Years and years ago, before Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna town were the hot spot that they are today, this area was more for farming and geologist’s place for studying and researching the mighty volcano.
One family combined the two and developed their farm into a station for these geologists. Slowly, it grew and grew into a hotel – Arenal Observatory Lodge. Today it is one of the most perfectly placed hotels in all of Arenal Region.
What Makes Arenal Observatory Lodge (AOL) so absolutely different and unique:
The views. If the volcano isn’t covered, you simply can’t get a more amazing view anywhere else. You feel that you can practically reach out and touch it.
Arenal Lake. The volcano isn’t the only breathtaking view of the area. You can see Costa Rica’s largest lake crystal clear from here.
The Property. There are more hiking trails in the hotel than in all of Arenal area. You can walk down trails that were old lava flows. You can find waterfalls and flora of all sort.
Birdwatching. I’m not a bird lover, but you kind of get caught up in the moment. Especially when it’s crystal clear that most of the guests here are either on assignment for some major magazine with their huge lenses and 100 pound tripods, or they are die hard birders coming here from all corners of the world to see a glimpse of a rare specimen.
The location . You are truly isolated here. It’s a good 30-45 minute drive on a mostly-dirt road through the rain forest. The drive is so worth it when you arrive here.
The hotel itself is relatively simple, you don’t come here to be in a 5 star resort. And the price is just right – $70-$150 per night.
However, if you don’t want to be this isolated, no problem. You can come here for the day and experience the trails and the property and the views!
Arenal Observatory Lodge Review – Where to Stay in Arenal, Costa Rica