Accommodations by the Arenal Volcano

Drift off to sleep listening to the lullaby of chirping frogs and humming crickets in the Costa Rican rainforest. Wake up to the symphony of birds singing and monkeys howling. All the while, right outside, the spectacular Arenal Volcano keeps watch.


The commanding presence of the Arenal Volcano and the intriguing Costa Rican rainforest set a dramatic stage for your visit to Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa. Our 48 rooms spread out across various building over the property are comfortable, spacious and designed for your enjoyment. Each room provides several amenities that aim to provide for a wonderful holiday. Most hotel rooms have views of the Arenal Volcano, a private balcony or deck, and all have verdant garden surroundings. Five rooms are fully equipped for disabled travelers.


If you are looking for completely private accommodations, or are visiting Arenal Volcano with your extended family or group of friends, our two well-equipped vacation villas fit the bill perfectly as your home away from home.

We would like to mention a few details about what it is like to stay at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa:

  • Our remote location is part of the adventure, and you can rest deeply knowing that there will be no disturbing noise from busy roads or town centers.
  • From your personal terrace, you can soak in all of the spectacular views, smells, and sounds of the natural surroundings.
  • Our hotel rooms do not contain TVs, but we are confident that you will not notice their absence. You came to Costa Rica to experience the amazing nature, wildlife, and scenery of this tropical country. We offer numerous services to keep you busy; plus, the rainforest and one of the most famous volcanoes in the world is right outside your door!
  • Our hotel rooms are cooled naturally by the nearly constant fresh breezes of Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano. All rooms have fans in addition to screened doors and windows for natural ventilation. At 2,160 feet above sea level, Arenal Observatory Lodge is much cooler than the beach and other lower elevation locations.
  • We offer free Wi-Fi for our guests at the lodge; it is usually very reliable and we only occasionally experience a loss of service, but that happens everywhere in Costa Rica.
  • Children aged 8 and under stay for free at our lodge when sharing a room with their parents.
  • The use of drones in the property is prohibited without prior permission from management.
  • We do not allow pets.

Our two Junior Suites are the most spacious rooms with grand views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal, and a large private terrace.

$177.00 US/night


Very spacious Smithsonian Rooms all showcase huge picture windows which frame the majestic Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal or the beautiful rainforest and gardens. Five Smithsonian Rooms are outfitted for wheelchair access.

$161.00 US/night


Spacious and comfortable Standard Rooms overlook the impressive Arenal Volcano

$136.00 US/night


La Casona’s five rooms are ideal for groups or individual budget travelers. It is located 500 meters (0.3 miles) from the main hotel building down a moderate slope.

$92.00 US/night


White Hawk Villa offers peaceful surroundings and spectacular views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal, perfect for guests traveling with family or friends, or who simply want the utmost in privacy. The vacation villa is 1.1 km (0.7 miles) from the hotel Reception, and can accommodate up to 8 persons. It is recommended that guests have their own transportation, or enjoy long walks, to stay here.

$550.00 US/Night


Phil’s Villa is a magnificent vacation home rental located about 800 meters (0.5 miles) from the hotel Reception. The modern and spacious villa can accommodate up to 10 persons. It is recommended that guests have their own transportation, or enjoy long walks, to stay here.

$700.00 US/night