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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna

3-star3 stars
22 km Oeste de la Fortuna de San Carlos1.7 km del Volcán Arenal, La FortunaAlajuelaCosta Rica

Family lodge with spa, near Cerro Chato Lake
  • Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in lobby, and free parking
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  • 5 stars all around! The people were great. Estaban was so helpful planning our activities…May 10, 2018
  • It took us a LONG Time to get here. If you are choosing this location beware it is a long…May 1, 2018
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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna

from $164
  • Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds, Garden View
  • Superior Room, Mountain View

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 48 rooms


  • 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. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

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 (11 years old and younger) 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 *

Other information

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

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free buffet breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Full-service spa
  • Ecotours on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Horse riding/rental on site
  • Rafting nearby
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Year Built 1992
  • Elevator/lift
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in common areas
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower

In the room

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 restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Open daily.

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

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 hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

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

Top spots nearby

Recommended by this property

  • Cerro Chato Lake (21-minute walk)
  • 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)

Getting around

  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) - 45.7 miles/73.5 km
  • Free self parking
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Superb 9.2 From 143 reviews

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna
Wonderful lication with in the national park.
Irene, us5 night trip
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna
Great place to stay!
Absolutely amazing views, plenty to do on the property plus a very friendly staff!
Marina, us2 night trip
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna
We loved the guided tour of the property and enjoyed the walking paths. We saw many beautiful birds an appreciated how the hotel set out fresh fruit to attract them.
Pamela, us1 night trip
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna
Wonderful Arenal Lodge
We loved it.. wish we had carved out more time to stay longer. Beautiful spot!
Mary, us1 night trip with friends
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna
Lovely stay at Arenal Observatory & Spa. The staff was extremely helpful and nice. The grounds were beautiful and filled with nature/wildlife. Perfect location to gawk at Arenal Volcano and great driving distance to some of Costa Rica's most beautiful wonders (ex. Rio Celeste Waterfall).
Meg, us3 night trip

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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna

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