OK, it's not a perfect 5 star resort, but I had to give this an "excellent" rating because that's how our overall experience was. We had a car, but I probably wouldn't recommend this place if you are on foot - it seemed far from town to me, which was what we loved about it! The huts actually use a regular key which I thought was so cool. The owners were very nice, admittedly we speak at least adequate Spanish, and I'm sure that was helpful, but it is a Spanish speaking country, after all. They were very helpful on answering our questions about the area, and giving us ideas of places to eat or how long they thought it would get to certain places (our GPS was not all that helpful around here for some reason). The Wifi does only work by the main lobby, but I just went down and uploaded my daily instagram picture to show off to my friends and then went back and relaxed in the room watching my Spanish Disney channel with my teenagers.
Lighting is pretty dim, but we had headlamps for reading. Shower was lacking water pressure, for sure, but it works and the water was hot. Beds are sort of like foam mats, but I actually slept really well. They do have a fridge (you need to plug it in when you get there) which I didn't expect, and even had a little hair dryer in the bathroom. The air conditioner also worked really well, and kept the room at a nice comfy sleeping temperature.
The foliage is beautiful, definitely take your camera with you to breakfast as there were birds out every day - there was even a toucan, a really small toucan, but still... the fruit was good, they had pancakes, toast, and of course, the standard scrambled eggs and beans/rice. OJ was definitely TANG so I didn't have any of that, but the water was good, and the watermelon was so sweet.
If I go back to La Fortuna I wouldn't stay anywhere else. We booked only a few weeks before our trip and I can't believe this place was still available. We loved it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arenal Montechiari Hotel is very close to the beautiful Town La Fortuna. The Arenal Volcano that is one of the most active volcano in the world. The hotel is surrounded of lush gardens and a spectacular view of the Volcano. Special for ecoturism, culture and adventure lovers. We are located 400 mts north from the Banco Nacional in La Fortuna, San Carlos, offers you access to main services as banks, souvenirs, chemistries, ATM´S, etc we do offer you the perfect combination of peace with nature and services close to us that would give you a pleasure vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Arenal Montechiari Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos