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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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Superb9.2
Amenities
Great amenities
Location
Great location
Breakfast
Tasty breakfast
Room
Great room
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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna

from $119
  • Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds, Garden View
  • Superior Room, Mountain View

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 48 rooms

Arriving/leaving

  • 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 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

  • Children (11 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

Pets

  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas

Transportation

Transfers

  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *

Parking

  • Free self parking

Offsite

  • 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
Services
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
Facilities
  • Year Built
  • Elevator/lift
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in common areas
Accessibility
  • 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
More
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

Special features

Spa

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.

Dining

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

Policies

  • 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.

    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 174 reviews

    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna
    Very Good8.0
    Be careful with tours offered by observatory reception staff, specifically Esteban. The hanging bridges guided tour is well worth it! The guide will show you many animals you won’t be able to see on your own. $38/pp. On the other hand, Esteban in reception will send you for $35.00 on the sloth trail tour. His friend will pick you up in a falling apart car, take you to the back yard of a construction site, will try to stop the tour after 50 minutes even though should be a two hour tour and expect to be paid $25 above the entrance ticket which Is only $10.00. TOURIST TRAP at it’s best. Esteban though was very helpful to find our lost cell phone in a cab in town.
    Susana, us2 night trip
    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna
    Exceptional10.0
    Comfortable lodge in the middle of the rainforest
    Enjoyed our stay here. Beautiful grounds and many possible activities available. We stayed two nights and did not feel we needed to leave the property at all during this time. Enjoyed the morning guided hike as well as exploring on our own. We enjoyed an hour long horseback tour of the property as well. The restaurant was excellent--we ate all our meals here. Good variety and everything was of excellent quality. Included breakfast was also excellent. The only thing I did not like about staying in the lodge was the dampness. Everything was damp all the time and nothing ever dried. But I guess it is to be expected in the rainforest!
    Domenica, us2 night trip
    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna
    Exceptional10.0
    Fabulous customer service!
    We selected the Arenal Observatory Lodge based on good reviews and were not disappointed. If you are looking for a place to get away and enjoy the beauty of the rainforest, this is it! Views of the volcano and sunset were stunning from the deck. The rooms were simply decorated, but big enough to stretch out with great views. Monkeys and toucans were visible in the trees as well as other wildlife on the property. The rooms were extremely clean as was the whole property. Even when raining, they were cleaning up! The staff went above and beyond to assist us with planning activities, directions, rides and information. Before and after the trip, they answered our emails and questions, and we arranged hikes and ziplining through them. The restaurant is convenient, breakfast was good. Dinner was good too, we would have liked more choices and more Costa Rican dishes. Service was outstanding! There is a pool and many hiking trails accessible from the lodge. A possible drawback it that it is very far from town and located on a dirt road, but for us that was a plus! We would stay again and highly recommend it!! Our room was convenient to the restaurant and reception and we would recommend you as for that, especially in the downpouring rain!
    Diana, us3 night trip
    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna
    Very Good8.0
    More expensive than much of Costa Rica, but a beautiful area with knowledgeable and friendly staff. Very helpful setting up activities in the local area (hikes, area attractions, etc.).
    Kyle, us1 night trip
    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna
    Exceptional10.0
    Great property but hard to get to
    We are so close to the volcano. Property was big with a lot of hiking trails. Road to the property was a tough drive. Lots of pot holes. Wi-fi was on and off. Waiter told me the 10% service fee was not part of the tip but found out that was the tip and you can tip more on top of the service fee if you like.
    Paul, us4 night trip

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