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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa
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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

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9.2

Excellent
based on 636 reviews
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa - La Fortuna, Costa Rica
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Value for money

8.5

Distance to city center

4.9 mi

Location rating

9.6

Nearest Airport

San José Juan Santamaria Intl

Distance to airport

45.6 mi

Rooms

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Standard Rooms

$128+

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Provider
Nightly
Queen bed
$128 per night
Queen bed
$128 per night
Queen bed
$136 per night
Queen bed
$148 per night

Superior Rooms

$151+

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Provider
Nightly
Unknown
$151 per night
Unknown
$172 per night

Queen Rooms

$136+

Bed type
Provider
Nightly
Queen bed
$136 per night
Queen bed
$136 per night
Queen bed
$136 per night

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  • Excellent
    Jul 2016
    9.4

    The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The grounds were amazing and we loved that we had access to the National Park trails. The Jacuzzi was a nice treat after a long day of hiking. The views were breath-taking! Access to other activities was relatively easy but the roads are not great. Town was about a 30 minute drive away. Nice breakfast buffet provided free of charge!

    It would be nice to have screens on the front doors as well so you could have both the patio door (which had a screen) and front door open to allow a cross-breeze. The room became a bit stuffy and buggy during the day without this. Also it would be good if t pool was heated to allow swimming year round. The prices for food at the restaurant were expensive. The Happy Hour (2 for 1) would be better if they allowed for 2 different drinks vs. 2 of the same kind of drink. Finally a shuttle to town that ran even just 3 times a day would be a great perk!

  • Excellent
    Jun 2015
    10.0

    Beautiful Setting

    We loved having so many hikes/walks to do right on the property and a very good restaurant as well. It was so nice having nature and animals outside our door each day. The staff was warm, welcoming, helpful and friendly. There were plenty of activities to do on the grounds for all ages: pool, foosball/game room, checkers, books, TVs in the main buildings and a hot tub.

    Be aware that the Lodge is a 20-25 minute drive from La Fortuna up a somewhat rough dirt road. If you have your own vehicle it's easy to get to and from, but without a bit more challenging. There are taxis that cost $30 each way or a shuttle 3x/day from the lodge.

  • Excellent
    Mar 2015
    9.4

    Prices or food were a bit expensive...we had a car so we drove to La Fortuna

  • Excellent
    Sep 2014
    10.0

    Location, views and surroundings were fabulous. Staff were ultra helpful.

    It would have been helpful to have a small desk and chair in the room for using computer. Morning nature walk was a bit disappointing, as guide only occasionally stopped to point something out. Food was only fair.

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Overview

With a stay at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa in La Fortuna, you'll be 2.5 mi (4 km) from Lake Arenal and 3.4 mi (5.4 km) from Costa Rica Sky Adventures. Featured amenities include luggage storage, laundry facilities, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.

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Features

Free parking
Free airport shuttle
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Pet friendly
Spa

9.2 Excellent

based on 636 reviews

9.6

Cleanliness

9.2

Comfort

9.3

Staff

8.5

Value for money

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3:00 PM

Check out

12:00 PM

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Amenities

Child pool

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Location

Most Popular Landmarks

  • Mount Chato 1.5 mi
  • Arenal Volcano National Park 1.9 mi
  • La Fortuna Waterfall 2.8 mi
  • Butterfly Conservatory 3.1 mi
  • Ecoglide Arenal Park 3.5 mi
  • Baldi Hot Springs 3.8 mi
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