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Orlando, Florida
Reviewed 28 May 2012

I just fell head over heels in love with Arenal Observatory Lodge. It's setting is so amazing with lush gardens and breathtaking views of Mt. Arenal. It's a very tranquil place where nature is at the center of everything. We stayed in the Smithsonian Rooms and were greeted by shows of a wide range of birds, monkeys and coatis. The...

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Dana Point, California
Reviewed 26 May 2012

The Observatory Lodge is a great place to stay if you are looking for nature at it's best, very peaceful and remote (it's a $30 cab ride to La Fortuna each way). Plan to have all your meals at the lodge, very good by the way and breakfast is included! A ton of nature and hiking trails with the hike...

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Poolville, Texas
Reviewed 19 May 2012

We got one of the cheaper rooms, but still had a view of the volcano from our balcony. The room was roomy, the water hot, the views unbelievable. The lodge has a restaurant with pretty good food but high prices... maybe not so high when you consider you are looking at a volcano while eating! The pool was a little...

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conwy, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 May 2012

Situated on its own 9km up a stone track the complex is small and a very nice surprise on arrival. Rooms were great, probably the best we had in Costa; clean and great views of the volcano and forest. The food was refreshingly good and restaurant staff excellent. Good birding to be had around the grounds with hummers, guans and...

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Muscat, Oman
Reviewed 17 May 2012

We stayed there as it was going to be our first visit to an active volcano, google describes it as one of the top ten active ones. Well, it was conical and very close but unfortunately not rumbling or erupting. We had a great time here. Not only do the birds put on a great show every day but there...

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Lakewood, Colorado
Reviewed 8 May 2012

I'm hesitated between 3 1/2 or 4 as far as rating and here is why. We only stay here for one night in April 2012. Location is awesome because it used to be observatory research. They still store all historical information in Museum there which is great. This location is a great place to view Arenal. I think you can...

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Berkhamsted
Reviewed 7 May 2012

This is probably as close as one would want to get to an active volcano. It is very popular and busy but the rooms are excellent and the food good. It is many kilometres along a dirt road but there are lots of opportunities to spot birds and mammals en route. The birds in the lodge garden were spectacular.

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New York
Reviewed 3 May 2012

This was my second time in Costa Rica but first time staying at this hotel. The hotel was fine for the value but a little dirty. The location is literally at the foothill of the volcano - so the views are breathtaking and animals wander the premises. Staff is friendly and there are lots of activities you can book directly...

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Manual Antonio
Reviewed 2 May 2012

This is a great place to be quiet and respectful of nature. The place reflects these values and sets up a lovely hotel to accomodate wildlife and humans. The Smithsonian room was where we stayed, for $172/night for four of us. The walls are paper thin, so don't plan on napping while they clean the rooms, and just know that...

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Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 1 May 2012

Gorgeous, quiet, safe property. Extremely clean rooms. Lots of different trails for exploring. Restaurant very good; breakfast (included) has lots of options. Great bird-watching and meticulous grounds-keeping.

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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 

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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: $154 - $234 (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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“All rooms are well positioned for views.”
 of 5 bubbles 44Cheryl2015, 23 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Definitely get a room with a volcano view”
 of 5 bubbles MPHGirl23, 21 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Get one with a view of the volcano which I think they all do.”
 of 5 bubbles jonI2713UN, 13 Feb 2017 | Read review
“the more expensive rooms have a view but the volcano is usually under clouds so not sure the additional cost is worth it”
 of 5 bubbles jrknopp88, 11 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a room with a rain forest view. The volcano is visible almost everywhere.”
 of 5 bubbles 88Tropicsfan, 4 Feb 2017 | Read review
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