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Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa
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Nashville
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35 reviews
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“Loved this hotel! Absolutely fantastic!”
Reviewed 12 August 2008

We stayed at the Kioro for two nights (Aug 2,3). This hotel exceeded my expectations. The view of the volcano is magnificent (and, yes, you can see it, contrary to other reviews) when the clouds clear which they do generally midday. The hotel is seriously close to the base of the volcano. It is not on the side currently to view the lava flow, but the hotel itself completely makes up for this fact. The cascading hot springs and pool are in complete view of the volcano which is amazing. There is a poolside bar which will deliver you any drink or even lunch if you wish. The staff is very friendly and more than helpful.

The restaurant is clean and open-air, so if you are worried about bugs, this country is not the place for you, as most of the restaurants are like this. The dinner prices were a little high, but no more than you would pay in a moderate restaurant in the US.

We brought our 3 boys (ages 5,8,9) here and they loved it. The room had 3 beds and a hot tub with a pictureque view of the volcano. We would definitely go back!

  • Liked — The volcano view
  • Disliked — It is a limited drive to La Fortuna
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Lafayette, Colorado
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Reviewed 6 August 2008

If I cant get into heaven please just let me spend eternity here!
The resort is gorgeous with cascading waterfalls flowing from one hot tub pool to the next all surrounded by exquisite exotic flowers and all with a direct view of the volcano.
The breakfast buffet was huge, extensive and delicious with made to order omeletes, fruit,cold cuts, pastry and yogurts. We even saw people loading up extras for their lunch.
The rooms are fabulous and have floor to ceiling windows most looking directly at the volcano. The fact that the walk in shower is a little oddly placed, seperate from the bathroom is minor. Did not use the big jacuzzi in the room but looked like it would be great fun for a couple.
The two queen beds in my room were HUGE and extremely comfortable and there was a seperate sofa bed.
One of the highlights of my life will be waking up at 4am to hear the howler monkeys in the distance and sitting watching the glow of the volcano from my easy chair!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled on business
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Dunedin, Florida
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50 reviews
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Reviewed 29 July 2008

We stayed at Arenal Kioro for 3 nights as part of an Adventures by Disney trip to Costa Rica. The hotel was beautiful, all the rooms faced the volcano. We went to the other side of the volcano for zip lining, and saw the volcano erupt. The next night we went back and saw the volcano erupt again. Fantastic sight!

The grounds at the hotel are very tropical, lush and well maintained. The staff was very accommodating. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2008
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Catalonia
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Reviewed 18 July 2008

We stayed for 4 days in Arenal Kioro. The hotel is very nice and the gardens and volcano view are impressive. The best of all is the staff who are very professional and friendly. They helped a lot to find our lost baggage.

Outdoor jacuzzis are very nice and our children loved them

Location is about 10 minutes taxi drive from La Fortuna, but we do not consider this as an incovenient as the site is excellent.

The only inconvenient is that it is a bit overpriced

  • Liked — Friendly staff. Hotel enviroment
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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colorado
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Reviewed 29 June 2008

The Arenal Kioro was really good. You have a hot tub in your room and a big shower. You get 3 beds, 2 queen and 1 single. The pool is warm. The food is great. The view is the best. The maid is good. There are cats walking around. In the game room there is ping pong and pool. There is some bad stuff. Our air vent didn't work. The smell in the bathroom. The hot springs didn't work when I went. Some adventures you should go on are the zip line, hike with the butter flies, and to the hot springs not in the hotel.

  • Liked — every thing
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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NY, NY
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Reviewed 16 June 2008

We had 2 rooms side by side. The smell is musky, rooms dirty and dark.There was a snake in our bathroom. It's not worth the extra money, you won't be able to see a volcano anyway, clouds. Over prised, not a 5 star hotel. We had bugs in both rooms. Jacuzzi dirty. Bed sheets were damp from humidity, no central air, small unit in the wall. Planned to stay for 3 nights but lasted only one. No refund was offered by the hotel.The grounds are pretty but far from all the action.
Rooms are far from the lobby, the hotel personal drives you to your room all uphill (that's if they have a car available). Disappointing to say the least.

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — snake and bugs in the room
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
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Leeds, UK
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32 reviews
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Reviewed 2 June 2008

This hotel is luxurious, you can't deny that. We travelled there slightly off peak towards the end of May and the place was virtually empty, which gave it a quite spacious feeling but it was a bit strange being the only people in the hot springs on an evening.

The rooms are well appointed as you would expect for the price, and have stunning views of the volcano (non active side!) when the cloud cover breaks, which it does occasionally. The staff are friendly, as is nearly always the case in Costa Rica and as you would expect waste no time in getting you to sign up to the trips, which are expensive but were worth the money.

There are really only a couple of things to point out to you by way of advice if you are thinking of staying here: firstly, don't eat at the restaurant in the hotel. It's a complete rip off and you will get better food for a third of the price at Don Rufino's or elsewhere in La Fortuna town centre. Secondly, this hotel, by virtue of being close to the volcano, is quite far out (10km) from La Fortuna itself so you will need to get a taxi into town each evening, which we thoroughly recommend doing.

We would probably not stay there again as it was a one-off luxury trip but if you do fancy seeing fireworks from the volcano at night, the arenal observatory lodge is the only property on the right side of the volcano to see this.

  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa
Address: San Carlos, 10 km NE of La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica (Formerly Arenal Kioro)
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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 Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#6 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#11 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#14 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Kioro offers a fabulous place with a natural viewpoint to the Arenal Volcano. The hotel has 27 acres of undulating land, surrounded by two streams (La Palma and Kioro) with crystalline waters that begin to flow in the Arenal Volcano National Park. It has two paths where plant species are identified. Besides, private thermal springs for our customer's delight. All our suites have:Two terraces with the best panoramic volcano and mountain view, hydro-massage, air conditioning, safe deposit box, minibar, coffee maker, hot water, direct dialing telephone, satellite television, hair dryer, key card, safety locks, internet connections. ... more   less 
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