$89 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Nov 10, 2014 Check-out: Nov 12, 2014

Hotel Arenal Lodge

3 stars
200 Minutes North Of La Fortuna Waterfall, San Carlos,
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.7
out of 5
16 reviews
Hidden Gem

The hotel is well tucked away, you have to drive uphill for quite a long stretch on a private road... See full review

  • tnorby
  • Feb 22, 2014
Gorgeous scenery

This place is absolutely beautiful. You woul have no idea it existed because its tucked away so far... See full review

  • Seth21
  • Aug 18, 2012
Arenal Lodge provides guests with the excitement of staying in an authentic rainforest lodge with breathtaking panoramic views of Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal.

Guests will enjoy a casual and relaxed rustic lodge setting with the added value of a complimentary American breakfast daily.

Located on 2000-acres of beautiful tropical rainforest, the lodge is situated near Arenal Volcano National Park. The lodge is surrounded by rainforest - housing hundreds of exotic birds, small animals and the beautiful tropical flowers and trees of Costa Rica. and is its own local tourist attraction due to its exclusive location with breathtaking panoramic views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal.

The lodge features a full service restaurant with local and international cuisine, gift shop, heated outdoor hot tubs, an infinite edge swimming pool, walking trails, a butterfly garden, horseback riding, a game-room and outdoor playground for children, fitness room, steam sauna, and free wireless high speed internet access. A free daily escorted rainforest walking tour is also included for all guests.

Guest rooms and suites feature cable TV, telephone, coffee maker, clock radio, and all have private baths. Complimentary crib and wheel chair are available on request.

Hotel Map

10.4804 -84.7648
Area served
Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Nearby airports
  • International Airport: (SJO) Juan Santa Mara International Airport
  • Domestic Airport: (FON) Fortuna Airport
  • Public Transport: Public Bus, Private Shuttle, Taxi
  • Area description
    La Fortuna 200 meter Northwest of the dam at Arenal Lake, Arenal, CR Central Valley: San Jose

    Hotel Arenal Lodge Rooms

    CHALET

    These large rooms, built in separate chalets perched on top of the hill behind the main building of the hotel, offer an incredible panoramic view of the Arenal Volcano and the lake.

    Each room has one king-sized bed and one queen-sized bed from where you can observe the volcano without even having to stand up. Near the ceiling-to-floor windows you have a single sofa bed with a recliner or rocking chair. All the rooms are equipped with a mini-kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave oven, and coffee maker, ceiling fans, cable TV, telephone, alarm clock, digital safe and private bathroom with hair dryer.
    ECONOMY ROOM

    The standard rooms are equipped with one comfortable queen-sized bed, private bathroom, coffee maker, cable TV, telephone, alarm clock, digital safe and hair dryer.

    These economic rooms are located near the lobby, they provide easy access to the lobby and restaurant, making them a favorite choice among people who like to socialize and enjoy all the amenities available in the main building of the hotel such as the gym, sauna, game room, and fireplaces.
    GARDENVIEW ROOM

    These spacious hotel rooms offer an excellent panoramic view of Arenal Volcano right from your bed.

    Built a couple of years ago, some rooms have connecting doors for you to enjoy the company of your family and friends.

    All of the superior rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, coffee maker, cable TV, telephone, alarm clock, digital safe and hair dryer.
    JUNIOR SUITE

    Enjoy the best view of the Arenal Volcano, the rain forest, birds and howler monkeys from the privacy of your junior suites balcony.

    The Junior suite is equipped with two comfortable queen-sized beds, private bathroom, coffee maker, cable TV, telephone, alarm clock, digital safe, and hair dryer.

    Most have air-conditioning although the mountain climate is quite pleasant during the night all year around.
    FAMILY SUITE

    These suites are modern-style apartment style accommodations with connecting doors.

    All the suites are equipped with microwave oven, coffee maker, refrigerator, cable TV, telephone, alarm clock, digital safe and hair dryer. You can also request for a room with air-conditioning although the climate is mostly pleasant at night.

    The family suites offer two rooms and a sitting room. They are the best choice for guests with kids or teenagers who want to explore the area around the hotel as they are near the butterfly garden on the way to the trail that goes through the jungle.

