The website for this hotel shows lovely hot pools and nice grounds. The pools all look really dirty and they are not very hot. They have two large pools which are painted white and when they put the mineral laden water in them they look like swamp water - not appealing. The pools surrounded by rocks look nice in the photos but in person are really cruddy looking. All the hotels we stayed in (and most were not very expensive) had coffee makers with ceramic cups - and a safe in the room. This hotel had paper coffee cups and no safe. The view from the rooms looks like it will be nice but most of the rooms either look out at a grassy lawn with a large solar water heating system right in the center of the view or else they look over a grassy lawn to the road between the buildings. There is NO view of Arenal from anywhere that we could find. In the bathroom the shower handle cam off in our hands and the floor in the shower which was once white tile now has huge yellow areas. Disgusting! They don't even supply "real" toilet paper. They give you the individual little sheets that pull out of a box like elementary schools often have. When we went to have breakfast, because they had so many busloads of kids and other tourist groups there, instead of our eating breakfast in the large open wood paneled dining area, they had us eat breakfast in small conference room with no windows on plastic folding chairs. The food was not very good and the coffee was cold. All I can say is don't go there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy of cozy & comfortable rooms surrounded by tropical gardens, with the best view of Arenal Volcano. Discover the wellness of our hot springs and our Mayin Spa. Taste the Costa Rica flavor, international cuisine and the best steak house in the area. Feel the adrenaline on our Canopy Tour, and take the best shots of Arenal volcano on our horseback riding. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arenal Paraiso Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
- Arenal Paraiso Hotel Resort And Spa
- Hotel Arenal Paraiso
- Arenal Paraiso Hotel Resort & Spa Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos