We absolutely loved our stay at the Arenal Observatory Lodge. We had a fantastic room right at the foot of the volcano, slightly set apart from the rest of the lodge. We loved all the forest (primary and secondary) trails surrounding the lodge and being set apart from the business of La Fortuna. The complimentary breakfast is also fantastic. We enjoyed every minute of our stay and would go back in a heartbeat!
-- Rachel B --
Observatory Lodge & Spa in Arenal, Costa Rica
DISCOVER nature, EXPLORE the Arenal Volcano, RELAX in our unique destination!
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Arenal Observatory Lodge
Our very comfortable eco-lodge is perfectly positioned directly between the massive Arenal Volcano and deep blue Lake Arenal. No other hotel in La Fortuna, Costa Rica and the Arenal area is so close to the famous volcano and its lovely lake.
Arenal Observatory Lodge is safely located 2.7 kilometers (1.7 miles) from the south side of Arenal Volcano, but the live volcano seems so close that you could reach out and touch it. The perfectly-shaped volcanic cone commands nearly every view at the hotel – from the panoramic windows of the Arenal Observatory restaurant to the main buildings and most of the guest rooms. Beautiful Lake Arenal with its many little islands stretches west into the sunset.
Resting on a ridge amid tall pine trees and luxuriant rainforest, Arenal Observatory Lodge is the only hotel that is located inside the Arenal Volcano National Park.
Eleven kilometers (7 miles) of well-maintained hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails wind through the Arenal Volcano hotel’s 870-acre (352-hectare) property, through primary and secondary rainforest, past waterfalls and across verdant pastures. Plenty of wildlife lives in the area, including three kinds of monkeys, anteaters, coatis, raccoons, deer, and more than 500 species of birds – making Arenal Observatory Lodge a preferred destination for bird watching in Costa Rica.
In addition to all of the activities you can enjoy at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, our Arenal hotel serves as a great base camp for adventure tours in Arenal like the Sky Trek zip lines, Sky Tram, Arenal Hanging Bridges, hot springs, whitewater rafting and more.
We invite you to stay with us, enjoy our trails and tours, hanging bridges, a refreshing swim in our pool, and relax with a massage in our Spa. Everything you want in one unique place!
Arenal Volcano / La Fortuna Village
After having lain dormant for over 400 years, Arenal Volcano erupted violently on July 29, 1968, wreaking havoc on the local population and creating a “lava-scape” for miles around its base.
At the Observatory Lodge, nature is bursting at the seams. Tropical flora and fauna abound about the Arenal lodge, while the majestic volcano and its fiery outbursts reflect off the mirror lake at her feet – all this right outside your Arenal hotel room at the Observatory Lodge.
Things to do in Arenal
From Our Blog
This place was great. We stayed for one night while driving from Sarapiqui to Monteverde and it was a good place to stop in the middle. I easily could have spent more days exploring the grounds and numerous hiking trails. The room was very nice and we were off to the side in one of the Smithsonian Rooms so felt we had a lot of privacy. The pool was also really nice and the restaurant was delicious. A 4x4 is a definite must for getting to this place, especially in the rainy season. I would definitely stay here again.
-- Haly F --
Thank you so much for giving us a wonderful memory that we truly cherish. We enjoyed our stay very much. The Arenal Observatory Lodge is the most beautiful place we have seen near Arenal Volcano. It has the best views. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. Our guide gave us a bird walk at 5:45 a.m. and he was great and knowledgeable; we saw many birds and hear their calls. Horseback riding was wonderful. I will recommend the lodge to anyone coming to Arenal.
-- Nancy and Jack Hasegawa --
We had a fantastic stay at the Observatory. La Casona was truly spectacular. I think possibly the best view in the place. The room was clean and fresh every morning and the free coffee and percolator were great. Food at the restaurant was pretty good. The setting is fantastic; really I think it is better than the other hotels in La Fortuna. All in all, we had a great stay and I would highly recommend it!
-- Sophie S --
We just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Observatory Lodge. Our room was very nice with a great view just like we dreamed of. The entire staff was among the very best I have seen. The property was beautiful and we loved taking hikes around the area. We wish we could have stayed longer. It is so peaceful and beautiful there. We will definitely plan a return trip to your beautiful lodge and country.
-- Carol and Milton Scherotter --