Costa Rica: North Central
North Central Hotels
Arenal Observatory Lodge
Treat yourself to a unique, once-in-a-lifetime adventure at the Arenal Observatory Lodge. This volcano hotel – perched high on a ridge only 1.7 miles from Arenal Volcano (Volcán Arenal), Costa Rica’s most spectacular active volcano – offers the area’s most stunning views of the volcano and Arenal Lake. With easy access to the Arenal Observatory Lodge, only a twenty minute drive from the small town of La Fortuna, Costa Rica, volcano and nature lovers alike can feast their eyes on the majesty of Arenal Volcano in its lush tropical setting.
La Casona offers ideal group or family accommodations and is set 500 meters off from the main building. Its 5 comfortable, value-priced rooms with a large terrace provide an impressive view of the volcano and Arenal Lake. Four rooms are furnished each with a queen-size bed and offer a beautiful volcano room view; the fifth room has 3 bunk beds with a view of the rainforest, and all have room safes. The two large, comfortable bathrooms are shared by all La Casona guests.
The Standard rooms are another way to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Arenal volcano and/or contemplate the beauty of the lake from your balcony. Each of these rooms has two double beds (queen-size), a private bathroom, coffeemaker and room safe.
The Smithsonian rooms feature huge picture windows giving you a premiere majestic view of the volcano from the comfort of your bed. Each room has two double beds (queen-size), a private bathroom, coffee maker and room safe. Some Smithsonian rooms have balconies commanding a magnificent view of the volcano.
Five of the Smithsonian rooms are fully equipped for guests in wheelchairs; the halls, bathrooms, corridors, parking area, swimming pool and 2 kms of paths have all been designed for the handicapped.
The Junior Suite are rooms with a volcano view through large picture windows framing the often active side of the majestic Arenal; see the volcano from the room or enjoy the beauty of the Arenal Lake from the comfort of your private deck. The walls are decorated with original ceramic paintings done by a local artist illustrating the area’s flora and fauna. For your comfort each of these suites is furnished with two king-size beds, a small living room, coffeemaker, mini refrigerator and room safe.
White Hawk Villa
White Hawk Villa with its peaceful surroundings and the ultimate spectacular view of the volcano and lake is about 800 meters from the rest of the hotel. It offers group or family accommodations and is recommended for guests with their own transportation or those who enjoy walking. The main level entrance takes you into a large, well-ventilated living room with satellite television, a dining room and a fully-equipped kitchen. The lower level can accommodate 8 people in its two bedrooms, “Trogon” and “Toucan”, each with a queen-size bed, two twin beds, private bathroom and room safe.