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Arenal Vista Lodge

En El Castillo de la Fortuna 1000 metros al norte de la escuela de El Castillo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 5717 Costa Rica
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Located in the northwestern region of Costa Rica, 30 minutes away from La Fortuna, in the BiologicalCorridor between Monteverde Reserve and Arenal National Park, our lodge rests marvelously in one of the surrounding hills of the Arenal Lake, enjoying a unique view of the Lake and the Volcano. Coming to our lodge, you will be surrounded by a dense tropical forest, where more than 300 species of birds can be seen, as well as 100 species of mammals and 2500 species of plants and orchids. The Hotel Arenal Vista Lodge was conceived from a prevailing necessity derived from the deficiency of facilities in the Arenal area. We felt the need for a place that took advantage of the natural beauties the area, while offering the national and international tourists the commodities they require in the Biological Corridor between Arenal Volcano National Park and Monteverde Cloud Forest FEATURES: • 25 comfortable rooms, each lodged up to four guests. • Every room includes a private hot water bathroom, walk-in closet and a balcony with spectacular view of the volcano and lake area. • Facilities equipped to care for disabled people. • Restaurant and salad bar with costarrican and international recipes. • Swimming pool, wet-bar, souvenir shop and a meeting room, natural forest trails. Internet facilities. Parking area with 24-hour security • Restaurant, which fits 90 guests, Bar and Souvenir shop • Conference room for 30 people and swimming pool with wet bar • Optional tours: hot springs, canopy, horseback riding, boat rides, transfers to Monteverde. We offer laundry service as well. Special offers for honeymooners, students, families and cycling groups.
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3.0 of 5 stars
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luzma wrote a review Jul 2023
San Jose, Costa Rica21 contributions4 helpful votes
Great location to see the volcán Needs renovation on rooms, and a better cleaning detailing. More pillows and update the blankets and towels. We received the room with one empty bottle of water left by the previous guest, a couple of holes on the towels.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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atulya m wrote a review Jan 2023
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Big Scam… we made booking at the hotel and our data were stolen and we got scammed.. we tried to contact the hotel many time and they would never respond on email or telephone. so we had to book another hotel.. later this hotel deducted the cost and wouldn’t help us even though we explained them the whole situation with proof. I can just advise you to not book this hotel because there website is not safe and neither will they care about their clients.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SMW wrote a review Dec 2022
Managua2 contributions1 helpful vote
Wonderful views, great location in a lovely town right on the lake with a few basic services and restaurants nearby, and about a 30 minute drive to the main touristy area of La Fortuna (Sky, the main place for canopying is, however, just 10 minutes up the road and there are two good activity centres right by the hotel). The hotel itself is pleasant. Certainly not luxury but it works. Rooms are decent, need upgrading/improving in quite a few areas, but do the job. Internet hardly works and we often needed to ask for the hot water to be turned on. Service is a little sloppy in places but effort is made. A decent enough option which could be really lovely with a bit more work. 3.5 stars would be the most accurate rating. If returning to the area, I would choose to stay in the El Castillo area again as it is lovely and peaceful place to be.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Alexandra A wrote a review Aug 2020
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I had a terrible night and very bad serivce experience. food was ugly too. The first night was ok, and the view is nice, but the second night there was a lot of noise and they did nothing to stop it. The service was very very bad.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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mark S wrote a review Feb 2020
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So bad I don't really know where to start. Animal poop all over the beds, mold all over the bathroom and no hot water seems like a good start. The pictures on this site are a terrible representation of the actual hotel. Couldn't pay me any amount of money to stay here ever again. The only redeeming quality is that the staff was nice, except for the manager. Raul Blanco promised us a refund of about 60% of our money and he never followed through. He even had the nerve to complain to a tour company about one of their employees who was helping us translate our unhappiness with the hotel.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Casey wrote a review Jun 2019
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To start off, this room is run down and old. Not an issue if the room was clean, but no. The corners on the floors are dirty, there is NO AIR-CONDITION, you can hear everything from outside from talking to bug noises, and last but not least, there are ants, and i repeat ANTS, EVERYWHERE! You cannot walk into your bathroom without six running around, where is the cleanliness people! Absolutely disgusting. I cannot even sleep without fear of a gigantic ant crawling into my mouth. Do not stay here. You are better off staying outside. Literally.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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smere2013 wrote a review Jan 2019
Solana Beach, California52 contributions51 helpful votes
The place is surrounding by nature, great for people who want to have a unique experience. The front desk people are extremely helpful, nice, and welcoming. The restaurant food was delicious, and the breakfast is great, specially the traditional plate. The hotel is old with a lot character, if you want to experience a traditional Costa Rica life this is the place for you. It is a little isolated, but for this reason you can see monkeys and birds everywhere. The only down side is that the Internet just works at the restaurant or reception area. The transportation leaves 3 times a day and take you anywhere you want to go. The shuttle service people are very nice and affordable.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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islandivan wrote a review Dec 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana2 contributions
it is very basic, but everything one would need for a short stay, i would not plan on a long stay unless you are comfortable with no A/C and once again very basic accommodations, pool was nice, there is not a store near by so purchase any drinks, food, snacks etc before heading to the hotel, breakfast is traditional but very good
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Phillip F wrote a review Aug 2018
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The rooms are beautiful and have very comfortable beds, the price of the nights is very good it, is a hotel with exceptional quality, a beautiful location surrounded by the beauty of the nature reserve, I would return at any time.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Erik K wrote a review Jul 2018
Chesapeake, Virginia60 contributions16 helpful votes
I went with 30 students to this hotel. And most of them loved it. A few were upset that the room had geckos in it. Understand that this hotel is about a hour from La Fortuna. The food is local, the staff are sweet, and the rooms are fair. The hotel is a bit older and is on the mend.
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Date of stay: June 2018
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₹9,343 - ₹11,179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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arenal vista hotel arenal volcano national park
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaArenal Volcano National ParkEl Castillo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
25
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Frequently Asked Questions about Arenal Vista Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Arenal Vista Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Butterfly Conservatory - Arenal (1.7 km), Tabacon Hot Springs (7.6 km), and Arenal Hanging Bridges (6.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Arenal Vista Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Arenal Vista Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Arenal Vista Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Arenal Vista Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Essence Arenal Restaurant, La Ventanita, and Restaurante phoenix.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Arenal Vista Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Arenal Vista Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of El Castillo.
Does Arenal Vista Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.