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We highly recommend this hotel. Our room had a beautiful view of the volcano. Being in the park is great, however, the road coming in is unpaved so be prepared for a bumpy ride. We took the evening lava tour and the complimentary morning hike...More
Response from erickht, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 22 February 2013
Thank you all for your candid comments. We are working hard to improve our rooms, exteriors and many others facilities.
As we are nestled in the middle of the rain forest, you will be immersed in the natural environment, away from the busy life... stay...More
In my opinion, this is the best place to stay at in Arenal Volcano area.
This is the only hotel inside the park, and reservations can be hard to come by. But the location and the view are fantastic and are worth the high room...More
My boyfriend and I visited the Observatory Lodge Feb 3-5, 2013. We found the accomodations wonderful! Every morning we could sit up in bed, look out the sliding glass doors and see the volcano. (the only thing that would have made this view any better...More
We stayed 3 nights in a standard room. The room (#40) was clean, very nice decor a big patio and had a great view of Arenal Lake. Hummingbirds flitted in the flowers in front of the patio. It is a fairly long steep walk down...More
What this resort lacks in room luxuries it makes up for in amenities and grounds. The rooms need a serious makeover and with the amount of people that were there it is obvious that they could afford to put some profits into updates. On the...More
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Arenal Observatory Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos ,
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos
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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
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 around $30 each way. There are also several tour companies that offer trips to the waterfall and could pick up from the lodge if this is something you would be interested in.
We look forward to your upcoming stay and please feel free to ask any additional questions you may have.
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
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 tours, not the night life. However, if you like to be in or near a town, you should probably consider another place to stay.