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.
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.
Great experience awesome place, very remote, the staff was friendly and made sure we were conformable.
Geanina was a great host! She was very responsive and easy to work with when it came to scheduling our rooms. We would definitely stay there again.
We only stayed at the Observatory Lodge for 1 night but it was quite nice. The room was large and had a great view. The property was beautiful and the staff was friendly. I just wish it wasn't so cloudy so we could see more of the volcano, but Mother Nature is unpredictable! I would recommend this property.
Everything about the Arenal Observatory Lodge was amazing! The staff was extremely helpful and Geanina did a magnificent job making sure we got exactly what we needed. The room was clean and comfy and had an unbelievable view of the volcano. Even the free breakfast was a perfect start to the day. Definitely the only chose if traveling to Arenal!
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