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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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  • Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa
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  • Outdoor Pool
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9.4Exceptional
  • Very relaxing wildlife haven, waking up to the sights and sounds of the forest is…

    Dec 20, 2018

  • Son muy amables y es un lugar encantador! . .

    Aug 15, 2020

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) sanitization guidelines.

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
  • 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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  • 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) - 50 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

  • This destination may have COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, including specific restrictions for lodging. Check any national, local and health advisories for this destination before you book.

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

  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

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.

    The property affirms that it adheres to the Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) sanitization guidelines.

    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 staff wear 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 aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
    • 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.
    • Recommended spots to visit include Lake Arenal (2.5 mi) and Costa Rica Sky Adventures (3.4 mi), along with Butterfly Conservatory (4.6 mi) and Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park (9 mi).
    9.4Exceptional
    • 10.0Exceptional

      Great Stay

      2 night trip, Dec 27, 2020

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    • 10.0Exceptional

      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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    • 10.0Exceptional

      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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    • 10.0Exceptional

      Better than the pictures show! Awesome bird watching. Great breakfast. Fun trails on campus. Easy access to the town of Arenal.

      3 night trip with friends, Feb 27, 2020

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    • 10.0Exceptional

      Property had a great view of the volcano. Restaurant food was good and the lady at the reception desk was very friendly and helpful. Overall the standard room was much better than we expected. Would love to visit again!

      2 night romance trip, Feb 22, 2020

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    • 10.0Exceptional

      Bird feeding station was mind blowing. Property was beautiful. Staff were so kind and welcoming.

      2 night family trip, Feb 18, 2020

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    • 10.0Exceptional

      Love it. Beautiful and rustic place in the heart of Arenal.

      1 night trip, Feb 15, 2020

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    • 10.0Exceptional

      Incredible views and nature. Service is the best

      Anna, 1 night trip with friends, Feb 12, 2020

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    • 8.0Very Good

      Great place but there are some exceptions

      The resort is amazing. It is in the jungle away from everything with a lot of birds and wildlife right outside your window. The best is the great view of the Arenal volcano from your room itself. The room was extra large and neat Resort itself is certainly in an amazing setting and well maintained. Few, things we did not like is the service and plumbing. The toilet and bathroom sink did not drain properly. We asked for an extra coffee pouch for the coffee machine in the room and the reception asked if we didn't have one there already. They didn't want to provide us one. Since the rooms are spread apart in the property it is not easy for them to deliver things to your room. We have to say the coffee in the room was one the best hotel room coffees. At check out we kept our luggage in the reception area for an hour and they charged us $3 for that. We thought that is inappropriate. Also, note that since the resort is 20 min away from the La Fortuna town it will cost you more for transportation to reach here and also to go for some of the tours starting form LaFortuna. The birds and wildlife by the reception and dinning area is great treat.

      Home, 2 night family trip, Feb 6, 2020

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    • 10.0Exceptional

      Excellent location, well maintained, the price went up too much in the last years.

      1 night family trip, Feb 1, 2020

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