Hotel Castillo del Arenal
As an eco-tourist haven, it’s understandable that Arenal has a great number of exciting outdoor activities. Visitors to the area will enjoy hikes through the national park, windsurfing or fishing along the lake, and walks to an impressive 200-ft (60-meter) waterfall. Rafting trips down the Peñas Blancas River allow travelers to enjoy the scenery and search for animals, while canopy tours will have visitors flying through the upper reaches of the rainforest.
Hotel Castillo del Arenal is family owned and operated. This quaint, relaxed hotel has fantastic views of Arenal’s active face and offers simple and affordable accommodations. Set on a hill overlooking both the lake and volcano, the restaurant is a fine place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or a Costa Rican meal. A covered terrace with equally stellar views provides guests with a great spot to watch for birds, enjoy a gentle rainfall, or watch the clouds move slowly over the volcano.
The hotel’s cabins are set within a rich green environment. They are clean, with tile floors, large windows, and private hot water bathrooms. Some even have balconies that look out onto the volcano and surrounding landscape.
Please see the Arenal Volcano map to find the exact location of Hotel Castillo del Arenal. By taxi, it takes around 45 minutes and costs about $20 to reach the village of La Fortuna. The taxi/boat/taxi or Horseback Riding Adventure to/from Monteverde will pick you up or drop you off directly at this hotel.
›Interested in an upscale hotel with the same great views? Take a look at Linda Vista del Norte.