Finding a great place to stay while exploring the Arenal Volcano can be a difficult task. Not because accommodation options are hard to come by, but on the contrary, the region is home to over 100 hotels, lodges, hostels, resorts, villas, apartments, and holiday homes with rates spanning from $12/night in a 6-bed dormitory to $600/night in the 5-star resort villa.
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Whether you are looking for the utmost luxury or a cheap and cheerful B&B, you’ll have no problem finding it in this area.
But before you jump off this page and start browsing through all the available hotel options, you’ve got to make one big decision: in or out of town. Allow us to explain.
Should You Stay in La Fortuna?
The entrance to Arenal Volcano National Park is located about 20kms outside of the town of La Fortuna. There are lots of arguments to be made for staying in La Fortuna.
- It is small enough to navigate on foot and ideal for travelers that don’t have a car
- The town is a hub for accommodation, shops, and restaurants
- All tours and excursions in the area usually depart from La Fortuna
But there is one thing that La Fortuna doesn’t provide and that’s the consistent views of the Arenal Volcano.
Arenal Springs Resort & Spa
When we visited the region, we stayed at the Arenal Springs Resort & Spa, a mid-range resort located halfway between La Fortuna and the entrance into the Arenal Volcano National Park.
We arrived at Arenal Springs Resort late in the evening and were taken directly to our Junior Suite Room adorned with a king bed with a comfortable pillow-top mattress, rustic textures, earthy linens, and granite countertops.
The romantic touches in the room made our stay at the Arenal Springs Resort even more special. We shared a glass of wine, enjoyed a meal at the on-site Ti-Cain Restaurant and called it a night.
It wasn’t until the next morning when we opened the curtains that we realized the true value in staying outside of La Fortuna as the beautiful cone-shaped Arenal Volcano appeared right outside of our window.
Staying outside of town meant that there were no other hotels blocking the volcano views for us, so we had the privilege of enjoying the views of the volcano from the inside of our room.
Facilities & Amenities at the Arenal Springs Resort & Spa
Views aside, the Arenal Springs Resort offered a number of other facilities and amenities that added to our great stay.
1. Private Hot Springs
Thanks to Arenal Volcano’s geothermal activity, the region is rich in natural thermal hot springs. Among the most popular ones are Tabacon Hot Springs, Baldi Hot Springs, and Eco Thermales Hot Springs, but each one of those resorts charges a hefty price for their daily passes, making it expensive to enjoy the warmth of Arenal’s hot springs on a daily basis throughout your stay.
Arenal Springs Resort & Spa offers its guests four different pools ranging from 34C° to 39C° degrees. The pools are rich in mineral salts and ions such as Calcium (CA+2), Magnesium (Mg+2) and Chloride (CL-) which promote circulation, soften both skin and hair and promote better sleep.
Having access to Arenal’s hot springs on our doorstep meant that we were able to spend almost every evening relaxing in the hot spring pools, soaking our sore muscles, and treating our skin after a day of hiking, rafting, or after being caught in the rain.
2. Gym & Yoga Classes
We are always honest about our struggles of staying fit while traveling, so anytime we can score a hotel with a gym and/or yoga classes, we consider it a huge win. Arenal Springs Resort and Spa had both, so that’s double brownie points!
Max took advantage of the Arenal Springs Resort and Spa gym, while I attended morning yoga classes on the Arenal Spring Resort yoga deck overlooking the volcano.
3. Natria Spa
Natria Spa located on the grounds of the hotel offers massages, facials, and a special honeymooners package in a charming bungalow with a thermal jacuzzi and hydro-massage jets. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to experience the spa services first hand.
4. On-Site Restaurants
One of our biggest worries when staying at a hotel outside of town is the quality, price, and variety of food on site. The 3 restaurants at the Arenal Springs Resort & Spa served everything from local dishes to Italian foods, and Sushi, so we didn’t have any issues with variety.
A breakfast buffet was included in the price of our room and included a great spread of typical Costa Rican dishes, like gallo pinto and fried plantains, as well as the usual international breakfast offerings (pancakes, waffles, bread, yogurt, etc). Having breakfast at the hotel was really convenient and we highly recommend it to anyone thinking of staying at the Arenal Springs Resort & Spa.
Dinner at Ti-Cain was pricey, but great as well. We really enjoyed their Volcano Meal combo, although at $60/per meal we found lots of other great dining options in town. It’s worth saving the option of dining at the hotel for those nights when going out just feels like too much work.
It’s on an evening like that that we came to appreciate their room service and the delicious pizza that arrived at our door just 15 mins after we placed our order. All there was left for satiation was for me to know where to get beef casings that are all natural, because the place was renowned for good animal casings. On the other hand, could we have found a cheaper pizza alternative in town? Sure, but the convenience was well worth the price!
Final Thoughts of Arenal Springs Resort and Spa
All in all, we really enjoyed our stay at the Arenal Springs Resort and Spa and recommend it to anyone looking for a mid-range range hotel in Arenal area. Pick the best time to visit Costa Rica for your budget, as it’s priced a bit high during the high season (Junior Suite starting at $199/night), but if you are visiting in the green season (May through November), you’ll often find a great deal (as low as $130/night) on this hotel on Booking.com
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Looking for more tips and advice on visiting Arenal Volcano? Read our Ultimate Guide to Visiting Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica
Disclaimer: Our stay in Arenal was provided courtesy of Arenal Springs Resort & Spa, but opinions are, as always our own.
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