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  • Reviews: 2

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Arenal Volcano Inn: Beautiful Inn!

Even though there are dozens of hotels in the Arenal Volcano area, Arenal Volcano Inn was a unique experience to me. It’s a small and cozy hotel with great location – great views to the volcano and close to the most interesting and beautiful spots in the area.
One of the things I liked most about this hotel, apart from its obvious natural attributes all around it, was the friendliness and kindness of the staff. The front desk staff would always advice on where to go and what to do.
There’s a nice, quiet and peaceful atmosphere anywhere you go. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with amazing views from the front porch area. The Deluxe rooms were particularly nice - beautifully designed ‘cabinas’ set back from the road and swimming pool, making it a very tranquil and relaxing experience.
Another great feature of this outstanding Inn is its restaurant and pizzeria. They offer a wide variety of typical Costa Rican dishes as well as International food, at a very reasonable price.
Choosing Arenal Volcano Inn was definitely a smart decision –a great value for your money. I highly recommend it.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Food and Dining, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, National/State Park
  • Written October 5, 2010
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  • SongsofFreedom profile photo SongsofFreedom
  • Reviews: 1

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Rancho Margot Organic Farm/Ecolodge: Costa Rica's Best Green :)

Rancho Margot Organic Farm: La Fortuna, Costa Rica

It seems today in our world of tourism, we are fixated on the abundance of trends. Just like the latest fashions from Marc Jacobs or Mr. Ralph Lauren, it seems that the masterminds behind the latest trends in travel are becoming the fashion rock stars of the tourism industry. It is becoming more and more apparent that the word green is no longer a color, but could be argued as a belief, a lifestyle, a message, and to some extremists, even a religion! For the focus of this article, let’s just say green echoes the words sustainability, renewable resources, and conscious thinking. Never has a trio of these words defined so perfectly the trends that are occurring at the Hotel Rancho Margot, Lake Arenal, Costa Rica.

Over the past summer I had the chance to experience the sights, sounds, smells and culture of the ‘Pura Vida’ lifestyle in Costa Rica. Particularly, this trip included a three-night stay in the middle of the rainforest. No seriously, this hotel is completely off the grid and is so sustainable, even recycled newspaper tends to get a little jealous. One of the major aspects that make this hotel operation not only practical, but successful is the management team. Rancho Margot was first designed to be an organic farm, but after a few pitched tents from friendly expats and outdoorists alike, it quickly remodeled itself into becoming a fully sustainable ecolodge. I mean fully sustainable in every sense of the word. Practically everything that is utilized throughout the ecolodge is made onsite of the property or somewhere within the general region of Costa Rica. This is important to note since green tourism was made a national policy in Costa Rica. Everything from the bar soap, to the benches were made on property. All of the daily food for guests and workers are derived from Rancho Margot’s organic garden, cows, pigs, and chickens, which make’s way for the ultimate in healthy dining.

There have been many definitions to the concept of ecotourism, and many corporations and hotels alike have utilized this concept of not only ecotourism, but similar catch phrases like sustainability, and going green to jump on the green train. It is important to distinguish particular entities that simply claim they are sustainable, but simply lack in the actual substance otherwise known as “greenwashing.” Let it be known that Ranchot Margot clearly stands as a living and visual definition of what it means to be sustainable.

One key aspect to note about the background of Rancho Margot is that it is family owned and operated, which can ultimately ensure a stable work environment. Additionally, some of the philanthropy that Rancho Margot includes would be it’s reforestation, ranger station, animal rescue and reintegration center, and it’s future developments for a on site school for local persons of Costa Rica. Keeping in mind that there is no actual requirement for any of these good works to be in existence, but when talking to Frederick Sostheim who is the Director of Operations, he simply replied, “It’s the right thing to do.” Perhaps many lessons can be learned by taking one trip to this fabulous place. Lessons about sustainability and organic farming, or deeper lessons about one’s self and attaining or restoring that balance of harmony with nature. Not too many hotels and resorts with 1,000 count sheets and convey the magnitude of that message. It is important of visiting the property, to take a tour by Fredrick of the Ranch to fully understand and appreciate all the innovative technologies and projects that are occurring and in progress at Rancho Margot.

Resource:

Sostheim, F. (2006). Rancho margot. Retrieved from http://ranchomargot.org/

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Adventure Travel, Jungle and Rain Forest, Farm Stay
  • Written August 16, 2010
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  • kzapanta profile photo kzapanta
  • Reviews: 117

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Tabacon Resort: Beware of Tabacon Resort in Lake Arenal

Just want to warn people about the hotel. Even though its the most luxurious of the choices, customer service flat out stinks. This is the hotel associated with the hot springs.
I would suggest not to lodge there and try the other less expensive and genuine lodges around.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Jungle and Rain Forest, Road Trip, Spa and Resort
  • Written December 21, 2006

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  • rdawdy profile photo rdawdy
  • Reviews: 9

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Arenal Volcano Lodge: Volcano Lodge is perfect

A wonderful room with two rocking chairs on the porch facing the volcano. Beautiful grounds and good food at the two restaurants on site. I you are lucky, the housekeeping staff will fold your towels into swans - really cute!

We went zipping at the nearby canopy zip place. The zip lining and free transportation was happily arranged by the office staff.

The back porch with rocking chairs facing the volcano is absolutely fantastic.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written July 23, 2006
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Arenal from the porch at the Vocano Lodge

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  • Reviews: 17

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La Choza Inn: Great value--more like a hotel than a hostel

My friend and I booked ahead on some hostel website and arrived by bus in Arenal. The inn is more like a hotel because you have your own room and bathroom. Right outside is a great view of the volcano. The manager was very helpful in setting up a tour guide for hiking at the base of the volcano and going to the hot springs.

