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“Wonderful views and setting”
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Arenal Volcano Inn
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San Francisco, CA
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Wonderful views and setting”
Reviewed 8 February 2008

Just spent 3 nights here in January. Arenal Volcano Inn was fantastic.

To start the whole property is immaculately maintained with lush plants / trees and birds are pretty much cruising around everywhere. The pool is really nice to have, even if the weather didn't permit.

We had our own cabina which was really big, with a very good shower and large bathroom, as well as a nice little kitchen counter area with fridge. In front of our place was a little patio with a couple of chairs and the whole place was facing the volcano for fanastic views (granted the lava isn't on this side).

They have a nice restaurant and a decent included breakfast buffett. I'd also say the staff is incredible friendly and there's tons of them if you need help. Plus free internet if needed.

Location wise, it's less than 10 minutes to La Fortuna and about the same to Tabacon.

It was the nicest place we staying in Costa Rica and I would totally recommend it.

  • Liked — The views, room and the whole property
  • Disliked — NA
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2008

Arenal Volcano Inn has a very nice spa-like feel to it. I really don't think the pictures do it justice. It is much nicer in person! The grounds are kept in perfect condition, and the inside of my room was extremely clean. We had a small fridge with sodas and beer which were reasonably priced. Each beer was $2.50 which is a bargain compared to most mini-bars!

The staff is attentive and was prompt with our every request. We didn’t have hot water in the bathroom, and literally 5 minutes after the call to the front desk, someone came down and fixed the problem.

They have their own shuttle/taxi, so if it was available we could quickly get to our destination. They can just bill it to your room if you wanted. La Fortuna is about a $5-6 taxi ride from the Arenal Volcano Inn. We found most of our souveniers in Fortuna and went to a couple of restaurants in town which were pretty decent. We also ate at the restaurant at the Volcano Inn and had their pizza. The prices were about the same as in the United States for an average restaurant. The service and food were both excellent!

We chose to go to the Eco Termales hot springs. I would highly recommend this one over the other 2 hot springs in the area (Baldi and Tabacon). Its across the street from Baldi, but doesn’t have a sign, just a big wooden gate with a buzzer. Eco Termales limits the number of people, so it had a very secluded feel and is much cheaper than Tabacon. We got the dinner, which was definitely worth it.

Recommendations:
Go to Eco Termales Hot Springs and get the dinner with admission. Enormous amounts of food that was cooked to perfection!
Hanging Bridges. Very cool “birds-eye” view of all the trees. We used a guide, but I don’t think its necessary. It would be fine to do on your own.

Not so exciting:
Night tour at Ecocentro Danaus. It was $35 a person, and we didn’t see much of anything. We saw lots of plants, moths, a few frogs, but not much other than that. (which I know is a risk with wildlife that they may not "show up") I thought it was a bit pricey, considering its a fairly small place, no fancy equipment was needed, and the bus ride was only 10 minutes outside of town.


The Arenal Volcano Inn is quiet, clean and absolutely gorgeous. The hot springs and Fortuna are all in close proximity, and it was never a problem getting a taxi. I would highly recommend staying here!

  • Liked — it was beautiful and so immaculate
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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California
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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.

  • Liked — The private little cabins and the pool area
  • Disliked — no hot water and we didn't see the volcano =(
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with friends
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8 Thank monkey24
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Atlanta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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.

  • Liked — The Staff, the room, the rest., the view, everything
  • Disliked — There was nothing wrong at all
  • Stayed October 2007
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14 Thank micronesianmission
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Louisiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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
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Santa Barbara, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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.

  • Liked — lovely rooms, wonderful restaurant, view of volcano
  • Disliked — restaurant seemed a little pricey, the margarita was awful
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
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20 Thank laurajwheeler1
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Property: Arenal Volcano Inn
Address: | 6.5 km NW of the Catholic church, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, 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 (Based on Average Rates): £
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 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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Arenal Volcano Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Hotel Arenal Volcano
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