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Arenal Observatory Lodge

This volcano hotel – perched high on a ridge only 1.7 miles from Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica’s most spectacular volcano – offers breathtaking views of the volcano and Arenal Lake. A paved trail extends 800 meters into the rainforest, and seven miles of bicycle, horseback riding and hiking trails wind throughout the property. Resident naturalist guides lead daily, complimentary walks.  Guests choose from Smithsonian and Junior Suites, all of which boast excellent volcano views. Ceramic painting decorate the walls of the Junior Suites. La Casona, with a large terrace, five rooms with queen or bunk beds and two large shared bathrooms, suits families and large groups. A short, scenic hike delivers you to the White Hawk Villa, where rooms come equipped with a dining room and a full kitchen.