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Hotel Lavas del Arenal
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

It's definitely not fancy, but it was clean, quiet, and a great value. It's a little off the beaten track, but the owners are welcoming and helpful, and you'll get a great night's sleep.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

This place was a nice setting, very clean and has very hospitable hosts. The rooms are nothing fancy but are well kept. The grounds are beautiful with lots of hummingbirds buzzing around early - mid morning. It is a bit out of town so it probably best for travellers with a car. Breakfast was included and was good tico fare.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

this place is great if you need somewhere simple and cheap. the beds to me were fairly comfortable. room included a microwave, minifridge, and coffee maker (BYOC). The shower is kind of weird because you have to play with the water pressure to get the water warm or cold (goes through some sort of gadget to warm it up). my boyfriend was very concerned about the exposed wire. The AC is very loud...and the windows don't open (my only two complaints), but it gets very gross in there if you don't run it. The pool was kind of a plus for us while choosing a place to stay, but we never ended up using it. we were busy during the day and at night there are a bunch of frogs inside (kind of fun to go out there with a flashlight). breakfast is simple, eggs, toast, fruit, coffee, and papaya juice. i was sick the first morning, throwing up and all, and the owner was nice enough to give my boyfriend toast for me. the internet worked fine the whole time, and the landscape is very beautiful. you can see the volcano from the front of the property, and is about 10 or so minutes from town. kind of hard to find but we went up the last road before the main street turns one way and it's on a dirt road off of that street ( theres a small sign that says "lavas del arenal 5 minutos")

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

Ligia and Gabriel ~ they are what ALL hotel, motel and B&B owners should strive for! We stayed for 3 nights, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and we felt like we were with family. From the awesome breakfast, where Ligia cooks and her staff serve you first with coffee, juice and a fruit plate, and then eggs & toast, sitting outside listening to the Toucans and other birds! While we were there, Gabriel chopped open coconuts for all to drink coconut water...I know that, had he had little umbrellas, he would've supplied them!! They both go the extra mile to ensure your stay is everything you dreamed of! Communication was a little rough at first, but by the 2nd day, with help from my phone translator, we made it work, and sooo many laughs in the process! Taxi service is cheaper going through Ligia, and she connected me with a woman on the phone who spoke good English to make excursion plans (canyon zip-lining and ATV were not too far, and we had a blast!). Our room had 1 queen-sized bed and 3 twins, refrig, shower stall. Of course there are Cons in every situation, so for this resort, it would be the hot water was a puzzle: the less you turned the nozzle, the hotter it was (but they DO have hot water!); and the pool area is surrounded by palm trees and other plants and tall trees, which dropped leaves into the pool, making it appear it wasn't tended to. When it came time to leave, I couldn't hold back the tears any longer and just cried...... If this had more stars, they'd definitely get them! START PACKING NOW!!!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 December 2011

Owners are very enthusiastic and really want you to have a great time in CR. Rooms are nice and clean. Breakfast is pretty good, with gallo pinto, eggs, ham, toast and fruit.
Don't have much negative points to share. Maybe the AC was a bit loud and the shower (hot water) is a bit tricky. It's also like 5 miles out of La Fortuna, so there really is nothing to do around. You'll definately need a car. Other than that, it's a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Lavas del Arenal

Address: 300 Oeste de la Escuela de EL Bosque, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#22 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#26 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: ₹ 5,821 - ₹ 10,284 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Lavas del Arenal 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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