    Amenities

    • Free full breakfast
    • Free internet
    • Free parking
    • Outdoor pool
    • No smoking rooms/facilities
    General
    No smoking rooms/facilities
    Activities
    Outdoor pool
    Fitness center or spa
    Fitness Center
    Spa
    Game room
    Solarium
    Dining
    Free full breakfast
    Bar/Lounge
    Restaurant
    Room service
    Services
    Laundry service
    In-Room Safe
    Tour desk
    Meeting/Banquet facilities
    Conference facilities
    Doctor on call
    Gift shop
    Currency exchange
    Internet
    Free internet
    Parking
    Free parking
    Accessibility
    Handicapped rooms/facilities
    Service dogs allowed
    Service animals allowed

    Dining

    RESTAURANT

    The Restaurant at Hotel Arenal Lodge serves casual fare featuring fresh seafood, beef, pasta and more. It is a local tourist attraction due to its exclusive location with the most astonishing view of Arenal Volcano.

    Enjoy local and international cuisine with sustainable meals prepared by professional chefs and served in a friendly Costa Rican style. Our menu pleases diners of all dietary preferences. Whether you are vegetarians or not, you will be able to choose from a variety of our healthy, organic options. As part of our new program, our restaurant offers organic and locally produced food whenever possible and uses fewer artificial ingredients to preserve the natural flavor.

    Whether you are here for a few days stay, for the day, or just driving through, Hotel Arenal Lodge's Restaurant is a must if you enjoy delicious food and breathtaking views.
    BAR
    Enjoy your favorite cocktail and a game of billiards indoors or on a large expansive deck overlooking the garden and pool.

    Hotel Policies

    Check-in:
    1400
    Check-out:
    1200

    Terms and conditions

    Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

    The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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    Guest Reviews (16)

    Ratings and reviews for Hotel Arenal Lodge

    Overall score

    3.7 / 5
    5.01.0
    16 out of 16
    Amenities:
    3.8
    Room cleanliness:
    3.8
    Hotel staff:
    4
    Room comfort:
    3.9
    Location:
    3.9
    Value:
    4.1

    81% would recommend to a friend.

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    Reviewer score

    1
    5.01.0
    CD2014
    Business
    USA
    Mar 27, 2014

    Not what we were expecting

    I can only speak about my experience in room 45 and the lobby/restaurant and pool. We were very disappointed in this room. Here are my complaints about our room: the exterior lights didn't all work, the door on the safe was missing (and thus unusable), the AC didn't work initially (but they came and fixed it within 10 min), nothing was plugged in (which seemed odd, as if the room hasn't been used in a long time), one of the lamps didn't work, and some of the windows were broken. Our room was basically two rooms and the door between the two rooms had 2 chain locks on it, which was odd and didn't really make us feel safe. As for the lobby/restaurant: the internet connections/wifi was basically non-existent and the restaurant needed up dating. One of the hot tubs was luke warm. All in all, I believe this hotel likely hit it's prime 10-15 years ago and they haven't done much updating since. On the positive, the view of the volcano was excellent, it's a shame it isn't active anymore. The hotel is far outside of town and so, if you don't have a rental car, you will be reliant on taxis and/or tours, which will cost you. I wouldn't recommend this place if you don't have a rental car. Overall, I rated this rather low because our experience didn't match what was sold to us (via the website).

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    2
    Room cleanliness:
    2
    Hotel staff:
    2
    Room comfort:
    2
    Location:
    4
    Value:
    2
    Trip purpose:

    Business

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    Reviewer score

    5
    5.01.0
    tnorby
    Business
    Hungary
    Feb 22, 2014

    Hidden Gem

    The hotel is well tucked away, you have to drive uphill for quite a long stretch on a private road from the highway before you reach the buildings. This location allows for a nice, secluded stay on a beautiful property but also limits your options for your activities. There is a nice restaurant, a bar, a tour desk on the property, the hotel even has its own forest trail, the free guided tour was a nice experience. The rooms were clean, breakfast was good and we were very happy with the dinner service in the restaurant, too. There's plenty of wildlife on the hotel premises (racoon, coatis, birds) and plenty of volcano/rainforest related activities nearby. We'd definitely recommend and return!

