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The location is amazing. Our family spent two nights, which went by fast. I wish we had planned more time in this location, as we left without seeing many of the trails, and would have loved to have spent more time on the deck watching...More
Arenal Observatory Lodge is a really special place. A nice lodge at the foot of the volcano with tons of wildlife and free walking trails spilling out from it; this place is an outdoor lovers haven. The rooms were nice, the bed was comfortable and...More
We stayed in a one of the rooms facing the volcano and it was truly a delight to wake up to that kind of view in the morning. The complimentary breakfast is absolutely delish -- expect a full breakfast of eggs, yuca, plantains, fruit, tropical...More
We were lucky and had great views both of the volcano and of all the birds and animals who come and feed in the grounds. We enjoyed the good breakfast, large comfortable room, and buffet supper with good choice in all courses.
Walks varied from...More
Breakfast was very good (free)
Great hiking trail to nearby waterfall
Lots of wildlife
Too far away from La Fortuna on bumpy road
Rooms didn't feel clean w/ too many bugs
My wife and I stayed at Arenal Observatory Lodge for...More
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US$118 - US$157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Costa Rica >
Province of Alajuela >
Arenal Volcano National Park >
La Fortuna de San Carlos
Also Known As
Arenal Observatory Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos ,
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos
Response from Austin G | Property representative |
The La Fortuna Waterfall is about a 30-minute drive from the lodge. If you will have a rental car, driving yourselves would be the easiest way to get there. Alternatively, a cab to the waterfall would cost... More
The La Fortuna Waterfall is about a 30-minute drive from the lodge. If you will have a rental car, driving yourselves would be the easiest way to get there. Alternatively, a cab to the waterfall would cost around $30 each way. There are also several tour companies that offer trips to the waterfall and could pick up from the lodge if this is something you would be interested in.
We look forward to your upcoming stay and please feel free to ask any additional questions you may have.
The lodge is pretty far away from town. I think that you can to and from town by taxi. However, I'm not sure there is much reason to go to La Fortuna in the evening. The attractions of the area are nature and adventure... More
The lodge is pretty far away from town. I think that you can to and from town by taxi. However, I'm not sure there is much reason to go to La Fortuna in the evening. The attractions of the area are nature and adventure tours, not the night life. However, if you like to be in or near a town, you should probably consider another place to stay.