Hotels around Arenal/La Fortuna, Monteverde and Tenorio

Caño Negro | Tenorio | Monteverde | Arenal | Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui


Hotels at Caño Negro (National Refuge)

CAÑO NEGRO NATURAL Lodge superior | ¢¢¢
A well maintained lodge with 22 comfortable rooms, on the edge of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Air conditioning. Bar, restaurant, swimming pool, large garden, miniature golf. Many activities and tours available: tarpon fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking , exploring the wetland flora and fauna.
Our Opinion: The ideal base for birding, fishing and exploring Caño Negro by boat. Good service.

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Lodges around Tenorio National Park /Rio Celeste


LA CAROLINA Lodge superior, rustic (eco-lodge) | ¢¢¢
A wonderfully rustic lodge in the middle of nature, close to the volcanoes Miravalles and Tenorio. 10 rooms with shared bathrooms (among 2 rooms) and 3 private cabins offering more privacy. The accommodations and interior are all made of wood and the electricity is deliberately kept to a minimum – a real lumberjack experience. Enjoy nature and an abundance of birds (toucans) right on the property. A stream runs through the estate, of which a part is diverted into a wood-fired Jacuzzi! Home-style cooked meals and an excursion to the magnificent Rio Celeste and its cascade are included.
Our Opinion: Well run institution with personality for lovers of nature and authenticity. One of our favourite hidden gems.


TENORIO Lodge superior, charming | ¢¢¢¢
Located in a region yet undiscovered by tourism and full of attractions. A quality lodge on a 7ha property with spacious bungalows (45m ²) offering beautiful views on Volcan Tenorio and its environs. King-size beds with canopy, mosquito nets and a sofa bed for one person, fan, bathroom (shower) with solar heated water. Bar, restaurant, terrace, internet, gift shop and two red cedar whirlpools. Numerous activities: hiking trails, good ponds for bird watching, “Skywalk” at heliconia gardens, visiting a finca, and the magnificent Rio Celeste.
Our Opinion: A comfortable alternative with charm to explore this region "off the beaten track". The French owners Christine and Franck ensure the excellent quality of your stay.

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Monteverde Hotels and Lodges

A small establishment with 8 well maintained rooms. Four of them (doubles) are located in the main building, the other four (up to 4 persons) in separate cottages. Flower gardens with a beautiful orchid collection (one of the world’s biggest private collections). The restaurant serves European and Costa Rican specialties.
Our Opinion: A cosy, welcoming place to stay. When the rest of Monteverde is shrouded in clouds you principally get sun up here. An interesting creation from the restaurant: try the Swiss “Rösti” prepared with local yucca!


Hotel BELMAR rustic, charming | ¢¢
Perfectly situated on a hillside, offering a nice view on the Nicoya Gulf. 34 spacious, pleasantly decorated rooms (2 categories) in two wooden chalets, with private bathroom. Bar and restaurant, laundry. Numerous activities are available: "Skywalk" and "Skytrek"… to explore the cloud forest, habitat of the rare quetzals.
Our Opinion: A good choice in this category in Monteverde.


EL SAPO DORADO charming | ¢¢¢
In a rural location, a bit off Monteverde and a few minutes’ car ride from the Reserve. This well run establishment offers 30 suites in 3 categories: 10 "Classic Mountain Suites" with fireplaces, 10 "Fountain Suites” with separate bedroom, and 10 "Sunset Terrace Suites" with a terrace overlooking the Gulf of Nicoya. Mini fridge, large bathroom (shower). Pleasant restaurant, bar, hiking trails on the property.
Our Opinion: A very pleasant hotel of its category in Monteverde. Good accommodation and good service. We have a preference for the "Classic Mountain Suites” with fireplace.


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Hotels around Arenal (Volcano & National Park)


ARENAL OASIS Eco-Lodge rustic | ¢¢
A small family-run B&B lodge, made up of charming small wooden chalets, not far from the beautiful cascade of La Fortuna. The rooms’ decoration is somewhat "kitsch", but offer rustic comfort. Bathroom with shower.
Our Opinion: A good choice for tighter budgets.



Hotel LAVAS TACOTAL rustic | ¢
Well located opposite the Arenal Volcano, between La Fortuna and the lake dam. A small hotel with a dozen rooms in chalet-style bungalows.
Two large beds, private bathroom, air conditioning and fan. Swimming pool, restaurant.
Our Opinion: Good, small unit with a great view of the volcano and reasonable prices.


Nicely located in El Castillo, outside the whole hotel district of La Fortuna, with a splendid view of the volcano. The hotel was recently renovated and offers 3 types of rooms: standard, junior suite and "Moon Suite", all with a somewhat kitschy decoration. Restaurant with view, parking, walking trails.
Our Opinion: This hotel’s advantages are its formidable view on the volcano and the friendly service. The standard rooms are decent, but the junior suites are larger and offer more privacy.


This lodge occupies a unique position in the foothills south of the volcanoes Arenal and Chato, with views on "the monster" and on picturesque Lake Arenal. 37 rooms are divided into 5 categories. All rooms (capacity up to 5 people) are equipped with private bathroom and fan. Bar, restaurant with large terraces to observe the volcano, swimming pool.
Our Opinion: One of the first lodges to be frequented by volcanologists, currently offering the best view of Arenal Volcano. All rooms have been renovated. The villa is ideal for families or small groups.


“White Hawk Villa” is a large house, a little off the hotel part of Arenal Observatory Lodge (800m from the reception). The villa can accommodate up to 8 people. 2 bedrooms with private bathroom are on the ground floor; on the first floor you will find the dining room, a large lounge, kitchen facilities and a satellite TV. Parking spaces. Many tours, including: a trip to Chato volcano, a canoe trip on its Lagoon to a beautiful waterfall. Canopy tour. Access to the lodge with 4X4.
Our Opinion: One of the first lodges to be frequented by volcanologists, currently offering the best view of Arenal Volcano. The villa is ideal for families or small groups.


