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Lavas del Arenal

San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)

Room rates from:
Per Adult Nightly
Hotel + Flight from
Starting from:
$549 $529
Per Guest for 3 Nights
Based on 397 reviews
Come witness the unforgettable splendor of Costa Rica from the comfort of this Volcano Hotel today!
Room & Rates
standard rm

Standard Room

Starting from
Per Adult Nightly
The Standard Room includes 1 Queen bed, featuring lovely views of the gardens and mountains. Other features include:
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Satellite TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Compact Refrigerator
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Private Bathroom w/Hot Water
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Deluxe Room

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Per Adult Nightly
The Deluxe Room includes 2 Queen beds, featuring lovely views of the gardens and mountains. Other features include:
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Satellite TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Compact Refrigerator
  • Coffeemaker
  • Microwave
  • Private Bathroom w/Water

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superior rm

Superior Room

The Superior Room includes 1 Queen bed and 1 Twin Bed, featuring lovely views of the gardens and mountains. Other features include:
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Satellite TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Compact Refrigerator
  • Coffeemaker
  • Microwave
  • Private Bathroom w/Water

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Lavas del Arenal
300 Metros Oeste de la Escuela del Bosque, La Fortuna, Costa Rica La 20101


Surrounded by nature, this remote hotel is ideally located only 4 miles from the Arenal Volcano, 3 hrs. driving [82 Miles] from San Jose International Airport [SJO] and 3 hrs. driving [80 Miles] from Liberia International Airport [LIR].

Why Stay Here

Cozy Family Getaway.
Nestled next to the El Bosque Reserve, the Lavas del Arenal rests in a serene area. A serenity that is expertly mirrored in their guest accommodations:

Family Friendly - Especially suited for families, bring the kids for an experience they won`t forget!
Garden - Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the hotel`s lovely garden
Bird Watching - Witness the beauty of hundreds of local bird species. You may even see an iguana or the famous red frog while you`re at it!

Resort Details

  • Swimming Pool
  • Grill Restaurant
  • Complimentary Full Breakfast Daily
  • Concierge
  • Laundry Service [$]
  • Lake Border
  • Garden/Parking Facilities
  • Non-Smoking Property

Accommodation Details

  • Complimentary Wireless Internet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Housekeeping Service
  • Compact Refrigerator, Microwave, Coffee Maker
  • Bathroom w/Hot Water

Restaurants, Lounges & Bars

Grill Restaurant - Enjoy delicious Costa Rican cuisine; featuring breakfast everyday!

Pools & Spas

Swimming - Dive into the fun at the onsite pool, or jump into the nearby river!


Guests will discover that this hotel is ideally located, making for an exciting vacation destination:

La Fortuna - Only 3 minutes away, visit Downtown La Fortuna and enjoy local vendors.
Arenal Volcano - Experience an explosive time on a hike to the Arenal Volcano!
Cano Negro - Walk on the wild side at this reserve, where sloths, monkeys, caimans and more thrive!
La Fortuna Waterfall - Less than a mile away, enjoy the beauty of the rushing waterfall!
Venado Caverns - delve into the darkness and witness a beautiful underground labyrinth.
Horseback Riding - enjoy the history and beauty of the jungle, then change perspective on the zip line and experience a bird`s eye view of the jungle!

