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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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    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    My family of 4 enjoyed a 3-night stay at the Arenal Observatory and Lodge. The front desk staff is extremely nice and very knowledgeable of the surrounding areas. The room we stayed in was large with 2 king-sized beds. Our room had a clear view...More

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    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    We were unsure whether to splash out for the last bit of our trip. So glad we did! Best bits: - lovely views of the volcano and lake, so peaceful - big, clean rooms - great breakfast and dinner, not expensive and good veggie options...More

    Thank A TripAdvisor Member
    Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

    The tour picked us up from the hostel around 2pm and then did a long walk through the jungle at the observatory lodge seeing monkeys, birds and frogs. It was so great having a guide like Mauricio, who really cared about us and felt like...More

    Thank Emily Y
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Very nice property, well kept. No A.C., but not necessary, cool nights. Great pool/hot tub but the strict 9 AM opening was inconvenient. Complimentary tour in the AM by Christian - one of the best in the country. Food was okay but pricey. Lots of...More

    Thank tarkus16
    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 1 week ago

    Hello tarkus16, Thank you for your feedback and comments. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay and had a good time on our complimentary morning walk with Christian. We have made note of your suggestions and will be sure to consider them when making...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    I think everything that can be said has been said by other reviewers. No there isn't any air conditioning but in February it certainly isn't needed. It's a great place to walk around as the paths are well maintained and there are lots of birds...More

    1  Thank johnb73
    Response from Austin G, Public Relations Manager at Arenal Observatory Lodge & SpaResponded 1 week ago

    Hello johnb73, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review regarding your recent stay at our lodge. We are honored by your recommendation and delighted to tell you that with the help of a professional restaurant consultant, we are in the process...More

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    • Breakfast included
    • Free Internet
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    • Breakfast included
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    • US$118 - US$157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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    • Province of Alajuela >
    • Arenal Volcano National Park >
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    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
    Jordan H
    21 April 2017|
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    Response from mlpwrc |
    The lodge is pretty far away from town. I think that you can to and from town by taxi. However, I'm not sure there is much reason to go to La Fortuna in the evening. The attractions of the area are nature and adventure... More
    Kathy K
    5 March 2017|
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    Response from Cliffsideinn | Reviewed this property |
    You won't starve but there wasn't a big choice other than salad. I don't remember price but was in line with the hotel price.
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    "Rooms aren't all on one building or one block, check where you are if walking is a problem."
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    "I found the best wildlife view from room 2 which looks out at forest, but Smithsonian have a great volcano..."
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    "Spend a little extra for the smithsonian. Can't beat the view or the natural environment that is..."
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    "Smithsonian rooms have amazing views of the Volcano and lots of birds"
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