While we were visiting Arenal, Costa Rica we stayed at Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa. It was a really nice place, and once again, these are my own opinions (I’m not being paid). The hotel was gated so we felt completely safe to park our car without worries.
When we arrived a member of the staff met us at our car. He was very friendly and walked us to the reception area. The receptionist asked us to see our passports so she could get us checked-in. My only complaint is that check-in took a really long time. She told us to have a seat, took our documents, and then left us alone as she went back into the office area. We waited for about twenty minutes before she returned. Then she realized that we didn’t yet have our welcome drinks. I think if she had done everything in the correct order it wouldn’t have been so frustrating.
After we got our complimentary drinks she walked us through the map of the complex and told us about the various specials that were going on at their bar and restaurant. Then the same gentleman that walked us into the reception area showed us to our room.
The room was absolutely gorgeous. The balcony had a direct view of Volcán Arenal. (Too bad we only got to see it for about twenty minutes when we first arrived. The rest of the time it was covered in clouds.) We were pleasantly surprised that we had a hot tub in our room. We didn’t realize that when we booked the room. The shower was the size of a walk-in closet with a rainfall spout. It was also super nice to have a bathroom with a DOOR!
As phenomenal as our room was my absolute favorite part about this hotel was the natural hot springs. Time did not matter when you crawled into one of those. The water was a perfect temperature and we could literally just sit in them for hours until we were in a daze. Absolutely wonderful! Wouldn’t it be nice to have a hot spring in your backyard? I think so too.
There was also complimentary breakfast served every morning, which was always delicious. There was a large assortment of foods to choose from. The standards were omelets, rice and beans, and fried plantains. The other foods were alternated, so there was always variety.
However, unlike Issimo, this was not an intimate boutique hotel. There were a larger number of rooms and we didn’t get to know any of the staff or other guests. I preferred the more intimate feel of Issimo Suites because we were able get to know some of the locals.
I’m so glad that we stayed at this hotel even if it was bigger. The hot springs were not to be missed. They were one of the most relaxing aspects of our trip (and I stupidly didn’t get a picture of them). I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone traveling through Arenal, Costa Rica.