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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna

3-star3 stars
22 km Oeste de la Fortuna de San Carlos, 1.7 km del Volcán Arenal, La Fortuna, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Family lodge with spa, near Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in lobby, and free parking
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Great location
Tasty breakfast
Great room
Food is all right
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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna

from $141
  • Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds, Garden View
  • 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.) - 178 min drive
  • Free self parking
  • 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.

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


  • 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

At the property

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
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 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


  • 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.

    Recent reviews

    Exceptional 9.4 From 198 reviews

    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna
    Don't miss staying here!
    What views and gorgeous rainforest landscaping! We have stayed here at least three different times over the past 25 years and it has just gotten better and larger! The dining experience is so special with the menu choices and the incredible view of Arenal Volcano beside you and even flocks of gorgeous birds eating fruits that they put out on poles twice daily by the large deck outside the dining room.
    Marla, usRomance trip
    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna
    Just a great place.
    What an amazing property. The wildlife and scenery are spectacular. The restaurant has excellent dishes for dinner. Very accommodating. We will return to this great place.
    Ralph, us4 night romance trip
    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna
    Great hotel close to the volcano
    Great hotel and the people who work there are very helpful for planning activities. The view from the hotel is incredible. Only downside is that the hotel is far from the town, but their waterfall trail makes up for it.
    Gary, us1 night trip
    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna
    Very Good8.0
    Very basic room but the views & the trails are Gr8
    The property is excellent with fantastic views of the volcano. Lots of trails to travel on. The food was so-so but the chicken milenssa was excellent. We had a very noisy room number nine by the reception. We heard the cars dropping off tourist constantly. I think it would’ve been much better if we were on the volcano side instead of the parking lot
    kevin, usRomance trip
    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 romance trip

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