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Arenal Springs Hot Springs

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Arenal Springs Hot Springs14.5
swim up bar • sushi bar • wet bar • golf cart

5 Miles West Of Catholic Church Of La Fortuna
La Fortuna de San Carlos, CR
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  • Photo of Citymaps
    a year ago
    Arenal used to be one of the most active volcanoes in the world, but today it’s one of the most popular tourism destinations in Costa Rica. This region is known for its luxurious resorts, but you can still visit the Arenal Hot Springs if you’re traveling on a budget. Climb up on the larger rocks to access a big pool of volcano-heated spring water, but be mindful of slippery surfaces and varying temperatures.
  • Photo of YogeshL12
    5 months ago
    It is a well kept resort with beautiful grounds. Breakfast is great and the hot springs are small but neat. You can also see Arenal volcano easily from anywhere in the resort. The tour desk was not trying to hustle us to sell us on tours. They were guiding us.
  • Photo of Bruce B
    5 months ago
    After walking through a rain forest and seeing monkeys, sloths, birds, caiman, etc., after going to the Arenal Volcano National Park and viewing a active volcano, we stopped at the Arenal Springs Resort and Spa. There we lounged in hot spring pools with water heated by the Arenal Volcano. Each pool was cooled to a specific temperature. You might start in very warm water and graduate to lower temp pools. Or just lay, yes, lay, in one pool. Either way, you won't want to get out. The resort itself is beautiful, very well manicured, with an excellent restaurant and of course nice rooms. If you can stay for a length of time, you will not find a better place in this part of Costa Rica. Stay for a day, stay for a week, stay for a month. There are many attractions to visit in the area. Amazingly, many people speak enough English that you do not have to be fluent in Spanish to travel through this country, especially in this resort.
  • Photo of A TripAdvisor Member
    Overall great stay. Amenities were great. Pools and hot springs were a lot of fun. Only issue is that the hot springs were not HOT. Turns out to enjoy the real hot springs, you should go to other nearby places.
  • Photo of Susan S
    5 months ago
    Do you enjoy being welcomed to a hotel by a gracious host, offering you a cool towel and fresh juice? Have you ever dreamed of opening your eyes in the predawn light and seeing a volcano looming? Do you welcome the sound of myriad birds accompanying you throughout the day? If so, this resort is for you! I'm sure there are some who stay at the Arenal Springs Resort & Spa thinking they will be soaking in pristine hot springs every evening. You can do that, if you don't mind it feeling like a swimming pool (complete with swim up sushi bar!). However, the charms of this resort go well beyond the situation of warm water. The spectacular views, the lovely staff, the amazing (free!) breakfast buffet, and the feeling of being IN Costa Rica rather than removed from it, makes this resort an absolute gem. We also appreciated that they helped us arrange excellent excursions, some with a tour company (highly recommend Desafio!), and others with simply some instructions and a map. There is SO much to do in the area, and the Arenal Springs Resort makes a perfect base for exploring.
  • Photo of Keith1812
    5 months ago
    Largest resort we stayed in Costa Rica and it was well laid out. The staff were friendly and the restaurants were very good. Only downside, did not need a TV in the room as the natural beauty is good enough. particularly as we were awoking by next door putting their TV on extremely loud at 5am. However, complained to reception who immediately contacted them - no need for selfishness from other travellers
  • Photo of ricnri
    5 months ago
    The grounds are beautiful. 3 Hot spring pools and 3 cool pools around the bar area. The rooms are clean each has great view of the Volcano. Food is typical CR and breakfast buffet was included. Lots of places to lounge either on hammocks, chaise, or pool side.
  • Photo of AndTedcametoo
    5 months ago
    First, the location is stunning. Sitting in the hills surrounding Arenal volcano, the scenery is spectacular. This is mirrored in the gorgeous gardens surrounding the hotel, where exotic birdlife can be spotted. There are several hot springs and a large pool with a pool bar/restaurant adjacent. Next, the rooms are massive - large enough to include two huge beds and a third small bed behind a dividing wall, and a large jacuzzi which seemed almost tucked away in a corner of the room. There are floor to ceiling windows so one can see the volcano rise above the gardens from any part of the room. Breakfasts were buffet style, with plenty of choice and the option to have fresh eggs made on demand. We dined in the restaurant each of two evenings and the food was delicious. The service was friendly and efficient. A lovely place to stay.
