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Outdoor pool, open 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, open 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, open 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, sun loungers

Guest reviews

4.7 out of 5 Exceptional
407 reviews
Guests rated this property 4.7/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

Free WiFi
Breakfast included
Parking included

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitizer provided


Explore the area

Popular LocationChato Volcano15 min walk
Popular LocationCerro Chato Lake63 min drive
Popular LocationArenal Volcano92 min drive
AirportLa Fortuna (FON-Arenal)105 min drive

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About this area

La Fortuna

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa is located in La Fortuna. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Lake Arenal and Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, while Costa Rica Sky Adventures and Butterfly Conservatory are popular area attractions. Traveling with kids? Consider Kalambu Hot Springs and Arenal Eco Zoo. Discover the area's water adventures with rafting nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with ziplining and cave exploring.
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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Chato Volcano - 15 min walk
  • Arenal Eco Zoo - 13 min drive
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures - 60 min drive
  • Cerro Chato Lake - 63 min drive
  • Arenal Volcano - 92 min drive

Getting around

  • AirportJuan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 152 min drive


  • El Jilguero — 1 min walk
  • Pizza John Jardín Escondido — 15 min drive
  • Benedictus — 21 min drive
  • Altamira — 23 min drive
  • Restaurante Mi Casa — 27 min drive

About this property

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

3-star family-friendly lodge, walk to Arenal Volcano National Park
Along with a full-service spa, this smoke-free lodge has a restaurant and an outdoor pool. Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a bar/lounge, a spa tub, and massage/treatment rooms. All 48 rooms offer balconies or patios, coffee makers, and ceiling fans. Other amenities available to guests include laptop-compatible safes, showers, and desks.
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa offers 48 accommodations with coffee/tea makers and complimentary toiletries. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Business-friendly amenities include desks and laptop-compatible safes. Bathrooms include showers. Cribs/infant beds (complimentary) are also available. Housekeeping is provided daily.
An outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a spa tub are on site.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Observatory Spa has 1 treatment room. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages, and Thai massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology.

The spa is open daily.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking
  • 24-hour roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Airport shuttle on request
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast available daily 7 AM–9 AM
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar

Things to do

  • Children's pool
  • Ecotours
  • Full-service spa
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Horse riding/rentals
  • Outdoor pool
  • Playground
  • Spa tub

Family friendly

  • Children's pool
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Playground


  • Elevator
  • Front-desk safe
  • Gift shop/newsstand

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


  • Garden
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Terrace


  • Aromatherapy
  • Body scrubs
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Couples treatment room(s)
  • Detox wraps
  • Facials
  • Hot springs open from 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Hot springs water temperature (Fahrenheit) - 101
  • Massage - deep-tissue
  • Massage - hot stone
  • Massage - prenatal
  • Massage - Swedish
  • Massage - Thai
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Reflexology
  • Spa open daily
  • Treatment room


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel


  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Smoke-free property
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Ceiling fan
  • Free cribs/infant beds


  • Free toiletries
  • Shower

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker

Outdoor space

  • Balcony or patio


  • Desk
  • Laptop-compatible safe

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Check-in from 3 PM - 10 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before noon

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Renovations and closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from September 9 2020 to December 31 2020 (dates subject to change):
  • Dining venue(s)

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Kids stay free! Children stay free when using existing bedding
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Free cribs (infant beds)

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

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.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be 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
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector

We should mention

Pool access available from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Hot springs access available from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Property is also known as

Arenal Observatory Lodge La Fortuna
Arenal Observatory Lodge
Arenal Observatory La Fortuna
Arenal Observatory
Arenal Observatory Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Arenal Observatory & Fortuna
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa Lodge
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa La Fortuna
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa Lodge La Fortuna

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa and receive a full refund?
Yes, Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Does Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa have a pool?
Yes, this property has an outdoor pool and a children's pool. Pool access is from 9:00 AM–10:00 PM.
Is Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa pet-friendly?
No, only service animals are welcome at the property.
How much is parking at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
Self parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
Check-in is from 3 PM–10 PM.
What time is check-out at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa?
Check-out is at noon.
Does Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa provide a shuttle to the airport?
Yes, there's an airport shuttle. A fee of USD 170.00 per vehicle, one way, applies.
Where is Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa located?
This family-friendly La Fortuna lodge is located in a national park, 2.5 mi (4 km) from Lake Arenal, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Costa Rica Sky Adventures and Butterfly Conservatory. Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park and Ecotermales Fortuna are also within 12 mi (20 km).
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Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
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Son muy amables y es un lugar encantador! . .
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2020

5/5 Excellent

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Perfect stay!
Everything was amazing, food, gorgeous volcano views and wild animals from our bed! The service in the restaurant is incredible, hard working folks. Everything was perfect. We also love walking around the property, suspension bridge with very few people around, birds, birds and other wildlife around the property at all times. Best stay in Costa Rica, 10 times better than Bosque del Cabo and costs 1/5th less.
Stayed 2 nights in Jan 2020

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with group
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This is a beautiful place to stay. The staff are friendly and attentive. The grounds are beautifully kept with many lovely trails to walk. The food was amazing. The view from the rooms are very nice, with each room area having its own unique views and characteristics. The walk to the pool was a neat experience, you have to go down a garden path across a suspension bridge. Every thing was laid out perfectly. 5 stars
Stayed 1 night in Mar 2020

5/5 Excellent

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Loved the bird feeding area and friendliness of staff. Above all we appreciated the cleanliness of the property.
Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2020

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with group, Traveled with partner
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Better than the pictures show! Awesome bird watching. Great breakfast. Fun trails on campus. Easy access to the town of Arenal.
Stayed 3 nights in Feb 2020