Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, Arenal
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Our rating: Premium | Property style: Lodge
The Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa is nestled within 870 acres of land surrounding the Arenal Volcano and boasts views of Lake Arenal. As the only hotel within the national park, the property offers various trails to explore the lake, volcano and surrounding area as well as great spots for birdwatching. The 48 rooms are set across various buildings dotted around the grounds, with many providing a private deck or balcony and wonderful views of the volcano. The remote location and lack of T.V.s in the rooms encourage guests to switch off and immerse themselves within the exquisite nature. There are a range of room categories catering to all travellers, including families and those with limited mobility. For leisure, guests can make use of the spa, games room, jacuzzi and scenic outdoor pool with views through the tall forest pine trees and gardens. The comfortable rooms are charming and offer natural cooling methods and fans; more than adequate for the higher altitude temperatures. There is also an onsite restaurant serving Costa Rican-inspired cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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