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Arenal Observatory Lodge

23 Km West From la Fortuna Town, Located on the Base of the Arenal Volcano | Main road to Arenal National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Requested a Smithsonian room months ago and was told only Standards were available on our dates, so I took them. We received room 9, which must be the noisiest room in the place, just over the lobby and across from the restaurant loading dock. Neighbors were very inconsiderate and would yell down from their balcony to the tour busses below.... More 

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melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This hotel is good value for the price especially if you have a car , if not it is expensive to get anywhere as it is out of the way , unfortunately the weather didn't let us see the volcano - but the bird life and coatis make it worth the stay .......

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Benicia, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great view of the volcano...when you can see it. It rained the whole time, no ones fault. The 8km of rutted dirt road got old quick. A $30 shuttle ride to town each way got old. We we in the lake view standard rod, clean and well situated, but over 500m to the reception up a steep hill. Not a... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recomend this place. Just dont look for other accomodation in the area. While staying in this property you are inside the park with best views in the area, you are so close to volcano. Property for nature lowers, lots of trails to walk trough. Excursions available on site. We did not feel the need of going into town so... More 

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Mahwah, New Jersey, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome hotel with a great pool, great quality rooms and beautiful views. I loved the hike of the volcano leaving from the hotel and the continental breakfast was superb. Only wish there was wifi in the rooms not just the lounges and the lobby.

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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed four nights on the lodge property. Our room had a view of Arenal Lake from our lovely patio. The hummingbirds were so much fun to watch. we joined the morning guided walk and saw some howler monkeys and beautiful toucans. It rained the entire hike, but it was still very enjoyable. The path is gravel or pavement and... More 

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Lynnwood, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent only two nights at the Observatory Lodge, and most of it was away from it, experiencing some of the thrills and sights available in the area. We didn't have a chance to explore any of the grounds, other than watching the wildlife from the deck off of the dining area. That said, our room was comfortable, and had... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved Arenal Observatory Lodge like any other red-blooded homo sapien loves their first girlfriend. Passionately, completely, and maybe somewhat naively. Passionate you ask? What's not to love about the wonderful guides there, filled with what Ticos refer to as "ojos de jungle". They spot a howler monkey 50 meters (no clue how many feet that is) in a tree... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The grounds of this facility are enormous, beautiful and absolutely immaculate. The staff were incredibly friendly and thoughtful. There is a small museum and observatory on the grounds -- definitely worth a 1/2 hour side trip. (To reach the museum and observatory, you cross a hanging bridge.) I only wish that we could have stayed longer. [Note: There is a... More 

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Long Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good-What I love about Costa Rica is that the people are real, not some smiling Disney caricatures. Keeping that in mind, if you are looking for cow-towing service where you are treated like some sort of pampered demigod, you're not going to get it. The help is helpful, sometimes funny and work at their own pace. If you get into... More 

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Address: 23 Km West From la Fortuna Town, Located on the Base of the Arenal Volcano | 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
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Number of rooms: 49
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Arenal Observatory Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Arenal Observatory Lodge Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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