Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

Self Rated: 3.0 out of 5
22 km Oeste de la Fortuna de San Carlos, 1.7 km del Volcán Arenal, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica
4.7 out of 5 rating 329 reviews TripAdvisor Rating: 4.7

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Property Details

Property Location

Located in La Fortuna, Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa is in a national park, within a 15-minute drive of Lake Arenal and Costa Rica Sky Adventures. This family-friendly lodge is 4.6 mi (7.5 km) from Butterfly Conservatory and 8.9 mi (14.3 km) from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.


Make yourself at home in one of the 48 guestrooms. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Bathrooms have showers and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.


Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. Additional features at this Colonial lodge include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and a fireplace in the lobby. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the area shuttle (surcharge).


Enjoy a satisfying meal at El Jilguero serving guests of Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at the bar/lounge. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily from 7 AM to 9 AM.

Business, Other Amenities

Featured amenities include luggage storage, laundry facilities, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.


Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometer.

Arenal Volcano National Park - 0.1 km / 0.1 mi
Children's Eternal Rainforest - 0.4 km / 0.3 mi
Chato Volcano - 1.2 km / 0.8 mi
Lake Arenal - 4 km / 2.5 mi
Cerro Chato Lake - 0.9 km / 0.6 mi
Costa Rica Sky Adventures - 5.5 km / 3.4 mi
Arenal Eco Zoo - 7.3 km / 4.6 mi
Butterfly Conservatory - 7.5 km / 4.6 mi
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park - 14.3 km / 8.9 mi
Arenal Natura Ecological Park - 16.4 km / 10.2 mi
Ecotermales Fortuna - 18.1 km / 11.2 mi
Kalambu Hot Springs - 18.6 km / 11.6 mi
Ecoglide Arenal Park - 19.3 km / 12 mi
Arenal Volcano - 20.6 km / 12.8 mi
Costa Rica Chocolate Tour - 23.6 km / 14.7 mi

The nearest airports are:
San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) - 137.9 km / 85.7 mi
La Fortuna (FON-Arenal) - 24.7 km / 15.4 mi

The preferred airport for Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa is San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.).

Check-in time starts at 3pm. Check-out time is 12pm.
Property Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM.
24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to get details.

Important Information

Please note, there is important information about this property to know before you arrive.

  • Pool access available from 7 AM to 9 PM.

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 170.00 per vehicle (one way)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

  • -Accessible bathroom
  • -In-room accessibility
  • -Television in common areas
  • -Roll-in shower
  • -Bar/lounge
  • -Free breakfast
  • -Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • -Smoke-free property
  • -Terrace
  • -Gift shops or newsstand
  • -Free WiFi
  • -Outdoor pool
  • -Children's pool
  • -Spa tub
  • -Spa treatment room(s)
  • -Laundry facilities
  • -Free self parking
  • -Area shuttle (surcharge)
  • -Swimming pool
  • -Tours/ticket assistance
  • -Front desk (limited hours)
  • -Spa services on site
  • -Full-service spa
  • -Pool sun loungers
  • -Restaurant
  • -Garden
  • -Elevator
  • -Fireplace in lobby
  • -Luggage storage
  • -Airport transportation (surcharge)
  • -Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • -Wheelchair accessible parking