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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, La Fortuna

Mountain lodge in La Fortuna with spa and outdoor pool

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast, free WiFi in lobby, and free parking
From
$140 CAD

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22 km Oeste de la Fortuna de San Carlos, La Fortuna, 21007, Alajuela, Costa Rica
9.4.Exceptional.
  • This is a beautiful place to stay. The staff are friendly and attentive. The grounds are…

    Mar. 20, 2020

  • Excellent location, well maintained, the price went up too much in the last years.

    Feb. 1, 2020

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • gap period enforced between guest stays24 hours
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

Quiet
Safe
Walkable
Easy parking
Dining options
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 48 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Full-service spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • 2 meeting rooms

Feel at home

  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Children's pool
  • Playground on site
  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Garden

What’s around

  • In a national park
  • Lake Arenal - 2.5 mi / 4 km
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures - 3.4 mi / 5.4 km
  • Butterfly Conservatory - 4.6 mi / 7.5 km
  • Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park - 9 mi / 14.5 km
  • Ecotermales Fortuna - 11.2 mi / 18.1 km

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Enter dates for 2 guests

Guests
  • Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds
  • Superior Room, Mountain View

What’s around

Landmarks

  • In a national park
  • Lake Arenal - 2.5 mi / 4 km
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures - 3.4 mi / 5.4 km
  • Butterfly Conservatory - 4.6 mi / 7.5 km
  • Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park - 9 mi / 14.5 km
  • Ecotermales Fortuna - 11.2 mi / 18.1 km
  • Arenal Volcano - 11.8 mi / 19 km
  • La Fortuna Waterfall - 15.1 mi / 24.4 km

Getting around

  • Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 152 min drive
  • La Fortuna (FON-Arenal) - 33 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)
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22 km Oeste de la Fortuna de San Carlos, La Fortuna, 21007, Alajuela, Costa Rica

At a glance

Size

  • 48 cabins

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time 3 PM-10 PM
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Children

  • Up to 2 children (8 years old and younger) stay free, per registered adult, when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

Pets

  • No pets or service animals allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas

Transfers

  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*

Parking

  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See fees and policies for additional details or extra charges

The manager

Speaks: English, Spanish

At the property

Food and drink

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge

Things to do

  • Outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Full-service spa
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Ecotours on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Horse riding/rental on site
  • Playground on site
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Spa tub

Working away

  • Number of meeting rooms - 2

Services

  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage

Facilities

  • Year Built - 1992
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in common areas

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

In the cabin

Home comforts

  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker

Things to enjoy

  • Balcony or patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries

Stay connected

  • Desk

More

  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

Special features

Spa

Observatory Spa has 1 treatment room. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages, and facials. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology.

The spa is open daily.

Dining

El Jilguero - This family restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Recreation

On Site

  • Spa tub
  • Ecotours on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Horse riding/rental on site
  • Playground on site

Nearby

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Rafting nearby

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 170.00 per vehicle (one way)
  • Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Pool, spa, and gym (if applicable)Pay at property

  • Pool access available from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Hygiene and cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; masks are required in public areas.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).

Policies

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have elevators.

This property uses eco-friendly cleaning products.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.

This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).

This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and cash.

Also known as

  • Arenal Observatory Lodge La Fortuna
  • Arenal Observatory La Fortuna
  • Arenal Observatory
  • Arenal Observatory Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
  • Arenal Observatory Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
  • Arenal Observatory & Fortuna
  • Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa Lodge
  • Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa La Fortuna
  • Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa Lodge La Fortuna

*See fees and policies for additional details or extra charges

FAQs

  • Yes, Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Yes, there's an outdoor pool and a children's pool. Guests have pool access from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
  • Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 3 PM - 10 PM. Check-out time is noon.
  • Yes, El Jilguero offers international cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Pizza John Jardín Escondido (4.4 mi), Benedictus (8.5 mi), and Altamira (9.4 mi).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 170.00 per vehicle one way.
  • Have fun with onsite activities like horseback riding and hiking. Additional recreation onsite includes ecotours. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and soothe your senses in the spa tub. Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa also has an outdoor pool and a garden.
9.4.Exceptional.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    The beautiful grounds and trails, the breakfast buffet, and the pleasant staff

    1 night romance trip, Jan. 26, 2020

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    The tower was closed before 5 so it was disappointing that we could not go up. We were able to get an early brrakfast before 7 which was a bonus. Our view wasnt great as we were overtop of the receptionist desk, so was a bit louder then other rooms possibly. The frog pond was fantastic on seeing red eyed frogs. Hot tub was beautiful, and open late.

    1 night romance trip, Nov. 18, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    We booked a room at the same time as our kids and our room was more money? Not sure why?

    3 night family trip, Sep. 7, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    The views are incredible, the staff is excellent, the food is wonderful. I don't have a single complaint.

    7 night romance trip, Aug. 17, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    We spent 4 nights at the AOL and really enjoyed the facilities and being so close to the volcano. We saw lots of wildlife right at the Lodge and enjoyed some of the many hiking trails. Rooms were very clean, the staff was always helpful and the location was great.

    4 night family trip, Jul. 3, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Great room and deck overlooking property. Staff very pleasant, restraunt limited selection

    2 night trip with friends, Apr. 5, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Amazing sunset views over lake Arenal, and unobstructed views of the volcano! Plenty of wildlife to see right on the property, from the convenience of our balcony. The grounds were well manicured for picture perfect views in any direction. Lots to do in and around the property plus a pool to relax in after hiking. Nothing bad to add!

    1 night family trip, Apr. 4, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great property with lovely additions like the nest. It is a bit far from town but worth it.

    2 night romance trip, Mar. 27, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Best view of the volcano. Great trails. Lots of wildlife.

    2 night romance trip, Mar. 24, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Very friendly staff. Clean premises. Well kept trails.

    3 night trip, Mar. 4, 2019

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