About this listing
The Smithsonian rooms feature huge picture windows giving you a premiere majestic view of the volcano from the comfort of your bed.
Each room has two queen beds, a deck with volcano view, private bathroom, fans, coffee maker and room safe.
The Arenal Observatory Lodge crowns a ridge overlooking Arenal Lake and the looming volcano only 1.7 miles away, all within the refreshing ambiance of a working 870 acres farm that includes 400 acres in reforestation and 270 acres of natural forest, all surrounded by the tropical splendor of the Arenal National Park. Arenal Lake is the largest in Costa Rica and offers excellent sport fishing.
The lodge actually grew out of several extremely humble buildings originally built for housing scientists and researchers from the Smithsonian Institute and Earthwatch.
The Arenal Observatory Lodge is the best place to experience the thrill and beauty of the Arenal volcano because of its location, its long history as a research center and the knowledge and the experience of its staff and guides.
Other Things to Note
Buffet breakfast, morning guided walk & taxes are included.
We absolutely loved this place. From the minute you arrive, the customer service is excellent. Everyone is very helpful.
The rooms are exceptional, waking up to face the volcano. It was exactly as advertised, and couldn't recommend highly enough.
We enjoyed lot our stay at the Observatory lodge. The room was great,, clean, spacious and with for sure an amazing view at the volcano if there were no clouds
Wow! This place is hands down the best place to stay in Arenal. I was not jealous of any other hotels. Saw toucans monkeys and all sorts of animals from our room. Amazing...
Amazing time, everyone was very helpful with organizing our daily adventures. The view from our room was spectacular. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect place to stay. Thank you!
Geanina was extremely helpful, responsive, and understanding even with some changes I had to make to my reservation! She was very accommodating and kind. The Observatory Lodge was an excellent place to stay and explore La Fortuna and Arenal from. All the staff went out of their way to be as helpful as possible and made my stay here really special! The service and the views are unbeatable! Can't wait to go back!!
The Arenal Observatory Lodge was one of our favorite spots to stay in Costa Rica. The room had a great view of the volcano and the food was really good too. We didn't take any guided tours but the hike we did was a lot of fun and well marked.
About the Host, Geanina
For over 7 years I ve been working on the tourism industry and the last year I am part of the Customer Service Staff of Arenal Observatory Lodge, an amazing natural spot at the foot of the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica.
This time working here is a grateful experience to share and go beyond expectations for our guests.
I will be more than happy to be your hostess in Arenal Observatory Lodge.
My best from Costa Rica