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Arenal Volcano Inn
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Reviewed 16 January 2008

Arenal Volcano Inn was a wonderful experience. The small private cabins make it feel more luxurious and personable. The bathrooms were clean, but did not have warm water on our second night (making showers very difficult).
The staff was very friendly and helpful. The included breakfast was delicious with excellent selection.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled with friends
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8  Thank monkey24
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Reviewed 30 October 2007

My wife and I spent a couple of nights in this hotel and it was awesome. The view of the volcano is amazing. The hotel is clean and cheap. The staff are among the most professional, helpful and friendliest I have ever seen. The manager Cesar was just terrific. We had a lot of problems getting to the hotel and the staff were completely understanding and very helpful. If you go to Arenal stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2007
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14  Thank micronesianmission
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Reviewed 29 October 2007

The Arenal Volcano Inn is perfectly adequate. It has beds, a shower, and a little kitchen. It's just not super nice. We stayed for 2 nights, and it was fine. But, nothing to get excited about.

The price is great, there's a nice view, and the restaurant is good. But, I did find 2 spiders in my room, and that made it hard for me to sleep well. There was a huge hole under our door that we had to stop up with a towel to stop more bugs from coming in.

I probably wouldn't stay there again, but it was totally fine for the price and it's in a good location.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled with family
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4  Thank mparrish79
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Reviewed 2 September 2007

What an incredible property. We were fortunate to have a hillside cabina which looked directly at the volcano. We had a full view each day we were there. We drove about 10 minutes at night to see the lava flow. Not a problem at all. The food was great, especially their pizza. Very nice breakfast which was included in the rate. Our room was very spacious with a kitchenette. Everything was immaculate including the grounds. There is a security guard at night. We really enjoyed waking up to the smoking volcano and having a cup of coffee on the terrace each morning. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. They even offer free internet, which our kids really enjoyed. I would recommend this property without any hesitation.

Stayed: August 2007
13  Thank monla
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Reviewed 11 August 2007

We rented two bungalows for a night while staying in Arenal with our four kids. We had an absolutely wonderful experience. The rooms are spacious and extremely clean and charming with wonderful views of the volcano. No the lava is apparently not flowing from that side right now so we saw it during the day but not at night. The breakfast in the morning was quite good with a large selection of omelette, beans and rice, fresh fruit, juice and plantains (especially yummy). The restaurant is open air and gorgeous with wonderful views and a parrot sitting perched nearby. All staff that we encountered were extremely gracious and helpful -we speak Spanish reasonably well but I think they are English speaking for the most part too.
We did skip dinner there in favor of a more authentic restaurant in Fortuna that our guide directed us to and I think it was called Resaurante Laurel or something like that an authentic steak and seafood restaurant that was immaculate, tasty and fairly priced. The restaurant adds a 23% surcharge so I thought it was a little pricey given that we had kids with us. The pool and grounds are absolutely lovely. We really have nothing bad to say for $223 total for two bungalows and six people including breakfast, I have to say we got our moneys worth. BTW- I was blown away at the prcies that Tabacon was charging and we skipped that altogether. Lets just say high end spas in the desert or Beverly Hills cant get away with charging that.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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20  Thank laurajwheeler1
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Reviewed 27 July 2007

I'll echo some of what has already been written here. Cesar and his staff are wonderful, warm and inviting hosts who are seemingly always on duty to ensure the guest has whatever they need. This is not the place to experience typical Costa Rican 'tico' culture, as most or all of the guests are foreign, but that is not unusual. The pizza was only fair, but the breakfast (gallo tinto, eggs any way you want them, meat, fresh fruit) outstanding and included in the price of the stay.

I found the beds just fine, but was surprised that the windows of the rooms didnt open. If you don't like AC (which my wife doesnt) you are therefore stuck as you cant open a window to catch a breeze.

We were lucky to get a great view of the Volcano, with red lava flowing, both from the property and even better from a short drive into the National Park.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 July 2007

Enjoyed three nights at the property in early May, 2007. Green season price was right, booked directly with inn - English was spoken on phone and during visit- though some Latin American Spanish helps! Great location only 10 minutes from La Fortuna,
clean, friendly staff, nice buffet breakfast. Volcano view from your front porch!! Lovely landscaped grounds. Not a fancy spa resort- just nice, clean, with large casitas, small property, good Arenal location , with nice staff. We would stay again.

Stayed: May 2007
11  Thank AzRat
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Additional Information about Arenal Volcano Inn

Address: 6.5 KM North West of The catholic church of La Fortuna, San Carlos. | 6.5 km NW of the Catholic church, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, 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 Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#14 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: £63 - £104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Arenal Volcano Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Volcano Inn is a 25 room hotel surrounded by exotic gardens that can be admired from the tranquility of your room or by taking a small walk on its natural gardens and trails. Every guest may enjoy the view of the Arenal Volcano from its own terrace. Come visit us and make Arenal Volcano Inn your home while vacationing in Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Arenal Volcano Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Hotel Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano Inn Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos

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