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Arenal Manoa Hotel
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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73 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful hotel with nice rooms.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

Just stayed there this past week on a family vacation. Landscaping between rooms is stunning. Many tropical plants with a great view of the Arenal Volcano (when it's not cloud covered). Rooms were very nice but it could have used some shelves for clothes. A/C worked great. Minibar fridge. Bathroom very spacious and even had a square meter of plants between the shower and the toilette. Awesome to bring nature into your room.
Breakfast was included but was very average to weak.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

A nice hotel, one of the many hotels in the area, most of which seem to offer hot springs etc.
Staff are very friendly an the grounds a very well maintained and landscaped.
Our room was of a good size for the 3 of us and like all rooms at this hotel had an excellent view of the volcano, even though it spent a lot of time hidden by clouds during our stay.
The breakfast was good and the restaurant had a decent selection for other meals.
The hot spring pools are very relaxing and a great place to meet other guests and share tips and experiences.
Taxis to the town are easily organised and cost $12 each way.
We would certainly stay here again if we came back to this area.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Ambler, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

I read a lot of reviews before deciding a hotel, and was happy with this choice. The best part was the hot springs pool. It was so relaxing to take a warm but not hot swim at night. Both the springs and the pool were very attractive and both had a swim up bar with attentive service. The kids enjoyed it. The rooms were pretty spacious, huge bathroom. There weren't screens on the sliders but we kept them closed with air anyway. I saw 0 bugs in the rooms in spite of a plant in the bathroom, and had really no problem with bugs on the porch either. The a/c units were a bit noisy - and we could hear the one in the next room when ours was off.

Although it was the week of easter, it never felt crowded anywhere. There are two for one happy hours at the hotel - three every night with the last from 8-9 pm at the hot springs pool so we pretty much went there every night. We had 6 people, two rooms, and in spite of the happy hours we racked up a pretty good bill of extras at the pools as the drinks and most snacks are around $8-10 but on the other hand we only went out for dinner one night as generally we were just too tired. The mixed ceviche at the pool - served in a coconut was excellent and beyond my expectations. We did eat the free breakfast every day - it closes at 9:30 - and there is an omelette bar where they also made the kids pancakes and fried eggs. The breakfast was good not necessary excellent because it was pretty simple and a bit repetitive but it was more than enough to fill us up.

Also the service was very good - my daughter twice left her retainer with her dirty dishes and it went into the trash. Everyone pitched in and looked, including one guy who insisted on checking every inch of the disgusting food trash twice (and found it). When I offered to tip they said 'no not necessary' but of course I did anyway. The one odd thing was the pool cards - you get one per person and must trade them for a pool towel and return the towel at the pool to get the card back. There is a message on the card that if you lose the card then you owe $25 so I was in fear of kids dropping one the whole time. I found it odd as there is no way the little flimsy pool towels are worth more than $5.

The views of the volcano are very good although when we stayed the weather wasn't great to see it. I did see hummingbirds and lizards on the grounds but not much more, but they are pretty lush - it feels spread out but nothing too far away. We didn't do the farm tour although I liked the idea of it. We didn't use them to book any excursions.

Note we had decided to rent a suv and glad I did. Although some of the roads were rough, the flexibility was really nice and it was easy to get around. This hotel is a bit far out, I'm not sure I would have wanted to stay here if we didn't have a car. We found the hotel from google maps ok except we first stopped by the volcano inn which is the same driveway but closer to the road, you have to go down a unpaved driveway to find the manoa.

I'm rating a 5, for price/value.

Room Tip: We stayed in 134 and 135 and had good views and were halfway between the springs and the pool/restau...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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44 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

I spent two wonderful nights here on a Caravan Costa Rica tour. It was difficult to leave this very special place!

