$150 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Sep 19, 2015 Check-out: Sep 20, 2015

Lavas del Arenal

3 stars
View map of 150 meters west from El Bosque School, La Fortuna, San Carlos, hacia la Reserva del Bosque, La Fortuna,

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.3
out of 5
12 reviews
Paradise

Had a fantastic time. The owner, Mario, is unbelievably friendly and helpful with coordinating your... See full review

  • Laurawantstoroam
  • Feb 24, 2013
Fantastic Family Run Hotel

I was here last week driving in from Tamarindo. We arrived late at night. You have to drive through... See full review

  • Tall Jon
  • Jan 17, 2013
Lavas del Arenal offers a scenic setting adjacent to El Bosque Reserve and a river. Downtown La Fortuna is 3 minutes away. The hotel offers Free Full Costa Rica Breakfast, freshly cooked right in there. The hotel has an an outdoor pool, free access to wired computers and Free wireless internet access. The property is in a quite area surrounded by nature, one will be able to see all kind of birds and nature one will have the option to swing in the river and enjoy the peace of a hotel 100 percent ecological. The hotel offers grills thru the property for the guest with microwaves, refrigerators and coffee makers in rooms. Private bathrooms with hot water and air condition.

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Lavas del Arenal Rooms

Standard Room
Standard Room offers 1 queen bed with alarm clock, LED Tv, Internet access, Radio, Room service, private bathroom with hot water, air condition, coffee maker, Refrigerator, microwave and full breakfast.
Superior Room
Superior Room offers 1 queen bed and 1 twin bed with alarm clock, LED TvInternet access, Radio, Room service, private bathroom with hot water, air condition, coffee maker, Refrigerator, microwave and full breakfast.
Family Room
Family Room offers 1 queen bed and 3 twin bed with alarm clock, LED Tv, Internet access, Radio, Room service, private bathroom with hot water, air condition, coffee maker, Refrigerator, microwave and full breakfast.

Amenities

  • Free internet
  • Free parking
  • Pool
General
Concierge
Activities
Pool
Dining
Restaurant
Services
Business center
Laundry service
Internet
Free internet
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Accessible Rooms/Facilities

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

Ratings and reviews for Lavas del Arenal

Overall score

3.3 / 5
5.01.0
12 out of 12
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
4.4
Comfort:
3
Location:
3.1
Value:
3.7

75% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Lavas del Arenal

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Grimlou
Couples
Reading, PA
Mar 17, 2014

Would not stay there again and would never recommend it

Difficult to find ,out of the way place down a long dirt road . 10 to 15 minutes from town. Need car or taxi. Nothing near by . No restaurants or attractions . Room very basic , bare fixtures, closet has no door and no hangers, no glasses, no maid service, 2 worn bath towels and one hand towels for the 2 days we were there. No shampoo or conditioner provided.Two pillows for 2 queen beds (had to request 2 more) no blankets just sheets on bed. Contrary to the info on the internet Wifi was not accessible from our room.(13) We had to go sit in front of another unit to get reception. The grounds needed attention but we recognize that this was the dry season. Pros: warm water available in shower, flat screen TV that worked., clean room, small AC unit.in wall. Off site owner helpful in booking tours. This does not qualify as a 3 star establishment for sure. We based our choice on that rating and what we read on the internet which was deceiving. Bfast was basic and same both days , no choices.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
2
Location:
1
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of Lavas del Arenal

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Grimlou
Couples
Reading, PA
Mar 16, 2014

Do not stay there

Far from town.need car or taxi.and very hard to find, down a dirt road. Nothing around. Room very basic: bare light fixtures, open closet ,no hangers, no maid services,2 towels and one hand towel for 2 day stay,no glasses,no shampoo, no conditioner and no hair dryer. Beds were comfortable but had only 2 pillows for 2 Queen size beds had to request 2 extra pillows. Unit appeared clean. Shower was basic but had hot water. Breakfast was basic and the same both days.Staff tried to be helpful and off site owner as well. Grounds needed attention but in all fairness this is their dry season. We spent very little time there. This place does not deserve a 3 star rating and is very expensive for what you get.Thank God we were only there for two days.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
1
Location:
1
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Couples

Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Canoa aventura is a good tour company for hikes and water adventures. Guides were excellent and the safari tour with a stop at a farm and meeting 102 year old Don Pedro the owner was excellent.

