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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna

3-star3 stars
Great for familiesThis property has good facilities for families.
22 km Oeste de la Fortuna de San Carlos, 1.7 km del Volcán Arenal, La Fortuna, Alajuela, 21007, Costa Rica

Family lodge with spa, near Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in lobby, and free parking
  • Collect nightsYou can collect® Rewards nights here
Great wellness & sports facilities
Fantastic service
Great location
Tasty breakfast

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna

from $147
  • Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds
  • Superior Room, Mountain View

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

Top spots nearby

Recommended by this property

  • Arenal Volcano (29-minute walk)
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures (32-minute walk)
  • La Fortuna Waterfall (42-minute walk)
  • Butterfly Conservatory (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Ecotermales Fortuna (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park (4.8 mi / 7.7 km)
  • Lake Arenal (11.7 mi / 18.8 km)

Getting around

  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) - 177 min drive
  • La Fortuna (FON-Arenal) - 36 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

About Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna

Putting you within a 10-minute drive of Arenal Volcano National Park and Lake Arenal, Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 170.00 per vehicle. You can visit the spa to indulge in deep-tissue massages, body wraps, or aromatherapy, and international cuisine is served at El Jilguero, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other highlights at this Colonial lodge include an outdoor pool, a bar/lounge, and a children's pool. The convenient parking and location get good marks from fellow travelers.

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.

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 or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID 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

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


Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the lodge's full-service spa, The Observatory Spa. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages, and Thai massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.

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’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 7 AM to 9 PM.
  • 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

    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.

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    Recent reviews

    Exceptional 9.4 From 203 reviews

    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
    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
    Very Good 8.0
    Very peaceful place, wonderful trails on property to walk. We were able to see monkeys early in the morning and lots of beautiful birds. It is a bit out of the way, but overall very peaceful.
    JASON, us1 night romance trip

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