Mountain Hotels: Arenal and Monteverde
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Below please find a list of hotels in the Mountain regions of Monteverde and Arenal. Or, you can also see our list of recommended hotels in:
The Arenal Volcano area is a must see on many travelers Costa Rica itineraries. A night or two spent in the refreshing mountain area with the spectacular night time light show of the volcano and activities like world famous hot springs, volcano hikes or the beautiful Lake Arenal.
Want to see a live view of what the volcano is doing right now? Check out the web cam here from the Volcano Observatory.
Accommodation options are varied, from isolated jungle lodges to deluxe spa style resorts to simple in town hotels.
Situated in the center of La Fortuna, which is a beautiful quiet traditional town only 15 minutes away from the majestic Arenal volcano. 34 comfortable rooms with different facilities including: *Air conditioning * Cable tv * Ceiling Fan * Private bathroom with hot water * Some rooms with small refrigerator * Landscaped gardens * Swimming pool *Jacuzzi * A large safe, private car park * Free internet (wireless available) * Tour desk * Laundry (across the street) * Balcony * Free tea and coffee * Breakfast * Safe (in reception) * Mailbox * Free local calls.
Double rooms from $73.00 USD incl tax. Breakfast included.
Located in town of La Fortuna near to Arenal Volcano, three hours north of San Jose by car. Features: Air conditioning, free local calls, mini-fridge, hot water, cable TV, coffee maker, kids under 8 years old free, phone, laundry service, internet service, balcony with volcano view, parking Lot, guard.
Double rooms from $75.00 USD incl tax. Breakfast included.
Hotel Campo Verde
Nestled at the foot of Arenal Volcano, Hotel Campo Verde offers 10 volcano view cabins spread in a green property, and surrounded by exciting natural activities. Hotel Campo Verde is located centrally in the region of Arenal Volcano, just 8 minutes by car from La Fortuna downtown. You can enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature, the stunning views from your private terrace and the warm hospitality of traditional Costaricans, or you can quickly hop into La Fortuna to enjoy the excitement of the shopping, and nightlife for which Costaricans are notorious.
Double rooms from $83.00 USD incl tax. Breakfast included.
Arenal Volcano Inn
Located 6.5 kilometers north of La Fortuna Town. 15 deluxe and 10 Standard rooms with excellent views of the Arenal Volcano.The hotel has two swimming pools, one for adults and one for children, plus a Jacuzzi. Complimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed DSL internet access is available in public areas and there are two computers specially for our guests. Onsite is an excellent Italian and International restaurant and a small but very nice spa which offers several types of massages and volcanic mud treatments. A very complete buffet breakfast is included on the rate.
Double rooms from $85.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
Villa Decary Bed & Breakfast
Overlooking the majestic and pristine Lake Arenal and the beautiful Tilaran mountains. Located just east of the charming and tiny Tico town of Nuevo Arenal, a safe 14 miles from the active and popular Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs. Spacious rooms or casitas with kitchens. Each unit with a private balcony or deck with scenic views. Note: this hotel is located approx 40 min drive from La Fortuna – if you don’t have your own transport most tours will require an extra charge to pickup here.
Double rooms from $109.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
Perched high on a ridge only 1.7 miles from Arenal Volcano offers the area’s most stunning views of the volcano and Arenal Lake in lush tropical setting. 43 rooms in various buildings spread over the property. Most have a view of the volcano and its lava flow and all have verdant garden surroundings. Standard and Smithsonian rooms have two queen-size beds. Junior Suites have two king-size beds. Smithsonian rooms feature huge picture windows giving you a premiere majestic view of the volcano and some have balconies. Junior Suites have a volcano view through large picture windows framing the often active side of the majestic Arenal and private decks, a small living room, mini refrigerator. All rooms have a private bathroom, coffeemaker and room safe. Twenty minutes drive from La Fortuna – if you don’t have your own transport most tours will require an extra charge of $25-$30 per way to pickup here.
Double rooms from $112.00 USD incl tax. Breakfast included.
The lodge is set within a tropical garden, watching over the fiery activity of the Arenal Volcano and close to the thrills of a canopy adventure and the calm relaxation of some of the most beautiful hot springs in the world. • Large Swimming pool • Tastefully decorated Superior Rooms • Heated pool & Jacuzzi • Free WiFi • Nature trails • Concierge • Botanical Gardens • Bird watching • Bilingual staff • Private tours • Nature Reserve • Playground. Rooms with deluxe finishes, 2 comfortable full size beds or 1 king size bed, TV/cable, telephone, air-conditioned, coffee maker, hot water shower, hairdryer and a nice terrace facing the Volcano. We also offer 4 rooms for handicapped guests.
Double rooms from $115.00 USD incl tax. Breakfast included.
Hotel Los Lagos
Enjoy this hot springs hotel featuring a really big natural outdoor area very close to Arenal Volcano itself! It offers an unique and wide range of services and facilities for the enjoyment of the volcano spectacular closest safe view, Costa Rica culture, people and cuisine, as well as the tropical rainforest flora & fauna. All in one place at Los Lagos, Hotel Spa & Resort!
