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    Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

    23 Km West of La Fortuna City Center, Located at the Base of the Arenal Volcano | Main Road to Arenal National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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    • Average8%
    • Poor1%
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    “free morning” (78 reviews)
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    Free Internet
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    Breakfast included
    Non-Smoking Hotel
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    Private Balcony
    3.0 Star Hotel
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    Reviewed 20 February 2013

    We highly recommend this hotel. Our room had a beautiful view of the volcano. Being in the park is great, however, the road coming in is unpaved so be prepared for a bumpy ride. We took the evening lava tour and the complimentary morning hike...More

    Thank amber2003
    Response from erickht, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 22 February 2013

    Thank you all for your candid comments. We are working hard to improve our rooms, exteriors and many others facilities. As we are nestled in the middle of the rain forest, you will be immersed in the natural environment, away from the busy life... stay...More

    Reviewed 18 February 2013

    In my opinion, this is the best place to stay at in Arenal Volcano area. This is the only hotel inside the park, and reservations can be hard to come by. But the location and the view are fantastic and are worth the high room...More

    2  Thank SVG108
    Reviewed 18 February 2013

    My boyfriend and I visited the Observatory Lodge Feb 3-5, 2013. We found the accomodations wonderful! Every morning we could sit up in bed, look out the sliding glass doors and see the volcano. (the only thing that would have made this view any better...More

    1  Thank CalypsoFoxCities_WI
    Reviewed 17 February 2013

    We stayed 3 nights in a standard room. The room (#40) was clean, very nice decor a big patio and had a great view of Arenal Lake. Hummingbirds flitted in the flowers in front of the patio. It is a fairly long steep walk down...More

    1  Thank Karen P
    Reviewed 14 February 2013

    What this resort lacks in room luxuries it makes up for in amenities and grounds. The rooms need a serious makeover and with the amount of people that were there it is obvious that they could afford to put some profits into updates. On the...More

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    • US$120 - US$183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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    • Province of Alajuela >
    • Arenal Volcano National Park >
    • La Fortuna de San Carlos
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    2 August 2017|
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    Response from johnnagrabusky | Reviewed this property |
    We stayed in Casona. The lodge that has 5 rooms and shares 2 bathrooms. There were2 coffee makers in the communal area with coffee packets on our room. I did make coffee in the morning before I went to breakfast. I used... More
    2 July 2017|
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    Response from Austin G | Property representative |
    Hello Emily, 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
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    21 April 2017|
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    Response from jrknopp88 | Reviewed this property |
    The lodge offers transport to and from town for $8pp but the last shuttle returns at 5pm. The food at the Lodge is fair. Staying at the Lodge is better if you have a car or make friends with someone with a car and join them... More
    Room Tips
    "I think almost every room has a view of the Volcano"
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    "The Smithsonian rooms are the best we've ever stayed in! Comfortable, clean and a view beyond compare."
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    "Rooms with a lake view are quieter and you can use the free shuttle to the lodge"
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    "Choose the Smithsonian Rooms"
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