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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Lavas Del Arenal Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos