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Surrounded by 860 private acres of tropical rainforest and featuring an on-site lake, a swimming pool, a sun terrace and games room, Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa is located within the Arenal Conservation Area, only 1.7 miles from the Arenal Volcano.

The rooms at this lodge feature tropical décor with wood finishes and are equipped with ceiling fan, safety box and a furnished terrace with views of the garden and the Arenal Volcano. The bathrooms are private and have showers.

The on-site restaurant serves international and local food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and there is also a bar. A guided morning walk and the breakfast buffet is included for all guests.

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa also features an on-site bird sanctuary that has around 500 different species of birds; other recommended activities include tours of Arenal Volcano's lava flows, exploring the several nearby waterfalls, or climbing the 30 yards. (30 yards.) wildlife observation tower, The Nest. Arenal Lake is an excellent site to practice sports fishing. There are also 6.8 miles of walking trails throughout the property, or guests can just relax in the hot tub or have a massage in the spa.

The property is 5.6 miles from the hot springs at Tabacon River and 13.7 miles from La Fortuna Village. The Daniel Oduber International Airport is 2 hours and 30 minutes’ drive away.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.7 for a two-person trip.

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa has been welcoming guests since 11 Apr 2013.

Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.6)

Want a great night's sleep? This property was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

FREE private parking!


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This property is part of the Travel Sustainable programme, which means it’s taken significant steps to make your stay more sustainable.
Property questions and answers
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  • Are there other restaurant options available nearby? What is the distance between hotel and downtown?
    The closest restaurants are locosted on the way to la Fortuna about 30minutes drive from the hotel
    Answered on 20 October 2019
  • Las habitaciones no tienen aire acondicionado?
    las habitaciones cuentan con abanicos de techo
    Answered on 11 January 2021
  • Are there hot springs on the property?
    Hello, no we dont have hotsping in the property. We do have a hot tub and lots of trails to enjoy wildlife and nature.
    Answered on 11 September 2021
  • Can we request just one bed in the room instead of two?
    Hello !!! yes, you can request a room with one king bed ....
    Answered on 7 April 2021
  • Is the shuttle from the international airport to the hotel free?
    Hello!!! The cost for a transfer service from San Jose or Liberia internaional airport to Arenal Observatory lodge & Spa is US$190 for a one way tra..
    Answered on 3 April 2021
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Property surroundings *
1 restaurant on site

    El Jilguero

    Cuisine: Local

Facilities of Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa
  • Towels
  • Free toiletries
  • Mountain view
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun terrace
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Happy hour Additional charge
  • Walking tours Additional charge
  • Horse riding Additional charge
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing Off-site Additional charge
  • Table tennis
  • Children's playground
  • Games room
  • Fishing Off-site Additional charge
Food & Drink
  • Fruits Additional charge
  • Wine/champagne Additional charge
  • Kid meals Additional charge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not needed).
  • Secured parking
  • Electric vehicle charging station
  • Accessible parking
Reception services
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour desk
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
Cleaning services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • Key card access
  • 24-hour security
  • Safety deposit box
  • Shuttle service Additional charge
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Car hire
  • Packed lunches
  • Fan
  • Airport shuttle Additional charge
  • Airport shuttle Additional charge
  • Airport shuttle Additional charge
  • Non-smoking rooms
Outdoor swimming pool
    Free! All pools are free of charge
  • Open all year
  • Opening times
  • All ages welcome
  • Infinity pool
  • Pool with view
  • Shallow end
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Fence around pool
  • Kids' pool
  • Full body massage
  • Spa/wellness packages
  • Spa facilities
  • Body wrap
  • Body scrub
  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments
  • Beauty Services
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Massage Additional charge
  • Spa and wellness centre Additional charge
Languages spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

House rules

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa takes special requests - add in the next step!


15:00 - 22:00

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in


07:00 - 12:00


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.


Entry to the property will be closed between the hours of 23:00 and 05:00

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18


Pets are not allowed.

Mastercard Visa Discover American Express Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Please note that the road to reach this lodge is not in optimal conditions. Some guests may prefer to rent a 4x4 vehicle to reach the property.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary and other relevant information, during dates where such guidelines exist.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Food & beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property has reduced reception and service operating hours.

Please inform Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

FAQs about Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

  • Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa is 5 miles from the centre of Fortuna.

  • Guests staying at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.6).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • À la carte

  • Room options at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa include:

    • Double
    • Villa

  • The prices at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Spa and wellness centre
    • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
    • Massage
    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Children's playground
    • Games room
    • Table tennis
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Body wrap
    • Swimming Pool
    • Body treatments
    • Walking tours
    • Spa/wellness packages
    • Happy hour
    • Beauty Services
    • Spa facilities
    • Body scrub
    • Full body massage
    • Horse riding
    • Facial treatments

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa by:

    • Airport shuttle (arranged by property) 3h 30min

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. Find out the details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa has 1 restaurant:

    • El Jilguero

  • Check-in at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa is from 15:00, and check-out is until 12:00.

  • Yes, there is a hot tub. You can find out more about this and the other facilities at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa on this page.