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 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!
My wife & I had a wonderful stay here. Upon check-in, the lodge staff was organized and quickly got us to our room. The grounds of the lodge were well kept and we enjoyed taking the complementary guided morning hike of the surrounding area, including a stop at a nearby waterfall. The included breakfast buffet was also well prepared. The views of the Arenal volcano were fabulous. Highly recommend.
This place was magical. The beds were super comfy and clean the place had the best view of the volcano. The staff was amazingly sweet and attentive.
The Observatory Lodge is a perfectly managed hotel. With gorgeous views on a great environment. For us was just a perfect way to start our trip in Costarica. All the trails. The activities and everything was working perfectly. Very nice breakfast with stoning views of the email volcano. There were nothing better to expect. Perfect days.
We loved the lodge! The rooms were clean and comfortable, the view was amazing and the staff was helpful and great at setting us up with activities and giving recommendations. The only issue we had was being able to get ahold of someone after ten pm when our toilet overflowed but during the rest of our trip we came to find out that most places in CR close their front desk at ten and don't open until 7 to be able to reach someone so that wasn't so different at Arenal. We would happily recommend a stay there.
For over 5 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