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Carlos Lodge

Carlos Lodge

Destination: Arenal

Set on a hillside six miles from La Fortuna, Carlos Lodge features cabins with awesome views of Arenal volcano. The hotel's first row of cabins sits on a rise above fruit trees that grow oranges, mangoes and guavas used in the fresh juice served at breakfast.

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The Alpizar family owns and operates Carlos lodge.  Greiven, the father, manages the property grounds while Fiorella, the mother, runs reception and assist her daughters preparing Costa Rica homemade meals with produce gown in their property.


Carlos Lodge's 11 wooden cabins have high ceilings and immense back windows that frame Arenal volcano in the background. Every room has cable TV, WiFi, a table with chairs, a dresser and a spacious bathroom with hot water. Simple, clean and comfortable doubles run for $66 including breakfast.


Ask Greivin or one of his daughters to take you on a personal tour – included in the cabin rate – along a small trail through pastures and forest into the Arenal river valley. The falls, some 30 feet tall, are part of a stream that runs through the family's property leading to the Arenal river.


Carlos Lodge has an authenticity that can't be matched by large hotels and resorts. Spending a few days with the family is like a short vacation at a Costa Rican homestay. They don't speak much English, but their hospitality overcomes the language barrier.

Our Take

  • Locally grown produce
  • One of two hotels in Arenal with its own waterfall
  • The rooms are nothing to gawk at, but simple, spacious and reasonably priced

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