Arenal Volcano Inn is a great spot - provided you know ahead of time exactly what you're looking for in a hotel in La Fortuna. If you're looking for a little R&R while in La Fortuna, then this spot is perfect. It has a nice pool, hot tub, and full restaurant (and even a spa) on location. The rooms are clean and big, each one a fully detached "cabin" with it's own bench outside the main door facing the volcano.
The downside is that this hotel is a good 7km outside of La Fortuna, and is literally on the side of the highway. Meaning you won't be walking anywere - the hotel is pretty isolated. Which is ok if that is what you're after. But if you're looking to be able to walk around town, go to the grocery store, explore on foot, etc - then you need to first take a 10 min taxi into town.
We found that for our liking, the hotel had too much of a "all-inclusive" feel. The meals are all big buffets, served by waiters in uniforms. Again - this is not nessecarily a negative (would be a big plus to some people) but wasn't ideal for us. That said - the front desk staff is super friendly and able to help book any day trips you want (all trips will pick you up at the hotel free of charge). On that note - book through a local tour operator, as opposed to directly through the suggested tours you get in the hotel binder - there are more options available through outside agencies.
Overall - it is a very nice hotel - perfect for those looking to relax and enjoy the gorgeous view of Arenal volcano outside of your bedroom window. But if you're more the adverturous type - look closer to town.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Arenal Volcano Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
- Hotel Arenal Volcano
- Arenal Volcano Inn Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos