Arenal Hotels

The Arenal hotels are those hotels that can be found near Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano. Increasingly popular in recent years, these hotels include some of the best lodges and resorts that can be found anywhere in the country. Regardless of their class, most of the area accommodations offer awe-inspiring views of the Arenal Volcano, and it’s not uncommon for inviting facilities to serve as a complement.

There are Arenal hotels to fit a wide range of budgets. Visitors to the area should also have little trouble securing accommodations that suit their general preference. Some of the Arenal resorts are quite luxurious, for example, and there are area hotels that feature cabin rentals. Those who are looking to go the budget route will do well to start in the laid-back and tourist-friendly town of La Fortuna. The road that leads from La Fortuna to Lake Arenal is also worth considering when searching for low cost Arenal Volcano hotels, as there are some options there as well. This road, together with the Lake Arenal environs, is also known for being home to some of the more luxurious Arenal hotels.

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Arenal Observatory Lodge
Arenal Observatory Lodge

One of the most popular Arenal hotels, the 3 star Arenal Observatory Lodge was a scientific research station in its former life. It dates back to 1987 and was originally run by the Smithsonian Institute. These days, it distinguishes itself as a hotel, and guests should appreciate that fact that it is found within the boundaries of the Arenal Volcano National Park. The extensive grounds of the Arenal Observatory Lodge cover some 870 acres and feature primary rainforest, a mix of reforested areas, and farmland. On a daily basis, naturalists lead guided walks on the property, and guests don’t have to pay extra to enjoy them. Other things that Arenal Observatory Lodge visitors can take advantage of include a hot tub and a swimming pool. As for the guest units, there are 48 total, and they come in several different categories. The comfort level is good, as are the standard in-room amenities. The most exclusive guest unit features a full kitchen among its added perks.

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tabacon Grand Spa
Tabacon Grand Spa

Anyone who is thinking of going the luxury route during their Arenal Volcano visit is encouraged to keep the 5 star Tabacon Grand Spa in mind. More officially known as the Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, this award-winning lodging establishment impresses on so many different levels. In the 114 guest units, flat screen TVs with cable, DVD players, mini bars, cozy bathrobes, high quality toiletries, and hair dryers are just some of the amenity highlights. An immaculate spa that is easily among the best in the country figures among the tantalizing facilities, and guests can also take advantage of the splendid outdoor pool and hot tub area. A satisfying mix of restaurants and bars provide ample dining options, and room service is available around the clock. As for where to find the Tabacon Grand Spa, it enjoys a forested location approximately seven miles from the heart of La Fortuna. Signs are in place to lead drivers to the tranquil grounds.

Arenal Springs Resort

Arenal Springs Resort
Arenal Springs Resort

The guest units at the wonderful Arenal Springs Resort (pictured above) offer delightful amenities and plenty of modern comfort, but that’s not all that guests are likely to find favor with. The resort also features separate pools for kids and adults, an onsite spa that offers a range of soothing treatments, and an excellent restaurant. Much like other Arenal hotels, the Arenal Springs Resort is known to offer lodging packages that can help guests make the most of their stay. Couples who are looking to enjoy a Costa Rica honeymoon are surely encouraged to keep the hotel’s honeymoon packages in mind. As for the Arenal Springs Resort location, you can find this 4 star property just five miles outside of La Fortuna along the road to Lake Arenal.

Lost Iguana Resort

Lost Iguana Resort
Lost Iguana Resort

Set in a primal rainforest approximately 10 miles outside of La Fortuna, the 4 star Lost Iguana Resort offers an invitingly relaxed atmosphere. It is also hard to argue with the fact that each of its tasteful guest units provides views of the Arenal Volcano. Guests can hike on the resort’s trails when they aren’t spending time in their well-equipped rooms, and there is a freshwater pool to enjoy on the side as well. A swim up bar, a fitness room, a hibiscus maze, a restaurant, and a small spa are other facility highlights. As is true at many of the Arenal hotels, Lost Iguana Resort guests don’t have to leave the grounds in order to arrange fun Arenal tours, and this might just be the greatest perk.

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