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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

23 Km West From la Fortuna Town, Located on the Base of the Arenal Volcano | Main road to Arenal National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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1 room, 2 adults, 0 children
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    “hiking trails” (104 reviews)
    Free Wifi
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    Breakfast included
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    All reviews smithsonian room free morning hiking trails la casona white hawk observation deck great trails small museum free guided hike lava flow morning hike suspension bridge howler monkeys standard room dirt road bumpy ride pool and hot tub national park shared bathroom arenal observatory
    Reviewed yesterday

    We only spent a night here but had one of the best morning walks down to the waterfall. We spotted so many awesome critters and it was so calm and pleasant in the morning. We also loved the buffet breakfast that is included. We definitely...More

    Reviewed 5 days ago

    We only stayed one night but should have booked three to make the most of the area. Efficiently run with friendly staff - we had a lake view room which was very well equipped with two double beds. Wonderful views from the main balcony and...More

    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

    Hello Patrick, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with others on TripAdvisor. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and are happy to hear you were lucky enough to see Tica the margay. We hope you will visit us...

    Reviewed 5 days ago

    We had a good stay for one night here. The dinner at the lodge was great. Our room was very comfortable, with an amazing view of the volcano. It was raining cats and dogs so we skipped the hikes, unfortunately.

    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

    Dear valued guest, Thank you for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed your night with us. We hope you will come back and visit us again, with the opportunity to experience our trails in better weather.

    Reviewed 6 days ago

    We stayed at Arenal Observatory Lodge for 2 nights. The view of the volcano, room, the grounds and staff were all top notch! After staying at several lodges around Costa Rica, it was a nice treat to stay at a place with all the amenities....More

    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

    Hello Alicia, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at our lodge. We are glad you enjoyed your time here and are happy that our restaurant was able to accommodate your husband's request. We hope you will visit again soon, pura vida!

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We spent 3 days at the Arenal Observatory Lodge and stayed in Villa Phil1,2,3 as we were a group of 5. It was a great way to spend the three days. We had 180 degree views from each bedroom and we were located just steps...More

    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

    Hello puk1936, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with others on TripAdvisor. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. We hope we will have the opportunity to host you again in the future. You are always welcome back!

    • Top amenities
    • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
    • Pool
    • Free Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Spa
    • Breakfast included
    • Hotel Amenities
    • Free Parking
    • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
    • Shuttle Bus Service
    • Breakfast included
    • Laundry Service
    • Concierge
    • Multilingual Staff
    • Things to do
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Spa
    • Hot Tub
    Traveller (1676)
    Room & Suite (437)
    Dining (115)
    Pool & Beach (81)
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    Questions & AnswersAsk a question
    Kathy K
    Does anyone know if the restaurant can accommodate vegan food? And what is the average cost of lunch and dinner there?
    5 March 2017|
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    Response from Cliffsideinn | Reviewed this property |
    You won't starve but there wasn't a big choice other than salad. I don't remember price but was in line with the hotel price.
    Erik B
    what is the price for Phil's Villa for a family for 7 nights
    10 February 2017|
    Response from Austin G | Property representative |
    Hi Erik, the cost of Phil's Villa is $680 per night. This would bring the total cost to $4,760 for seven nights. This price includes Costa Rican taxes, an extensive breakfast buffet, access to all of our trails, WiFi... More
    What are the costs for laundry service and what is the turnaround time? Thank you.
    27 December 2016|
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    Response from virgil802015 | Reviewed this property |
    I can't help you with that one Traveler, but it can't be too long a turn around.
    Room Tips
    "A room looking towards the Volcano would be best"
    Patrick F, 4 days agoRead review
    "Ask for a Smithsonian room"
    Alicia H, 5 days agoRead review
    "We stayed in Villa Phil 1,2,3, and we couldn't have been happier."
    puk1936, 8 days agoRead review
    "Smithsonian rooms all have a view of the volcano."
    BuckhornOntario, 19 days agoRead review
    "Room 29 or 30. You will not be disappointed."
    CTK888, 21 days agoRead review
    "If you are older get rooms nearer reception"
    GeoffStrack, 26 days agoRead review
    "Request an upper floor room if in the main lodge area for the views and quiet."
    tmlutz67, 26 days agoRead review
    "Smithsonian was great for location near restaurant/deck. Luxurious.Rooms in gardens looked nice for birding"
    HappyNCTraveler, 1 month agoRead review
    "All rooms are well positioned for views."
    44Cheryl2015, 1 month agoRead review
    "Definitely get a room with a volcano view"
    MPHGirl23, 1 month agoRead review
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