"Three days at Lavas del Arenal, pros & cons."
Location is unfortunate, price is good though. Lighting is terrible. There is no place to sit or read or place anything in the room. Table and two seats outside though. Pool is nice, chaise lounges are nice. Nice creek. Good view of La Arenal from the back yard. Was sort of difficult without a car but we enjoyed the silence and the natural surrounding; […] preferred it to the town, and we had some nice times in town just sitting at a cafe. Convenient enough to everything. Mario fixed us up with a cable day but it was an hour out of town, so we cancelled it and found a perfectly good one right on the road to town, over the Cataractas, the big falls. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"The Real Costa Rica Adventure"
If you are coming to Costa Rica to enjoy a real adventure this is the place for sure. Next to a reserve you will have the opportunity to observe all kind of beautiful birds, including toucans which come to the hotel trees to eat as they are attracted by all of the different trees and beautiful gardens the owners maintain every day. The swimming pool […] is located next to trees and makes it the perfect place to relax. There is a small stream where you can swim. The breakfast is great, rice and beans, eggs, toasts, coffee, orange juice, fruits. This is a great value for the price and the best it is quit. The owner speak little English but they have Gabriela and Mario over the phone at any time who speak English and help with tours or anything else related to the hotel. The rooms are of a good size. About the hot water, you just need to learn how it works. The less pressure the hotter the water will come, but they do have hot water. According to Gabriel they are in the process of replacing their hot water system into a Solar Water Heater which will be a lot better. They offer free wireless internet. You have good space for parking also and it is free compared to some hotels in La Fortuna which will charge you to park in their property. Ligia and Gabriel will go the extra mile to make sure you feel home and I really appreciate the extra help and the great treatment I received from them. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great place for families"
It is not a luxury hotel, but for the price great deal. Outstanding service. Great with kids.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Lavas Arenal: Comfortable"
Located a few kilometers outside La Fortuna; a short drive and not inconvenient. Lovely setting, comfortable, clean, decently sized rooms. Nice pool with babbling brook. Friendly host, Lijia, who also serves as breakfast cook. Included breakfast is basic and fine. We are North Americans and prefer a shower with hot water and water pressure, otherwise […] we recommend this as a good, affordable, basic place to stay. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Throughout Costa Rica the accommodation that you find will be far from the Ritz, but this place was lovely. The room was clean, had AC, and the woman that was running it was very helpful. She didn't speak much English but it wasn't too much of an issue. Breakfast is included and it's very tasty. For us it was cooked to order with the choice of eggs […] or an omelete. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Very nice owner who is willing to go above and beyond to help us with our stay. There's a little stream running from the backyard of the area which is very pleasant. The location is a little bit far out from the town center, but close to all the water activities.Genuine Expedia guest review
"good value for the money"
clean and adequate. Friendly staff, but communication is difficult if you don't speak Spanish. Somewhat out of the way and can be hard to find initially, especially if you arrive after dark. Generally, a good value for the price.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Overpriced and over-rated"
Our "deluxe" room had no chairs, coat hangers, or bathroom counter. I had to climb up on a table to turn on the AC. The hotel is listed on-line as being in Fortuna, but is is 6 km out of town. There was no milk for coffee, just a chemical powder additive. The list price of the room was twice what much superior rooms were asking in town.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Lavas de Arenal"
Mario was very helpful and took care of all of our needs. He gave us some good tips on what to do and see locally and helped with planning.Genuine Expedia guest review
"A cute little place in the Jungle"
Once again I'm finding that it's the people that make your time somewhere enjoyable. So that's why I'm recommending the Hotel Lavas. Maurio will do his utmost to make your stay very nice. One of the hardest working guys I have seen, and very friendly and hospitable. Keep up the good work, and all the best with the expansion.Genuine Expedia guest review
Pro ' Staff was friendly and helpful. Great view of Arenal Volcano Con ' We chose this hotel based on previous favorable reviews and it was more of a ¨cabina¨. The rooms are mini cottages, cabins that were musky and damp. The toilet took a long time to flush and the fridge did not work. We are a family of 5 and my kids refused to take a shower because […] the fixtures were old and rusty.. The breakfast was the same every morning which consisted of fruits, coffee, fresh juice, scambled eggs and ham, plus french baget. It was good, but we got tired of the same thing after 3 days. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
My wife, daughter and I stayed here for three nights starting Feb. 18th and loved it. Mario is the best and will help you with anything you need, make a point of meeting his father in law he is a very nice man who loves Canadian's!Genuine Expedia guest review
"under the volcano"
The hotel is hard to find and way to far from the centre of town or anything else if you are on footGenuine Expedia guest review
"Lavas Del Arenal, La Fortuna"
We arrived to find the room neat and tidy with the towels made into a heart shape adorned by a flower. The room was well equiped with a fridge, microwave and coffee maker. The rooms are in a lovely garden that are frequented by lots of birds and butterflies. The breakfasts are great and if you just sit outside you can see lots of wildlife (keel billed […] toucan and chestnut mandibled toucan amongst others). We took a stroll up the road in the morning and saw lots of wildlife. There is a small shop a short distance away. If I have one comment it would be that it is a little awkward if you don't have a car we paid about 4,000 Colon ($8 approx) for a taxi from town, however in our case that slight inconvenience was outweighed by the owners helpfulness and it's lovely position. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Lavas Del Arenal - nature at your doorstep!!"