  • Photo of mpstewart2017
    5 months ago
    We spent 3 nights at the Arenal Springs Hotel in early March. We were given a room on the second floor in one of the two, two story buildings on the property, located at the very back farthest from the main lobby and pool area. A bit of a walk (they do offer shuttle service) but well worth it. We enjoyed an unobstructed view from our balcony of the Arenal Volcano. Beautiful room and great staff. We loved the hot spring fed multi-level pools and after a morning of hiking or other activities it was a great place to soak our tired muscles. We thought the food was good, despite what other reviews we looked at indicated and the price was comparable to most places we ate at in Costa Rica. We would definitely consider staying here again. LaFortuna area has so much to offer. Fantastic people.
  • Photo of brittgallagher15
    5 months ago
    We loved this hotel. We came with a group and asked to be put close to each other. The rooms are like little bungalows and we were able to all hangout on one room's little patio. The swim up bar was great and the bartenders were awesome. They make a great Guaro Sour and I recommend trying it. We had sushi and it was good. A little over priced but still delicious. The beds were comfortable. The location was great. It was close to town and close to tours. Definitely use the front desk tour guy he was very helpful!
  • Photo of John S
    5 months ago
    Had 3 nights here. Our room and the bathroom were very good and exceptionally well maintained. Very good staff. The gardens were amazing and so well looked after. A pleasure to walk around to see the flowers and watch the birds. The pool/hot springs area was well laid out and maintained. The Italian Restaurant was excellent, for the two dinners we had there. Their basic pizza was extremely good and their antipasto platter exceptional. We also had tiramisu, which was to die for. The main restaurant much less good. Reasonable breakfast (included in room rate) but we both had Caribbean Chicken for a last dinner there. Pretty awful with over cooked chicken rendering it tough and unpleasant. If we had not been eating with friends we had met in Tortuguero it would have gone back. We just endured it. We had a fruit dessert made with far too much gelatine. Inedible. A good base for seeing the area. Many great views of the volcano on really good, sunny days. JS Newbury, March 2017
  • Photo of Jennifer R
    5 months ago
    We stayed here 2 nights and enjoyed the friendly service and the great rooms! The shower has plants growing in it, beautiful! We had a fantastic view of the volcano from our room (all rooms have this view) its beautiful! Dinner was very nice, although the selection for breakfast was a bit limited. There is an omelet and waffle station as well as the traditional beans and rice and several other options including fresh fruit! We took a quiet night swim in the pools and the springs, it was beautiful! I highly recommend this hotel!
  • Photo of Pestilence1972
    5 months ago
    Very solid place to stay. Great access to the Arenál area. Knowledgeable concierge. Friendly staff and extremely nice rooms. Very clean and eco friendly. And every bungalow faces the volcano - nice. Pool is nice. Morning yoga class is a great touch. Workout room could be a bit more updated, but I didn't see many people using it so... My only complaint is the food. Slightly less than good. I emjoy better food, so I tend to be more picky. Breakfast (included) is decent, but is kind of "in between" an American breakfast and something more local. This is fine, but if you are going to go American, go all the way with real bacon and hash browns. To be fair, every day they have a different breakfast menu with lots of American options (today was fench toast and omelettes), but the potatoes were some kind of Costa Rican cross over. If you are gonna do it, just do it. But breakfast is not my issue. There are three restaurants here. An Italian, a main universal (that has some local fair), and the pool bar that has a bar menu AND a sushi bar - an interesting touch. The sushi was average at best. The bar menu French fries needed some salt but could not be helped with the tomato jelly ketchup. Why is Heinz 57 not the standard around the world? The Italian was probably the best. Ate there twice. Pizza was average by pizza standards. Cheese plates were decent. Soups were good. Main pasta dishes were below average. Recipes were a bit atypical and the execution was lacking (over cooked noodles). The main dinner hall has a lengthy menus with some traditional fair. Decent. But reminded me of a 4pm meal in one of the many Florida retiree hotspots. Probably the best dinner we had here was the room service (oh, and the Azteca soup, really good!). I would stay here again, but I would probably grab a cab to La Fortunate for some different food options from time to time. My recommendation to the Resort? Make your Italian more authentic Italian. Absolutely perfect your bar food menu and maybe include more cold meat sandwiches (Btw, the burger was good). Oh, and get real ketchup for us gringos. Slim down your main restaurant menu and really crush the options you have. And then, open up a little family friendly ice cream shop that serves hot dogs or tacos or something. It should be open till 10pm and can be a great gathering place for the guests. Keep it simple: ice cream and pizzas (or brats or buffalo wings or whatever). This place is very close with the food. Just a few tweaks and they would crush it.
