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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

Mountain lodge in La Fortuna with spa and outdoor pool

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast, free WiFi in lobby, and free parking
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ZAR 1,829

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  • Poolside Bar
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9,4.Exceptional.
  • Beautiful escape from the world surrounded by the sounds of nature and a giant volcano.…

    Apr 7, 2021

  • This is a magnificent 340-acre property with limitless beauty, nature, and probably the…

    Apr 2, 2021

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • 24 hours Gap period enforced between guest stays -
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

Quiet
Safe
Walkable
Easy parking
Dining options
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 48 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Full-service spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • 2 meeting rooms

Feel at home

  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Children's pool
  • Playground on site
  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Garden

What’s around

  • 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

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds
  • Superior Room, Mountain View

Location

  • In a national park
  • Lake Arenal - 2.5 mi / 4 km
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures - 3.4 mi / 5.4 km

What’s around

Landmarks

  • 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) - 47 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Size

  • 48 cabins

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time 3 PM-10 PM
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

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

Children

  • Up to 2 children (8 years old and younger) stay free, per registered adult, when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

Pets

  • No pets or service animals allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas

Transfers

  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*

Parking

  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Other information

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

The manager

Speaks: English, Spanish

At the property

Food and drink

  • Free cooked-to-order 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
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Spa tub

Working away

  • Number of meeting rooms - 2

Services

  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage

Facilities

  • Year Built - 1992
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in common areas

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge

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

More

  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

Special features

Spa

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

The spa is open daily.

Dining

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

Recreation

On Site

  • Spa tub
  • Ecotours on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Horse riding/rental on site
  • Playground on site

Nearby

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Rafting nearby

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

Optional extras

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

Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Policies

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Pool access available from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

  • Hot springs access available from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
  • This property does not have elevators.

    This property uses eco-friendly cleaning products.

    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; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; masks are required in public areas.

    Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

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

    This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).

    This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).

    This property accepts credit cards and cash.

    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

    • 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.
    • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and gives staff personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
    • Yes, there's free self parking.
    • Yes, there's an outdoor pool and a children's pool. Guests have pool access from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
    • Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
    • You can check in from 3 PM - 10 PM. Check-out time is noon.
    • Yes, El Jilguero offers international cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Pizza John Jardín Escondido (4.4 mi), Benedictus (8.5 mi), and Altamira (9.4 mi).
    • Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 170.00 per vehicle one way.
    • Have fun with onsite activities like horseback riding and hiking. Additional recreation onsite includes ecotours. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and soothe your senses in the spa tub. Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa also has an outdoor pool and a garden.
    9,4.Exceptional.
    • 10,0.Exceptional

      Trail Lover!

      Definitely a great place for couples, or even solo if you feel like being an adventurer and connect with nature and have some peace time by yourself. What I loved the most is that there are many activities/spaces to explore without leaving the hotel itself, the trails, the waterfalls, the Observatory tower, the pool, and the jacuzzi, a 2-night stay will cover all the amenities they have. Breakfast was very good, no complaints, for lunch and dinner, overprized, but if you feel like going out, you can definitely find options and not drive all the way to La Fortuna. Service, great, from the check-in, the staff from the restaurant, everyone super friendly. Finally, the view from our room was AMAZING, even though we had a lot of rain, we were able to wake up and see the volcano, or half of it. If only the weather had been more friendly.

      2 night trip, Apr 1, 2021

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    • 10,0.Exceptional

      Fun in the rain at Arenal

      Despite the heavy rain we managed to do some birding and hiking.

      Eric, 4 night trip, Mar 29, 2021

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    • 10,0.Exceptional

      This place has amazing views in a secluded atmosphere surrounded by nature. The trail system is great for hiking and seeing different kinds of forest and openings. Wonderful for animal and bird spotting.

      3 night romance trip, Jan 7, 2021

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    • 10,0.Exceptional

      Amazing property. We didn’t want to leave. Book it!

      1 night family trip, Dec 29, 2020

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    • 10,0.Exceptional

      Great Stay

      2 night trip, Dec 27, 2020

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    • 10,0.Exceptional

      Excellent place for family, with friends, or even for yourself. Lots of things to do. If you enjoy nature, this is the place.

      2 night family trip, Dec 23, 2020

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    • 10,0.Exceptional

      It is a beautiful place..I love to go back to the place

      DanielValverde, 5 night romance trip, Nov 25, 2020

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    • 10,0.Exceptional

      Son muy amables y es un lugar encantador! . .

      Jorg, 2 night family trip, Aug 15, 2020

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    • 10,0.Exceptional

      This is a beautiful place to stay. The staff are friendly and attentive. The grounds are beautifully kept with many lovely trails to walk. The food was amazing. The view from the rooms are very nice, with each room area having its own unique views and characteristics. The walk to the pool was a neat experience, you have to go down a garden path across a suspension bridge. Every thing was laid out perfectly. 5 stars

      Ron, 1 night trip with friends, Mar 20, 2020

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    • 10,0.Exceptional

      Loved the bird feeding area and friendliness of staff. Above all we appreciated the cleanliness of the property.

      2 night trip, Mar 14, 2020

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