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Hotel Kokoro Arenal
Raleigh, NC
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

My wife and I stayed at Kokoro Arenal for the first leg of our Costa Rica honeymoon and we loved it! The setting is very unique and unique from other places we stayed. Our room felt like its own individual bungalow with great views of the Arenal Volcano and a nicely manicured landscape. (Note that we were fortunate to have the clouds lift during the majority of our stay in Arenal leaving a perfect view of the volcano. During the high season, this is not always the case.) The Asian and South American themes melded well together and the overall feeling was one of simplicity and tranquility.

The staff were great at responding to all of our needs and answering our questions. We visited the Eco Thermales hot springs while in Arenal, but personally enjoyed the pools at Kokoro more. The water is light brown in color due to the mineral oxidation and was very warm and refreshing. The pools were extremely relaxing after a busy day of waterfall rappeling and volcano hiking.

Finally, our favorite meal of the trip was at the restaurant at Kokoro. It is a rustic open air environment with a great view of the volcano in the day. The chef Benedicto had recently begun the restaurant and was so welcoming to us. He personally took our order, joked with us throughout the meal and gave us a tour of his kitchen after we ate. We sampled a number of items and everything was uniquely flavored and well prepared. A place you must eat if you are in Arenal!

Though we had good experiences at other places as well, my wife and I really wished we could have spent more time at Arenal and were thrilled with our choice to stay at the Kokoro resort.

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Reviewed 3 March 2012

Arenal is a pretty touristy part of Costa Rica, so it can be hard to find a hotel that strikes a nice balance between affordability, comfort, and amenities. If your not looking to spend a ton of money staying at a fancy resort, Kokoro Arenal is the place for you. The rooms are comfortable, clean, and spacious. Set back a few hundred yards from the main road, the hotel has great views of the Volcano from almost every vantage point. Plus, the hotel has its own hot springs, which makes it unnecessary to spend extra cash to visit one of the resorts near by.

Most importantly, however, the staff could not be friendlier. During out stay I accidentally left my camera in a taxi. The owner of the hotel personally drove me around town trying to find the driver as well as calling cab companies. Although we didn't find the camera in the end, I was really touched by how much effort he put into helping me out. That counts for a lot in my book.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed at Kokoro for a week and we had a wonderful time at this hotel (if you can call it that and still do it justice). The whole property is open to the beautiful sights and sounds of the Costa Rican rainforest that surround the Arenal volcano, so this is most certainly not your typical hotel.

The staff was very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about how best to get around the area and what to do in town.

The restaurant was great- the head chef, Benedicto, is certainly a memorable part of the Kokoro experience, and he loves to make his guests feel like family.

The hot springs were quite enjoyable as well (though they weren't all functional when we were there).

This is definitely a great place to stay if you're visiting La Fortuna and the areas surrounding the Arenal volcano.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

We stayed here for just one night but would have loved to spend more time walking around the gorgeous grounds, relaxing in the hot springs or by the pool, or hanging out in the awesome lobby facing the volcano. The staff was really helpful in booking/planning stuff, and the owner's son Felico ended up taking us to our next hotel in San Jose after our stay, stopping for dinner and ice cream and making the experience great all-around.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

I stayed at Kokoro while working in Arenal. It was a pleasure to come back every nite to the hotel, hot springs, fantastic staff and great restaurant.

Room Tip: Seems like all the rooms are great. they are all 2 room cabinas.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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Salado, Texas
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

My husband and I stayed at this hotel for 1 week. Majestic Gardens, relaxing hot springs, fabulous meals and a Fabulous staff. Acomodations were wonderful! Fantastic view of the Volcano! This hotel is secluded from the city and close enough to enjoy. We will be going back to stay!!

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Northern New York
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

We stayed here for four days and couldn't have been more pleased to have chosen this resort over the many offered in La Fortuna. It was not far in from the main road whereas we had to pick up several people for adventure runs at different hotels and some were a 10 drive from the main road on a bumpy and bad road. This resort has bungalows that are absolutely beautiful and exceptionally clean. All the buildings have thatched roofs which add to the ambience of where you are staying. The hot springs were amazing and I was in them every day followed by a dip in the pool. The food was terrific as well. The staff were most helpful in every way and the friendliest people I have ever met. I will definately return again..

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Property: Hotel Kokoro Arenal
Address: 500m oeste de la Quebrada la Palma | 7km Northwest, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 4000, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#16 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#24 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Kokoro Arenal 3.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest of the northern hills of Costa Rica, Hotel Kokoro Arenal is the perfect hideaway retreat blessed with untouched flora and fauna and a panoramic setting overlooking the majestic volcano of Arenal. At Kokoro Arenal, each of our carefully designed eco-villas offers a stay in a cozy family oriented style, with charm, and a service approach prepared in a joyful, attentive, and sustainable way. The lodging grounds also invite you to dip into the hill-top swimming pool, tropical hut with hammock, and explore our tucked away rainforest trails. With our Kokoro ‘heartfelt’ ways, we aim to revitalize your senses and share with you a vibrant experience in the Costa Rican tropics. ... more   less 
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Kokoro Arenal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Resort Kokoro Arenal
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