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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 WiFi and free parking
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Very Good8.0
Great room
Delicious food
Tasty breakfast
Complaints about WiFi
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Hotel Castillo del Arenal, El Castillo

from $50
  • Junior Suite (Volcano View)
  • Bungalow (Volcano View)

What’s around Hotel Castillo del Arenal, El Castillo


  • Lake Arenal - 1 min walk
  • Arenal Eco Zoo - 2 min walk
  • Butterfly Conservatory - 4 min walk
  • Arenal Volcano National Park - 25 min walk
  • Children's Eternal Rainforest - 26 min walk
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures - 2.6 mi / 4.2 km
  • Chato Volcano - 5 mi / 8 km
  • Cerro Chato Lake - 5.1 mi / 8.1 km

Getting around

  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) - 47.5 miles/76.4 km
  • 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)

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
If you are planning to arrive after 6 PM please contact the property at least 24 hours in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.
24-hour 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


  • Up to 2 children (5 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • No cribs (infant beds)

  • Babysitting/childcare *


  • Pets allowed (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
  • Local cuisine breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • 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.

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.

Children under 12 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool without adult supervision.

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

Local cuisine breakfast is offered for an extra charge of CRC 6 for adults and CRC 6 for children (approximately)

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge

Pets are allowed for an extra charge of CRC 5 per pet, per day

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of CRC 165 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 property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.0 From 46 reviews

Hotel Castillo del Arenal, El Castillo
Very Good8.0
Beautiful Vistas, Nice Staff!
Well the views of lake Arenal and the volcano were spectacular from the balcony of our room and the restaurant. Staff very nice, showed great spots to visit river and lake and even karaoke! Restaurant had very good food, a bit pricey for the area though. Only negative comments are that no working wifi in room and hot water was touch and go. But just minor issues. Very nice place!
jay, us4 night trip
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

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Hotel Castillo del Arenal, El Castillo

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