Traveling with a child has made us think more of home comforts during this trip to Costa Rica. Guided by the fact that a rested child is a happy, tantrum-free child, I looked for accommodations that would not dent my wallet and at the same time would give us all the amenities we needed. Eco Villas Arenal gave us exactly that, nothing more, nothing less.
We stayed in a 4 unit villa, that's the entrance to our room on the first floor. This little river/brook babbled away all night and was such a relaxing way to fall asleep. There were cute little trails behind our unit that we explored in the afternoons.
Pretty individual little villas, beautiful lawns and well groomed gardens, parking right in front of your door...everything well thought.
The hotel has included breakfast every morning starting at 7am, a huge blessing. Most of our tours started around 7.30am so this timing worked perfectly for us. The dining room is open-air (see below photo) with pretty curtains fluttering in the breeze. They also serve a fixed menu for lunch and dinner however we preferred to eat at different restaurants instead of here.
Nadia enjoyed beans, eggs and milk every morning :-)
There also was a outdoor swimming pool that we used one afternoon.
The hotel is located 2 km north of the center of La Fortuna surrounded by lush vegetation. We had free Wifi, which worked great as long as you were able to get an IP address and lock it down :-)
Everything was an easy drive away, the waterfalls, the base of the volcano, canoe safaris etc.
Lastly, look at that view (Mt. Arenal photo below). Imagine eating breakfast every morning, taking a swim with that in the background...heavenly.
Here is their website, if you are considering a trip to Costa Rica http://www.ecoarenal.com.