• Smithsonian Room

  • Smithsonian Room

  • Smithsonian Room Balcony

  • Standard Room

  • Standard Room Patio

  • Standard Room View

  • Lodge Restaurant

  • Volcano Eruption

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Set high on a ridge facing Costa Rica’s most active and spectacular volcano, the Arenal Observatory Lodge offers adventure travelers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Arenal Observatory Lodge has 35 spacious rooms. All are comfortable and most have volcano views from the privacy of your own bedroom. Five rooms are fully equipped for disabled travelers, with rooms, bathrooms, hallways, parking areas and even the new swimming pool designed accordingly. This lodge is also recognized as one of the highest rated eco-lodges in Costa Rica.

The lodge is located just 1.8 kilometers from the active crater of Arenal Volcano, and is separated from it by a deep river valley. Scientists from the Smithsonian Institute specifically chose the location for its close but safe vantage point from which to study the volcano. Arenal Observatory Lodge sits on 870 acres of land adjacent to the Arenal Volcano National Park. The site contains 270 acres of primary rain forest with well-marked trails, 400 acres of reforestation projects, and 200 acres of working farm lands. Please take note that adventure activities, local tours, and trip excursions are all located about 45 minutes away from the Arenal Observatory Lodge.