My husband, adult daughter and I stayed here together. We absolutely loved everything, especially the beautiful yard and wildlife that showed up there. Lots and lots of toucans, unusual frogs and many other beautiful birds and butterflies. A gardeners paradise, thats for sure. The owners were helpful in organizing tours and the breakfast they provided […] was not only delicious, but had a personal touch too. We would go back in a heartbeat. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Country side charm, close enough to attractions"
The Lavas Del Arenal, is a quiet country side Motel, just outside of Fortuna, that offers a very personal, friendly experience. Great for families traveling with children and/or on a buget. Easy to find and access by car, with parking available. Close enough to all the Arenal area attractions.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Estuvios muy bien. Se tiene que llegar en coche, pero esta muy cerca de La Fortuna y de las atracciones turisticas de la zona Arenal. La carretera para llegar esta bastante bien. Las instalaciones del hotel son un poco viejas pero en general el recinto es bonito.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Las habitaciones son muy cómodas y espaciosas, el servicio al cliente muy bueno.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Very nice and peaceful Place outside la fortuna. The owner helped us with every question and the room was big and very cleanGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Placentera, para descansar esta bien, mucha tranquilidad.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
No existe relación costo beneficio no tiene un Restaurante , calle destapada la empleadas mal vestidas , no saben comunicarse ,no saben inglés , al turista extranjero le hablan por señas . Es un desastre .un hotel de una estrella .Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Es una lastima"
La verdad es que fue una decepcion la estancia en el lugar. El desayuno fue pesimo, aparte de que servian muy poco la atencion al cliente es un sueño, no preguntaron como queriamos los huevos, no ofrecieron otro tipo de jugo y la natilla era como una gota, mejor no hubieran dado xq hacen parecer el plato de pobres. El aire acondicionado en la primera […] habitacion que nos dieron no servia, en la recepcion fui 2 veces y no habia nada que me atendiera, la entrada es de una casa, el hotel esta hubicado largo del centro, la piscina estaba sucia como si la limpiaran solo 1 vez cada 15 dias. Nos hicieron irnos a las 11 am cuando el checkout en todos los hoteles es a las 12md y tras de que no nos dijeron a que hora era el checkout nos tocaron la puerta invadiendo la privacidad a las 11:20 am cuando no era culpa de nosotros no conocer la informacion. Le podria cero en todas las notas si se pudiera, nunca mas!!!!! Desde atencion al cliente hasta el hotel propiamente las instaciones son pesimas o nulas! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"a beautiful garden"
We were at the Lavas del Arenal for 2 nights in the rainy season. There are a beautiful big garden with a lot of palm trees and flowers. It´s a really nice high swing in the garden.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Quiet and relaxing"
It takes about 10 minutes to drive from La Fortuna (and a taxi costs around 4.000 Colones). Quite small rooms but a lovely little garden. Clean. Very nice staff!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Lugar placentero y cómodo"
