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 --
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 400 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 lodge is wonderful, an outstanding place to stay. We were awakened by the volcano in the middle of the night to look out our window to see the flowing. We enjoyed the free morning walk; very informative. The trails and gardens are very well maintained. I can´t wait to come back. Thank you very much for everything.
-- Hellen and Albert Wommack --
Of our entire 9 days stay in Costa Rica , we (my boyfriend and I) both agree that our favorite place was the Arenal Observatory Lodge. The view was more than we could have hoped for. The rooms were perfectly accommodating. The food was wonderful at both breakfast and dinner. The lava flowing from the volcano, of course, was stupendous. A memory to have forever. The grounds of the lodge were beautiful beyond description.Peaceful, restful!!
-- Kathelyn Vieira --
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 --
I wanted you know that my family and I had a wonderful experience at Arenal Observatory Lodge. Staff members were very friendly and the volcano was very active; a great place with nice activities. Howler monkeys roaring accompany the occasional rumblings of the volcano, both contributing to the feeling of being really in the forest. We loved every minute and hated to leave. Thank you so much for providing us with such a great experience.
-- James and Tracy Albers --