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Travel Blogs from La Fortuna
What a great day, and such a nice surprise! Having read the drive the panamerican website, that has given us some good tips and info for the trip, it warned us that the border crossing at Penas Blancas to Costa Rica was painfully slow. We set off early this morning and it took a little longer to get to the border than we'd hoped as the rain last …
... 2 hour walk through the rainforest, visit to the waterfall and a trek up to the lava field from the last eruption. The rainforest is cool, as only 5 - 10pc of the sunlight reaches the forest floor, but it is very very humid and at the end of our 2 hour walk I was dripping with perspiration, not from the effort but from the humidity. We saw a few more lizards, monkeys, and birds including a Macaw and several humming birds.
... the coed thing is the norm, I should be meeting a friend here a little later but I'm not sure when he will be here. I will post pictures a little later today of the hostel and the hike that I will go on. I'm gonna rent a bike for like two days and bike/hike ...
... I had really been wanting to get out on a boat and do something more specific to the area. So I treated myself to a sunset catamaran cruise, snacks and snorkeling all in the mix. But even more memorable was what I treated myself to after heading inland to the mountain jungle area of Monteverde. Lets just say I knocked a big one off the bucket list, taking a free fall off of ...
... head off to Liberia, en route to Coco. The drive is spectacular, all along the side of lake Arenal, the largest lake in Costa Rica, We did get stopped by the police, he gave us a short lesson in Spanish, some tourism tips and sent us on our way, better than a speeding ticket I guess, We stopped for coffee in a cafe high up overlooking the lake, not a cloud in the sky and the view is stunning. A guy in his mid seventies starts talking to us and says "wow ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Arenal Kioro La Fortuna
Great place, even greater potential
The location of this hotel is simply spectacular, and the rooms take full advantage -- every one (we're told) has a floor to ceiling window looking on the volcano. We could literally lie in bed at night (or sit in our hot tub) and watch the red lava flow down the mountain. The place is less than a year old, and still getting its act together. No hotel bar yet, or sundries shop, but I understand both are planned. Food could stand improvement and variety, but the grounds, pool, spa and service are all world class.
The Arenal Kioro & Mirador has an identification problem. Maybe because it is not yet a year old. But if you look it up it has various names all of which are variations - Arenal Mirador & Kioro, Arenal Kioro, Arenal Mirador. That is a hint of the problems with the hotel. However, it trys very hard and with time, might be really good.
My Fiancee and I stayed at Arenal Kioro from August 5-8 before travelling on to Monteverde and Playa Conchal. Our stay at Kioro was definitely our favorite part of the trip. Without going to to detail on the great tours that we went on in the area(whitewater rafting, Horseback riding, and the canopy tour) just sitting on the balcony of our room or in the hot tub listening to rumble and watching lava shoot out of the volcano was absolutely amazing. The Hotsprings at Tabacon are great but it is like Disneyland there. The dining aspect of the hotel could use some improvement but it is still a new place. There were a great places to eat in and near the town of La Fortuna so that minor flaw did not bother us one bit. The minibar stayed stocked and that was all we needed. We have already talked about going back to the country and spending more time at Arenal Kioro. Leonardo is one of the Concierge people, he is a real nice guy and will take care of you. Definitely go through Desafio for your tours. They have great guides and know all the prime places to go. Pura Vida!
The 3 nights I spent in La Fortuna were in the Arenal Kioro hotel. It is a newer hotel with the best viewing of Arenal Volcano. We selected this hotel over Tabecon because it was less "touristy" and more secluded. The hotel is new, and they are still working out some of the bugs; however it is MUCH improved over some of what I have read.
We are just back from a 10 day trip to Costa Rica arranged through EcoVoyager. Our first stay was at the Kioro Hotel near Arenal. The hotel is still under construction and the staff still has a ways to go to match the great location and beautiful rooms. The enthusiasm is there, but the service doesn't do justice to the facility. I'm sure in time the front desk and waitstaff will improve.
My husband and I stayed at the Arenal Kioro for two nights on a road trip through Costa Rica in May 2006.
This hotel has a great location for volcano watching - while we were there in June 2006 the lava was flowing directly toward the hotel making for thrilling night time viewing. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed with comfortable beds and spa. We were the first people to stay in our room (#1104) and there were a few problems with room - the biggest was that the AC did not work.
GETTING THEIR ACT TOGETHER
When planning to visit arenal vocano area, we originally booked the Tabacon. After reading the reviews at Trip Advisor, I asked my travel agent to look elsewhere. She suggested The Kioro Arenal. SMART MOVE!!!! The hotel is brand new. It opened 12/15/05. Although the Spa had not yet been completed, it will be open 5/1/06. ROOMS ARE HUMONGOUS! 2 QUEEN BEDS PLUS A SLEEPER COUCH. Nothing beats a Jacuzzi for two at midnight overlooking the volcano erupting. The staff was always helpfull and the restaurant had great food. We usually stay at The Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton Hotels so we are used to nice places! We would go back.
Great Facility - Poor Management
Just returned from a three day stay and feel this is probably the nicest physical facility in the area, but they have serious management problems. Front desk staff is very inadequate, no internet for guests. Restaurant management nonexistant. We found the restaurant to be poor - the worst food we had in the country. Service slow for a country known for slow service. All the rooms have yellow light bulbs only - terrible to read by. They say the bulbs don't atract bugs, but that's a crock. If they want to keep bugs out, they need screens for the sliding doors. Take your own lightbulbs or a clip on reading light.
When they get their act together it will be a great place to stay.
Just got back from the Kioro. We spent 3 nights there before going to the Parador near Manuel Antonio National Park. The rooms at the hotel are fantastic. Huge, beautifully furnished, clean, etc. The staff at the hotel were incredibly accomodating, willing to do almost anything to make your stay more pleasant. The restaurant there is also quite good; a little expensive, but still considerably cheaper than what we had at the Parador Hotel. There is a great view of the volcano, but don't expect to see any lava. The only area lava can be seen from is from the North, and the Kioro is in the South (I think). The hotel also gave us free transportation and access to a local hot springs facility (not as big as the Tabacon, but MUCH less crowded, which makes a huge difference). The only issue at this point is that the hotel is really not close to being finished yet. It just opened 3-4 weeks ago. There is no main lobby yet. The spa has not been built. The grounds surrounding the hotel still need some work, particularly in the area around the pool. That said, when it is finished, it will be one of the best(if not THE best) places to stay while at Arenal.