Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

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Outdoor pool, open 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, open 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, open 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, sun loungers
Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds | Balcony

Overview of Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

3.0 star property
Family-friendly lodge with spa, near Arenal Volcano National Park

9.4/10 Exceptional

548 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
22 km Oeste de la Fortuna de San Carlos, 1.7 km del Volcán Arenal, La Fortuna, Alajuela, 21007
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Full-service spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Spa tub
  • 2 meeting rooms
  • Airport shuttle
  • Area shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Library
Feel at home
  • Children stay free
  • Children's pool
  • Playground on site
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In a national park
  • Lake Arenal - 14 min drive
  • Arenal Volcano National Park - 17 min drive
  • Arenal Volcano - 44 min drive

Getting around

  • La Fortuna (FON-Arenal) - 48 min drive
  • Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 152 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

3-star family-friendly lodge in the mountains
Close to Arenal Volcano National Park, Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa provides free cooked-to-order breakfast, a roundtrip airport shuttle, and a terrace. Active travelers can enjoy hiking/biking, horseback riding, and ecotours at this lodge. Treat yourself to a hot stone massage, a body scrub, or reflexology at the onsite spa. The onsite family restaurant, El Jilguero, features international cuisine. Stay connected with free WiFi in public areas, and guests can find other amenities such as a garden and a playground.
Other perks at this lodge include:
  • An outdoor pool and a children's pool, with sun loungers
  • Free self parking
  • An area shuttle, an area shuttle, and smoke-free premises
  • A gift shop, a table tennis table, and massage treatment rooms
  • Guest reviews say great things about the pool and location
Room features
All 48 rooms include comforts such as laptop-compatible safes.
More amenities include:
  • Eco-friendly toiletries and showers
  • Private yards, LED light bulbs, and coffee/tea makers


English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 48 rooms


  • Check-in time from 3 PM - 10 PM
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Up to 2 children (8 years old and younger) stay free, per registered adult, when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*


  • Area shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast each morning 7 AM–9 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free
  • Children's pool
  • Playground
  • Pool gate

What to do

  • Ecotours
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Horse riding/rentals
  • Foosball
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Cave exploring nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Ziplining nearby
  • Hot springs nearby
  • Fishing nearby

Working away

  • 2 meeting rooms


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Pool loungers


  • Built in 1992
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in common areas
  • An outdoor pool
  • Full-service spa
  • Spa tub
  • Massage/treatment rooms


  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • No elevator (single level property)
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Pool access ramp on site


  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Window screens

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Balcony or patio
  • Yard

Freshen up

  • Shower only
  • Eco-friendly toiletries
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)
  • Shared accommodations
  • Eco-friendly toiletries
  • LED light bulbs

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves with a trip to the onsite spa, which has 1 treatment room. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages, and facials. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology. The spa is open daily.


El Jilguero - This family restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 170.00 per vehicle (one way)
  • Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Pool access available from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; masks are required in public areas.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have elevators.

This property uses eco-friendly cleaning products.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.

This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

Also known as

Arenal Observatory Lodge La Fortuna
Arenal Observatory Lodge
Arenal Observatory La Fortuna
Arenal Observatory
Arenal Observatory Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Arenal Observatory & Fortuna
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa Lodge
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa La Fortuna
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa Lodge La Fortuna

Frequently asked questions

Does Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
As of 4 October 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa on 6 October 2022 start from ₹6,608, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool and a children's pool. Guests have pool access from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Are pets allowed at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 170.00 per vehicle one way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
You can check in from 3 PM - 10 PM. Check-out time is noon.
What is there to do at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like horseback riding and hiking. Additional recreation onsite includes ecotours. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and soothe your senses in the spa tub. Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa also has an outdoor pool and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
Yes, El Jilguero offers international cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Pizza John Jardín Escondido (4.4 mi), El Novillo Del Arenal (6.9 mi), and Altamira (9.4 mi).
Does Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a balcony or patio and a yard.
What's the area around Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa like?
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa is located a short 15-minute walk from Chato Volcano. Travelers give top marks for the lodge's prime location.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

Excellent! I normally don’t give reviews but this hotel deserves one. We were amazed with the volcano’s view, the trails and waterfall. We saw so many birds and animals and the service was great too. Nice and friendly people ready to assist you in anyway possible. The restaurant has good food too.
Nancy, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Would highly recommend. Views are incredible, staff was excellent. Food wasn’t all that but the team kind of makes up for it.
Leahcim, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

4-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

It's a lovely property with great views of Arenal (when it's not covered by clouds!) and lots of wildlife (we saw spider monkeys, too many birds to name, a red-eyed frog, and much, much more). There are also trails. The food at the restaurant was good and the service too.
Celisa, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The trails on this property were excellent. We saw many types of wildlife here.
Jeannie, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great hotel at a reasonable price
This is an amazing hotel. Beautiful views of the volcano and great trails around the property. Awesome watching the lightning storms over the volcano Food in the restaurant was good. The staff were amazing. Highly recommend
2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

This lodge is just breathtaking. We stayed here 4 nights , and it has been a beautiful experience. The staff was very welcoming and the view was incredible. The rooms have no ac, tv or microwave but that did not bother us at all.can’t wait to be back
Isabel, 4-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

It was great
Michael, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

So great, saw monkeys, toucans. Great food and service. Waterfall was amazing!!
deana, 3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing place. Will surely return!
Seema, 1-night family trip
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