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All 9 Nuevo Arenal B&Bs / inns

Chalet Nicholas

Rte 142 | 2 km. west of Nuevo Arenal, Nuevo Arenal 5717, Costa Rica
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Paris, France
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are a couple and our stay at Chalet Nicholas was very disappointing : while I've booked a room with a view on the Volcano or Lake, I was told that my booking has been cancelled as "a lot of people do not show up after a booking". But we were there ... so they put us in a room... More

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Onoway, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

This little B & B is a very comfortable place to stay in a wonderful area of Costa Rica. One can sit on rocking chairs on the veranda and listen to the sounds of a tropical night or go out there after a wonderful breakfast featuring local food and freshly pressed juice to watch all sorts of birds that come... More

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

We were on a 2+ week tour of Costa Rica for areas to consider for relocation. We had great stays at the beach in Playa Hermosa with friends Andy and Fran Browne of boomersoffshore and A fun and very informative stay in San Ramon at Casa Amanecer a wonderful B&B. We met friends Paul and Gloria Yeatman of retireforlessincostarica and... More

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CathyNicholas, Owner at Chalet Nicholas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. Hope you will return soon. It was a pleasure to meet you....................hope you end up relocating here in our beautiful area. Pura Vida..........Cathy, John and Lucas.............and the danes More

Tucson, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We travelled to Costa Rica to explore several small towns at various elevations in different parts of the country, and we were planning to take a day tour around the Central Valley with Paul and Gloria Yeatman of retireforlessincostarica.com. On the spur of the moment, we decided to have Paul take us to Lake Arenal instead. The Yeatmans called John... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We stayed at Chalet Nicholas for 5 nights in July. We (two adults and one teenager) were in the upstairs - which was perfect for us. Even though we were told it was the "slow season" for birdwatching we saw a wide variety of birds on the property. The yard and gardens are beautifully maintained. John's personal tour of their... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

The four of us (two parents, two kids) were the only guests for the 3 July nights we stayed at Chalet Nicholas, and we wish we could have stayed longer--my daughter loved the loft space and her own porch, the amazing breakfasts (best fruit we had the whole trip, and excellent omelets, bread and jam), and the activities Cathy and... More

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CathyNicholas, Owner at Chalet Nicholas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We hope you will return one day soon. It was a pleasure meeting you. Pura Vida........Cathy and John More

Las Vegas, Nevada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Chalet Nicholas was a wonderful place to stay as we explored the volcano area of Costa Rica. We were only able to stay two nights, but I wish we had planned for longer. John and Cathy are friendly and fun and gave us a wealth of information about Costa Rican and the area. The dogs are friendly and made it... More

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CathyNicholas, Owner at Chalet Nicholas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We hope you really will be able to return one day soon. It was a pleasure meeting you. Pura Vida........Cathy and John More

Long Beach, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We stayed three nights at Chalet Arenal with John and Cathy. As many other reviews mention, John and Cathy are amazing hosts. Breakfast was wonderful every morning and our room ( The Volcano Room) was very comfortable. Sitting on the front porch watching the birds and the dogs is relaxing. If you are planning to do some of the activities... More

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CathyNicholas, Owner at Chalet Nicholas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We hope you will return one day soon. It was a pleasure meeting you. Pura Vida........Cathy and John More

Port Aransas, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Chalet Nicholas, Cathy, John and the three Great Danes are truly amazing! The Chalet, the breakfasts, the hummingbirds, vegetation, flowers, you name it Chalet Nicholas has it! Thank you to Cathy & John for making our Costa Rica vacation one for the books ~ the excursions you recommended where spot on - we even got engaged during this beautiful trip... More

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CathyNicholas, Owner at Chalet Nicholas, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great review. We really appreciate it as Trip Advisor is so popular for finding good places to stay since it is written by guests like you. We hope you will return one day soon. John and I already feel you are "family". Pura Vida.........Cathy and John and the danes More

Rockville, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We have stayed at several bed and breakfasts in the Nuevo Arenal area and definitely check to see if there is a room available with Cathy and John first. Their knowledge of the area is outstanding, so if you don't know what you want to do, they share their great ideas. If you prefer to sit and watch (or feed)... More

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CathyNicholas, Owner at Chalet Nicholas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. You make us feel good for choosing this business. We hope you will return one day soon. It was a pleasure meeting you. Pura Vida........Cathy and John More

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Additional Information about Chalet Nicholas

Also Known As:
Chalet Nicholas Costa Rica/Nuevo Arenal
Address: Rte 142 | 2 km. west of Nuevo Arenal, Nuevo Arenal 5717, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Nuevo Arenal
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Nuevo Arenal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chalet Nicholas, a non-smokers only establishment, is currently recommended by many guide books, including Frommer's Guide to Costa Rica, Fodor's, and the Lonely Planet. In addition, Chalet Nicholas was given a rare ecology award for sustainable tourism by The New Key to Costa Rica, and is a member of the Costa Rican Bed and Breakfast Association. Founded 1992 at Lake Arenal, with a front yard view of the lake, side view of Volcano Arenal, and back yard hiking trail in the protected rain forest with visiting howler monkeys often heard from the house, and seen on hiking tours. Beautiful Tropical Gardens, Spectacular birding. Cathy and John can recommend any extra fun activities like hot springs, horseback, wind surfing, kayaking, canopy tours, and delicious meals at local restaurants which are all nearby. Directions will be provided. Comfortable beds with orthopedic mattresses, private baths, and plenty of hot water. COME AS STRANGERS, LEAVE AS FRIENDS. ... more   less 

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