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Cocoa, Florida
Reviewed 5 October 2008

Wish I had more time to review and add to forums...maybe one day, but i wanted to give a review for the Arenal Vista Lodge, because I thought it was a very nice place. Was there 8/23/08. The lava views are excellent, the staff was very very nice, and you can walk down to a little part of Lake Arenal....

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C-bus, OH
Reviewed 29 July 2008

Didn't have a reservation but they seemed to have plenty of vacancies (unlike many places closer to town) which is understandable given the long bumpy road required to get to the Arenal Vista Lodge. Friendly guy at check in. Didn't spend much time in the room at check-in as we had plans to go hiking. Room was just barely adequate......

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Boston
Reviewed 24 July 2008

BACKGROUND I work for Explorica, an educational travel company. Each year I have the added perk of going on one of our student tours. Costa Rica had been on my hot list for years, so I was super excited when this July brought 22 days of traveling all around the country. My husband was with me for two of the...

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New Jersey
Reviewed 20 July 2008

I brought a group of students who loved the pool, and the views of the volcano at night. The rooms are standard, and the hot water was unpredictable. In the morning we were greeted by howler monkeys and the call of birds (at 5 am). I would definitely spend one night here again just for the spectacular view of the...

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glasgow scotland
Reviewed 10 February 2008

We stayed here for 5 nights (without transport). On 4 nights we had terrific views of the volcano from our bed. wonderful. Staff very helpfull, thanks Darianna. Rooms spotless, pool small but very clean and I enjoyed watching the birds in the trees and listening to the howler monkeys whilst lazing in the pool. $20 to La Fortuna in a...

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3Thank tiredandhappy
Corpus Christi
Reviewed 8 January 2008

If you really want to get away from it all, this is the place! No television or telephone (we didn't even have cell service in the area). Fabulous view of Arenal volcano (when the clouds lift). You may want to rent a 4x4 for this property especially during the rainy season as the road is pretty rocky and rough.

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Tempe, Arizona
Reviewed 3 January 2008

We ended up at the Arenal Vista Lodge after the travel agency in San Jose screwed up our reservation at a hotel closer to La Fortuna. They sent us here because the lodge allegedly had the last two rooms around. After negotiating a boulder-strewn, rutted road in the dark, we arrived at the hotel only to be told they didn't,...

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San Diego, California
Reviewed 24 August 2007

We ended up at this hotel because we didn't make reservations and we got caught in the rain with no vacancy. The price ($80)was higher than we wanted to pay, but it was totally worth every penny! We watched the some of the lava flow at dinner right from our table, but it would get cloudy on and off. At...

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carolina del sur
Reviewed 25 June 2007

We just got back from Costa Rica on the 21st. We stayed two nights in the Arenal Vista Lodge and really enjoyed our stay!! The view is absolutely stunning, we watched to volcano erupting from our rooms during the night. What a priceless sight! The pool is very pretty and very clean. There is no AC but you really don't...

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Chicago
Reviewed 9 January 2007

Contrary to some of the previous reports, our three-night stay at Arenal Vista was very enjoyable--despite the fact that we never saw the volcano's lava flows due to cloudiness. The grounds were beautiful; room maintenance was fine; and the assistance from the staff (particularly the well-organized and friendly manager Viria Hernandez) was exceptional. It is a very peaceful spot. The...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Laundry Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Arenal Vista Lodge

Address: 25 km west from La Fortuna, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 5717, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > El Castillo
Price Range: $101 - $209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Arenal Vista Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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