We visited the Arenal Kioro Hotel from July 9th through the 12th and found staying here to be an ethereal experience. From our room, the hotel restaurant and pool and billiards areas the volcano has a commanding presence even when it is cloud covered. The position of the facility meant that when Arenal exploded on the 9th we ran to a window and saw lava bursting into the sky (a sight our Hanging Bridges tour guide said occurs only every two years or so). We also viewed the volcano glowing red during a spectacular sunset.
The restaurant staff was gracious even accommodating my son’s desire to eat a banana for dinner. The instrumental versions of Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, and even Pink Floyd that played on the sound system further enhanced the beauty of this setting.
Reportedly the hotel area used to be a cow pasture. They have added hundreds of plants which attract birds and butterflies. We especially enjoyed a swim in the warm pool during a cool rain shower. Though our travel agent said we had booked the last room at this hotel, most of the time it felt like we had the place to ourselves. It was a wonderful place to stay!
- Free Parking
- Breakfast included