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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

3-star3 stars
22 km Oeste de la Fortuna de San Carlos, 1.7 km del Volcán Arenal, La Fortuna, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Family lodge with spa, near Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in the lobby and free parking
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Fantastic service
Great location
Great room
Food is all right
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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

from £105
  • Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds, Garden View
  • Superior Room, Mountain View

What’s around Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

Top spots nearby

Recommended by this property

  • Arenal Volcano (29-minute walk)
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures (32-minute walk)
  • La Fortuna Waterfall (42-minute walk)
  • Butterfly Conservatory (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Ecotermales Fortuna (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park (4.8 mi / 7.7 km)
  • Lake Arenal (11.7 mi / 18.8 km)

Getting around

  • La Fortuna (FON-Arenal) 36-min drive
  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) 176-min drive
  • Free self-parking
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts


  • 48 cabins


  • Check-in time 3 PM-10 PM
  • Check-out time is noon
The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM.

24-hour airport shuttle service is available upon request. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to get details.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *


  • Free self parking


  • Area shuttle *

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink
  • Free buffet breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Full-service spa
  • Ecotours on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Horse riding/rental on site
  • Rafting nearby
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Built in 1992
  • Lift
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in common areas
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

In the cabin

Home comforts
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
Things to enjoy
  • Balcony or patio
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

Special features


Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the lodge's full-service spa, The Observatory Spa. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages and Thai massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.

The spa is open daily.


El Jilguero – This restaurant specialises in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open daily.

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa’s small print

Also known as

  • Arenal Observatory Lodge La Fortuna
  • Arenal Observatory Lodge
  • Arenal Observatory La Fortuna
  • Arenal Observatory
  • Arenal Observatory Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos


  • Pool access available from 7 AM to 9 PM.
  • Optional extras

    Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 170.00 per vehicle (one way)

    Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

    We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

    Recent reviews

    Exceptional 9.4 From 209 reviews

    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa
    Great Hotel in impressive surroundings
    Great hotel with great views of the volcano. Great pool area and walks in the grounds . Free guided walk by the hotel every morning where you get to see the wildlife. A tractor takes you back up the hill. Food good but the same breakfast every day. It is quite isolated which is good but the journey back into town is around 5k on a very bumpy track - but well worth it.
    david, gb2 night family trip
    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa
    Best views
    Great place for a vacation. We brought our 5 year old son and he was never bored. There are tons of trails and great views. This was my FAVORITE spot to view the volcano. Its literally in its back yard. Make sure you do the free guided tour in the morning.
    Chris, us3 night family trip
    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa
    Arenal Observatory and Lodge
    Hotel and the area are AMAZING! This Hotel is truly a place to unwind and have rain forest fun.
    Kathy, usFamily trip
    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa
    Best place to stay neat la Fortuna / Arenal
    Fifth time staying here. It's the absolute best!
    Theresa, us1 night trip with friends
    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa
    loved it!
    just the location of this place alone was amazing! to be so up close to the volcano is really SOMETHING. so even if the lodge owners/operators didn't bother with the rest of the stuff, i'd love the place. but the fact is they do bother with ALL OF IT! it's such an amazing, clean and comfortable location! they provide all amenities (that we needed during our stay anyway) and we didn't really even leave the lodge! it was the perfect vacation location, while still seeing wildlife and doing the walking trails and all. i would definitely go again and would 100% recommend! worth every dollar :)
    Komal, ca2 night romance trip

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