  • Photo of CDN_Travel_Fanatic
    5 months ago
    Recently spent 5 nights at Arenal Springs in one of their master suites. The room was wonderful and had every that I had seen in pictures on the hotel site as well as TripAdvisor. The outdoor shower was not even something I had seen and was a nice surprise. The resort itself was great. The pools and hot springs are great and there were enough of them that it never felt crowded. The staff were exceptionally helpful with questions and tour bookings. Special shout out to Erlyn who was very helpful and answered so many emails from me about the reservation, tour bookings and car rental. It is a good drive (2 1/2 hrs) from the San Jose airport but well worth it. The ride was long but not that hard. I used transportation arranged through the hotel and would recommend that unless you feel you are very familiar with the area. All in all one of the best vacations I have had - will definitely return to Costa Rica again!
  • Photo of Carol_A_N
    5 months ago
    Wow, fab hotel absolutely loved this hotel would have liked to have stayed even longer. We stayed for 2 nights in March as part of a tour of Costa Rica and the view from the bedrooms are amazing, we were even lucky enough to see the volcano without any cloud at all. We ate in the Italian restaurant which was very nice even though the wine was very expensive. Breakfast was good too. Great hotel in a beautiful setting.
  • Photo of Jose S
    5 months ago
    This was the first stop on our trip and we were pleasantly surprised by the customer service. From the wait staff to the bellboys every person we encountered was friendly and very helpful. The rooms, service and views were five star. The only thing that lacked was the sushi bar which we had an idea was not going to be the best, but the swim up bar definitely made for an experience.
  • Photo of Melissa M
    5 months ago
    Meghan at arranged at 3 night stay for us at Arenal Springs. It's truly a spectacular resort! The food, the rooms, the hot springs, the staff, all top notch. Victor, our concierge, was a delight. The Volcano views can't be matched. It was the perfect way to start our Costa Rica adventure. It was also the perfect launch point for zip lining, white water rafting and lots of other adventures. We will definitely be back!
  • Photo of Hilary R
    5 months ago
    It exactly what all the other reviews tell you. Beautiful resort with the view of the volcano right from your bed. The hot springs and the hotel property are well taken care of. Rooms are clean and comfortable. The food at the restaurants are good... but very overpriced. It cost 12USD to take a taxi into town. We stayed 4 nights and had a great stay.
  • Photo of GeddyGolf
    5 months ago
    What better location could you have than to sit on your bed with a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano out a spacious window. The room was clean and spacious. Very comfortable bed. The staff was very attentive and helpful. Each day the maid would fold the clean towels into an unique animal. Very creative. The hot springs on site were warm and delightful. Several different pools with varying temperatures. The pool has a swim up sushi bar which was fun to try. Far enough away from town to feel secluded, but not so far that you felt isolated. Cabanas/rooms in the 100 range have the best views of the volcano. We were fortunate to see it on multiple days.
  • Photo of Cheryle R
    5 months ago
    This resort has individual side by side rooms with views of the volcano. The rooms were comfortable, but minimally furnished. The grounds , with views of the arenal volcano are beautiful and lush.. The on site hot spring pools with waterfalls and swim up bar were very relaxing after a full day of excursions! One thing to note, they do not allow smoking anywhere on the property which is something to consider if you have a smoker in your group. We were there for 3 nights, and did not see any children as others have reviewed.. The ride from San Jose airport was long 31/2 hours. and roads were unbelievably winding. (Bring your Dramamine) I would suggest strongy to make your travel plans in the daytime. Due to airline delays, we didn't get to hotel until after midnight. The drive, which is beautiful in the day... is no fun at night.
  • Photo of lovinbrandy
    5 months ago
    We were here for 2 nights as part of a caravan tour and this was definitely our favourite resort that we stayed at. We wished we could have stayed longer! We stayed in a detached chalet and we had a breathtaking view of the volcano from our patio! Rooms were just lovely, loved the bathroom. The natural hot springs on the property were wonderful and beautiful. We only ate at the buffet but the food was very good, great selection. Highly recommend this resort.

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