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.
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.
Arenal Observatory Lodge is a wonderful place to stay. Though we stayed in one of the standard rooms, we still had a great view of the volcano from our balcony, so we were very happy. The room was spacious and very clean. All the staff at the reception and in the restaurant were friendly. I can't think of anything negative about this lodge. Great location, great views, lots of activities. And the prices are affordable.
The place was awesome. Super amazing view and the food was great as well. There's a ton of trails and you have a marked trail to Cerro Chata. Super great sunset and waterfall trails. Cannot recommend more!
Estuvo fabuloso! No hay mejor lugar en La fortuna - arenal que el Observstorio!! Sin duda regreso!
The Arenal Observatory Lodge is a great place to stay if you want to be in the national park. It's the only hotel in the park, and has a great system of trails throughout the property for guests and the public to enjoy. If you are a guest, you don't have to pay to use the system, of course. It was a pleasure staying there. The sights and sounds are worth the rate alone. The accommodations were ideal as well. Sure, the place is pricy, but the staff was very friendly and helpful, and the location is beyond convenient. We could easily see the volcano from our bed. During the day we hiked to the top of Cerro Chato, after exploring the footpaths throughout the property. I would totally stay here again.
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