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
We returned to Tokyo, Japan 10 days ago. We would like to tell you "thank you so much for all your services". We surely enjoyed the stay in your lodge, with wonderful nature and many kinds of birds we could see, with good services by the friendly staff in the restaurant, and with an excellent view of the volcano from the window in our very comfortable room. This was the 6th trip to Costa Rica and we have stayed in 16 lodges in Costa Rica. We confirm that Arenal Observatory Lodge is the best lodge. Of course we surely would like to stay again.
-- Tahey and Madoka Ito --
The Arenal Observatory Lodge is a private paradise for hiking and truly submersing yourself in beautiful Costa Rican nature. Exceptional experience. The room had a beautiful view, pool was amazing, and there were many fun activities, and the service was great too. Keep up the good work. I would recommend this hotel.
-- Rosetta Baldassano --
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 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 --