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Hotel Castillo del Arenal, El Castillo

3-star3 stars
4 Miles SW Arenal National Park400m SW of the School El Castillo, El CastilloAlajuela21007Costa Rica

Mountain hotel in El Castillo with safari, outdoor pool
  • Free full breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
Fantastic service
Great room
Complaints about WiFi
Pool should be renewed
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Hotel Castillo del Arenal, El Castillo

from $41
  • Junior Suite (Volcano View)
  • Bungalow (Volcano View)

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 16 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 2 PM-10 PM
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-in/out
The front desk is open daily from 6:30 AM - 9 PM
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation.
Airport shuttle service is available on request. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • One child (5 years old and younger) stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • No cribs (infant beds)

  • Babysitting/childcare *


  • Pets stay free (dogs and cats only)

  • Restrictions apply *

  • 2 per room


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in rooms



  • Free valet parking (limited)


  • Area shuttle *

  • Beach shuttle *

  • Theme park shuttle *

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • Resort fee included
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Taking the kids?
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
Food and drink
  • Free full breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Room service (during limited hours)
Things to do
  • Beach shuttle (surcharge)
  • Outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Free pool cabanas
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Billiards or pool table
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Limo or Town Car service available
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Number of buildings/towers - 12
  • Year Built 1995
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Garden
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower

In the room

Home comforts
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
Sleep well
  • Down comforter
  • Turndown service
  • Sleep Number by Select Comfort mattress
Things to enjoy
  • Yard
  • Individually furnished
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Be entertained
  • 32-inch LED TV
  • Satellite TV channels
  • MP3 docking station
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


Fusion Grill - Overlooking the garden, this restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Happy hour is offered.


On Site

  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Ecotours on site
  • Fishing on site
  • Motor boating on site
  • Rafting on site
  • Rowing or canoeing on site
  • Scooter/moped rentals on site
  • Water skiing on site
  • Windsurfing on site
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site


  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby

Hotel Castillo del Arenal, El Castillo’s small print

Also known as

  • Castillo Arenal
  • Castillo del Arenal
  • del Arenal
  • Hotel Castillo Arenal
  • Hotel Castillo del Arenal
  • Hotel del Arenal


Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

For transfers, guests must contact the property on arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Mandatory fees

The charges below are included in the total price displayed:

  • Resort fee

Optional extras

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of CRC 180.00 per vehicle

Area shuttle, beach shuttle, and theme park shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Hotel Castillo del Arenal, El Castillo


  • Arenal Eco Zoo - 2 min walk
  • Butterfly Conservatory - 4 min walk
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures - 2.6 mi / 4.2 km
  • Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park - 9.2 mi / 14.9 km
  • Arenal Natura Ecological Park - 10.5 mi / 16.8 km
  • Ecotermales Fortuna - 11.6 mi / 18.6 km
  • Ecoglide Arenal Park - 12.3 mi / 19.8 km
  • Arenal Adventure World - 15.5 mi / 24.9 km

Getting around

  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) - 155 min drive
  • Free self parking
  • Free valet parking
  • Free extended parking
  • Limited parking
  • Airport pick-up service
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)
  • Beach shuttle (surcharge)
  • Theme park shuttle (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Good 7.8 From 52 reviews

Hotel Castillo del Arenal, El Castillo
Very Good8.0
Location, location, location!
Fantastic views! Very cute little town with a wonderful butterfly conservatory, and short drive to the volcano hiking in the national park. Staff was always friendly. The staff did seem a little shy, and strove a too hard for propriety for my liking. This is an adorable short stay (nothing pretentious). The food was excellent! Do try the restaurant! Heads up - the swimming pool is tiny, but there is a great billiards table!
A Traveler, us2 night romance trip
Hotel Castillo del Arenal, El Castillo
Wifi didn't work in the room. There was a coffee pot, but no powder or filter. There was no safe box in the room for passports and cash. Staff were friendly and helpful.
A Traveler, us3 night romance trip
Hotel Castillo del Arenal, El Castillo
Poor facilities, Poor service, good restuarant
We booked to stay 2 nights but only stayed for one. It was not what we expected. For people coming for the walks and the canopy tours etc it is a reasonable hotel. However it is 35 minutes down a unpaved bad road and so is at least 50 minute from the La Fortuna restaurants and town. So you are stuck there. The swimming pool is more like a bath so hardly suitable for chilling beside. The air conditioning did not work well enough to cool the room so was full on the whole time. The television has no channels working. The outside light was not functioning so was difficult at night. However the restaurant was surprisingly good with well cooked fresh food. Both dinner and breakfast were excellent.
Clive, us2 night romance trip
Hotel Castillo del Arenal, El Castillo
El Castillo Hermoso, Beautiful!!
The staff at Hotel Castillo Del Arenal are absolutely wonderful, all of them were very kind and delivered excellent service. Me and my girlfriend felt very welcomed and truly enjoyed our stay. We arrived by shuttle and had no car and Fermín the owner of the hotel drove us to the different destinations such as zip lining, white water rafting, El Tabacón the beautiful hot springs, and so on. This was for a small fee but it was definitely worth it. The views are spectacular, and the town is very quaint and welcoming. A beautiful place to stay with so much nature and wildlife. 5 out of 5 stars from me!
Andrew, us5 night romance trip
Hotel Castillo del Arenal, El Castillo
Foreign Travelers...Beware..horrible road into the
It was good until check out. We had paid in advance but the hotel management tried to say 1st that we owed them the entire amount. Then I chatted with and they realized what the hotel was attempting to do. That was resolved, then they tried to charge $24 for a phone call we never made. We had call and speak with the receptionist who acted as though she (Melissa) had no idea what we were concerned about. Then they attempted to charge us for the first night, driving 5 km (20 min) on washed out, rutted, unlit roads that made us sick and upset. Poor directional signs, complete darkness and no phone. When we finally arrived at the hotel lobby 'chef benedicto' offered to give me a glass of wine after I had settled down (about 1/2 hr) then he asked if we would like some food. It had taken us 6 hours to get from San Jose Airport, I knew my husband was upset but needed to eat. I accepted his offer of a little food. At check out time Melissa tried to charge us $25 for that 'meal' We did NOT order the meal. Be very cautious as they will pretend to be friendly and concerned (my husband's Bp had been high for two days and I had gotten no sleep during our last two days) then I realized what they were trying to do during the two + hours it took us to try to check out and then became upset, but tried to keep it from my husband who had suffered a stroke four years ago due to stress. DO Not fall for their false concern nor their tactics!
gale, us5 night romance trip

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Hotel Castillo del Arenal, El Castillo

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