Un hotel para descansar silencioso y de clima agradable. La pasamos excelente. Lo recomiendo a las personas que quieren disfrutar de las bellezas de San Carlos y pagar un hotel a precios nacionales.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Eine sehr schöne Bungalowanlage in einem tropischem Garten mit einem Pool und einem schönem Restaurantbereich. Außerdem gibt es eine Grillhütte und direkt dahinter einen kleinen Fluß. Unser Zimmer war ausgestattet mit einer Kaffemaschine, einer Mikrowelle und einem Kühlschrank. Die ganze Anlage war sehr sauber. Der Eigentümer war sehr freundlich und […] immer hilfsbereit, genauso auch sein Personal. Wir haben fast jeden Abend gegrillt und haben dazu alles Notwendige erhalten. Außerdem gab es das Beste Frühstück auf unserer ganzen Reise mit Gallo Pinto und Toast mit selbstgemachter Marmelade. Wir haben über den Besitzer zwei Ausflüge gebucht, einmal zum "Baldi´s Hot Springs" und eine Bootstour zum Cano Negro. Beide waren wunderschön und wurden uns empfohlen. Wir werden den nächsten Urlaub nochmals hier verbringen. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
The hotel is a bit far away from Fortuna and the activities. We did not have a car so that was a bit of a problem although you could always use a taxi. In fact, it might anyway be best to rent a car anyway when you are in Arenal because the activities may be quite a distance away from each other. The room was fairly basic although we had a superior […] room. The superior here means that you have an extra bed for a third person. The room did not feel good for us. It was a bit run-down, smelled of cleaning liquids (which is good I suppose) and the shower was a bit dodgy (water+electrical wiring gives me creeps). However, the host took extra efforts to please the guests and make them feel welcome. Whatever you needed, he tried to provide it. He was always available. So, a bit mixed feelings: at best an average hotel but the host provided an exceptional service. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Belleza de lugar"
Un lugar lleno de energia positivo. Grandioso lugar.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Feine Gastgeber, Romantik statt Rummel"
Wir reisten zu Viert, d. h. Eltern mit erwachsenem Sohn und Tochter.. Vom Hotel Lavas del Arenal sind wir begeistert, es passte genau zu uns Wir mögen es, in ganz unterschiedlichen Unterkünften zu übernachten, mal sehr einfach, mal komfortabler . Das preisgünstige kleine Paradis "Lavas del Arenal " mit seinem äusserst liebenswürdigen und hilfsbereiten […] Besitzer Mario empfehlen wir allen, die das Einfache, Natürliche abseits des Rummels mögen. Allerdings sollte man einen Mietwagen dabeihaben. Einige sehens- und erlebenswerte Orte liegen sehr nahe wie z. B. der hohe Wasserfall von La Fortuna, in dessen riesigem Becken (nach längerem Abstieg) gebadet werden kann, Zum Arenal muss man aber schon ein gutes Stück fahren. Mario gibt gerne noch weitere Tipps, z. B. wo man im heissen Wasser eines Baches gratis baden gehen kann. Dass wir am einen Abend in La Fortuna eine teure, nicht empfehlenswerte Pizza, essen gingen, bereuten wir schnell. Die von Mario sogfältig in der Küche beim Gartenhäuschen zubereiteten Speisen waren 1000 x köstlicher. Der kleine Pool und der hübsche Garten werden von ihm gehegt und gepflegt , Früchten locken bunte Vögel an. Leider hatten wir nur zwei Tage Zeit eingeplant für diese Gegend, sonst wären wir gerne noch viel länger im Lavas del Arenal geblieben. Der Aufenthalt im kleinen Hotel wird uns unvergesslich bleiben. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"the best service with beautiful surroundings."
