Great spot outside the center of town with outstanding views of the volcano and good starting point for many of the tours. the staff are very helpful and accomodating. The gardens are beautiful and great bird watching from the restaurant.
The Paraiso has nice individual cabins with enclosed front porch that face Arenal Volcano and covered back porch which overlook the beautiful landscaping. The cabin is one large room with 2 queen-sized beds, dorm-fridges, and cable TV and a large bath (but shower only). On the property you will find a souvenir store, swimming pool, spa, restaurant, hiking trails, cozy, secluded thermal-springs pools (including a swim-up bar), horseback riding, and a canopy tour. We enjoyed this property very much. Even though the hotel was full we were always able to find a thermal pool to ourselves. Breakfast was included and was delicious. We did the zip-lining trip (very reasonable at about $45 per person) and the guides were extremely professional and safety-minded yet lots of fun.
In the small village near Arenal Volcano, the hotel boasts the best views around.
We arrived at 8pm after a hell of a drive from Monteverde, worst roads in existance to the village.
Arrived in a dimly lit place with an empty car park. There was no record of my booking and the place had no hot water and no electricity.
Avoid this hell hole
This hotel is a great hotel near an active volcano. You have a wonderful, in my opinion the best view of the volcano, and at night you can see the lava flow.
There are 12 standards and 25 deluxe bungalows surrounded by lush tropical gardens and all with a view of the volcano.
Good service and friendly people.
The breakfast buffet is huge, and offers local dishes as well as more American style dishes
The hotel has a lovely swimming pool, hot springs and a hot springs fed wet bar all with a great view of the volcano. They also have a spa, canopy tour (zip line tour) and private trails.
There is a 24-hours security.
We stayed four nights and were impressed with the view and the property. Each room stands alone and has a place to park your car if you have a rental. They have one restaurant which was limited in its selections but the food we had was good. The level of service was good, but not on par with most resorts; the pricing was on par with other resorts though. We booked one tour through their tour desk, a river tour, and enjoyed our time. I would recommend this hotel just on view alone, so if you dont stay, make a visit to take some pictures.
They have a nice hike behind the property that can take about 90 min to walk. At the end is a small waterfall, so if you go, do it for the hike, and use shoes, not sandals. They have a canopy tour on the property as well. They have mineral pools on site which were very nice to sit in during the evening. The pools start hot at the top, and cool down as the water pours into the next pool, so you can pick a pool to your heat preference.
We had a room looking out on the volcano, (a junior suite) so when the clouds cleared away at 3 am, we were able to go out on the balcony and see the lava and eruptions. (I had been warned that the time the volcano 'unclouds' are usually 4-5 pm, 11pm, and 3 am. We saw the afternoon one, but were unlucky at 11 pm. I slept with on eye on the volcano, and so was able to catch it. Food was good there too. The road up to the Lodge is one way, steep and about 1 km or more in length. There is a gate keeper at the bottom. We also took a tour to the hot springs from there at night. After we arrived, we sat on the balcony and watched the birds and butterflys in the garden outside our room.
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