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1 room, 2 adults

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

3-star3 stars
Great for families

Good to know

  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Children's pool
  • Elevator
  • Free self parking
22 km Oeste de la Fortuna de San Carlos, 1.7 km del Volcán Arenal, La Fortuna, Alajuela, 21007, Costa Rica

Mountain lodge with spa, near Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in lobby, and free parking
  • Great for families

    Good to know

    • Free cribs/infant beds
    • Children's pool
    • Elevator
    • Free self parking
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  • Everything was amazing, food, gorgeous volcano views and wild animals from our bed! The…Apr 22, 2020
  • This is a beautiful place to stay. The staff are friendly and attentive. The grounds are…Mar 22, 2020

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

from P4,931
  • Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds
  • Superior Room, Mountain View

What’s around Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna, Costa Rica


  • In a national park
  • Lake Arenal - 2.5 mi / 4 km
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures - 3.4 mi / 5.4 km
  • Butterfly Conservatory - 4.6 mi / 7.5 km
  • Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park - 9 mi / 14.5 km
  • Ecotermales Fortuna - 11.2 mi / 18.1 km
  • Arenal Volcano - 11.8 mi / 19 km
  • La Fortuna Waterfall - 15.1 mi / 24.4 km

Getting around

  • Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 152 min drive
  • La Fortuna (FON-Arenal) - 59 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts


  • 48 cabins


  • Check-in time 3 PM-10 PM
  • Check-out time is noon
The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.
24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to get details.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Children stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *


  • Free self parking


  • Area shuttle *

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

The manager

The manager

Speaks: English, Spanish.

At the property

Food and drink
  • Free buffet breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Full-service spa
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Ecotours on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Horse riding/rental on site
  • Playground on site
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Spa tub
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Year Built - 1992
  • Elevator
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in common areas
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

In the cabin

Home comforts
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
Things to enjoy
  • Balcony or patio
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

Special features


Observatory Spa has 1 treatment room. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages, and Thai massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology.

The spa is open daily.


El Jilguero - This family restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna, Costa Rica’s small print

Also known as

  • Arenal Observatory Lodge La Fortuna
  • Arenal Observatory Lodge
  • Arenal Observatory La Fortuna
  • Arenal Observatory
  • Arenal Observatory Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
  • Arenal Observatory & Fortuna
  • Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa Lodge
  • Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa La Fortuna
  • Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa Lodge La Fortuna


  • Pool access available from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
  • Hot springs access available from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
  • Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.

    This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

    Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

    Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests.

    Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

    Optional extras

    Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of CRC 170.00 per vehicle (one way)

    Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

    We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

    FAQs for Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

    • Does Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa offer free cancellation for a full refund?
      Yes, Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
    • Is Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa currently open?
      This property is closed from August 3 2020 to August 13 2020 (dates subject to change).
    • Is parking offered at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
      Yes, there's free self parking.
    • Is there a pool at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
      Yes, there's an outdoor pool and a children's pool. Guests have pool access from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
    • Are pets allowed at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
      Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
    • What are the check-in and check-out times at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
      You can check in from 3 PM to 10 PM. Check-out time is noon.
    • Are there restaurants at or near Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
      Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that serves international cuisine.
    • Is airport shuttle service offered by Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
      Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is CRC 170.00 per vehicle one way.
    • What is there to do near Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
      Recommended spots to visit include Lake Arenal (2.5 mi) and Costa Rica Sky Adventures (3.4 mi), along with Butterfly Conservatory (4.6 mi) and Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park (9 mi).

    Recent reviews

    Exceptional 9.4 From 324 reviews

    Very good 8.0
    Great place but there are some exceptions
    The resort is amazing. It is in the jungle away from everything with a lot of birds and wildlife right outside your window. The best is the great view of the Arenal volcano from your room itself. The room was extra large and neat Resort itself is certainly in an amazing setting and well maintained. Few, things we did not like is the service and plumbing. The toilet and bathroom sink did not drain properly. We asked for an extra coffee pouch for the coffee machine in the room and the reception asked if we didn't have one there already. They didn't want to provide us one. Since the rooms are spread apart in the property it is not easy for them to deliver things to your room. We have to say the coffee in the room was one the best hotel room coffees. At check out we kept our luggage in the reception area for an hour and they charged us $3 for that. We thought that is inappropriate. Also, note that since the resort is 20 min away from the La Fortuna town it will cost you more for transportation to reach here and also to go for some of the tours starting form LaFortuna. The birds and wildlife by the reception and dinning area is great treat.
    Home, us2 night family trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    Incredible views and nature. Service is the best
    Anna, us1 night trip with friends
    Exceptional 10.0
    Really Nice Wildlife Lodge
    Really enjoyed our stay here in the rainforest, a great lodge, very good food, nice rooms. It's very spread out so be prepared for walking. Quite a mix of ages and nationalities there, great for birding and will life experiences, but pretty far from almost everything else in the area and down a long, bumpy dirt road. If you want to go out frequently, better to stay somewhere else.
    Phil, us5 night family trip
    Very good 8.0
    loved our stay except for noisy neighbours!
    This is a wonderful place. My only complaints are the following: Food is a little pricy at the restaurant. There are no other options available . We did not have a car so had little choice other than the on site restaurant (good food and service , though) The walls in the rooms are very thin. We heard our neighbours every night - they were talking loudly and stayed up late and got up early . It was very annoying! However , overall this is a great place to stay(just bring earplugs in case you get noisy neighbours!) Also, unless you plan to just stay at the observatory(without seeing other things around Arenal), you should consider bringing your own car
    us3 night trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    We stayed for three nights and had an amazing time. The staff are all incredibly friendly, the rooms are great and the hotel is fantastic. The free tour is brilliant, the guides are friendly, knowledgable and will make sure you see something. The reception are really helpful for booking tours or onward journeys. Can’t wait to come back!
    gb3 night trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    Stay here for sure
    Great guide on out hikes. Night hike was amazing. Spa is small but great atmosphere and terrific massage.
    David, us2 night trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    great adventure home base
    Arenal observatory was excellent for a family. The pool was perfect for kids. There was plenty of well maintained hiking trails and a good spa. Food was good and well priced. There was a lot of rain but a wonderful home base with plenty to do!
    Julie, us2 night family trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    Best views of Arenal
    Overall this was a fantastic spot to stay in Costa Rica. With amazing views on the volcano from our room and while having breakfast. Anywhere on the property, really. The rooms were very clean and spacious. The no A/C took some getting used to, but it gets pretty cool at night in the mountains. My only downside are the beds. Too hard to sleep comfortably on, but luckily we were so tired every night after adventuring. The staff was also great. Anything we wanted; they were more than open to helping us. So many animals on property as well. Spectacular!
    robert, us5 night trip with friends
    Exceptional 10.0
    Don't second guess just do it!
    This is a hidden gem! We went during the off season and loved it! Due to all the rain we were unable to see the volcano but the resort is still beautiful, if you don't mind getting wet. They helped us pick our activities for each day and arranged transportation. One of the taxis they arranged suggested that we check out the butterfly exhibit that's close to the resort and I HIGHLY recommended that as well!! Over all our trip was amazing!!
    us3 night family trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    A very pleasant stay. Would stay here again.
    Edith, us2 night family trip

    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

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