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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

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Situated only 1.7 Miles from the majestic Arenal Volcano and with a spectacular view of Lake Arenal, the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa (AOL) offers guests the opportunity to DISCOVER, EXPLORE and RELAX. AOL sits on an 870 acres property and offers 48 comfortable rooms surrounded by gardens, the majority with a direct view of the volcano and/or the forest. The 7 miles of well-maintained trails for walking, horseback riding or biking running through the property provide good opportunities to observe a variety of flora and fauna. Approximately 500 species of birds live in the area making AOL a preferred destination for bird watchers. Activities at the hotel include hikes to the waterfall, horseback riding, enjoying a refreshing swim in our pool, or simply relaxing with a massage in our spa. Arenal Observatory Lodge is the perfect place for adventure lovers, families, and honeymooners. With its spectacular location, great service, and friendly personnel you won't be disappointed.
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Breakfast included
Hot Tub
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Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Juan Santamaria Intl Airport46 mi
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Had 3 nights here and loved it. Fantastic views and beautiful grounds and gardens. Rooms are lovely and it was great to have a balcony to sit on and watch the birds and other wildlife just outside our room. The trails are really worth exploring,...More

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank simonsch
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Initially we were a bit hesitant to stay so far out of town. Yes, you'll need to ride 25 minutes to the hot springs and stuff, but trust me, it's worth it. The grounds are immaculate and the volcano views simply cannot be matched. The...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank realjasonofatlanta
Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 1 week ago

Hola realjasonofatlanta, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent stay at our lodge and for choosing to stay with us. It brings a smile to our faces reading your comments about how much you enjoyed your time here. We hope...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Put yourself out there - walk the trails, observe, talk to the people. The bartenders, servers, desk staff - everyone is friendly and helpful. The accommodations are excellent and the area is beautiful. If you put the time in, you will see everything you came...More

Date of stay: November 2018
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Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 5 days ago

Hola Tweeting_Travel, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent stay at our lodge. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed everything about your stay and we hope you will rmeber us should you have the opportunity to return to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The location can’t be beat! With a view (weather pending) of the volcano, and surrounded by wildlife, this is a very special place. Props to Herman for taking us on a horseback trip to see the Hidden Waterfall. Lots of must sees on the grounds...More

Date of stay: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our stay at this property was one of my favorite vacations ever. The view and proximity to the volcano is outstanding. Our first hour or two of each morning was spent on our terrace, drinking espresso (provided in the Junior Suite) and watching the mist...More

Date of stay: November 2018
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lovetoholiday11
September 10, 2018|
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Response from volcanogirl | Reviewed this property |
There's an Alamo rental car in La Fortuna. They're a good company; you could check with them. You may have to take a taxi there from the airstrip.
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August 1, 2018|
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Response from pzipp67 | Reviewed this property |
wow...We were there the beginning of July. It rained everyday!! We did have some dry times but mostly rain..I would not recommend it! Everything was wet either from the rain or the humidity!! If you do go bring the... More
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Response from Karen R | Reviewed this property |
Food is not great, bring in something from nearby.
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Room Tips
"Choose a room with a volcano view. It's worth it."
realjasonofatlanta
1 week ago
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"Room 126 has lake view"
woollyowl2018
1 week ago
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"Room 29 has a great view"
CarolineP2268
2 weeks ago
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"All rooms have spectacular views."
TMcIlwain
3 weeks ago
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PRICE RANGE
$134 - $196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
arenal observatory hotel la fortuna de san carlos
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaArenal Volcano National ParkLa Fortuna de San Carlos
NUMBER OF ROOMS
50
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