If you have a car, this is the place to stay. We did not and still stayed for four days, booking one day at a time. The hotel is about 6-8 kilometers outside of la fortuna. It has a nice pool, beautiful nature, all kinds of fruit trees in the garden, birds of all kinds just next to where you have breakfast, wifi all around the property and nice clean […] rooms with bathroom and shower. A brekfast is included that is good and sufficient for the average guest. A good typical costa rican dinner is prepared if you ask for it, but there is no menu. Mario and Ever, the main guys working here, were exceptionally friendly and helpful. They helped us mostly with all kinds of information, and of course tourbooking etc. But other than that we had conversations about anything and we really felt at home when we came back from our tours. And one of the best parts was the nature experience, I think we saw as much smaller wildlife in the picturesque hotel garden as we did on any tour we were on around arenal. And almost no traffic on the tiny road outside the hotel, witch means no noise except from the birds. ONE DOWNSIDE: The distance from la Fortuna makes restaurant visits a bit tricky. With a car there is no problem, but otherwise a taxi is needed wich is pretty expensive, around 10 dollars in each direction when we write this. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Disfrutamos mucho nuestra estancia en Lavas del Arenal en La Fortuna. Las instalaciones son muy agradables, los jardines estan muy bien cuidados, el servicio es magnifico, el desayuno es riquisimo y abundante, la atencion al cliente es excelente y la calidad en el servicio es superior. Definitivamente recomendado!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"muy limpio, cómodo y seguro"
muy buenaGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"CERCA DE LA FORTUNA"
EXCELENTE , LOS PROPIETARIOS MUY ATENTOS , EL TRATO EXCELENTE, TODO MUY BIENGenuine Hotels.com guest review
chambre confortable dommage que les fenêtres ne s'ouvrent pas . branchement électrique précaire dans la salle de bainGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"importante tener carro"
el hotel es lindo, acogedor, un problema es el aire acondicionado que suena fuertísimo, tuvimos que apagarlo durante las noches. Pero en general recomendadísimo. Importante ir en carro, pues no queda a walking distance de ningún lugar...Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Un hotel para estar poco tiempo"
La zona del Volcán Arenal tiene muchas actividades para realizar, de manera que el tiempo en el hotel suele ser poco. Este hotel tiene un muy buen precio para aprovechar pero instalaciones que no invitan a disfrutar mucho quedándose en la habitación, así que es una buena opción para este sitio. Si se busca otro tipo de alojamiento, lo hay, pero habrá […] que pagarlo. Está a unos 2 o 3 km de la ciudad La fortuna y se accede rápidamente a todos los sitios de interés. Detalles: las instalaciones generales del hotel son muy vistosas: el desayunador que está al final de un parque bien mantenido, la pileta rodeada de vegetación. La atención de la recepcionista que también atiende en el desayunador es muy buena. Las habitaciones eran cómodas en su extensión y mobiliario (con mezcla de estilos pero funcionales), aunque tenía detalles de arreglos mal terminados o parches en las paredes. No tienen ventilación y era bastante oscura cuando pasaba el mediodía. La única abertura es la puerta de entrada. El aire acondicionado era sumamente ruidoso. La ventana (que no se abre) no tenía black out, gran problema para los que nos cuesta dormir con luz! Se puede dejar el auto en la puerta misma de la habitación, lo cual es muy cómodo para la carga y descarga de equipaje. Recomiendo este hotel para pasajeros que buscan precio sobre todas las otras variables y que no tienen pensado pasar demasiado tiempo en la habitación del hotel. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Lavas de Arenal"
Buitenkant van de hotelkamers, die als bungalows verspreid liggen in tamelijk mooie tuin, is zeer correct. Zwembad echter niet aanlokkelijk, want ziet er niet al te proper uit. De bemeubeling van de kamers is zeer ouderwets. Pluspunt is de frigo en de microgolfoven. De badkamer is beneden alle peil : alleen lauw water en het water van de lavabo kwam […] gewoon op de vloer terecht. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
En primer lugar nos costo bastante localizar el hotel ya que la direccion es del parque de la Fortuna 6 Kilometros carretera a chachagua,en general el hotel es para personas que desean salirse del centro donde desean descansar pero si desean salir tienen que tener vehiculo para trasladarse al centro,no cuentan con tv,con decirle que solo fuimos a dormir […] porque pasamos el sabado y domingo En las aguas termales del Baldi donde teniamos que pagar la entrada para estar todo el dia ahi.Este hotel es para ir con familia y llevar toda la alimentacion .Las personas que atienden son muy amables eso si,muchas gracias. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"geen al te beste ligging"
is eigenlijk geen hotel waardig is meer voor backpackers ligt 6 km van het centrum wel vriendelijke mensen ontbijt is niet overdreven doch je krijgt genoeg koffie of theeGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"great place, great location"
11/17/14 nanci M American Fork, Utah
Mario was so awesome, he shared his yummy tangerines fresh from his tree, showed us some free hikes. Reasonably priced and the breakfast was good. It was the only hotel we stayed in that had a fridge!
11/05/14 Steven M
Very Nice place...Mario is an excellent person, help us out alot. Im glad to say that since we got there Mario attended us real well...We'll definitley go back to Lavas del Arenal in a near future...For all those who are looking for a pretty and not-so-expensive place to visit la Fortuna de San Carlos I do entirely recommend you come visit Don Marios Hotel
"Lush life in view of the volcano"
10/22/14 ruthandvern Wilton, California
We stayed here five nights with Tito and his family running the establishment, and we had a most excellent time! The room had two beds, A/C, microwave and fridge. Also appreciated was the cable TV. The best part of it all was the pool! What a lovely garden spot to bask in the Sun, then take a refreshing dip, and repeat. We did get several days with hard rains, how else could it be so lush? Our host family provided us breakfast daily which was an added perk. These are really the salt of the Earth folks working together for their common good and to present great service and accommodations to their travelers. I would go there again, for sure. Once again system issues prevent the uploading of my pictures, I will try to load after the review is posted.
