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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%
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    “free morning” (78 reviews)
    “hiking trails” (113 reviews)
    Free Internet
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    Breakfast included
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    Reviewed 4 August 2017

    We stayed in July 2017. We flew into La Fortuna and took a cab from the small airport. It was $45. The trip took about 30-40 min. This place is beautiful! That view of Arenal Volcano is surprisingly close! Pictures, no matter how good just...More

    Thank ocamacho
    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 5 August 2017

    Hello ocamacho, Firstly, I would like to tell you how deeply we appreciate you taking the time to share such a detailed account of your experience at our lodge with others on TripAdvisor. By sharing your stories of your vacation with others you are greatly...More

    Reviewed 2 August 2017

    I wish I had stayed a few days more. There is so much to see and experience. As soon as you step into the property you know you will experience something unique! Forest, pool, amazing views, and excellent service!

    Thank Zacbe P
    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 5 August 2017

    Hola Zacbe P, Thank you for your comments. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay. We hope you will have the opportunity to return and visit us again in the future. You are always welcome back. Pura vida!

    Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

    We are a large family 2 adults 4 children ages 11,14,15,16. We stayed in Casona room V. It was perfect for our family. It was the most affordable option for us as I wanted to use our money for exploring and excursions. I was a...More

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    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 31 July 2017

    Hola Johnaagrabusky, Thank you so much for taking the time to share such a detailed account of your stay at our lodge with us and others on TripAdvisor. We largely rely on word of mouth for our marketing, and your review means a lot to...More

    Reviewed 27 July 2017

    We stayed two nights in the forest view room and then one night in the smithsonian. Both were great but I would have been happy staying in the forest room, despite what I initially thought. The rooms are spacious, clean and beds were comfy, more...More

    Thank hlief07
    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 31 July 2017

    Hello hlief07, Firstly, we would like to thank you for taking the time to provide us with some feedback about your stay at our lodge and for sharing your experience with others on TripAdvisor. We are delighted to read you enjoyed your stay and are...More

    Reviewed 25 July 2017 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 25 July 2017

    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

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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)
    • Shuttle Bus Service
    • Breakfast included
    • Laundry Service
    • Concierge
    • Multilingual Staff
    • Things to do
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Spa
    • Hot Tub
    • Outdoor pool
    Details
    • Price range
    • US$119 - US$173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
    • Hotel class
    • 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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    Pool & Beach (98)
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    3 August 2017|
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    Response from johnnagrabusky | Reviewed this property |
    We stayed in Casona. The lodge that has 5 rooms and shares 2 bathrooms. There were2 coffee makers in the communal area with coffee packets on our room. I did make coffee in the morning before I went to breakfast. I used... More
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    Emily993
    3 July 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
    22 April 2017|
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    Response from jrknopp88 | Reviewed this property |
    The lodge offers transport to and from town for $8pp but the last shuttle returns at 5pm. The food at the Lodge is fair. Staying at the Lodge is better if you have a car or make friends with someone with a car and join them... More
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    "Rooms with a lake view are quieter and you can use the free shuttle to the lodge"
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    "Choose the Smithsonian Rooms"
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    "Volcano view is a must"
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    "We had Smithsonian Room in Phil's Villa about .5 mi from Reception/Restaurant. Loved these. Didn't..."
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