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Hotel Arenal Kioro Hotel 4 star
Arenal, Costa Rica -
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Margot Millier Section editor

With its location close up to the famous Costa Rican volcano, the Arenal Kioro & Spa is justified in its claim of offering guests the best possible view of this natural giant, even from inside thanks to its large, intelligently located bay windows. This luxurious establishment at the heart of a superb, vast wooded park offers high-quality installations and a classy level of service, albeit in a slightly formal manner.

This hotel review is a translation of the French version published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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    Location 5.48 /10

    Located up in the hills and surrounded by nature, the Arenal Kioro & Spa hotel is just opposite the volcano, just 4 mi from the entrance of the Arenal Volcano National Park. The nearest town, Fortuna, is a 10-minute drive away. It takes about two and a half hours to reach San Jose International Airport!

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    Twelve small buildings house a total of 53 suites, which have carefully been decorated identically (or nearly), and each has a double terrace (very rare!). Some have a king size bed, others have adjoining rooms. The unmissable immense bay-windows in the high-ceilinged rooms afford superb views of the volcano. The rooms are impeccable and very comfortable, equipped with a satellite television (68 channels), a free safe, individual air conditioning, a telephone, (free) internet access, and a mini-bar and tea and coffee making facilities. The bathroom which is pleasant, yellow in colour and decorated with a coral design, includes a hair-dryer, big separate shower and hospitality products are provided. It is a pity that the big jacuzzi in all the suites clashes with the rest of the space. Covering 63m≤, these vast, warm spaces are disappointing in terms of their decor, which could be said to be a little too kitsch. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    Opened in 2006, the buildings of the Arenal Kioro hotel extend over a superb 30-acre plot bursting with greenery. It is a little reminiscent of an American motel, with its uniform structure and access to the rooms from outside, without first having to pass through a corridor or reception. Opposite the row of rooms, a fine terraced space opens out over several levels, with pathways and an abundance of carefully spaced luxuriant plants, a big swimming pool for adults and another for children. The water from a natural spring flows down through five small round pools and three big ones, creating the most peaceful of settings. Set a little further back in impeccable cream and crimson rooms is the pleasant spa, with five massage rooms (two of which are for couples) and two more for facial treatments. Fourteen kinds of massage are on offer, including one for pregnant women. The most popular treatments are those using wine based products. In the souvenir shops, you can admire many pieces of sparkling jewellery, which are reproductions from exhibits at the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art in San Josť. There are many fine paintings in the hotel and rooms; for example, one of the suites has two works of art by the famous artist Isodro Con Wong, who has exhibited his work in Monaco, among other places.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    The Arenal Kioro hotel has a big indoor restaurant which can take 110 guests. The major advantage of this place is without a doubt its impressive panoramic view of the volcano. The open kitchens allow you watch the chefs busy at work over their pots and pans. There are several other places to eat outside. Bear in mind that the varied menu, with its international and local dishes, is the same regardless of where you decide to eat. Only breakfast is served as a buffet, and includes Gallo Pinto, a typical Costa Rican dish (rice and red kidney beans). The creditable wine list includes bottles from Italy, Chile, Argentina, Australia, Spain, France, and New Zealand. The chef recommends the sea bass cooked in Pejibaye sauce, made using a local fruit from the palm tree family.

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    More than 150 photos taken over the years have been carefully collected in order to open amuseum dedicated to Arenal Volcana and its history in 2009. The hotel has acquired a big lightening conductor to protect itself from storms, which are particularly frequent in October. 6 room are adapted for guests with disabilities.

    Accommodation tip:
    Try to get a room as close as possible to reception in order to reduce the distance to and from the communal spaces.


    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
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    • The superb park.
    • The view of the Arenal volcano, even from the rooms.
    • The welcome and the service.
    • The comfortable rooms


    • The jacuzzi in the rooms.
    • The kitsch decoration of the rooms.
    • No sports facilities.
    • No children's club.

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