Arenal Observatory Lodge

Stay at the closest lodge to the Arenal Volcano with the perfect combination of views, service and hospitality.

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Stay at the closest lodge to the Arenal Volcano with the perfect combination of views, service and hospitality.

Arenal Costa Rica

  • The only lodge in Arenal National Park.
  • Magnificent vistas from this hillside location.
  • 11 kms of walking trails through the property.
  • Over 360 birds recorded in the lodge surrounds.

Arenal Obeservatory Lodge was one of the first to be built in the area and it originally served as a scientific research station. From its hilltop setting there are far-reaching views down to Lake Arenal and across to the volcano, all of this can be admired from the spacious terrace sipping a drink and chatting to fellow guests.

The lodge has 48 rooms, suites and villas, all arranged across several buildings, some near the main area and others in more secluded locations. They provide convenient and comfortable accommodation for couples, small groups and families. There are various room types ranging from standard to private villas, but all offer a comfortable stay surrounded by lush tropical gardens, many of the rooms have balconies and verandas where you can sit and enjoy the volcano views.

The dining room has magnificent views of the southern slope of the Arenal Volcano and makes the most of these with floor to ceiling windows which open out onto a wide deck. The lodge is surrounded by colourful gardens filled with flowering plants and shrubs which have been carefully chosen to attract birds and wildlife. It's easy to while away time watching the hummingbirds dart from flower to flower and see the butterflies flitting between the colourful blooms. Over 360 bird species have been recorded in the lodge surrounds.

Peace and quiet is in abundance at Arenal Observatory Lodge,take yourself off to explore the lodge's 11 km of walking, biking and riding trails that wind through varied scenery. Should you wish, guides are on hand to offer added insights to help you gain the most from your time here and help you identify the many birds. When you want to relax, the lodge has an attractive outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and well equipped spa, or you could just take life easy on your balcony and relish the views of mighty Arenal Volcano.

Whilst there is plenty to keep you occupied at the lodge, there is also a wide range of activities on offer in the area. No visit to Arenal would be complete without a tour of the hanging bridges or a rainforest canopy tour. A more sedate activity might be a visit to the butterfly gardens and bird sanctuary, and if you want to mix things up then white water rafting is available to get the adrenalin pumping. Take a hike through the rainforest or explore on horseback. So much to do, so little time.

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Client Rating for Costa Rica 5/5 from 216 reviews

We picked the hotel because the birding was good there and so it proved. Staff were friendly, the rooms were good and the wildlife excellent. We particularly liked the deck overlooking the bird feeders.

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Arenal Observatory Lodge

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Stay at the closest lodge to the Arenal Volcano with the perfect combination of views, service and hospitality.

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