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Arenal Manoa Hotel
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
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“Great views and beautiful area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

Wow What great place to stay. My husband and I loved the view. The room was great, we could lie in our bed and see the volcano. The drive from San Jose was long 3 1/2 hours on curvy roads but our driver was very friendly. We used Anywhere Costa Rica to get the private driver who was still waiting for us even though our flight was 3 hours late. Everyone in La Fortuna was very friendly as well. The main street has restaurants, shops for souvenirs, and a grocery store for snacks and drinks to put in the fridge in the room. The only down side was there was not a little store onsite to get snacks to eat, but the bar food was good. We enjoyed the continental breakfast. It was a good start to the day. Definitely loved our visit to Costa Rica and are planning on returning in the future. If you plan on going make sure to take the boat safari tour. It was our most enjoyable day trip

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sag Harbor NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

The resort location is perfect - a 10 min. drive from downtown La Fortuna. Everywhere on the property seems to have an incredible view of the volcano. We watched clouds swirling around the volcano peak for hours. We were very fortunate that the peak was visible for several hours over the course of three days during the rainy season.

After a hot, long drive, we really enjoyed our complementary welcome drink when we checked in. Having 2 pools was really great. The regular pool was perfect during the day, and the thermal pool was perfect in the evening when the air was chilly. Each pool has its own roofed Jacuzzi.

Breakfast was varied and had typical Tico foods such as rice and beans, plaintains and eggs and typical American foods such as oatmeal, toast, yogurt, fruit. It was delicious.

The grounds are immaculate, the landscaping was outstanding, and this was our favorite accommodation in Costa Rica. We spent three nights at Arenal Manoa and loved every minute of it.

It is best to have a car - there is nothing within walking distance of this resort.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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O'Fallon, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

My wife and I stayed here for three days and enjoyed the beautiful grounds and the amazing Arenal volcano. Your room is in a shared bungalow surrounded by ornate flowers and bushes. A huge glass sliding door faced Arenal and this is the view we had waking up each morning. Our room was very clean and spacious. There was a flower garden in the bath room!! The hotel staff was excellent. The hotel grounds are quite large so a shuttle service is provided and it is very prompt. The pool with a swim up bar was great. Two hot tubs and a spa are also available. A buffet breakfast is included. Lunch and Dinner are also available at the on site restaurant at additional charge.The food was good but I believe the menu needs more variety.The town of La Fortuna is only a ten minute drive for additional dining options and shopping. You won't be disappointed with the Arenal Manoa Hotel !!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013 via mobile

Beautiful view of volcano in Arenal's tropical setting from our room! The staff was friendly and helpful. Restaurant served fresh, delicious meals with local flare. Especially enjoyed watching hummingbirds and butterflies while having breakfast and lunch in open air restaurant.

  • Stayed October 2013
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

We had a rental car, so we did not have any issues with transportation from the hotel to local attractions or restaurants. The property is a very nice place - beautiful garden everywhere. Rooms (stand-alone houses) are very nice too - spacious, with excellent view of the volcano with huge windows. Very private patios available to the last raw of the rooms - we had one of those (others have patios facing the inner roads - still private due to lots of vegetation/garden). My favorite was intelligent a/c with remote control supporting different modes like dehumidification. Common facilities are nice too - restaurant and several pools. Have not used spa - can't tell much, but it looked good from the outside...

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

My wife and I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. The view of the volcano every morning was breathtaking, the 'morning alarm' by the national bird flying from room-to-room was great, the food was exceptional, the pool/swim-up bar was fun, and the rooms were very clean. We were speechless over the bathroom: natural light shining through the roof to include a flower garden between the toilet and shower (I know it sounds strange but it was really cool!)

We left this hotel and traveled to the "5-Star-Marriott Guanacaste." Arenal Manoa Hotel was far more pleasant and enjoyable for us. We hope to return and stay there again on our own in the future.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ada, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013 via mobile

We were part of a Gate 1tour (we chose the upgrade for hotels it was well worth it) from our bed there was a sliding patio door from which we could see the volcano. It was awesome. The hot springs were incredible at night and in the rain. Loved it.

The happy hour 2 for one 1 continued at each of the bars throughout the afternoon making it affordable.

While the resort is spread out, never a long wait for a shuttle. We were there during rainy season so get up early and enjoy.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Arenal Manoa Hotel

Property: Arenal Manoa Hotel
Address: Route 142, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#8 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Arenal Manoa Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Manoa Hotel is a beautiful Arenal hotel to relax and enjoy the marvelous view of Arenal volcano in Costa Rica. Surrounded by gardens, pastures and animals, our rooms have been designed so that each one offers you a panoramic view of the Arenal volcano. Our visitors can take advantage of our spacious gardens for walking and meditation as well as the opportunities to see the daily operations of a typical Costa Rican farm. ... more   less 
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Arenal Manoa Hotel And Spa
Arenal Manoa Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
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