Arenal Observatory Lodge

A Stunning Hotel on Amid 870 Acres of Lush Private Rain Forest

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Arenal Observatory Lodge

The Arenal Observatory Lodge by the Arenal Volcano

This stunning lodge is set on a mountain ridge by the famous and active Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. You’ll love the fantastic views from the hotel and property! The lodge used to be a volcano observation facility for the Smithsonian Institute. Presently, now it opens its doors to anyone wishing to view this natural wonder. The beautifully maintained grounds, fantastic location, great restaurant, excellent views, and great service. It makes the Arenal Observatory Lodge the perfect place to stay. Also, if you are looking for comfortable accommodation in a peaceful natural setting. The dining room overlooks the southern volcano slope with floor to ceiling windows and opens to a wide deck to enjoy a majestic panoramic view of the Arenal Lake and Arenal Volcano.

The gardens also the landscaping are extravagant with color. Natural flowering plants and shrubs were carefully chosen to attract wildlife. More than 500 species of birds have been identified on the property of Arenal Observatory Lodge. These birds include the lovely cotinga, black-crested coquette, umbrellabird, yellow-eared toucanet, ornate hawk-eagle, great curassow, thicket antpitta, and the astonishing tiger-heron. This makes Arenal Observatory Lodge one of the best birding locations in the world.

Also, Jewel-toned hummingbirds dart from heliconia to oleander, and brilliant butterflies adorn the blooms. Other attractions include a waterfall, just a short hike away, which cascades into the cool forest depths. Too, a well-maintained path leads guests to this magical spot.

In the forests of Costa Rica

The Arenal Observatory Lodge surrounds beautiful scenery, with on-site trails that take you through the rainforests. Above all, this is truly the place for those looking for a break from all the stress of everyday life. The trails are well arranged and marked for facilitated passage to the impressive natural beauty of this volcano lodge. The Arenal Observatory Lodge offers a number hiking options. Including a free morning guided hike through their trails and gardens. Also, there is a broad range of available tours near the Arenal Volcano to choose from.


A paved wheelchair-accessible trail extends 800 meters into the rainforest; also, some 5 miles of bicycle, horseback riding and hiking trails wind throughout the volcano lodge’s property through the rainforest and over a hanging bridge. Just around the bend on every trail is a magnificent new view of the impressive Arenal Volcano. The volcano observatory lodge offers daily complimentary walks led by resident naturalist guides. The Arenal Observatory Lodge features 43 rooms in various buildings spread over the property.

Accommodations at the Arenal Observatory Lodge

The Lodge offers 48 rooms and the property itself has over 870 acres of private forest. Too, the Arenal Observatory Lodge has five specially designed rooms. All, to accommodate individuals with disabilities, from the room itself to the pool! This lodge firstly goes the extra mile for their guests. Throughout the property, the Arenal Volcano’s magical ambiance will allure you. The Arenal Observatory Lodge is one of the top Hotels near the Arenal Volcano and is famous for its views, hiking, and service.

Relaxing time with trails and waterfalls

The meals at the Arenal Observatory Lodge are served in a dining room. All with a large wall of glass facing the Arenal Volcano. Of the main restaurant, enjoy a spacious deck featuring an incredible view of both the Arenal lake the volcano. All of the rooms surround beautiful landscaped gardens with colorful flowers and plants to attract the wildlife. The hotel also features trails, pool, waterfalls, and a front seat view of the volcano made for a great visit for those looking to relax or to enjoy different adventures in Costa Rica.

So much, to experience and enjoy here.

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On-Site Facilities

Spa Arenal Observatory Lodge

The Spa

Let your cares melt away in our center of wellness, health, and beauty. The Spa offers completely personalized treatments by highly professional staff.

Arenal Observatory Lodge Restaurant

Bar & Restaurant El Jilguero

The ample “eat as much as you want” breakfast buffet will fill you up for a day of adventure with fresh juices, hot coffee and tea, cereals, scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon and sausage.

Arenal Observatory Lodge Waterfall

Bird Sanctuary

If you are lucky you can see Three-wattled Bellbirds, Orange-bellied Trogons, White Hawks, Laughing Falcons, Red-lored Parrots, Great Potoos, Chestnut-mandibled Toucans and Keel-billed Toucans.

Room Types

Arenal Observatory Lodge La Casona

La Casona

La Casona’s five rooms are perfect for groups or single travelers. Located 500 meters from the main building.

Arenal Observatory Lodge Standard Room

Standard Room

Standard Rooms overlook the gorgeous Arenal Volcano.

Arenal Observatory Lodge Smithsonian Room

Smithsonian Room

Smithsonian Rooms all have picture windows. Five of these rooms have wheelchair access.

Arenal Observatory Lodge Junior Suite

Junior Suite

The Junior Suites are the biggest rooms with great views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. Also with a large terrace.

Arenal Observatory Lodge Phil's Villa

Phil's Villa

Phil’s Villa is a vacation home rental located 800 meters from the hotel Reception. Accommodates up to 10 persons. Recommended that guests have their transportation.

Observatory Lodge Villa White Hawk

White Hawk Villa

Great for guests traveling with family or friends. The villa is 1 km from Hotel Reception and can hold up to 8 people. Also, recommended that guests have their transportation.


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