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Arenal Observatory Lodge

23 km west from La Fortuna town | Main road to Arenal National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This hotel is a genuine one-off and a twitchers paradise. The access road is poor and this does hinder going out to La Fortuna town to eat, although the daily fixed price diner with wine included was good value. Would have loved to have stayed longer (we only stayed two nights). The volcano was covered with cloud for the duration... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were in the area three years ago and only saw part of the volcano lava flow so this time we thought we could see it all by going to the observatory, but unfortunately, we discovered it lstopped flowing about three years ago so we did not see the red lava at night like everyone told us we would see,... More

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Flemington, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You're in another world at the Arenal Observatory Lodge....especially after the harrowing gravel road that leads to the lodge! But once there, a true gem. Designed after a European type inn, the lodge offers spectacular views of wildlife - from your balcony room that faces Arenal volcano (a MUST if you stay here for the views!) - and where you'll... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Arenal Observatory Lodge is a genuine experience. Not a tourist trap. The view from our Smithsonian room of the gardens and the volcano will (hopefully) stay with me forever. We loved the morning Nature tour and walking the trails on our own. Listening to Howler monkeys and viewing a coati and the many, many Orapedola flying back and forth... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was a little hesitant about staying at AOL at first, since it does not have airconditoning and the road is a hindrance to venturing out. But now I would not consider any other hotel in the area. The location, trails and exemplary service and attitude make Arenal Observatory Lodge the ONLY hotel worth staying at. My family went on... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Pros: - location - close to volcano, great view from room. We had the Smithsonian. close to forest, very good access to hiking with reasonably well marked trails, enjoyed eating fresh guavas picked off trees (probably in season in April) Nice pool (cold but we did not mind) and hot tub. We also liked the "free" guided hike on day... More

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stayed at Arenal Observatory Lodge for just one night while going through to Monteverde. The place was great - friendly and attentive staff, decent restaurant (breakfast included in room price), small games room and museum about the volcano, and lots of viewing platforms for the volcano and wildlife. The rooms were nice and clean and the grounds were spacious and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My favourite property in costa rica! Must stay place in arenal area. Beautiful empty tracks and vulcano view doesnt get better!! Rooms are spacios, clean, high standard. Perfect place for spending a weekend just at the property - walk, chill by the pool, enjoy empty spaces with hardly any people.

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Christiansburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I just returned from a two-week stay in Costa Rica and our time at Arenal Observatory Lodge was our favorite portion of the trip. So many wonderful things-- magnificent views of the volcano and Lake Arenal, a great variety of birds everywhere, monkeys howling us awake each morning, beautiful sunsets, several good hiking trails, a plethora of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

By far the best place we stayed. The rooms very very spaceous and clean. Showers were perfect. The location is superb with views on the semi active volcano. The restaurant was the very best we have been. Although served in buffet, the choise and the quality of the food was very good. Birdwatching near the lodge was very good. Absolutely... More

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Also Known As:
Arenal Observatory Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Arenal Observatory Hotel
Arenal Observatory Lodge Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park
Address: 23 km west from La Fortuna town | Main road to Arenal National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 51 Specialty lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Arenal Volcano Observatory sits in a private nature reserve in the heart of one of Costa Rica’s numerous natural areas. Rich volcanic soil supports primary and secondary rainforest. Waterfalls and crystalline rivers offer sparkling jungle refreshment for the soul. A well-marked, manicured trail system provides easy access to the property’s breathtaking natural beauty. ... more   less 
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