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Hotel Kokoro Arenal
Tustin, California
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“Truly Paradise!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2013

Wow, what an amazing place to stay! It is beautifully landscaped and surrounded by lush nature!The view of the volcano was superb! The open air lobby for relaxing and having a cocktail is great also! The pool is nice, however the hot mineral springs was a plus after an adventurous day coming home and going in that was so awesome! Other places charge a lot for that and this is on the property for free! The nature was beautiful all around and the rooms were large and had all of the conveniences that you need. What a great value! However all that is good, but what makes this place the most amazing find and the most amazing vacation for us was the staff! Fernando goes above and beyond the call of duty for you, he makes the stay so personalized and comforting, Felico was so friendly and gracious as well. The breakfast was great and Kelvin was so nice also! We feel like they are family and that is how they all make you feel as well! Everyone that we came in contact with so nice and helpful! Can't wait to go back! Thanks so much for making us feel so welcome all of the time!

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Weston, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2013

We stayed at Kokoro a little over 2 weeks ago, and I still miss it! :( The property is beautiful and the staff very nice and helpful! I really enjoyed the breakfast in the open air.
There are quite a few activities to do around the Arenal area, and the staff helps you with the planning.
The hot springs are great, so relaxing!
¡Pura vida!
I'd definitely go back there and recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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los angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

first.....deal with hotel directly.....you'll get a better rate. they have a separate website. we stumbled on this place, made reservations because of how it looked....2 cabin type rooms per structure....about 25 rooms in total....
The family built it from scratch, and it's really comfortable, rustic, great property to explore. the service is outstanding and the son of the owners is super helpful as are all of the people. all of their recommendations were spot on as we didn't want anything really touristy, but we did have some specific feel for what we wanted to do and they matched us up with different options.

my only regret was that the hot springs on the property was not working during the few nights we were there. first night it was super hot, next few nights it just wasn't filled up....

i would definitely stay here again, they have cool short trails around the property, the breakfast is pretty standard but good and really nice surroundings. the pool is really nice as well. it's not that far out of town, about 4km but there's close by restaurants.

Room Tip: all the rooms were really comfortably large.....lighting is a bit on the dark side but that wasnt a...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

We stayed 3 nights at Kokoro hotel and fell in love with the place.  The whole atmosphere and surrounding are very relaxing and we were madeto feel like at home. The food was delicious and our room was very clean and spacious. We enjoyed hot springs under full moon. Special thanks to Natalie who went beyond her duties and gave us advises of where to go and helped us dealing with some personal staff, to other staff members who were always helpful and taking care of anything we asked. And Felico and his family did all their best to make our stay unforgettable. 

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013 via mobile

This hotel is located just a short drive from town, and is the perfect starting point for the numerous activities in the area. It offers a fantastic view of the volcano from your private cabana. The rooms are basic, but spacious, and are all done in natural wood giving you that "rustic" feel. Fernando and his staff are excellent, and can't do enough for you. This hotel offers great value as breakfast was included in the price. Highly recommend it!

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

Just wanted to add our voices to the chorus here -- this place is a lush paradise indeed, but what makes it a truly amazing experience is the staff, especially Fernando, who gave us the warmest of welcomes the night we dragged in after a 6 hour drive in torrential downpours, and Felico, who rescued our car from a crisis with a smile. Add the hot springs, delicious meals, comfortable cabins, and fantastic views of Volcan Arenal, and we're definitely coming back. Thanks so much for such a wonderful stay! - Jenny & Cory.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

Cute cabins very large rooms and bathrooms. Lobby is open air and serves as bar, too. beautiful view of Arenal volcano. Staff is excellent. we loved Natalie. Natural hot mineral pool was so relaxing. Giant regular pool as well. Good breakfasts. Hotel's taxi driver was very good on time and picked us up in La fortuna when we asked. This place had many hummingbirds and a sloth. It was spectacular! You can't go wrong here.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Kokoro Arenal
Address: 500m oeste de la Quebrada la Palma | 7km Northwest, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 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: 24
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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Also Known As:
Kokoro Arenal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Resort Kokoro Arenal
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