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    5
    Room cleanliness:
    5
    Hotel staff:
    5
    Room comfort:
    5
    Location:
    4
    Value:
    5
    Trip purpose:

    Business

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    Reviewer score

    3
    5.01.0
    Kelvy107
    Business
    Victorville, CA
    Mar 23, 2013

    Overall Good, But a couple issues

    Ok the good First: The Views are amazing when you get there, and there is a ton animals all around you. We saw many birds, and other animals at the hotel. The staff spoke English very well and were overall pretty helpful. Now the bad: The humidity was pretty high when we were there and it seemed that nothing was dry, the sheets were wet, the towels were wet, and our swim suits for sure never dried. We wanted to turn on the air conditioner, but we were informed (after paying extra to be 'upgraded' that ours was broken) and that in fact most of the air conditioners at the hotel are broken. Apparently they can't get an air conditioner repair man to drive up the steep hill to get there. So about the hill, The road getting to the Hotel is a little crazy, Its a 15 minute drive and the road winds up the hill is very steep at times and is full of pot holes, just pray nobody is coming down when you are going up! Lastly the hotel is very far from town and not convenient if you want to do things outside the hotel because of the extra driving, excursions tend to cost more. The food at the restaurant was not very good either, so that was tough because of the inconvenience of getting to another restaurant. Of the several hotels we stayed at in Costa Rica, this was definitely the low point, but we still had an amazing trip and this was also the cheapest hotel we stayed at.

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    3
    Room cleanliness:
    3
    Hotel staff:
    3
    Room comfort:
    2
    Location:
    3
    Value:
    3
    Trip purpose:

    Business

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    Reviewer score

    2
    5.01.0
    bicycler
    Business
    Reston, VA, USA
    Feb 25, 2013

    Beautiful grounds

    This hotel has a huge, beautiful property, so if what you want to do at Arenal is watch the volcano (which is no longer active) and bird watch, it's perfectly fine. If you want to partake of the many many fun things to do in the area, I would recommend another hotel closer to La Fortuna and not 2km up a twisted cobblestone driveway. The beds were poor, staff and breakfast, wonderful.

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    3
    Room cleanliness:
    2
    Hotel staff:
    4
    Room comfort:
    1
    Location:
    3
    Value:
    3
    Trip purpose:

    Business

    Sightseeing tip: In Hotel

    The horseback ride I arranged through the vendor in the lobby was truly the best ride I have ever taken.

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    Reviewer score

    3
    5.01.0
    vnllablsm
    Business
    New York, NY
    Jan 16, 2013

    beautiful grounds and views

    This hotel has beautiful grounds, with plants that look like they are out of the Jurassic era (in a good way), good views of the volcano if your room is facing that way, and rooms with a wall of windows and cute patios. On a clear night, you can see thousands of stars from your rocking chairs. The restaurant is good, the rooms are pretty bare but functional (hair dryer, coffee maker, two sinks), and there is good hot water and water pressure. The staff is pleasant. The downside to the hotel is the very long, steep, poorly paved road that it is required you drive up to actually get to the lodge. There is nothing within walking distance and the road is scary to drive on at night or in bad weather. There is also very little wi-fi service.

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    4
    Room cleanliness:
    3
    Hotel staff:
    4
    Room comfort:
    4
    Location:
    2
    Value:
    4
    Trip purpose:

    Business

    Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

    Go hiking and/or zip lining in nearby parks, but be careful of the roads that are not in the main part of town-- unimproved roads can seriously damage your car, so get insurance on rentals.

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    Reviewer score

    4
    5.01.0
    ak0007
    Business
    pittsburgh,Pa
    Dec 7, 2012

    Nice Place

    It was far away from the town. So need a vehicle and definitely a SUV. I had booked this hotel for the view of Arenal volcano but unfortunately it was very foggy and couldn't a clear view. Otherwise the stay was comfortable. The person at the reception Daniel was very helpful but not the ladies who replaced him for other shifts. It was close to the Tabacon Hot springs.

