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23 Km West of La Fortuna City Center, Located at the Base of the Arenal Volcano Main Road to Arenal National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos Costa Rica See on map
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3 Star accommodation
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not stay at the hotel, merely went up for the day to enjoy the property. One of our last days in Arenal we made the Trip up to AOL to pay for a day pass to access their trails. The experience was amazing....More

Thank frank c
Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 6 days ago

Hello frank c, Thank you for your review. We are happy that you enjoyed spending your day at the lodge and hope you have the opportunity to return in the future. Austin G. Puvblic Relations Manager

Property's Favourite Review
Reviewed 12 November 2017

We spent three nights at the Arenal Obseratory Lodge and Spa and, unfortunately it poured rain during most of our stay, but we did still get the opportunity to get out and do a few things in the area. The rooms are nice, clean, and...More

6  Thank IndyAdventureGirl
Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 16 November 2017

Hello IndyAdventureGirl, Wow! Thank you so much for leaving such a detailed review about your recent stay with us. We largely rely on word of mouth, and reviews such as yours, to spread the word about our lodge. We deeply appreciate you taking the time...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 4 nights at AOL and it was perfect - absolutely wonderful. The staff here is great - everybody from the people at reception, to the people in the restaurant, to the people sweeping the paths throughout the grounds - friendly and helpful all...More

1  Thank november_moon
Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 6 days ago

Hello november_moon, Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed account of your recent stay at our lodge. We largely rely on word-of-mouth for our marketing and deeply appreciate you being so thorough with your review. Of course, we...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Observatory just for the day. 12 dollars entry. Totally worth it! There are several different hikes. Some to waterfalls, others around the volcano. All are very well marked. We did a bunch of hikes and walked over 8k in total and only...More

Thank MCCM16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Lodge is secluded in the rainforest and the room had an epic view of the Arenal volcano aswell as stunning sunsets over the Arenal lake and rainforest. We upgraded to the Smithonian rooms and were very happy we did as the view was amazing...More

Thank PabloQ75
Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello PabloQ75, Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted to read you enjoyed everything about your stay and had the opportunity to take the sloth tour. We wish you the very best on your future travels and hope to see you again...More

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Situated only 1.7 Miles from the majestic Arenal Volcano and with a spectacular view of Lake Arenal, the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa (AOL) offers guests the opportunity to DISCOVER, EXPLORE and RELAX. AOL More sits on an 870 acres property and offers 48 comfortable rooms surrounded by gardens, the majority with a direct view of the volcano and/or the forest. The 7 miles of well-maintained trails for walking, horseback riding or biking running through the property provide good opportunities to observe a variety of flora and fauna. Approximately 500 species of birds live in the area making AOL a preferred destination for bird watchers. Activities at the hotel include hikes to the waterfall, horseback riding, enjoying a refreshing swim in our pool, or simply relaxing with a massage in our spa. Arenal Observatory Lodge is the perfect place for adventure lovers, families, and honeymooners. With its spectacular location, great service, and friendly personnel you won't be disappointed. Less
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HOTEL FEATURES
Pool
Free Internet
Free Parking
Restaurant
Bar/Lounge
Spa
Breakfast included
Breakfast Available
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Concierge
Hot Tub
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
Shuttle Bus Service
Wheelchair Access
Beachfront
Room Service
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Awards & Recognition
GreenLeaders Bronze level
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeaders Bronze level
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Accessible rooms
Hotel class
Awards & Recognition
GreenLeaders Bronze level
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeaders Bronze level
Certificate of Excellence
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Room types
Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Accessible rooms
Number of rooms
50
Price range
US$ 133 - US$ 186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Also Known As
Arenal Observatory Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos
Location
Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Hotel class
Awards & Recognition
GreenLeaders Bronze level
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeaders Bronze level
Certificate of Excellence
Contact Information
Room types
Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Accessible rooms
Number of rooms
50
Price range
US$ 133 - US$ 186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Also Known As
Arenal Observatory Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos
Location
Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
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23 Km West of La Fortuna City Center, Located at the Base of the Arenal Volcano Main Road to Arenal National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos Costa Rica
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Juan Santamaria Intl Airport74 km
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lovetoholiday11
11 September 2018|
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Response from volcanogirl | Reviewed this property |
There's an Alamo rental car in La Fortuna. They're a good company; you could check with them. You may have to take a taxi there from the airstrip.
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AnhTC
2 August 2018|
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wow...We were there the beginning of July. It rained everyday!! We did have some dry times but mostly rain..I would not recommend it! Everything was wet either from the rain or the humidity!! If you do go bring the... More
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27 July 2018|
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Response from volcanogirl | Reviewed this property |
Breakfast is served via a buffet - it's good and filling with choices of things like scrambled eggs, pancakes, fresh fruit, French toast, sausage, and juices. It varies day to day. Lunch is good with things like grilled... More
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"We had room 30. Excellent room."
ML7kc
10 Sep 2018
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"Best view to Arenal Volcano"
Reporter7
8 Sep 2018
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"Both volcano or rain forest views are wonderful, we opted for volcano views"
blangster705
3 Sep 2018
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"Smithsonian rooms are set apart from main lodge, closer to the rainforest, with a very private view of the..."
Hudson1997
7 Aug 2018
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