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Arenal Lodge
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Firstly, yes this property is off the beaten path, but it is worth it. We were upgraded to a suite, and couldn't have been happier. Breakfast was ready by 6:30 AM each morning, and the front desk was always manned with a friendly face. We enjoyed the views, the grounds, the beds and the drinks from the bar. Would absolutely recommend and will stay here next time we visit Arenal.

Room Tip: 23 - excellent view
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Marco D, Operaciones at Arenal Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

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We appreciate it your visit, and will be happy to take care of your recommended ones.
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Reviewed 2 September 2017

My family stayed there for six days and we found the staff to be exceptional. The owners, Terri and Freddie, set a very good example as they got to know many of the guests including us during our stay. Jese, with Jacamar Tours, was excellent at setting up our various tours and we had a blast. The front desk workers were helpful. The restaurant on site was good which was nice because the lodge is not close to town. The grounds were beautiful and the views were amazing (the sunrises were gorgeous). We stayed in a family cabin which gave us everything we could ask for, space and privacy. The only draw back was the lodge was not close to town but all the tours came with transportation.

Room Tip: The chalets have the best view and the family suite has the most space with 2bedroom/2bath.
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Marco D, Operaciones. at Arenal Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thank you Very much for your comment.
We are sure is useful for future clients.

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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

I stayed in Chalet 204 for two nights with my teenage boys. The spacious room had a fantastic view of the Arenal Volcano and the hiking trails, horse stables, butterfly and traditional gardens right on the hotel grounds really set this hotel apart. Additionally, there were game tables (foosball, checkers, chess, and billiards), exercise equipment, swimming pool, and jacuzzis available for guest use.

The lodge was very conveniently located for the offsite activities that we chose to do (Original Arenal ATV Tour and Sky River Drift Zip lining and Tubing Excursion), as well as others that we will have to do on our next visit (1968 Trail, Arenal Observatory). There is an activities desk right on the premises that offers a wide variety of tours and excursions as well.

The included breakfast buffet served in the lodge's restaurant was very good as was the lunch and dinner that we ordered a la carte.

The road leading up to the lodge was long, steep, and bumpy (as others have commented), but, in my opinion, this only enhanced the "specialness" of the hotel, situating it high above the town and isolating it from everything but the howler monkeys, toucans, and other fauna that also call the forest surrounding the lodge "home."

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Marco D, Operaciones at Arenal Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

Thanks for commenting.
Very complete your description, and also useful for future clients.

Hope you come back to Arenal Lodge soon.

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Reviewed 21 August 2017

This is a great lodge with a fantastic location (right in front of Arenal Volcano). Our experience (my girlfriend and I) was very positive: the room (and the bathroom too!) was clean (important) and it has great views to the volcano. The restaurant offers great views of the volcano while you enjoy very good food. Also, the service was very friendly, efficient and timely.

The pool area and the jacuzzi are in good shape...however, on the "not so good" side there is only one thing to note: the place needs maintenance, especially the butterfly/hummingbird garden and some parts of the facilities.

An interesting place to stay. I would recommend staying here...have fun!

Room Tip: Room 345 has great views of the Arenal Volcano
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Marco D, Operaciones. at Arenal Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

We appreciate your comment.
Thank you very much for your observation. We are going to keep going with the good and improve the rest.
Hope to have you in Arenal lodge, soon.

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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

We only had one night here and were lucky to catch the weather just right. The volcano view is simply stunning.
The rooms are somewhat colonial in style and quaint, but perfectly acceptable and actually in keeping with the setting.
Take time to walk to the various trails. The butterflies and hummingbirds are simply gorgeous and compete for your attention.
There is a nice infinity pool and jacuzzi overlooking the volcano.
Alas the food, whilst OK, is nothing to write home about.
As others have said, to get the view you have a drive up the mountain side from the main road. As we had a hire car that was no problem to us.
If we had the opportunity to come back to the area I'd stop here again for the views.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Marco D, Operaciones at Arenal Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

Thank you very much for your comment.
If you have the chance to come back to the area do not hesitate to stay in Arenal Lodge.

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Additional Information about Arenal Lodge

Address: 200 meters NW from the Arenal Lake dam, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 1250, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#13 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: ₹ 6,491 - ₹ 11,697 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Arenal Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Lodge provides guests with the excitement of staying in an authentic rainforest lodge with breathtaking panoramic views of Costa Rica’s famous Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. Guests will enjoy a casual and relaxed rustic lodge setting with the added value of a complimentary breakfast daily. Located on 2000-acres of beautiful tropical rainforest, the lodge is situated near Arenal Volcano National Park. The lodge is surrounded by rainforest - housing hundreds of exotic birds, small animals and the beautiful tropical flowers and trees of Costa Rica. and is its own local tourist attraction due to its exclusive location with breathtaking panoramic views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. The lodge features a full service restaurant with local and international cuisine, gift shop, three heated outdoor Jacuzzis, an infinite edge swimming pool, walking trails, a butterfly garden, horseback riding, a game room and outdoor playground for children, fitness room, sauna, and free wireless high speed internet access. Guest rooms and suites feature cable TV, telephone, coffee maker, clock radio, and all have private baths. Complimentary crib and wheel chair are available on request. ... more   less 
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