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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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#6 of 11 Specialty lodging in El Castillo
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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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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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PetervTNL wrote a review Aug 2017
Rotterdam, The Netherlands230 contributions94 helpful votes
Don't visit this Lodge. You can't reach this lodge because there is a river 5 k before the lodge with you can't pass with a normal car. Whatever you try, they just charge you for not showing up even if you call them and trying to solve the issue. Not even open for discussion even after several nice mails and explaining the situation. You are losing your money and they don't care. JUST DONT VISIT its not worth it.
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Date of stay: April 2017
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Room Tip: Don't go there. NOT customer friendly
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Response from Arenalvista, Gerente at Arenal Vista Lodge
Responded 14 Sep 2017
Dear Mr. Peter. You go the wrong way. The correct way is by entering the route that passes through the Arenal Volcano National Park, Pueblo el Castillo and finally arrives at our hotel. We said it clearly when you called us at night. Check in time is at 2pm and not at 10pm that you call to be exonerated from the NO SHOW. Besides, you were to arrive the next day and did not show up either. For the mutual convenience and respect between us and our guests our company has established policies, which are similar in any hotel in Costa Rica or in their country. When you book firmly your reservation is saved for the time you reserve
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JGPnashville wrote a review Aug 2017
Nashville, Tennessee83 contributions20 helpful votes
Make no bones about it, the Arenal Vista Lodge is no Four Seasons. There is no concierge, no room service, but what they lack in amenities, they make up for in charm, hospitality and price. The breakfast was delicious and the view of the volcano was stunning. The hotel is quite dated and is very basic. Wi-Fi is available in the lobby and common areas only. The typical Costa Rican breakfast was included - eggs, rice and beans, fried plantains, with toast, coffee and orange juice and was among the best breakfasts we had anywhere in Costa Rica. Being in El Castillo is a wonderful experience - much less touristy than the town of La Fortuna. It's very close to Sky Trek Adventures, the Arenal Observatory Lodge and trails, as well as the Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo. For our family, that meant a better overall experience. We made choices about where to spend our money and where to economize. Great food options at La Ventanita, Soda La Mesa de Mama and Howlers Bar & Grill, all within a 3-5 minute drive from Arenal Vista Lodge.
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Date of stay: August 2017
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: We stayed in rooms overlooking the lake and the view was spectacular.
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Response from Arenalvista, Gerente at Arenal Vista Lodge
Responded 16 Sep 2017
Thnks for spending your vacation time with us. .- Arenal Vista Lodge is located 30 minutes away from “La Fortuna” in the south-beach lake of Arenal Lake; just in front of the Arenal Lake and Volcano. Arenal Vista Lodge is in the Biological Corridor between the Monteverde Cloud Forest and the Arenal National Park. Our twenty-five rooms lodging up to four people each. All rooms have private hot water bathrooms, walk-in closet and a balcony with a great view of the area. Our guest can enjoy our restaurant with a delicious costarrican food, fresh salad bar, sunny swimming pool and bar. We offer laundry service as well. In our private Reserve and surrounding tropical forest, more than 300 species of birds can be seen, as well as 100 species of mammals and 2500 species of plants and orchids. Arenal Vista Lodge is the ideal spot to spend peacefully your leisure time, practicing your favorite sport such as biking, horseback riding, boat rides, bird watching and much more. HOTEL AMENITIES • Guest Fax • Restaurant • Out doors Pool • Bar/Lounge • Handicap accessible • Laundry facilities • Parking area • Rooms for guides and drivers. • Natural Walking trails. • Complementary breakfast • Conference Room • Tour assistance • Smoke free property • Transfers “in” and out” (surcharge) • Special Tour Packages • FREE WIFI, Restaurant a Bar Regards
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SusanJRandolph wrote a review Jul 2017
Kansas City, Missouri76 contributions26 helpful votes
We were here as part of a tour group. The rooms are good sized, clean, but not fancy. The pillows were flat as a pancake, but the view made up for it all. The staff were charming and friendly. If you only do luxury travel this place is not for you. However, if you are trying to get a great feel for the flavor of Costa Rica this is a great stop. Be prepared for what I call the "Costa Rican Booty Workout" which means steps and hills to get where you want to go.
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Date of stay: July 2017
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$114 - $210 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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), Rio Chollin (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 Phoenix Restaurante.
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.