Arenal Observatory Lodge


This has an unbeatable location, situated 9 km off the main road, up a dirt track and right under the Volcano! Staying here, you are the closest you can possibly be to Arenal and really feel part of the action. The lodge itself is set in 870 acres of rainforest and farmland so it is both a peaceful and comfortable option.

Why we recommend it:

  • Situated opposite the volcano
  • Variety of rooms, all spacious
  • Difficult to get to for other activities
  • Watch the volcano erupt from your room


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There are just 42 rooms – which is a small hotel for Arenal – and the lodge aims to provide friendly service in a natural and beautiful setting. Having been established for over 30 years, they are passionate about preserving the beauty of the region and this comes through in the hotels approach to tourism. Tropical gardens have hundreds of different plant and flower species, some selected specifically because they attract particular butterflies and birds.

The Smithsonian rooms are the best option – they are generously sized, with natural wooden interiors and a large balcony with views of the volcano. An unforgettable place to unwind in the evening.

As you relax in the infinity pool and Jacuzzi area, Arenal towers above you and sometimes you can actually hear the rumble of the lava rocks rolling down the volcano.

There is a restaurant with floor to ceiling windows that enable guests to savour the drama of Arenal at night over dinner. There is an international menu.

Numerous hiking, biking and horseback trails are well marked so you can wander the property at your leisure.

Arenal Observatory Lodge LOCATION

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