Great view of a volcano!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Study Abroad, Hiking and Walking, Eco-Tourism
  • Written May 28, 2006
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  • Reviews: 3

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Tabacon: No Tabacon on return trip

While Tabacon's hot springs far surpassed any of the others that we saw on our stay, for about half the price I would recommend staying at another hotel for most of your stay. Don't get me wrong, you should stay at Tabacon for part of your stay, probably the latter portion for comparison's sake, but we stayed at Arenal Paraiso for much less money and had what I think were nicer accomodations with a little hut all to ourselves.

The Tabacon hot springs are far superior to any of the others.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Written January 24, 2006

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  • Reviews: 1

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Arenal Volcano Inn: A good hotel for a good price

I loved the Arenal Volcano Inn, everyone there was wonderful and the rooms were gorgeous! I recommend to go to the Arenal Volcano Inn because I received good service, a very clean and spacious room, really good food, it was very secure, but most of all, there was an outstanding view on Arenal Volcano.

Arenal Volcano Inn is a new hotel located 6.5 kilometer north of the Catholic Church of La Fortuna Town. It has 11 rooms with excellent view to the Arenal Volcano. Each room with two queen size beds, mini split air condition, mini refrigerator, a small breakfast counter and terrace. There is one jacuzzi suite, with two queen size beds, mini split air condition, mini refrigerator, breakfast couter, microwave oven, and coffee maker. The hotel has two swimming pools, one for adults and one for children, plus a jacuzzi with regulated temperated water. Their restaurant is open only for breakfast but under request they also do lunch or dinner for groups.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Adventure Travel, National/State Park, Jungle and Rain Forest
  • Written August 12, 2005
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  • Reviews: 228

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Hotel Los Lagos: Los Lagos

Excellent mid-range resort hotel close to the volcano. Our room on the hill had a patio with an excellent view of the volcano.

Pools, a thermal swim-up bar, an excellent dayspa and a great little restaurant.

If you have a 4x4 you can drive yourself up the mountain to the viewing post for a great look at the volcano, especially at night.

Restaurant had a little volcano dessert with ominous strawberry jam representing lava.

The mud mask at the spa was a bargain at $10 for 30 mins incl. a neck massage.

The butterfly gardens, crocodile pools etc. make for an interesing 30-min diversion.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written July 1, 2005
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  • Reviews: 55

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Hotel Jungla y Senderos Los Lagos (Hotel Los Lagos: Awesome Grounds, Great Views!

This hotel is awesome! There is so much to do that you could easily spend an entire week here.
There are lots of activities to keep the whole family busy, from bird watching to hiking to horseback riding, to spa treaments, to water slides, and much more.
The rooms are spacious and well-maintained and I believe most have a clear view of the volcano (when it's not hidden by the clouds that is). The restaurant is great (and cheap!) with a great view from the balcony.
Service is good as well and you can easily book many tours both within the hotel grounds and outside. The front desk will book taxi reservations for you as well, even long trips. There is a gift shop and spa as well.

I think the most amazing aspect of this hotel are the grounds. I believe it was 250 hectares..huge!

The horseback riding tour was fantastic. We saw monkeys (howlers), various birds (including a toucan), a 3-toed sloth and various other animals. The views from the mountains are just awesome...bring a camera!
Warm water pool fed by Arenal Volcano hot springs which is great for those rainy afternoons / evenings.
Crocodile, buttefly and frog farms as well as beautifully groomed and well maintained gardens.

If you're lucky enough, the view of the volcano from virtually all rooms (and the pool) are amazing. Unfortunately in two and 1/2 days we only saw the volcano for about 10 minutes. Arenal is still totally worth the visit even if you never actually catch a glimpse of the volcano (even though it's probably why you'll initially go there).

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Horse Riding, Jungle and Rain Forest
  • Written April 28, 2005
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Hotel Los Lagos - Arenal


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  • grets profile photo grets
  • Reviews: 3429

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Las Cabanitas Resort: Set in nice grounds

Individual wooden chalets spread around nice grounds, just 15 minute walk from the centre of Fortuna. Said to be the most upmarket place in this area.

The volcano is visible from the hotel grounds - provided that there is not cloud cover!

Snack bar, restaurant and swimming pool.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Adventure Travel, Photography
  • Written August 20, 2004
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  • Reviews: 108

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Tabacon Resort: Best hotel in Arenal

This is by far the nicest hotel in the area. The famous hot springs belong to the hotel. To get there you can walk down a hill 300 meters, or they have a shuttle that take people back and forth. It's pretty dark if you walk down there at night. The hot springs get very crowded in the daytime. But hotel guests have the hot springs for themselves for a couple of hours in the morning.

They rooms are very comfortable. The lobby is open air and has a nice bar and gift shop. The hotel consists of several different buildings. Ask for a room that overlooks the Arenal volcano. The later in the night, the easier it was to see the volcano erupt, despite the low clouds.

The maids did a great job, not to mention Heidi at the tour desk.

The pool was very nice, and usually empty as most people went down to the hot springs. Especially if you want a little cooler water to actuallly refresh you, this pool is better, and it has a swim up bar.

I tried the rooms service which was quick.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Jungle and Rain Forest, Adventure Travel
  • Written May 3, 2004
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Hotel Room Tabacon Resort


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  • Spudzinabag profile photo Spudzinabag
  • Reviews: 9

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Tabacon Resort: 5 Star on the cheap

Take your credit card for a spin in this beautiful resort. Although upscale, rates are very competetive compared to the US, and include access to the thermal springs complex.

Great volcano views

Luxurious rooms

Poolside bar under volcano

Blowout breakfast buffet. When you're done, pack some fruit for lunch to go

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Spa and Resort, Jungle and Rain Forest
  • Written February 14, 2004
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