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 were 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 Cerro Chato, and the Fortuna Waterfall 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 lose the car and avoid the touristy hustle and bustle of La Fortuna.
-- Dan Hellmuth --
Observatory Lodge 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.
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From Our Blog
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 --
We had a wonderful time at the Observatory Lodge. It´s beautiful and just what we needed. I love the view from your property. We took the walk to the waterfall and the morning walk was very nice. Our room was located across the suspension bridge, which was a bonus. We had a mixture of weather, of course, but fortunately got to see the lava 3 nights of 4. It really is spectacular. I love hearing the sound it makes. Plenty of birds, butterflies, and even monkeys. We really enjoyed our stay, and I want to thank you for all your help. We decided we will stay here again.
-- Chuck and Jennifer Howe --
We had a very enjoyable stay at this lodge. The room was lovely, the view spectacular, staff was excellent and always helpful, and restaurant servers were efficient, pleasant and quick to please. Gardens are beautiful and very well kept. Loved the pool. I don´t know if our travels will bring us to Costa Rica, but if so, we will definitely be visiting the Observatory again. Thank you so much for making our trip a wonderful memory for us.
-- Dennis Frohlich --
I love it here. Arenal Observatory Lodge was the highlight of our two week trip through Costa Rica. We loved the accommodations, the beautiful walks through the forest, the food, the people, and most of all watching the volcano go off every night while we lay in bed watching. Every staff member was informative and delightful; tour guide for morning and afternoon was excellent. We are thankful to stay in such a beautiful happy place. Everything was great. I am looking forward to another visit next year.
-- Andrew Russell --