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    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

    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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    Overview
    • Excellent57%
    • Very good33%
    • Average8%
    • Poor1%
    • Terrible1%
    Travellers talk about
    “free morning” (78 reviews)
    “hiking trails” (109 reviews)
    Free Internet
    Free Parking
    Breakfast included
    Pool
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    Private Balcony
    3.0 Star Hotel
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    Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

    We had such a great time here and it is by far the best spot next to Arenal Volcano. Excellent and helpful staff with many hikes and things to do! In the middle of the rainforest/jungle. It is worth the gravel road drive to it.

    Thank Gregory0207
    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 8 June 2017

    Hello Gregory0207, Thank you so much for your feedback. We are honoured by your recomendation and delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay. Please come back and visit us again. You are always welcome here at our lodge.

    Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

    We stayed in a Smithsonian room in late May 2017 for 3 nights. It rained consistently late afternoon/evening. We enjoyed watching weather from our room or hotel restaurant/lounge at happy hour. Glad we brought umbrellas, as these were handy walking from room to the main...More

    Thank PattyB789
    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 8 June 2017

    Hello Patty B789, Thank you so much for taking the time to provide such a detailed account of your stay at our property. We are so happy to read that you enjoyed your stay. We agree that the morning hike and the lava tour with...More

    Reviewed 5 June 2017

    After reading many reviews of AOL as well as other nearby resorts we settled on AOL. I had dental surgery in San Jose and we were looking for a lodge/hotel with things to do without leaving the grounds, that way if I was not up...More

    Thank tantoria
    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 5 June 2017

    Hello Tantoria, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay at our lodge. We are delighted to hear that you and your husband enjoyed your stay with us. We also would like to thank you for your feedback about the restaurant....More

    Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

    The grounds and trails were wonderful. Well manicured property with lots of hanging bridges and wildlife. The rooms could be updated. The restaurant was good and priced similarly to other restaurants nearby. It is far away from town and taxis back and forth can be...More

    1  Thank Austin P
    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 3 June 2017

    Hello Austin P, Thank you for your comments. We are happy that you enjoyed our many trails and had the opportunity to experience some of our marvelous wildlife. We are consistently reviewing our rooms and renovating as necessary. We deeply apologize if the state of...More

    Reviewed 31 May 2017

    We thoroughly enjoyed staying at Arenal Observatory for four nights. The Smithsonian room we stayed in was clean and spacious for our family of four adults. We had great views of the volcano from our room and of the many hummingbirds that were feeding in...More

    Thank PB_JB
    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 3 June 2017

    Hello PB_JB, Thank you for your comments and for taking the time to provide such a detailed account of your stay at our lodge. We are very happy to read how much you enjoyed your stay and we will be certain to pass along your...More

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    • Top amenities
    • Pool
    • Free Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Spa
    • Breakfast included
    • Free Internet
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    • Free Parking
    • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
    • Shuttle Bus Service
    • Breakfast included
    • Concierge
    • Laundry Service
    • Multilingual Staff
    • Things to do
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Spa
    • Hot Tub
    Details
    • Price range
    • US$ 118 - US$ 157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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    • Room types
    • Suites ,
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    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Number of rooms
    • 50
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    • Location
    • Costa Rica >
    • Province of Alajuela >
    • Arenal Volcano National Park >
    • La Fortuna de San Carlos
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    Emily993
    2 July 2017|
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    Response from Austin G | Property representative |
    Hello Emily, The La Fortuna Waterfall is about a 30-minute drive from the lodge. If you will have a rental car, driving yourselves would be the easiest way to get there. Alternatively, a cab to the waterfall would cost... More
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    Jordan H
    21 April 2017|
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    Response from mlpwrc |
    The lodge is pretty far away from town. I think that you can to and from town by taxi. However, I'm not sure there is much reason to go to La Fortuna in the evening. The attractions of the area are nature and adventure... More
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    Kathy K
    5 March 2017|
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    Response from Cliffsideinn | Reviewed this property |
    You won't starve but there wasn't a big choice other than salad. I don't remember price but was in line with the hotel price.
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    Room Tips
    "Rooms aren't all on one building or one block, check where you are if walking is a problem."
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    "I found the best wildlife view from room 2 which looks out at forest, but Smithsonian have a great volcano..."
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    "Spend a little extra for the smithsonian. Can't beat the view or the natural environment that is..."
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    "Smithsonian rooms have amazing views of the Volcano and lots of birds"
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