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200 meters NW from the Arenal Lake dam, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 1250 Costa Rica
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 17/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#29 of 61 hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Arenal Lodge provides guests with the excitement of staying in an authentic rainforest lodge with breathtaking panoramic views of Costa Rica’s famous Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. Guests will enjoy a casual and relaxed rustic lodge setting with the added value of a complimentary breakfast daily. Located on 2000-acres of beautiful tropical rainforest, the lodge is situated near Arenal Volcano National Park. The lodge is surrounded by rainforest - housing hundreds of exotic birds, small animals and the beautiful tropical flowers and trees of Costa Rica. and is its own local tourist attraction due to its exclusive location with breathtaking panoramic views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. The lodge features a full service restaurant with local and international cuisine, gift shop, three heated outdoor Jacuzzis, an infinite edge swimming pool, walking trails, a butterfly garden, horseback riding, a game room and outdoor playground for children, fitness room, sauna, and free wireless high speed internet access. Guest rooms and suites feature cable TV, telephone, coffee maker, clock radio, and all have private baths. Complimentary crib and wheel chair are available on request.
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Full view
Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Public wifi
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Board games / puzzles
Steam room
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Room features
Private balcony
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Great View
Mountain View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Anees L wrote a review 2 Feb
3 contributions
We visited Costa Rica in this December and we loved our stay in this hotel. Owners are husband and wife and they are the most wonderful people you will ever meet. By mistake instead of my December dates I ended up doing the booking in January. I arrived at this hotel in rainy night and even though I did not have the booking the wonderful owner Mrs. Francis helped me out and let me stay. They also honored my January rate and let me stay exactly at the same room with same view. This hotel itself is a tourist attraction as it will take you 3 mile on exotic dirt road to reach you room and you are living in a rain-forest. Hotel amenity includes daily breakfast, pools and also horse riding (just for 30$). Hotel also has a wonderful restaurant and hotel is right next to hanging bridge and very close to Arenal Volcano. I stayed at 3 different hotels throughout my trip but this hotel was the best. I highly recommend staying at this hotel!
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Date of stay: December 2020
Response from Marco Dennis, Otro at Arenal Lodge
Responded 4 days ago
Thank you very much for commenting. Hope to see you again in Arenal Lodge. Best regard.
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vanbilsen75 wrote a review May 2020
Cooke City, Montana17 contributions3 helpful votes
This place is magic! The views are stunning. We stayed a weekend at this lodge during corona times and we were the only guests! The room we occupied was gorgeous; all wood interior, great bed and super clean! We had a balcony (terras) eith view on the vulcano! Their garden is very well maintained and exotic. The staff is extremely friendly! We also met the owners who are very welcoming and accommodating! They have a beautiful pool with view on vulcano and 2 hottub. There are 2 trails you can walk, a viewpoint one and a jungle one. The food in the restaurant is very good. And if you are lucky you can see small colorful frogs! Very recommended!!!
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Marco D, Operaciones at Arenal Lodge
Responded 25 Jun 2020
Thank you very much for commenting. In Arenal Lodge we were very pleased with your visit, and hoping that, you and your love ones are well. Arenal Lodge is going to be waiting for your next visit. Best regard.
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Kyle wrote a review Apr 2020
14 contributions
First off do not use Waze when trying to get to this hotel it will bring you in via a back road which will not work. Second this is a great property, clean, nice, good staff and you feel like your on top of the mountain. Stayed here for 4 nights in the top Chalet and I highly recommend it. Your about 20 minutes out of town and there isn't anything else but the hotel as your on top of the mountain. Best views around of the Volcano, highly recommend staying here as a couple or with friends not as a single traveler unless you want to be left alone. Breakfast buffet was included every day. The road up to the hotel is narrow and steep but totally worth it. Do the hike down to the plantation from the hotel and read about all the movies that were shot in the area and the actors stayed at this hotel back in the day. If in Costa Rica and the volcano is on your list definitely consider this hotel
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Date of stay: March 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Get the Chalet (#210) - 100%
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Response from Marco D, Operaciones at Arenal Lodge
Responded 22 Apr 2020
Thank you very much for commenting. Hope this answer fined you well. Very nice of you for taking the time to commented, It is very descriptive and help others to choose Arenal Lodge. We wish to see you again soon in Arenal Lodge. Best regard.
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Michael D wrote a review Apr 2020
Bournemouth, United Kingdom22 contributions13 helpful votes
When we arrived at the security gate we were told the driveway was over 2 kms. The hotel stands in 2,000 acres so there were plenty of very enjoyable walks. We had booked a standard room originally but asked for a junior suite on arrival which they were able to accommodate at a small charge. We were pleased that we did as it had a perfect view of the volcano and a good balcony. Saw many beautiful birds. The staff put out fruit for the birds on two bird tables and a Tolomuco came up to feed one morning. An excellent experience. Hotel is close to all sights we wanted to visit. The room was all dark wood which made it quite dull in the evening. They could do with some improved lighting. Only a minor problem but better lighting would greatly improve the accommodation.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Marco D, Operaciones at Arenal Lodge
Responded 22 Apr 2020
Thank you very much for commenting. Hoping that you and your relatives are well. Arenal Lodge still open and given the serveice that caracterice us. We hope to see back again here. Best regard
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ruthdick wrote a review Apr 2020
Salzburg, Austria47 contributions25 helpful votes
I enjoyed staying at this beautiful lodge from March 16 until April 3 2020. I came for 3 days and stayed 2,5 weeks. The scenery is gorgeous, I had a Junior Suite which is very spacious, beautiful, large balcony, fantastic view of the volcano from the balcony, very comfortable bed, very clean, good breakfast, good restaurant, wonderful staff. Couldn't ask for more. Nice swimming pool, 2 jacuzzis outside with volcano view, nice hiking trails. Beautiful birds snd interesting animals around. The owner went out of her way to help me get bautiful tours and help me with whatever I needed. I very much hope to come back. Fell in love with this place.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: I loved my junior suite. Very recommended.
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Response from Marco D, Operaciones at Arenal Lodge
Responded 8 Apr 2020
Very nice to hear from you. Thank you very much for commenting and of course we will be waiting for your return to Arenal Lodge. Hoping that you had a wonderful vacation and wishing you a pleasant trip back home. Best regard.
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US$75 - US$157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaArenal Volcano National ParkLa Fortuna de San Carlos
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Frequently Asked Questions about Arenal Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Arenal Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Venado Caves (6.6 km), Arenal Eco Zoo (7.8 km), and Tabacon Hot Springs (5.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Arenal Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Arenal Lodge?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Arenal Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Arenal Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Arenal Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Ventanita, Pizza John's Jardin Escondido, and El Novillo del Arenal.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Arenal Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Arenal Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Arenal Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.