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 --
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 just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Observatory Lodge. Our room was very nice with a great view just like we dreamed of. The entire staff was among the very best I have seen. The property was beautiful and we loved taking hikes around the area. We wish we could have stayed longer. It is so peaceful and beautiful there. We will definitely plan a return trip to your beautiful lodge and country.
-- Carol and Milton Scherotter --
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 --
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 --
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 --