We had a very good time at the Arenal Observatory Lodge – one of the highlights of our trip to Costa Rica (sitting in a hot tub and watching the volcano in the distance under a crystal clear night sky). We would take the same room on a return visit. Staff was all very friendly and helpful; the food was great; and the guided walk around the trails of the lodge was excellent. It was a wonderful time. Thanks for making our trip that much better.
-- Margo and Russ Zink --
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa
Arenal Volcano National Park, 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
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 --
Our family had a great visit at the Arenal Observatory. We enjoyed the wonderful activity of the volcano … it just doesn´t get any better … and also the wildlife. Everything was clean and well maintained; the reception desk people could not have been more pleasant. Thank you I´ll definitely tell people about this place.
-- The Raleys --
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 --
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 --