"I would stay here again without question!"
08/15/14 Holly H San Jose, Costa Rica
Lavas del Arenal is a fantastic little hotel just before the town of La Fortuna. There is a river on the property as well as a swimming pool and beautiful Costa Rican landscaping with heliciconias and palms. From the road you can see Volcan Arenal, and in a 5 minute drive you can access La Fortuna city center. The hotel offers many great connections to tours, and at fantastic prices. You don't need a car- most of the tours will pick you up. We did ziplining and it was incredible!! We passed over La Fortuna waterfall as well as White Pine waterfall. The hotel also includes a typical breakfast and it was the perfect way to start the day. The staff was friendly and the owner was very helpful as well. If I were to come back to Arenal I would definitely stay here again.
This is a quaint little hotel that is 10 min outside La Fortuna. Our stay was tranquil and relaxed, as the owner and manager of the hotel greeted and treated us fantastically. The river running through the property is a pleasant way to fall asleep. He was very informative and attentive to our needs. He also gives the best way to experience Arenal cheaply while seeing all it has to offer.
"Best place for tight budget"
07/18/14 Shlomo S
This resort is privately owned by a local named Mario. He is an amazing host who will do almost anything to accommodate you as he did for us. It's not a 5 star hotel, but you're not paying for one. We got way beyond our money's worth. The location is good: Just minutes from town but tucked away far enough that its safe and quiet. I stayed there with my wife, but you can bring kids too. And the scenery is beautiful. the garden, the restaurant (free breakfast), the view of the volcano, etc. I would definitely go there again.
06/30/14 mgabrophy Marco Island, Florida
I have stayed at Lavas 5 or 6 times and have always enjoyed my stay. Nice clean rooms, good food, and good service. Wi Fi everywhere on the property. Cable TV is very good too. I like the fact that the hotel is not downtown but rather remote, quiet and peaceful. The babbling brook at the back of the property, with a bottle of wine and a good company make for outstanding evenings. I'll be back.
"Would not go back and don't recommend."
06/03/14 Graebinn Curitiba, PR
The worse part: we had a tour included in our reservation (already paid) and we presumed somebody would pick us up at the hostel, as usual, but no. We were suposed to go by ourselves to the place and nobody told us about it, so we missed the tour! And friendly he gave us the option of going walking (15km). The hotel was far way from La Fortuna town, we spent about 10 dollars (one way) in taxi (you have great and cheap options in town). The room was small but good enough, there were a microwave and a small frigde and a cable tv. But the microwave didin't work properly and the shower was very bad, it turned itself off and got cold. The swimingpool was SO DURTY. The only good think was the meals, we had lunch and breakfast included and I was very tasty.
"Awesome quiet location"
06/01/14 FortWorthgrandad Fort Worth, TX
I recently visited Costa Rica and stayed at your hotel (May 16-18). The purpose of my message is to commend you for the staff at the hotel. First of all, the place is so cute, comfortable and attractive, and it's in a good location. The rooms are clean and provide basic comforts. It was helpful to rent a car so we could drive to La Fortuna in order to eat and shop. I was glad I didn't stay in a hotel in town. The hotel offered a visit to the nearby waterfalls which is a breathtaking site you don't want to miss. I would like to thank the staff: Bernie, Monica, Yerlie, and Virgilio for being so nice and making us feel so welcome. I told Yerlie I wish I could take her home with me! Fort Worth, TX
05/03/14 Cynthia D Virginia Beach, Virginia
Mario, the owner was extremely helpful in setting up our itinerary.I went on line first and picked out what I wanted to do and he scheduled it with discounts. We did rent a car, which I highly recommend, since you are somewhat remote at this hotel. Everything was clean and simple. Pool was cute. At night, you share the pool with the local frogs. We stayed 6 nights and breakfast was the same every morning. The only unfortunate thing was that the owner, Mario, was in the States at the time of our stay and Monica and Benny were running the show. They speak little English so bring your Smartphone translator. THis is definitely not a resort but the Groupon price was right.
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