How could I possibly wax poetic about such a wonderful place to stay? I'm gonna try.
The Great Stuff:
The bungalows are clean, clean, clean.
Richard the owner is exceptionally approachable, helpful, accommodating and honest.
They really DO have the best restaurant in town. Hits and misses as with any spot, but tasty. Get the Hearts of Palm Salad here. It had the most actual Palm of any salad we had in two weeks.
The most casual, yet "attended to" vibe contributes to perfect relaxation.
Our room was quite large, with extra pillows, blankets, and most of all, shelving for your stuff.
The location is spectacular for its' ease of access to the town. So close and yet feels secluded.
It really has an upscale feel to the place because fixtures and furnishings were quality and stylish.
To be Aware Of:
Don't forget that you are in the jungle. Everything from nature was there long, long before we came invading their territory. I say this because some people don't like bugs or iguanas or the sound of their claws on your rooftop. It's an old saying, but tis true, they are more frightened of you than you are of them.
We tend to be kinda loud, so really the only sort of not perfect thing is that we had to check ourselves occasionally for "rowdiness". Glad to BE rowdy at 50...
So, we were with Helen O (see review) on vacation. The owner RIchard is one in a hundred million. Yes, I exaggerate, but for good reason. Three of the four of us got some awful gastro bug that required one of us to take a trip to the Dr. RIchard immediately offered to accompany her to to interpret. She needed IV fluids which Richard says was only the third time someone has needed them. Which proves the point that he is attentive to all, not just us. He made himself completely available in ANY capacity we would need. Stellar, just stellar..
Conclusion: Book it now.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Arco Iris is located within walking distance to the beach, shops, restaurants and the center of town. The hotel has been completely remodeled and has five bungalows and seven deluxe rooms, which are surrounded by a lush tropical garden and swimming pool for your relaxation. Set back from the street, Hotel Arco Iris assures guests a quiet and tranquil experience. The rooms have been re-designed with beautiful contemporary bathrooms and comfortable interiors and have A/C, TV's and mini bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arco Iris Hotel
- Arco Iris Tamarindo