Review of Lavas del Arenal

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Lilinka25
Couples
Union City, New Jersey
Jan 27, 2014

The staff make all the difference

My husband and I stayed here for a week and had a very pleasant stay. The grounds are very well kept but the rooms need some renovating. The location is pretty good (10 min from town by car). I think what we enjoyed most about the stay was the hospitality of all the staff. Everyone was helpful and smiling. I think this hotel is a pretty good option if you aren't looking for anything too fancy.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Couples

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Baldi Hot Springs is a must

Review of Lavas del Arenal

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Drew4556743
Couples
Santa Barbara, CA
Apr 26, 2013

Great hotel on a budget

My boyfriend and I stayed here for two nights and had the best experience. The hotel room was clean and very larger. The outdoor seating area is beautiful, it feels very tropical with lots of trees and greenery. The owner of the hotel was very helpful and gave us the best advice on things to do in the area and even got us discounts on zip lining. I could not have been happier with our stay, I highly recommend it,

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Couples

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Go to Rio Celeste, it is probably the most beautiful thing I've seen in my life.

Review of Lavas del Arenal

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Laurawantstoroam
Friends
Washington, DC
Feb 24, 2013

Paradise

Had a fantastic time. The owner, Mario, is unbelievably friendly and helpful with coordinating your activities and giving advice. The hotel is in a fantastic, tucked-away location among the trees. Great breakfast, great bird-watching. Highly recommended!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Friends

Review of Lavas del Arenal

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Tall Jon
Couples
Dallas, Texas
Jan 17, 2013

Fantastic Family Run Hotel

I was here last week driving in from Tamarindo. We arrived late at night. You have to drive through La Fortuna and it is off a bumpy gravel road. We didnt know what to think as we pulled up but were immediatly greated by the owner of the hotel Mario. He showed us our room and the grounds of the place including the pool and the river which runs through the back of the hotel, very pretty!. He went out of his way to book amazing excursions for us and called to set up times that worked for our schedule. One morning he got up early for us b/c our scheduled time wwas 7:30. He was there with fired egs, fresh cut fruit, coffee and toast. the best free breakefast I have ever had! The hotel currently does not have real hot waterl. THere is a machine on the head of the shower that heats it as the water comes out. It only makes the water luke warm., but mario promised me that they are putting solar heaters on the roof of the hotel so that there will be real hot water showers very soon and definiely by the next time i visit, which I hope is very soon!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Couples

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Sky Adventures is expensive but really amazing! Longest Zip line ever!

Review of Lavas del Arenal

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
the turtle dad
Family
California
Jul 11, 2012

Great breakfast

This hotel is located 10 min out of La Fortuna down a rough dirt road. The room was clean and neat. There is not TV or internet in the room. The minimal kitchen was adequate. The wall airconditioner was loud and inadequate to cool the room (even in July, their winter). The grounds were beautiful with vibrant flowers and trees. The staff was wonderful at breakfast. serving the best breakfast I have had at a hotel! We just love the fresh papaya, mango juice.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
2
Location:
2
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Family

Review of Lavas del Arenal

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Laidm
Family
Costa Rica
Mar 15, 2012

Anaerobic guests only, please...

Windows in rooms didn't open. Air conditioner in our room worked but rattled like a broken down freight train. The hotel is 3 to 5 miles south of Fortuna and the entry is POORLY marked. (NOT 3 minutes south of Fortuna as claimed). We didn't stay the 2nd night, forfeiting what we'd paid. Fortunately we managed to find a superb hotel about a mile west of Fortuna on the main road...at the SAME PRICE! On the positive side: Nice grounds and a superb stream towards the back of the property separating the hotel grounds from Monteverde Nat'l park lands. Breakfast is included and okay. The woman in charge was very sweet and was as helpful as she could be.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
1
Location:
1
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Family

Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Splendid variety of activities in Fortuna. Tours tend to be very professionally managed and, in my experience, well worth the money. HOWEVER, if your hotel is too far away from the center of Fortuna, there'll be a surcharge for transportation. Don't forget to tip your guide and the driver...it's their livelihood!

Review of Lavas del Arenal

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
andreb
Couples
New York
Jan 18, 2012

the best value ever

I travel a lot and have close to a million miles. I have never seen a better value. This hotel has hostel prices and offers the quietest setting in Arenal with views to the volcano. The owners will make you feel like family and save you money by getting you good tours and transportation prices. This is a small and simple hotel though. But at less than half the price of most places this is a great option.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Couples

Money-saving tip: Short drive from hotel

Perfect if you want quiet and nature

Review of Lavas del Arenal

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
green grocer
Family
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Jan 15, 2012

Friendly place to stay

This hotel is a three-four minute drive just outside La Fortuna. Very friendly staff that speaks a little English. The rooms were modest, but well kept. We felt very safe here. The owners made a great breakfast every morning. The grounds were well kept and nicely landscaped. You can tell the owners genuinely care about your comfort and stay. The owners suggested the Arenal Mundo Adventura, which is a two-three minute drive on the road back to La Fortuna. Well worth the trip, with eleven zip lines, a view of the La Fortuna waterfall and nice gardens.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Family

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Check out the Arenal Mundo Adventura. Well worth the trip. The guides, scenery and zip lines were great.

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