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Hotel Lavas del Arenal
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Reviewed 24 July 2011

This was everything we were hoping for and had read online. We were a little concerned when we drove up, as you can't actually see the rooms from the street, just the owners' house in front, but once we pulled in the driveway, we were reassured!

The rooms were very new and SUPER clean. They even picked our suitcases up every day to clean the floor under them. The beds were not super cushy, but that's normal, and the sheets were fresh and clean. No mosquitos in the rooms. Good AC. Nice bathrooms. Free wi-fi.

Location-wise, you really are only 6 minutes outside of La Fortuna, which is really great since the town itself isn't that nice. Being out in the countryside is a lot more relaxing and peaceful, yet still convenient for shopping or eating or activities.

What we loved the most is the BBQ! There were 6 of us, so two of the nights we bought food in town at the grocery store and BBQ'd! They have everything you need -- plates, silverware, tongs, etc. We did buy some charcoal the second night, and some plastic cups, etc, so as not to trespass too much. The food in Costa Rica is pretty bland and boring, so this was a great alternative to a restaurant. The couple that owns the place is SUPER nice, and the husband spent about an hour just hanging out with us and offering to bring us things for our BBQ!

The only thing I caution is to do your research on the activities and not necessarily reserve through the hotel. Sometimes they offer package deals that cost way more than if you just go to the place and pay on-site.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 May 2011

We so appreciate everyone at Lavas del Arenal! Ligia set up all the BEST adventures. After talking with other tourists and some of the guides, we found that each activity booked by Ligia was the best to be had. And we did it all! After fishing, Ligia even made a fantastic dinner for us with our catch! We'd stay at Lavas del Arenal again in a heartbeat, the service and breakfasts can't be beat! Since our spanish isn't the greatest, we partially communicated our needs to Mario via email. This worked out great! Ligia, Mario and Gabriel make this small hotel and absolute gem!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 May 2011

This is a simple hotel/resort. The kids enjoy the small pool.Very good service. Helped us in the middle of the night to call Copa airlines when our laggeges didn't arrive.It was no problem to get breakfast very early because we had to leave . Breakfast was very good. They have Wifi in the room. Very good value for money.

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

Basically, the room wasn't too bad and the grounds were well maintained. The hotel is hard to find and no one has heard of it., so make sure you have good directions. When you do find it you have to drive down a very rocky road to get to the hotel. When we arrived the owner (who must have assumed that we didn't like the place) met us outside waving the bill and saying "no cancel!" The room was simple, the a/c was loud, and there was very little water pressure. But worst of all the toilet in our room did not flush. We tried to explain to the owner, but after returning from a day jet lining we returned to the same clogged toilet and a bad smell. We did not stay the second night. Also FYI, there is no TV or phones in the rooms and the owners do not speak English. Overall this seems to be a ma and pa type hotel, The owners do try to be hospitable, but if you like basic amenities....do not stay here.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank dpasheff
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Reviewed 17 April 2011

The place itself was nice. But I would not recommend it to people who, like me, like to keep the windows open at night and breath the fresh air. The windows do not open!! So we had to stand the noisy AC all night... and could not sleep well!
The owner is very friendly and tries to help as much as possible, but the wireless Internet could never work!
Breakfast was honest but not memorable.
Not our best!

Evelyne&Pierre

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2011

I stayed at this facility for three quiet and pleasant nights. Not sure I would call it a hotel; probably the terms villas or motel would be more descriptive. Very nice family owned and operated units (at least eight, maybe twelve units). Clean, quiet, and a great country location. Nice grounds with many beautiful flowers and plants; includes a pool, and a covered BBQ area by a river at the rear of the property. Daily breakfast is included with the rental for all guests in an open air, but fully covered area that would seat at least 20. The hosts were friendly and helpful, but spoke little English.

Pros: Quiet, beautiful grounds, free parking adjacent to your unit, breakfast included, 24 hour Wi-Fi, Pool, good sized rooms, great value, large showers, AC (but seldom needed), refrigerator, coffee maker (but no coffee), microwave, and desk provided.

Cons: NOT A SINGLE TOWEL RACK IN BATHROOMS; NO DRAWERS OR CLOSETS IN ROOMS; located 6km south of LaFortuna (near school area) there is a speed bump just south of the entrance road and another just north; facility is located 400-500 meters west of main road from San Ramon to La Fortuna via a very bumpy gravel road (some could see this as an advantage) one cannot see the facility from the paved main road so must be alert for sign located on west side of the road near bus stop; uncomfortable seat provided for desk, but more comfortable wicker chairs are available in each unit.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 March 2011

Very clean, simple room with air conditioning and free parking located about a five minute drive from downtown La Fortuna. Great view of the volcano from the hotel entrance. Hotel owners are extremely helpful and friendly. A delicious breakfast is included. A quiet and affordable option for a low maintenance traveler.

  • Stayed: February 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: $114 - $212 (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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