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“Clean, cheap & center of town.”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Arenal Jireh

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Hotel Arenal Jireh
Sterling, Virginia
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“Clean, cheap & center of town.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2011

Our hostels.com confirmed reservation wasn't "a confirmed reservation" even though I had put a deposit down online. They were full even though it was off season. An hour of sitting in the lobby trying to find other accommodations, the helpful receptionist said she moved some incoming guests around so we could check in to the "hostel room". A large room on the 3rd floor with 5 beds and some rolling trundle beds. The room was clean and big. The room, however, had 2 glass doors which was the only downside for lack of privacy. I'm hoping hostels.com will refund my deposit since it didn't secure my reservation. Oh & The lava lounge is right across the street which makes lots of noise until 11-12 at night. I heard the rooster mentioned in other entries but it was never loud enough to wake me up on it's own. Cock-a-doodle-do!

  • Stayed July 2011
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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San Jose
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2011

there are plenty of hotels en San Carlos, each to suit your budget and your needs.
i was working downtown and needed something close-by, clean and decently priced.
i got there around 7pm after i finished working. was greeted by the lovely Arlin who asked if i was traveling alone and for how long i was staying, she mentioned the complimentary breakfast and reminded me that since being too close to the street and to a bar, there would be some noise.
she took me to my room on the 2nd floor and i found a lovely little bedroom that suited my needs to perfection. it had a queen bed with adorably folded towels, a sofa, tv, coffee maker and dresser. inside the bathroom was spacious, it had a safe deposit box and hot water.
all i wanted to do was sleep since i had an early morning. the noise wasn't as loud as you'd expect in SJ for a thursday night, i was able to sleep anyways.
the next morning i was greeted by 2 breakfast options: gallo pinto and eggs, or fruit and toast, both accompanied by coffee or a fruit drink: i had the fruit and toast.
i'm not a picky traveler, most of my travels across CR are work related, i've had to stay in crappy places so i'm happy when the room is clean, the bathroom spacious and the water is hot.
i really cannot complain, and if i ever have to work at La Fortuna again, this is where i'm staying.
Dra, Pessoa Acosta

Room Tip: 2nd floor worked fine for me
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
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Cancun
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2011

This hotel is located on the corner of two major roads so the noise of boy racers, quad bikes and general traffic goes straight through the walls, meaning no sleep till the town settles down at about 24h00 odd. The rooster mentioned in previous comments is still very much alive and eager to make sure that you don't get much sleep.
The rest of the hotel is very nice, shower is good, coffee machine is nice, beds are comfortable. Just a shame about the noise

  • Stayed March 2011
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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2010

I stayed there with my girlfriend in August of 2010 while on a trip through Costa Rica. It was one of the worst experiences I've ever had in a hotel. After going to sleep at around midnight, we were woken up by a rooster cuckledoodledo-ing at 4am. This lasted until 7 or 8. It was extremely loud and made it impossible to get back to sleep. What is the point of a hotel if you can't sleep through the night. Other than that, the hotel is quite unattractive but is decent enough for the price. The pool is dirty and looked extremely unappealing. Same with the hot tub. The free internet was nice. But we got so little sleep that I would never recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Porterville
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2010

This hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. We stayed for 3 nights and they helped arrange tours while we were there and accommodations for our next location in Costa Rica. They have 2 computers and free internet access in the lobby, which was a bonus. Since we didn't rent a car the location of this hotel was perfect--right accross the street from the park in the center of town and close (walking distance) to just about every restaurant in La Fortuna. They have free full breakfast located on a balcony on the second floor. Nice street view. The room was clean and had TV & AC which you will want in La Fortuna---very humid! From the third floor you have a view of Volcan Arenal (with an antenna in the way) but oh well = ) For the price (about $45 pr night taxes included) it was worth it. There is a pool, although we never used it. The only down side was that there is a rooster living somewhere very close to the hotel and he likes to crow---at 3am. Bring earplugs and you'll have a very pleasant stay = )

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Central Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2010

Good & Bads, Clean, convenient location but noisy, great view of volcano, Don't know what staff others were commenting on. Staff service was extremely poor. No wake up call when requested, good thing we woke up anyway. Arranged for early breakfast to allow for meeting tour bus, Staff did not show up to cook. Breakfast arrived after the bus arrived. Management didn't seem to care at all, a sincere apology would have been nice, they had a total lack of concern...

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Vaduz, Liechtenstein
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2010

We stayed here for 2 nights with a group of 3 people in a triple room. Actually it was a double room with a thin, soft mattress on the floor which didn't really help for a good rest.
Our room was supposed to have a safe but all that was left were holes in the wall where it used to be. The bathroom was standard although there was shower curtain and the door is a folding door that served more like a screen than anything. There is a pool but it doesn't look very inviting.
Be aware that from most of the rooms you can't actually see the volcano due to the 3 story concrete wall right next to the complex.

Pro:
- right in the middle of La Fortuna
- free internet (not in all rooms)
- free breakfast (very basic)

Con:
- very noisy location
- hotel is accessible from outside for everybody
- old, worn out furniture, especially the beds
- noisy old air con

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Arenal Jireh
Address: 150 M W Del Parque Central La Fortuna | 1 block west from Central Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 03 - 4417, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #47 of 60 Hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Arenal Jireh 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Arenal Jireh Hotel
Hotel Arenal Jireh Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos

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