I have visited the lodge over 10 times, both personally and as a leader with groups. We have always had a wonderful experience. We found the White Hawk Villa spectacular, and the hospitality of the lodge and all employees was exquisite. The Arenal Observatory Lodge is special in every way.
-- Mary O'Boyle --
Observatory Lodge in Arenal, Costa Rica
DISCOVER nature, EXPLORE the Arenal Volcano, RELAX in our unique destination!
Treat yourself to the most stunning views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal in Costa Rica at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa. ...Read More
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
Arrived at night to the wonderful grounds of the Observatory Lodge and woke up to howler monkeys and a full view of the Arenal Volcano - the best view you could imagine. Hummingbirds where everywhere as well as loads of other birds. The overall setting is spectacular and no need for a car while you are there. The hikes were fantastic to Cerra Chatto and the Fortuna Waterfall and the farm is a thing of beauty against the background of the jungle. The view from the restaurant is equally amazing looking over the volcano and Lake Arenal. Would recommend the Lodge to anyone who wants to loose the car and avoid the touristy hustle and bustle of La Fortuna.
-- Dan --
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 --
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 --
Just wanted to say that your lodge was amazing … beyond any accommodation we have experienced. Food, people and scenery were wonderful. The landscaping is pure beauty and the trails around the lodge are so therapeutic; please don´t change a thing. Your pool is unreal, almost like one is on the edge of the earth overlooking scenic tranquility, and the view of the volcano was mesmerizing. Toughest part was getting sleep because we didn´t want to miss anything at night. We had an amazing time and we will be back. Thank you.
-- The Clarks --