ARENAL Lodge superior, charming | ¢¢
Friendly hotel by the dam of Lake Arenal, at the end of a long private road through forest and pastures. 3 room categories: standard, junior suite and cabins (situated a bit off). The latter two categories have a first class view on the volcano (which is 7.5km away). Bar and excellent restaurant with wonderful views.
Our Opinion: One might prefer staying in the junior suites, for their comfort and views.


LOMAS DEL VOLCAN superior, charming | ¢¢¢
Beautifully located in a rural setting off the hotel zone, facing the volcano’s north-east side, this small hotel offers 13 charming cottage-style bungalows. The spacious rooms with neat rustic furnishings are simple and comfortable. Small refrigerator and coffee machine. Jacuzzi, restaurant only for breakfast (next restaurant at 1km).
Our Opinion: Ideal for a stay in bucolic idyll.


ARENAL PARAISO superior, charming | ¢¢
A big resort with many facilities in front of the volcano Arenal. 40 wooden bungalows in 3 categories: standard rooms with fan, superior rooms with observation terrace and air conditioning, and suites with additional Jacuzzi. Good restaurant, hot water pool, Jacuzzi, bar, gift shop, walking trail to a pretty waterfall and spa.
Our Opinion: A good address from any point of view: comfortable, beautiful, close volcano view and a good restaurant (try the excellent Tilapia from Lake Arenal).


MONTAÑA DE FUEGO superior, charming | ¢¢
The hotel is perfectly located opposite the volcano, offering 50 chalet-like rooms of 2 categories located in beautiful gardens. The wooden standard rooms are simple but pleasant. The junior suites are larger and have more luxury. All rooms come with a terrace to observe the volcano. Restaurant, bar, spa with many treatments, Jacuzzi and sauna. Swimming pool with a bar within a gorgeous property.
Our Opinion: An excellent place to observe the volcano.


ARENAL KIORO Suites & Spa superior, charming | ¢¢¢¢¢¢
A new facility with sober architecture, offering all advantages of a luxury hotel. Very well located opposite the Arenal volcano. All 53 suites have large windows and two balconies for night and day observation of glowing lava… Room Equipment: whirlpool, air conditioning, safe, refrigerator, coffee maker, telephone, satellite TV, internet access. Gourmet restaurant with a panoramic view, lounges, shops, beautiful and vast gardens, large pool, spa, fitness room, parking places.
Our Opinion: Definitely a doubt the best luxury Hotel in Arena!. Our clients report full satisfaction.

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Hotels in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui


LA SELVA (OTS Organization of Tropical Studies Biological Station) | ¢¢¢¢
The research centre allows visitor without scientific background only on reservation. Accommodation in well maintained bungalows. Full-board only, including a guided tour. If you are interested in ecological systems and their backgrounds, this is a great opportunity to learn from first hand.
Our Opinion: Excellent, though rustic base to visit the La Selva reserve.


Pleasant lodge among beautiful tropical vegetation beside a branch of the river Sardinal. 15 rooms in bungalows with a small terrace, fan, private bathroom. Bar, restaurant, rancho with hammocks, swimming pool. Many excursions available: horseback riding, visit of La Selva Biological Reserve (20 minutes), tour boat on the river Sarapiqui, a butterfly house and a superb little insect museum.
Our Opinion: A good observation base for ornithologists.


SELVA VERDE Lodge superior | ¢¢¢¢
Originally designed wooden bungalows on stilts, connected by bridges, all float in the midst of lush vegetation populated by many birds. 18 rustic double rooms with private bathroom and a terrace, 8 double rooms with shared bathroom. Restaurant. Numerous trips available.
Our Opinion: Good starting point for ornithologists as well as white-water rafters (on the Rio Sarapiqui).


SARAPIQUI'S RAINFOREST Lodge superior (eco-lodge) | ¢¢¢
Located in La Virgen de Sarapiquí, this eco-lodge, inspired by traditional pre-Columbian architecture offers 4 large thatched ranchos with 8 rooms each. The reception, bar, restaurant and meeting hall are located in another rancho. In a further building 12 standard rooms are proposed for students and researchers. Furnishings are of natural materials (stone, local woods) and fit to the sober decoration. The rooms have terrace, private bathroom, fan, telephone and internet access. Laundry and room service, parking spaces. Solar energy, sewage treatment plant, a museum about "Man and Nature" and pre-Columbian history, botanical gardens (ornamental and medicinal plants), Tirimbina Biological Reserve (330ha) with a small island on Rio Sarapiqui and a 260m suspension bridge through the rainforest (several hiking trails).
Our Opinion: One of the best bases in this region. The activities are plenty and you will especially appreciate the spirited birdlife on the property.

This list is not exhaustive. If you desire a hotel that is not mentioned here we will gladly take care of your booking.

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Hotel Classifications:

Because there are almost no “star classifications” in Costa Rica we have assigned our own categories to give you a more precise idea of the establishments:

orderly and simple, mostly rustic accommodations
neat, comfortable accommodations, mostly rustic
quality hotels with character and great comfort
high-class hotels, offering distinctive service
top end luxury hotels, Costa Rica’s best!

Price Categories:

¢: 40-60 USD | ¢¢: 61-90 USD | ¢¢¢: 91-120 USD | ¢¢¢¢: 121-180 USD |

¢¢¢¢¢: 181-300 USD | ¢¢¢¢¢¢: 300+ USD

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The section "Our Opinion" includes reports of our frequent quality control visits at the facilities and customer feedbacks .

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