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200 meters NW from the Arenal Lake dam, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 1250 Costa Rica
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 09/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 09/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#29 of 64 hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Arenal Lodge provides guests with the excitement of staying in an authentic rainforest lodge with breathtaking panoramic views of Costa Rica’s famous Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. Guests will enjoy a casual and relaxed rustic lodge setting with the added value of a complimentary breakfast daily. Located on 2000-acres of beautiful tropical rainforest, the lodge is situated near Arenal Volcano National Park. The lodge is surrounded by rainforest - housing hundreds of exotic birds, small animals and the beautiful tropical flowers and trees of Costa Rica. and is its own local tourist attraction due to its exclusive location with breathtaking panoramic views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. The lodge features a full service restaurant with local and international cuisine, gift shop, three heated outdoor Jacuzzis, an infinite edge swimming pool, walking trails, a butterfly garden, horseback riding, a game room and outdoor playground for children, fitness room, sauna, and free wireless high speed internet access. Guest rooms and suites feature cable TV, telephone, coffee maker, clock radio, and all have private baths. Complimentary crib and wheel chair are available on request.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Secured parking
Public wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Board games / puzzles
Banquet room
Steam room
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Seating area
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Great View
Mountain View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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cathydmcd wrote a review Aug 2021
8 contributions3 helpful votes
My niece and I stayed at the arenal lodge for five nights and it was so amazing to be in the heart of the rainforest! Our room looked right to the Arenal Volcano, and what a spectacular sight! The property has two great hiking paths, one that takes you through the rainforest which was a real treat. Although the lodge is pretty far from many tours or shopping/restaurants, it worked out well for us because we wanted the rainforest experience. The owners are lovely people and Freddie has great stories and loves to share with his guests! They’ll make you feel right at home!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Discover14217734388 wrote a review Jun 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
We spent 6 nights at this remote lodging that makes you feel like you're driving within Jurassic Park (note - it's a 15 minute drive off the main road and 30 min to La Fortuna). The views from our chalet room were amazing! Perfect volcano view and lots of wildlife around, including toucans and howler monkeys. Breakfast was an added bonus. Teresa and her staff were most welcoming! My only constructive criticism was that the beds were a bit too firm and the shower/bathroom area was a bit cramped.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Response from Marco Dennis, Otros at Arenal Lodge
Responded Jul 31, 2021
Thank you very much for commenting. It is good that in general you had a good experience. We are going to work in your observations to improve. Hope to see you agin in Arenal Lodge.
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Andie Kelly wrote a review May 2021
Hudson, Florida21 contributions2 helpful votes
My home away from home! A must stay if traveling through the Arenal area. You are treated like family here and they go above and beyond to give you the experience of native Costa Rica. This property is very unique so do your research! The chalets have the best views. If you're not up for a hike book a junior suite at the lodge. The brand new honeymoon suite is phenomenal! You can stay 4 days to a week at this property and have plenty to do. If you are into hiking, a must is all of the trails that surround the 2000 acres. If not up for a hike grab a horse. Horseback riding is offered right on property. Their menu at the restaurant is fresh and affordable! The little 🐸 Frog bar on the property is a favorite! So show some love to this little eco lodge the next time you pass through and don't forget your binoculars for the birds and frogs and monkeys.....
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: An amazing experience with nature !!!
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Response from Marco Dennis, Otros at Arenal Lodge
Responded Jul 31, 2021
Thank you very much for commenting, And for your visit to Arenal Lodge. Hape you visit us again. Very nice that you share your experience with future guest. Best regard.
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Anderson C wrote a review May 2021
7 contributions1 helpful vote
This place is something out of an adventure movie. The cobblestone driveway to get to the lodge is where the adventure begins. About a 10 minute drive up the steep hill and the wildlife you'll see on your way up. Terry owns/runs the place and was most accommodating and kind. Make sure to take the time to walk at least one of the nature trails and do the horseback riding. The views of the volcano and Nicaragua along the overgrown cobblestone roads of what was meant to be is something you'll never forget. 
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Date of stay: May 2021
Tasmandevil wrote a review May 2021
Virginia458 contributions182 helpful votes
Nice room - upgraded to the top of the hill - beautiful view of the volcano and surrounding area - when it wasn't raining ... - absolutely gorgeous. Food was good - ate all meals here but one when we ventured over to Nueva Arenal. Freddie and Teresa were great to talk too - think I got Freddie in trouble a few times....we talked. Gonzalo took us up to the top of their property on horseback - I didn't die. Was quite cool, actually - first real horse ride in fact. Gonzola was great, very informative - and PATIENT. Great stay - only drawback is the drive up the driveway - it's worse the first time - but was never "easy".... Easy drive to things about the area. Their wuhan precautions were fine - get over it - get OUT!
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: we loved the view from the rooms up on top.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Arenal Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Arenal Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Venado Caves (4.1 miles), Arenal Eco Zoo (4.9 miles), and Tabacon Hot Springs (3.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Arenal Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Arenal Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Arenal Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Arenal Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Arenal Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Ventanita, Pizza John's Jardin Escondido, and El Novillo del Arenal.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Arenal Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Arenal Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Arenal Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.