Enjoy the most plentiful breakfast, including Costa Rican “gallo pinto”, you may ever have. You can find pleasure and fun at the pool & hot springs hotel facilities; and relax, health & beauty at the Spa Resort.
Double rooms from $115.00 USD incl tax. Breakfast included.
Silencio del Campo
Located 5km from La Fortuna at the foot of Arenal Volcano, with awesome panoramic views. Small but cozy hotel is strategically located just a few minutes away from the most popular hiking spots such as the waterfall and Arenal National Park. Relax at your own, private little casita. Each cabin is equipped with two queen-size beds, excellent air conditioning, a personal refrigerator, and a coffee maker. Each features full private bathroom, hot shower and two large windows. There is one cabin which is handicapped accessible. Property features two swimming pools, a restaurant, a thermal hot spring pool and spa services.
Double rooms from $160.00 USD incl tax. Breakfast included.
Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a five star luxury boutique hotel that is widely recognized for providing premium luxury amenities and ultra-personalized service at surprisingly affordable rates. Located in the outskirts of the amazing Arenal Volcano, Arenal Nayara is an oasis of tranquility, where guests can experience a profound and organic immersion with nature, while living in luxury at the same time. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, each one of the 50 spacious casitas (bungalows) provide an exclusive, ultra-luxurious retreat. Each expansive casita (ranging from 855 to 1905 square feet) includes a secluded garden with an outdoor shower and a beautiful terrace overlooking the volcano with a private, intimate Jacuzzi for two.
Double rooms from $245.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
Monteverde was the location of one of Costa Rica’s first protected areas and it’s easy to see why. The mountainous jungle setting makes the cloud forests. These forests are home to an explosion of life, on every surface, vertical or horizontal. You might expect to see a Hobbit or an Elf around every corner in this magical setting.
Accommodation options are in lodges in the area or in the town of Santa Elena with a great variety of options.
Claro de Luna
Claro de Luna is located on a small farm that has wonderful views of both the mountains and Gulf of Nicoya. Its accommodations are simple yet classy, and are furnished with comfortable beds, telephones and spacious hot water bathrooms. Mahogany wood lines the walls and high windows allow light to stream in during the day.
The hotel runs its own restaurant, a pizzeria that specializes in both national and international food, it is here where guests will eat their tasty complimentary breakfast every morning.
Double rooms from $63.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
Hotel Las Orquideas
Owned and operated by a local Tico family that lived in U.S. for 29 years. Situated at the entrance to the Monteverde area, 300 m from the small town of Santa Elena. Here you will find unique, breathtaking views of the local waterfalls right out back with a private trail. The Tilarán mountain range where both the Santa Elena and Monteverde Cloud Forest reserves are located. All rooms equipped with large windows to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Bathrooms are decorated with genuine Spanish ceramics, wood accents and modern, high efficiency hardware. Beds are outfitted with therapeutic mattresses and hypo-allergenic sheets and comforters. Breakfast are prepared and served right before your eyes.
Double rooms from $65.00 USD incl tax. Breakfast included.
Imagine… waking up in one of our cozy and rustic rooms, far from the city and taking your morning coffee on the front porch while the sun spreads over the Monteverde Cloud Forest and warms up the morning. Located in Santa Elena, Monteverde, the main village of Monteverde Cloud Forest. We provide daily maid service and fresh linens along with a home-cooked breakfast for each guest. 13 rooms with private bathrooms, hot water and room service.
Double rooms from $68.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
This is a small establishment operated by an authentic Costarican family, located at five minutes drive from Santa Elena downtown. They offer comfortable cabins with fully equipped kitchen making it ideal for families and visitors who wish to stay in the Monteverde area for several days.
Double rooms from $69.00 USD incl tax.
Arco Iris Lodge
Offers a tranquil tropical retreat close to the center of the village of Santa Elena, Monteverde. Accommodation is in well designed, comfortable cabins, constructed by local craftsmen using building materials from the surrounding area. Each of the twelve cabins offers a private bathroom with hot water and a balcony or terrace. The cabins are set among carefully preserved forest fragments and landscaped gardens where both ornamental plants and a variety of fruit trees abound, attracting many different species of birds and butterflies.
Double rooms from $78.00 USD incl tax.
Hotel Heliconia offers its visitors an enchanting space, surrounded by vibrant gardens, lush with local plants, and 55 comfortable, well-equipped rooms. In short, an ideal environment for enjoying unforgettable vacations, drinking in fresh mountain air, observing the cloud forest and, of course, relaxing and savoring the peace and quiet.
Double rooms from $92.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
Hotel Belmar is situated in the mountains adjactent to the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve and offers 28 comfortable rooms with views of the Gulf of Nicoya and the Cloud Forest. In addition the hotel has a restaurant and a bar, a Jacuzzi, a pool table and a private nature trail. They also provide laundry service, a safe deposit box and internet.
Double rooms from $112.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.