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Hotel Arenal Spring Hotel 0 star
Arenal Camino al Volcan, La Fortuna, Costa Rica Arenal, Costa Rica -
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Margot Millier Section editor

Several miles from the Arenal volcano like many hotels, the Arenal Spring is a large property embellished with low-lying vegetation. Although we like the accommodation of the small bungalows and their proximity to the very standard services, we particularly dislike the general decoration (without any taste), and the restaurant services.

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

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    Location 3.0 /10

    4.5 mi from Fortuna, the Arenal Spring is located close to other hotels, and 12 minutes by car from the entrance to the national park. Allow for a journey of around 2 hrs 30 minutes to get to San Jose international airport.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The Arenal Spring accommodates its clients in 87 rooms, of which several are connecting. They are all identically arranged. Each single-storey bungalow is divided into two spacious rooms with beautiful high ceilings. The numerous windows mean that the room is always filled with daylight. From the inside, the view of the large terrace with a rocking chair and small gardens is very pretty. The rooms have no style, and are equipped with king or queen size beds (hard) and low-quality furniture. The bathrooms, which are large and characterless just like the rooms, have a skylight in the shower. Equipment: a satellite television (65 channels), a safe, a refrigerator and tea and coffee making facilities, a telephone, a hair-dryer, individual air conditioning and a fan. Room service is available during the day.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    The Arenal Spring, built in 2005, is accessed via a small, rocky path about a hundred metres long, and by going past the ranch, home to 28 horses. You will then see the small, solid buildings, which are simple and without any particular style. Each service takes place in small, separate structures, but they are nevertheless all close to one another. The reception is not very pleasantly decorated, but it does have wireless internet, like the bar next to the restaurant. You will very quickly forget about the massage room (10 types of massage offered) pompously called the 'spa', which is empty and with no interior decoration. It is better to take a dip just nearby, in the geometric-shaped swimming pool with a small section especially for children, and then go and have a drink at the bar on the same floor. The low-lying vegetation livens the place up. Next to a pretty lake, holiday-makers will find it difficult to make out the "huerta", the hotel's vegetable garden where fruit and vegetables grow. You leave the communal areas and follow the main path to reach the rooms, which are all located in small bungalows arranged next to each other on several perpendicular paths.

    Food and drink 6.20 /10

    Outdoors, the only restaurant is covered by a wooden roof. A maximum of 130 people can sit around tables of 4 or at long tables. Nobody will really be able to tell the buffet section and the a la carte section apart. Under this large covered area, where it is constantly noisy as soon as the holiday-makers gather together, you will find it difficult to find anything to please you, and the international dishes that are not often renewed throughout the service do not offer a lot of choice.

    To know

    The hotel receives a large number of groups. Two small cars are available for guests.10 rooms are adapted for disabled people.

    Accommodation tip:
    Try to be allocated accommodation that is as close to the reception as possible in order to shorten needless walking distances!


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


    • Swimming pool


    • The peace and quiet offered by the surrounding nature.
    • Not far from the Arenal volcano.
    • The ranch.
    • The small, private lodgings.
    • Everything is nearby


    • The unvaried and tasteless restaurant service
    • The noise in the restaurant.
    • The general decoration of the buildings
    • The rocky path leading to the hotel
    • The pathetic spa
    • Few services

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10
      • Package deals in décembre 2013 Posted on 2013-12-12 Seul - 1 nuitée (Chambre avec vue)

        Très bon hôtel très bien situé. Accueil formidable et personnel très gentil. Vue imprenable sur le volcan Arenal. Salle de bain dépaysante

      • Advantages

        Cadre magnifique avec vue sur volcan pour tous les logements. Piscine avec bar et différents bains à différentes températures.

      • Disavantages

        Aucun :) Onéreux mais worth it :)

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      • Overall Score 9.75/10