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Hotel Lavas del Arenal
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

The hotel is not close to anything. You must take a taxi in to town, which will cost approximately $30 USD round-trip. The hotel does have free WiFi, but it is very spotty, and unreliable. The front desk personnel (Carlos) was very nice and helped as much as possible with an English-Spanish language barrier. There is a restaurant, but it is only open for breakfast and lunch for about 2 hours each time. The menu is very small, so if you are staying at the hotel for any length of time, you may run out of food choices. The food; however, is very good. There is a river that runs behind the hotel, but you can't see it unless you walk to the back of the grounds. There is a decent pool, but good luck trying to get extra towels to use at the pool. We had to use our shower towels at the pool, and were only allotted one towel per person per day. If you are staying at this hotel as part of a Groupon excursion/adrenaline package/adventure, you will have no issues with transportation to/from the excursion reception areas. The transportation is pretty early each morning, but they are generally there on time to pick you up. If you are staying at this hotel with the intention of being there only to sleep at night, and you want to save money, this is a great hotel for that. If you plan to be at the hotel all day, use the pool, and are looking for a relaxing vacation, I would choose another hotel. The hotel is under construction, and it is a bit noisy during the day. There is no construction at night, so you will have no issues with noise when you are trying to sleep. The hotel maintenance crew will turn off your A/C unit every day when they clean the room, so be prepared for the room to be warm each afternoon when you return. Tip: If you want new towels each day, put the dirty towels on the floor. If you have them hanging on a door knob or over the shower, they will not swap them out for fresh towels. There is a mini fridge, microwave, small counter-top, and 4 tier shelves to store your clothes, in the room, There is also shampoo/body wash in a dispenser in the shower. They do not provide soap or lotion or any other amenities. There is no phone in the room. There is a small wall-mounted television. I never turned it on, so I don't know what kind of service you will get. The A/C is a window unit. There is no central heat/air. The rooms are very basic, with very limited amenities, but if you are looking for inexpensive, and don't care if the room is outdated, then this is your place. If you are looking for bed linens and towels to be changed every day, bathroom wiped down daily, etc., I would recommend staying somewhere else.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

My sister and I got the 8 Day/7 Night Adrenaline Package from Groupon and Carlos, the owner/manager, was so helpful and kind throughout the whole trip. He gave us a rundown on how things worked, the best restaurants to eat at, and all the staff at the hotel catered to our every need. The hotel rooms are cleaned everyday with comfortable beds and pillows. They have a nice pool, two foosball tables, two pool tables, and a restaurant. The restaurant served us breakfast every morning and it was something different every day. Overall, a great hotel surrounded by beauty and amazing locals! We are definitely coming back to this hotel :)

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

This place was amazing! My wife and I came here for our honeymoon and we're delighted at how great our stay was here! Rooms were always cleaned everyday and were comfortable to stay in. They have nice clean restroom and beds as well. One thing I needed and was available in the room was the ac! The meals in the place were also amazing! It was like I was getting a home cooked meal every time! The staff there was always attentive and would ask how everything was. I would definitely recommend this place to any one. Thanks to Carlos and all the great staff who made our stay all that much more better!
-Jerry and Ariana

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Jerry R
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

Carlos, the owner/manager, runs a great show here. It's definitely a "value" hotel, with limited amenities, but it does have a pool, good dining services, pool and Foosball tables, and hot running water and a TV in each room. The staff are super friendly and accommodating, and Carlos is always around to help you sort out activities and shuttles. He doesn't speak much English, so Google Translate or knowing Spanish are a must.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Malcolm K
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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Don't forget about 13% tax you have to pay on arrival in cash!
Carlos always does his best to make sure you have what you need and that you are satisfied.
The food was made fresh daily and tasted great! I miss that breakfast.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Camille B
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