for your feedback!!
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Property: Arenal Lodge
Address: 200 meters NW from the Arenal Lake dam, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 1250, 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 Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#13 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Arenal Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Lodge provides guests with the excitement of staying in an authentic rainforest lodge with breathtaking panoramic views of Costa Rica’s famous Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. Guests will enjoy a casual and relaxed rustic lodge setting with the added value of a complimentary breakfast daily. Located on 2000-acres of beautiful tropical rainforest, the lodge is situated near Arenal Volcano National Park. The lodge is surrounded by rainforest - housing hundreds of exotic birds, small animals and the beautiful tropical flowers and trees of Costa Rica. and is its own local tourist attraction due to its exclusive location with breathtaking panoramic views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. The lodge features a full service restaurant with local and international cuisine, gift shop, three heated outdoor Jacuzzis, an infinite edge swimming pool, walking trails, a butterfly garden, horseback riding, a game room and outdoor playground for children, fitness room, sauna, and free wireless high speed internet access. Guest rooms and suites feature cable TV, telephone, coffee maker, clock radio, and all have private baths. Complimentary crib and wheel chair are available on request. ... more   less 
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