Our tour guide had been telling us this hotel was "local" and quite "rustic." Not even close! The rooms were large and well-appointed; bathroom was over-the-top; grounds were filled with lush plants and sometimes vocal wildlife (birds and howler monkeys); buffet meals provided to tour members were very satisfying; two-fers (during happy hour) in the restaurant bar at sunset were perfect; volcano views from our porch were incredible.

This was a wonderful accommodation in La Fortuna!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Bennington VT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Lovely grounds including a bird tree, river with lots of fish, and excellent view of the volcano. Rooms are spacious, showers large with plants and skylight.
We only ate breakfast at the meain restaurant and it was fine, nice variety on the buffet (yummy cheese) and good service. We ate dinner at the swim-up bar and restaurant and the food was very good. The pools are wonderful fun, one is hot spring pool

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Madrid, Spain
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

All kind of projects are usually connected with a good planning. Translating that to a hotel, we will have the Manoa hotel at la Fortuna, in front of the Arenal volcano. ¿Why? Because the basic idea of this hotel is to locate within a big garden several bungalows, with own access, nice view to the volcano, own garden, good construction and good services (all the bungalows are far from the neightboor, except one with good artifitial separaration; the connection is by means of a small navette available by phone calling in 2 min). The rooms are all first class and seems brand new and clean.
Buffett for breakfast is also excellent, including an own cheese from the farm close to the hotel
If you enjoy a certain privacy, thats your hotel. Same feeling is at the nice swimming-pool or at the "termas" in free air.
On top, the personal of the hotel are all very nice.
It is one of the best hotels we have enjoyed. If we would have opportunity to return, no doubt to select this hotel in La Fortuna, Costa Rica.

Room Tip: Close to swimming pool and breakfast; good view to the volcano and logistically better.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Smith's Parish, Bermuda
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27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

My family of three including 9 year old daughter stayed here at the end of March for 4 nights. The room was fairly large but missing a dresser, the three of us had to stuff our clothes in the nightstand drawers or desk/vanity drawers. But on the plus side there was a closet, pretty big shower and sink/vanity area, two comfy queen beds, a small patio with rocking chairs and the view was outstanding.
When we arrived we were met with a glass of juice and welcoming smiles. We told the front desk staff that our daughter wasn't feeling well, they were very kind and immediately offered to arrange an English speaking doctor and a taxi to get to his office in La Fortuna. As well as send chicken soup to our room at no charge. She was bummed that she might miss the zip lining we had arranged with Sky Trek the following morning but the front desk staff were again very kind and helpful in contacting our agent and the Sky Trek people to re-arrange our zip-lining to later in the day (which my daughter thoroughly enjoyed and was a good way to take her mind off her not feeling 100%). However, she tired quickly and we returned to the hotel for dinner even though we had thought we would try a restaurant in La Fortuna for a change from the hotel food.
This is really my only complaint as the food choices weren't great, and as we didn't have a car and as our daughter was too tired in the evenings to go out for a meal ($12 taxi ride to La Fortuna each way) we were more or less trapped into eating at the hotel. The one bar meal we had was good but dining room food was just average and after two mornings of the same breakfast offerings on the fourth morning we really wanted something else other than the same three fruits, cereal, rice, beans, bread (at least they had a toaster) and eggs. They did offer pancakes which my daughter had a couple of times and eggs to order which was good. But my husband didn't enjoy the fish he had and the burgers were just OK (served with fried egg).
Other than the food (and the long bumpy road to get to the hotel) I can't say enough about the excellent service we received and the landscaping around all the rooms making them totally private from others and most with fantastic views. Our daughter enjoyed the towel animals that the housekeeping staff left on her bed each night.The dining room was also situated in a gloriously beautiful spot with views of the volcano and many birds fleeting between the lush foliage surrounding the dining deck. The location is pretty good, only 10 minutes from town but with a secluded feeling and all the tours we had arranged met us promptly at the front desk.
I would definitely recommend the hotel and if food isn't a priority for you or if you can drive into town to eat then it could be a 5 star stay.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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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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