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Arenal Manoa Hotel
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Ojochal, Costa Rica
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18 reviews
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“Fabulous resort!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

We checked into the hotel after dark. But the next morning we awoke to the most spectacular view looking directly up at the Arenal volcano, through our floor to ceiling windows/patio doors! The grounds are beautiful, the hot springs pool sooo relaxing. We spent most our free time in the pool! The dining room is beautiful and the food is good with a healthy selection on the dinner menu. Breakfast us all buffet and nicely prepared.

However, we arrived for breakfast well within the allotted time, and there were 6-7 empty tables but they hadnt been cleared. We waited, then sat at the least messy of them. The waiter cleaned it off for us, but we had to ask for coffee cups.....then ask for napkins....and finally I found salt/pepper shakers at another table. The waiter didnt seem too concerned by this, and in fact seemed to be quite jaded. Any time the client has to cajole the staff into a good mood while being served, it's not a good sign. But the price was very reasonable for what you get! I'd return to this hotel!

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2013

Wow!! This is truly paradise. After a vist to the hot springs at the Arenal Volcano we were taken to the Arenal Manoa Hotel. This place is out of this world. The rooms are lovely and the grounds are out of a set for a movie. Breakfast was included and it was a to die for buffet. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. There was a hot springs pool and a very large and beautiful cool water pool. Both pools had bars and the cool water pool had food service. As an added extra the maids form your blanket and throw into little animals and pose them on your bed with flowers from outside your door. The next time we visit Costa Rica this will be out=r hub of all activity and tours. This place is absolutely incredible.

Room Tip: bring plenty of ilm there is a ton of stuff take take pictures of
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

BEAUTIFUL!!! Room, grounds, buildings, pools, restaurant, birds ....... see the attached pictures. This is THE place to stay for all of the north central activities. This was our third Hotel on a Caravan.com tour.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Arlington, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

Greeted by friendly staff with a tasty drink. Rooms were amazing, had awesome view of the volcano which was out both days we were there. Hot Spring pool was warm and very inviting. Staff was on hand at all times. Breakfast was wonderful which lots of selections. We had dinner one night which was good also. The staff arranged our zip line trip.

Room Tip: Looked like all the room had a view!
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

This hotel is amazing! Every room has a view of the volcano and a huge bay window. I left my curtains open at night so I could gaze at it as I woke up. There is also a deck area with two chairs and a table.

What other hotel have you been in that has a little garden growing in the bathroom? I thought this was a great touch.

There are two pools with bars and the hotel is air conditioned and each room has a safe. The rooms are also very spacious and the bathroom huge.

The hotel also offers numerous activities which you can participate in or not.

This will be the hotel I will stay at on my next trip!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Portland, Oregon
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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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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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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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