Given that La Fortuna/Arenal is one of the most popular destinations foreign travellers visit when they come to Costa Rica, we are regularly inundated with requests for La Fortuna / Arenal hotel recommendations. Smart travellers not only ask us which hotels we opt to recommend, but they question us why we do so. We love sharing our thoughts with others, so we never hesitate to provide travellers with the specific details that support our opinions and inform our recommendations.
When travellers ask us for our favourite La Fortuna / Arenal hotels, our immediate response is to question what the traveller is specifically looking for (ie. a hotel with great value, a rustic setting, a relaxing sanctuary, luxury, etc.). Every traveller wants something different, whether that difference is offered by the hotel’s location, price, setting, amenities, or another distinguishing factor, and it is this difference that helps us identify the type of accommodation experience that a particular traveller is looking to obtain. As Julia Roberts explains in My Best Friend’s Wedding, “crème brûlée can never be jell-o”, just like a four-star luxury resort-quality hotel will rarely provide the down-to-earth rainforest lodge experience that some travellers search for, and an affordable standard hotel will likely never spoil travellers rotten. Since one accommodation type may be equally deserving of a recommendation as another, the value of the recommendation itself depends largely on the travellers’ specific desire. Do you want crème brûlée? Or would you be happiest with jell-o?
Over the years we have worked with many, many hotels in the La Fortuna / Arenal region. We have formed strong bonds with some of them based on their continued dedication to high-quality customer service, and we have run in the opposite direction of others (who shall remain nameless) as a result of their blatant lack of concern for the care of their guests and business partners. We have been in this business long enough to know why (in our opinion!) some hotels are deserving of a positive and evaluative recommendation, and we are proud to offer such recommendations if and when we feel they are due. As a result, we have created a blog series titled La Fortuna / Arenal Hotel Recommendations showcasing a spectrum of our preferred accommodation options in the area and detailing our reasoning for opting to recommend each. The following accommodations are have been included in this series to date:
LA PRADERA DEL ARENAL (Standard Hotel Option)
EL SILENCIO DEL CAMPO (Superior Hotel Option)
THE ARENAL SPRINGS RESORT & SPA (Superior Hotel Option)
ROYAL CORIN (Resort-Quality Hotel Option)
Click here to read our post: Arenal Hotel Recommendation: Luxury & Relaxation At Its Finest In La Fortuna / Arenal (post coming soon!)
QUESTION TO COMMENT ON: What La Fortuna / Arenal hotels would you like to see us recommend? More importantly, why do you recommend a particular accommodation option over others located in the same area?