Travel Blogs from La Fortuna
We arrived to Costa Rica at the Liberia Airport. Throughout our entire trip we used the company Desafio to take us around the area and for day time adventures. Although we had slight trouble finding our driver at the airport, the three hour trip to the Arenal area surely made up for it. The guide was young man whose English was more than …
... etc can be quite suspect at times! Also, editing, while possible, is quite cumbersome. Woke up to rain this morning. Not so surprising as the clouds rolled, literally, into town last night. We are, after all, in a cloud forest area. Our teammate Nicole described the rain as the mist on the veggies at the grocery store. Though this morning's rain was pretty much a downpour. Between the rain and the sunrise 5 am wake up... The birds all awake at ...
... expensive though - esp. the fresh vegetables. We enjoyed going up and down the aisles, deciding what to buy for each of our meals. We even bought some drinks as a treat.
Oh yes, I think I remember a post that I just made - not too long ago. The goal was to live off the land. Well, I guess that is not going to happen... lol There aren't many choices of fruit during this time of the year so we had to go to the grocery ...
... most of the way. Plus a down-climb some amazing waterfalls and river trace along a pristine, rainforest canyon.
Two extras were thrown in. First was to bomb or jump into the creek bed and the second we sat down on the river bed like a train one behind the other. One of the guides was ...
... felt very good for my shoulder, we had a buffet dinner for 5.00 a person. It was a warm day with a mix of sun and cloud and a little warm rain in the evening.
Cindy has been very good to find local eating places for us to have breakfast and lunch at reasonable prices. She has assured us that the water supply in Costa Rica is safe and so I am taking a chance and eating salads. Rice and beans is a very tasty feature of almost every meal.
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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.