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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 & Trails is located within the Arenal Conservation Area, only 2.7 km 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 & Trails 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 28 m. (92 ft.) wildlife observation tower, The Nest. Arenal Lake is an excellent site to practice sports fishing. There are also 11 km 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 9 km from the hot springs at Tabacon River and 22 km 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.

Distance in property description is calculated using © OpenStreetMap

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.

Breakfast info

Buffet

FREE private parking!


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Availability

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Room type
Number of guests
 
2 large double beds
Bedroom 1:
2 extra-large double beds
Bedroom 2:
2 extra-large double beds
Bedroom 3:
1 extra-large double bed
Bedroom 1:
2 single beds
and
1 large double bed
Bedroom 2:
2 single beds
and
1 large double bed
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Property practices

This property has told us they implemented certain practices across some or all of these categories: waste, water, energy and greenhouse gases, destination and community, and nature.
Guest reviews

Categories:

Staff
9.4
Facilities
9.3
Cleanliness
9.5
Comfort
9.5
Value for money
8.9
Location
9.6
Free WiFi
8.7
High score for Fortuna
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Guests who stayed here loved

  • Clinton
    Australia Australia
    The best place we’ve stayed in 20 years of staying in some outstanding places. From Carlos at the front gate expecting our arrival, to the most thorough and welcome check in we’ve ever had (warm towel, welcome drink), to the beautiful property and...
  • Ibdal
    Denmark Denmark
    With one small exception, absolutely everything! If you want to stay near Arenal and explore the rainforests around the volcano, this is the place to go and stay. Views are out of this world and accomodations are great. Loved their focus on...
  • Michael
    Canada Canada
    The villa was amazing - exceeded all our expectations.

Property surroundings

Restaurants
1 restaurant on site

  • El Jilguero
    • Cuisine
      Local

Facilities of Arenal Observatory Lodge & Trails
Great facilities! Review score, 9.3

Most popular facilities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Airport shuttle
  • Restaurant
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Bar
Bathroom
  • Towels
  • Free toiletries
View
  • Mountain view
Outdoors
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun terrace
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Activities
  • Happy hour
    Additional charge
  • Walking tours
    Additional charge
  • Horse riding
    Additional charge
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Table tennis
  • Children's playground
  • Games room
  • Fishing
    Additional chargeOff-site
Food & Drink
  • Fruits
    Additional charge
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kid meals
    Additional charge
  • Bar
Internet
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Parking
Free private parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not needed).
  • Electric vehicle charging station
  • Accessible parking
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
  • 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
General
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Designated smoking area
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Car hire
  • Packed lunches
  • Fan
  • Airport shuttle
    Additional charge
  • Non-smoking rooms
Outdoor swimming pool
Free!
  • Open all year
  • All ages welcome
  • Infinity pool
  • Pool with view
  • Shallow end
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Fence around pool
Wellness
  • 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 & Trails takes special requests - add in the next step!

Check-in
From 15:00 to 22:00
Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in
You'll need to let the property know in advance what time you'll arrive.
Check-out
From 07:00 to 12:00
Cancellation/ prepayment
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required option.
Curfew
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
Pets are not allowed.
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The fine print
Need-to-know information for guests at this property

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.

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.

Please inform Arenal Observatory Lodge & Trails 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.

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.

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.

FAQs about Arenal Observatory Lodge & Trails

  • Guests staying at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Trails can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.3).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Buffet
    • À la carte

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

  • Room options at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Trails include:

    • Double
    • Villa

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

  • Arenal Observatory Lodge & Trails is 5 miles from the centre of Fortuna. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Arenal Observatory Lodge & Trails 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

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

  • The prices at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Trails 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 & Trails has 1 restaurant:

    • El Jilguero