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Arenal Volcano Arenal Observatory Lodge

Arenal Observatory Lodge, Arenal volcano

Located at the base of the Arenal Volcano and overlooking Lake Arenal the Arenal Observatory Lodge provides a safe ringside seat to both scientist and visitors alike. The hotel is 1.6 miles south of the Volcano and faces it on a ridge crest at an elevation of 735 m.a.s.l.

This place is incredibly close to the volcano and is built on a high ridge, with a spectacular view pf the cone. Lying in bed at night listening to the natural sounds, it´s easy to forget the busy life. Arenal Observatory Lodge, viewer pointIt was a former farm and then converted into a lodge in 1973 for the volcanologists from the Smithsonian Institute. This well-known hotel, which has a close, bird´s eye view of Arenal Volcano, is protected from a lava flow by the Agua Caliente River gorge. Located within the National Park and bordering the Monteverde Cloud Forest, it´s no surprise that the lodge recieve the "Four Leaf" rating from Costa Rica´s sustainable tourims certification program. The best rooms here are the Junior Suitesbelow the resturant and main lodge, as well as four rooms in the Observatory Block, and the White Hawl Villa. The "Smithsonian rooms" feature massive picture with a direct view of the volcano.
The Lodge offers a number of guided and unguided hiking options, including a free morning guided hike through their trails and gardens, as well as a wide range of other tours. The Restaurant. Meals are served in a dining room with a full wall of glass facing the Arenal Volcano. Here also, you will find the main viewer point of the Volcano and the Arenal Lake. Sunsets are simply gorgeuos. This is one of the better nature lodge for travelers with disabilities: Five rooms are truly equipped for the wheelchair access, and a paved path extends almost 1 km into the rainforest. When you are not hiking or touring the region, you can hang by the volcano-view swimming pool and jacuzzi.




+506 - 2290 7011

+506 - 2479 1074


Prices from:

  • La Casona Rooms from USD$56.00
  • Standard Rooms from USD$93.00
  • Smithsonian Rooms from USD$125.00

Home-made breakast and taxes are included.



  • 48 Mountain Cabins
  • Ensuite Private Bathrooms
  • Hot Water
  • WiFi
  • Daily Cleaning
  • Tour Desk
  • Delicious Home-Made Breakfast
  • Arenal Volcano View Front
  • 25 minutes driving to La Fortuna town
  • 5 minutes driving to Arenal Lake
  • Family ambiance.



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Arenal Observatory Lodge - Arenal Volcano