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    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

    23 Km West of La Fortuna City Center, Located at the Base of the Arenal Volcano | Main Road to Arenal National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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    Overview
    • Excellent57%
    • Very good33%
    • Average8%
    • Poor1%
    • Terrible1%
    Travelers talk about
    “free morning” (78 reviews)
    “hiking trails” (109 reviews)
    Free Internet
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    Breakfast included
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    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    This is a special place. More expensive than alternatives in la fortuna de San Carlos. Views are great, food and rooms are great, as is pool and the little museum. Hikes are provided. One even for free. Bit of a remote place without nightlife. Most...More

    Thank heer17
    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded yesterday

    Hola heer17, Thank you very much for your comments. We are happy to read that you enjoyed your stay. We are sorry that you were unable to see the top of the volcano during your time with us but are glad it did not negatively...More

    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    My family of 4 enjoyed a 3-night stay at the Arenal Observatory and Lodge. The front desk staff is extremely nice and very knowledgeable of the surrounding areas. The room we stayed in was large with 2 king-sized beds. Our room had a clear view...More

    Thank aynlee
    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded yesterday

    Hello aynlee, Thank you for your feedback. We always enjoy hearing from our guests and rely on their feedback to improve the services that we offer. We are happy to read that you enjoyed your stay, and are honored by your recommendation to others. We...More

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    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    We were unsure whether to splash out for the last bit of our trip. So glad we did! Best bits: - lovely views of the volcano and lake, so peaceful - big, clean rooms - great breakfast and dinner, not expensive and good veggie options...More

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    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded yesterday

    Hola Nish and Dhruv, Firstly, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We largely rely on word-of-mouth for our marketing and greatly appreciate you helping to spread the word. We are also delighted to read that the...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    The tour picked us up from the hostel around 2pm and then did a long walk through the jungle at the observatory lodge seeing monkeys, birds and frogs. It was so great having a guide like Mauricio, who really cared about us and felt like...More

    Thank Emily Y
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Very nice property, well kept. No A.C., but not necessary, cool nights. Great pool/hot tub but the strict 9 AM opening was inconvenient. Complimentary tour in the AM by Christian - one of the best in the country. Food was okay but pricey. Lots of...More

    Thank tarkus16
    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 1 week ago

    Hello tarkus16, Thank you for your feedback and comments. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay and had a good time on our complimentary morning walk with Christian. We have made note of your suggestions and will be sure to consider them when making...More

    Volcano Lodge & Springs
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    Hotel Lomas del Volcan
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    Arenal Springs Resort and Spa
    2,401 reviews
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    Amenities
    • Top amenities
    • Pool
    • Free Internet
    • Free Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Spa
    • Breakfast included
    • Hotel Amenities
    • Free Parking
    • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
    • Breakfast included
    • Laundry Service
    • Concierge
    • Multilingual Staff
    • Things to do
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Spa
    • Hot Tub
    Details
    • Price range
    • $118 - $156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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    • Room types
    • Suites ,
    • Non-Smoking Rooms ,
    • Family Rooms ,
    • Accessible rooms
    • Number of rooms
    • 50
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    • Location
    • Costa Rica >
    • Province of Alajuela >
    • Arenal Volcano National Park >
    • La Fortuna de San Carlos
    • Also Known As
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    Traveler (1775)
    Room & Suite (720)
    Dining (118)
    Pool & Beach (97)
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    Emily993
    July 2, 2017|
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    Response from Austin G | Property representative |
    Hello Emily, The La Fortuna Waterfall is about a 30-minute drive from the lodge. If you will have a rental car, driving yourselves would be the easiest way to get there. Alternatively, a cab to the waterfall would cost... More
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    Jordan H
    April 21, 2017|
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    Response from mlpwrc |
    The lodge is pretty far away from town. I think that you can to and from town by taxi. However, I'm not sure there is much reason to go to La Fortuna in the evening. The attractions of the area are nature and adventure... More
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    Kathy K
    March 4, 2017|
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    Response from Cliffsideinn | Reviewed this property |
    You won't starve but there wasn't a big choice other than salad. I don't remember price but was in line with the hotel price.
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    "Rooms aren't all on one building or one block, check where you are if walking is a problem."
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    "I found the best wildlife view from room 2 which looks out at forest, but Smithsonian have a great volcano..."
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    "Spend a little extra for the smithsonian. Can't beat the view or the natural environment that is..."
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    "Smithsonian rooms have amazing views of the Volcano and lots of birds"
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