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Thornton, Colorado
Reviewed 2 July 2012

We had a Smithsonian Room with a beautiful view of the volcano; even got a very small show from it on our last morning there. Restaurant is good, service was excellent all-around. Pool / hot-tub seemed quite nice, but only spent an hour or so there - not crowded at all, at least during the green season. Definitely would visit...

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South Lyon, Michigan, United States
Reviewed 1 July 2012

We stayed here six days and had an amazing time. I can't say enough good things about it. We stayed in a Standard Room. It didn't have a direct view of the volcano, but you don't need it -- there are plenty of places to see it around the property.The grounds are beautiful, the view of the volcano and Arenal...

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Texas
Reviewed 25 June 2012

We had a great stay at this hotel. The staff was very helpful, especially Estaban at the front desk. Don't be deterred by the drive to get here. It's well worth it. No other place can offer the views of the volcano and lake like this one. The rooms were clean and comfortable.

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Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 16 June 2012

We took a Smithsonian room. It had a wall of glass and nice balcony to look out over tree tops toward the volcano. Rain and mist made the forest deep green, and the volcano filled the view. Dropped our bags and went right out onto the balcony. A crowd of monkeys vaulted through the treetops on the slope below. Took...

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3Thank Charles H
Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 9 June 2012

This hotel has a lot going for it. The setting is beautiful and the grounds are extensive with a mix of gardens and nature. Most staff are great and it feels safe, clean, and comfortable. But there's a certain hard-to-define feeling that something is missing. There are many contradictions and inconsistencies, and I sometimes had a feeling that the hotel...

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Cupertino, California, United States
Reviewed 5 June 2012

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Portland, Oregon
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Heredia, Costa Rica
Reviewed 29 May 2012

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Orlando, Florida
Reviewed 27 May 2012

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Dana Point, California
Reviewed 25 May 2012

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
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  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Situated only 1.7 Miles from the majestic Arenal Volcano and with a spectacular view of Lake Arenal, the Arenal Observatory Lodge (AOL) offers guests the opportunity to DISCOVER, EXPLORE and RELAX. Located within the Arenal Conservation Area and surrounded by rainforests and nature, AOL sits on a 870 acres property, which consists of 400 acres of reforestation, 270 acres of natural forest and 200 acres of cultivated land. The hotel offers 48 comfortable rooms surrounded by gardens, the majority with a direct view of the volcano and/or the forest. The 7 miles of well-maintained trails for walking, horseback riding or biking running through the property provide good opportunities to observe a variety of flora and fauna. Approximately 400 species of birds live in the area making AOL a preferred destination for bird watchers. Activities at the hotel include hikes to the waterfall or to explore Cerro Chato (an extinct volcano with a small lake in the crater), horseback riding, bicycling through the trails, enjoying a refreshing swim in our pool, or simply relaxing with a massage in our SPA. The hotel is well located to serve as a base for a variety of excursions such as: Cano Negro Nature Refuge, hot springs, Venado Caves, Canopy Tours, Arenal Hanging Bridges, Fishing, White Water Rafting, Canyoning, Biking etc. It also serves as a very interesting stop before heading on to Monteverde Cloud Forest or to the beaches of the Pacific coast. Arenal Observatory Lodge is the perfect place for adventure lovers, families, and honeymooners. With its spectacular location, great service and friendly personnel you won't be disappointed ... more   less 

Additional Information about Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

Address: 23 Km West From la Fortuna Town, Located on the Base of the Arenal Volcano | Main road to Arenal National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: £96 - £144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 49
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Arenal Observatory Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
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“We stayed in Villa Phil 1,2,3, and we couldn't have been happier.”
  • View from every room in the house
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 of 5 bubbles puk1936, 20 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Smithsonian rooms all have a view of the volcano.”
 of 5 bubbles BuckhornOntario, 10 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Room 29 or 30. You will not be disappointed.”
 of 5 bubbles CTK888, 7 Mar 2017 | Read review
“If you are older get rooms nearer reception”
 of 5 bubbles GeoffStrack, 2 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Request an upper floor room if in the main lodge area for the views and quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles tmlutz67, 2 Mar 2017 | Read review
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