  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Attraction Tickets Available
  • BBQ Area
  • Breakfast Room
  • Children's Play Area
  • Concierge Desk
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Express Check-Out
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Full Breakfast
  • Interior Corridors
  • Jogging Area
  • Laundry Services/Laundry Facility (+)
  • On-Site Check In
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Restaurant
  • Secured Parking
  • Wireless Internet
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 397 reviews
from Palmer, Alaska
Submitted on 13-04-2016
The property does not have a view of the volcano as advertised nor are the rooms fully complete. No bathroom mirrors, glasses in the room, or adequate lighting. Reservation processing confusing and wifi almost impossible. Parking a real problem as is dirt road to the property.
from San Jose, Costa Rica
Submitted on 17-04-2016
I stayed at Lavas del Arenal for one night since I was coming for a wedding nearby. They charged us $175 for one room with two beds. A room that shouldn't had been more that $90, since it is very very poor. It has a tiny air conditioner that is not enough to cool the whole area and not enough windows that you can open to use natural air. The bathroom is big, but has no place to hang towels or put your belongings. They only offer you liquid soap on a dispenser on the wall, no shampoo or anything ... Read more
Submitted on 30-04-2016
Positives: mostly friendly staff, free breakfast, the room is clean when you get it Negatives: the food here is TERRIBLE! Pretty much the only reason we ate the breakfast was because it was free and conveniently located steps from our room. Nobody ever cleaned our rooms after we got there, we had to ask for new towels twice before being given them, the pool was full of dead bugs, the hotel's kind of in the middle of nowhere so cabs to town and back were roughly $15 or more each time...the list ... Read more
from Columbus, Ohio
Submitted on 10-05-2016
We did this as a group on it was what was expected from online. Its not an extravagant resort but they booked so much fun stuff for us we weren't there but at night. The room was ALWAYS cleaned and ready. We liked the vibe if your going to sit around a resort drinking drinks all day not the place for you.But if looking for adrenaline in costa rica they set it all up for you. Didn't have to worry about anything but showing up front to catch the ride they scheduled.
from Lombard, Illinois
Submitted on 20-05-2016
this hotel came with our groupon. We had a great time but the hotel was a little less than we were hoping for. No one spoke English, at all. So communication with times for our tours, paying, etc was very difficult even with the little Spanish we could speak. Next there is no real is just one person and a grill. The food is manageable but for what you pay, the food in the city is WAY better...and that's the other thing, you cannot walk to la have to take a taxi. This... Read more
Submitted on 29-05-2016
We first set eyes on Lavas Del Arenal after a crazy long drive from the airport in San Jose. It was gorgeous, secluded but at the same time accessible to the town in 10 minutes by cab. Kathia was so lovely and helpful. She organized our trip to the beach in Jaco and gave us advice about where to go and where to stay! She was always available at the front desk and answered all our questions and made sure we were loving our stay! The breakfast was authentic, now if you are use to a big American br... Read more
Submitted on 02-06-2016
We loved our stay at the Hotel Lavas de Arenal. It is a very simple resort, but it is a beautiful setting. The rooms have all you should need for a Costa Rican Adventure trip and they are incredible at helping book any activity you could want in the area. They provide a nice breakfast every morning. The staff is very helpful and friendly. It is helpful to know some Spanish, but without it you can survive. We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone!
from Marietta, Georgia
Submitted on 04-06-2016
My girlfriend and I just got back from an 8 night 9 day trip to Costa Rica where we stayed in 3 different hotels ranging from the country side, beach side and the inner city. We are 29 and 28 years of age and are adventure seekers not party seekers. I have to say that Hotel Lavas del Arenal was easily our favorite. The hotel is tucked away so if you enjoy a little privacy after a long day of adventure this is is a perfect place for that. The hotel itself is gorgeous. It has a very nice pool th... Read more
from Phoenix, Arizona
Submitted on 20-06-2016
My friend and I purchased a Groupon which included an awesome adventure package consisting of zip lining, rafting, hot springs, etc. and a 4 night stay at Hotel Lavas. When we arrived to the hotel we were greeted by the receptionist, Katya, who we fell in love with from the beginning. Although we didn't speak much spanish, and she spoke even less English, she worked so hard to throughly answer any questions we had by using her computer, writing down information, or drawing pictures. She was so f... Read more
Submitted on 29-06-2016
Basic amenities in the room but it was a nice place to stay. Our groupon included breakfast which was eggs, rice/beans, fruit and bread everyday. Eat in the town as I heard dinner there is over priced. Staff was friendly but only spoke Spanish. I would go back!
from Long Beach, California
Submitted on 20-07-2016
I stumbled upon Hotel Lavas del Arenal due to a Groupon I had purchased. I was a bit nervous at first purchasing a Groupon vacation but I was completely blown away by how great this vacation was. Hotel Lavas Del Arenal was perfect for what I was looking for. They have authentic breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The breakfast was normally eggs, beans and rice, a couple pieces of bread, and some fresh fruit. However, they did give us the option a few days for pancakes which were delicious. Dinn... Read more
from Saint Albans, West Virginia
Submitted on 21-07-2016
We stayed at Hotel Lavas del Arenal as part of a Groupon deal. As the title says, I have mixed feelings about our expirience, so I will just list some pro's and con's we came across. Pros: Most of the staff were very kind and eager to help. Breakfast is made to order. Room service cleans rooms daily and leaves cool towel art with flower petals. Pretty location with a pool, foosball and pool tables, and a resteraunt on site. Tours were pre-booked with our Groupon and easy to upgrade. Remote and ... Read more
from San Jose, Costa Rica
Submitted on 13-09-2016
Even though is not one of the other fancy (expensive) hotels of the area, this one gave me a great experience, which gladly I would go back again without hesitation. Personnel is highly friendly and the room since first impression looks very nice with microwave, mini-fridge, flat screen TV (I didnā??t use), a small but efficient AC unit and a clean nice bathroom. Thanks for a nice experience!
Submitted on 15-09-2016
The rooms are clean. Very friendly service. Staff is always willing to answer any questions and have a great attitude. Katarina is the manager on staff and is one of the most acomidating managers we've met in a long time. Highly recommend.
from Austin, Texas
Submitted on 27-10-2016
There is a serious problem with communication with this company. We found them on Groupon and spoke to Mario before booking. Everything seemed fine until we paid. We received an itinerary with the wrong dates. It took multiple calls and emails to get the dates changed. The dates were finally changed the night before we left. I donā??t think it is too much to expect to have confirmation of a ride and a hotel prior to traveling to a foreign country. Especially when you are required to... Read more
Submitted on 11-11-2016
Got this trip as a gift and before we booked our flight, we should of done our research of this place. Booking the trip was easy and convenient. The hotel driver (for additional charge) was on time and greeted us upon arrival. Did not realize the travel to the hotel would take close to 2 hours of sketchy driving. Upon arrival greeted by Mario who was as nice as can be, informed us of our package and let us know about things to do around La Fortuna (the main town). Our rooms were not ready y... Read more
from Okinawa, Japan
Submitted on 21-11-2016
We did an adventure tour through Groupon and so we had no selection for the hotel but were so pleased with this place. The staff was AMAZING! Although our Spanish was horrible, they were so helpful in trying to accommodate all our needs. One of the ladies even helped do some laundry before we left because we were running low on clean clothes. They would arrange cabs into town for us as well. Breakfast staff were amazing and the pool was very nice. Nothing super fancy but the people made it such ... Read more