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Northern Zone - Arenal Volcano
Arenal Observatory Lodge

Considered one of the best places to stay in the Arenal area, the historic Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa offers 48 comfortable hotel rooms in various buildings spread over the property, and two unique Costa Rican vacation home rentals. Five rooms are fully equipped for disabled travelers, with rooms, bathrooms, hallways, parking areas, and even the new swimming pool designed accordingly. Enjoy delicious meals in our lodge restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for gazing at the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal, and a huge observation deck just outside. Our Observatory Spa will help you relax with massages and other body therapies.

We are a sustainable eco-lodge with a rating of Four Leaves in the Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program (CST) by the Costa Rican Tourism Board. Additionally, Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa consistently wins TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence award every year and is a proud member of its Green Leaders program.


Junior suite

Security Box - A small living room - Coffee maker - Small refrigerator



Terrace - Coffee maker - Safety box - Five rooms are fully equipped for disabled people and wheelchair access.



Coffee maker - Safe deposit box - Sitting chairs and a writing table


El Jilguero, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking at Arenal Volcano, and panoramic views of Arenal Lake. Restaurant doors open to the wide viewpoint deck just outside, giving you a completely unobstructed view of the towering volcano and the rainforest leading down to the picturesque lake.


Arenal Observatory Lodge boasts an 11-kilometer (7-mile) network of well-marked and maintained trails where 800-meter (0.5 mile) are paved and allow universal access. Additionally, the hotel offers a restaurant with International cuisine, a spa, laundry service, pool and jacuzzi, free tour every morning, transportation services, parking, rooms specially designed for physically challenged guests, spacious reception area & lobby living room with a guest computer for internet access, cable TV, phone cabin for local and international calls, souvenir shop, and a tour desk.


A List of Birds at Arenal Observatory Lodge and the surrounding area is available at Hotel Reception, Arenal Observatory Museum about the history of Arenal and Private gated entrance and 24-hour security. 

Tours & Activities

The visitor can enjoy bird watching and self-guided walks through the different trails in the hotel’s property like the Waterfall Trail, Saino (Peccary) Trail, La Hormiga (Ant) Trail, River Trail and Los Cangrejos (Crabs) Trail.

They can join the Morning Walk that takes them to hanging bridges, tropical gardens, primary and secondary rainforest, the pool and the Jacuzzi are available for a relaxing afternoon and a natural Frog Pond was built for the visitor can see different frog species.

Dates Room Meals Rates
      Sgl Dbl Tpl
From: 01 DEC 19 To: 30 APR 20
Jr. Suite B $222 $222 $242
Smithsonian B $196 $196 $215


$166 $166 $186
From: 01 MAY 20 To: 30 NOV 20
Jr. Suite B $187 $187 $203
Smithsonian B $168 $168 $191


$142 $142 $161
From: 01 DEC 20 To: 30 APR 21
Jr. Suite B $235 $235 $248
Smithsonian B $201 $201 $221


$170 $170 $190
From: 01 MAY 21 To: 31 MAY 21
Jr. Suite B $192 $192 $208
Smithsonian B $172 $172 $195


$145 $145 $164
From: 01 JUN 21 To: 31 AUG 21
Jr. Suite B $235 $235 $248
Smithsonian B $201 $201 $221


$170 $170 $190
From: 01 SEP 21 To: 31 OCT 21
Jr. Suite B $192 $192 $208
Smithsonian B $172 $172 $195


$145 $145 $164



Children’s policies:

Children from 0-8 years old are free of charge. From 9 years old pay as adult.


Maximum occupancy & Bedding:

Standard - Smithsonian - Jr.Suite: 04 pax (rate valid for up to 3 people the additional person on this room must pay: $27 per night)


Additional information:

Rates includes a free guided morning walk in the property.

For security reasons the front gate closes at 11:00 p.m.


Check-in: 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Check-out: 12:00 m.d.

• Arenal Paraiso Canopy Tour
• Arenal Volcano Hike
• Arenal Volcano Hike & Hot Springs
• Balsa River Rafting Tour - Class II - III
• Bird Watching near The Arenal Volcano
• Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge by Canoe
• Canyoning - Waterfall Rappelling
• Danaus Ecocenter
• Don Tobias Horseback Riding
• El Castillo Mountain Biking Tour
• La Fortuna Waterfall Horseback Riding / Hike
• La Pradera ATV Tour
• Natural History Walk in Arenal Hanging Bridges
• Peñas Blancas Safari Float
• Sarapiqui River Whitewater Rafting (Class III-IV)
• Sky Tram & Sky Trek
• Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding
• Venado Caves
• Combo Tour (Hanging Bridges+Fortuna waterfall+Volcano+Hot Springs)
• Celeste River Hike
• Ecoglide Canopy & Tarzan Swing
• Rainforest Mysteries at Finca Luna Nueva
• Unique Caño Negro
• Sunset View on Boat at Arenal Lake
• Pure Nature Exclusive Safari Float Adventure
• Kayak on Arenal Lake
• Vida Campesina
• Hiking Lovers
• Tour + Volunteering (Proyect Asis)
• Rainforest Night Walk at Mistico
• Original Sloth Tour
• Frog Watching Night Walk
• Indigenous Territory Maleku
• Trekking Laguna de Hule
• Safari Tres amigos & Maquenque
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