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    4
    Room cleanliness:
    4
    Hotel staff:
    4
    Room comfort:
    5
    Location:
    3
    Value:
    5
    Trip purpose:

    Business

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    Reviewer score

    5
    5.01.0
    Seth21
    Business
    Spokane
    Aug 18, 2012

    Gorgeous scenery

    This place is absolutely beautiful. You woul have no idea it existed because its tucked away so far up in the mountains. 30 minutes from fortuna, you feel like your in the Swiss alps on a ski trip, except of course, your in the jungle. We will definetly go back!

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    4
    Room cleanliness:
    4
    Hotel staff:
    5
    Room comfort:
    5
    Location:
    4
    Value:
    5
    Trip purpose:

    Business

    Money-saving tip: Short drive from hotel

    Bring your own bottled water, snacks, alcohol or it can get spendy up there. Most of the rooms have a kitchenette so you can prepare small meals. It's 20 minutes or so to the nearest store.

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    Reviewer score

    4
    5.01.0
    katierod
    Business
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Aug 2, 2012

    Off season travel

    It was beautiful and the food was great but we went during off season and we had the small staff that wasnt on top of their game.

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    3
    Room cleanliness:
    4
    Hotel staff:
    2
    Room comfort:
    5
    Location:
    3
    Value:
    5
    Trip purpose:

    Business

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    Reviewer score

    3
    5.01.0
    28 and Newlywed
    Business
    Dallas, TX
    Apr 11, 2012

    Great Views and Experience

    I travel for a living and have been to several foreign countries. This is a very unique hotel. The views are absolutely incredible, especially in the mornings. When you book, be aware this is no five star resort, but it leaves you with such a great experience. You get the feel like you are in a remote area by yourself. There is lots of wildlife, mainly birds, around the hotel. In fact, one morning, my wife and I fed a wild macaw off of our balcony as we overlooked the volcano. Just a few you should knows: It is about 20-25 mins from La Fortuna, It is about 10 mins up a long and steep drive off of the main road, Not all rooms have a/c, Internet is only available in the lobby, Close to Sky Trek and the national park, Food is good and at a reasonable price. My wife and I were on our honeymoon (only spent 2 nights here before moving on), and we absolutely loved it. The first night we were in a 'superior' room, which come to find out does not have a/c and views leave a lot to be desired (one window which is adjacent to the parking area, and the volcano beyond that). The second night we moved to a junior suite, which does have a/c, and amazing views. Overall, we were dissapointed when we first arrived (due to the 'superior' room), but ended up leaving here with a fantastic experience. We spent 8 days in Costa Rica, 2 in the Arenal area before heading to a resort on the Pacific, and this was our favorite part of the trip. We would stay here again!

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    2
    Room cleanliness:
    5
    Hotel staff:
    4
    Room comfort:
    4
    Location:
    5
    Value:
    4
    Trip purpose:

    Business

    Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

    There is a casual food joint in La Fortuna that is patio seating and full of locals. The food was great and authentic. Going into La Fortuna heading towards the volcano, take a right at the gas station, it is on the corner one block down on the right, next to the bank.

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    Reviewer score

    4
    5.01.0
    Active Family
    Business
    Boynton Beach, Florida
    Mar 27, 2012

    Great family lodge

    Arenal Lodge offers free horse-back riding as part of lodging which was an amazing experience overlooking volcano and lake. They also have the best bird-watching experience in their gardens as we saw more species there than in official parks. Our chalet was perfect - one king bed and one queen bed with mini-kitchen - overlooking the sights. It is situated in a remote section of La Fortuna - 16 miles east and up a huge hill-side but it is well-worth the trip. We stayed 3 nights. Restaurant is hit or miss with food at dinner. The Lodge also has a great hiking trail through the forest. We would stay there again with kids as they also had billiards, foosball table, playground, pool and hot tub.

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    5
    Room cleanliness:
    4
    Hotel staff:
    4
    Room comfort:
    4
    Location:
    4
    Value:
    4
    Trip purpose:

    Business

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