We spent three days here before Easter with our 16yo daughter. Costa Rica is beautiful and compact although the roads are slow. This is a wonderful Bed and Breakfast in a great location. The owners Catherine and John are very friendly and full of local knowledge. The accomodations are homelike, the gardens are fantastic as is the Rain Forest out the back gate. The area is a mix of agriculture, forest and small towns as well as the large lake. All kinds of beautiful birds, many of which are quite tame and come to eat bananas. Five friendly well behaved Great Danes add to the ambiance. When it is clear you can see the volcano.
Very nearby are several nice local restaurants. There are a lot of tourists and foreigners in the area so many people speak at least some English.
We could have easily spent a week here and not gotten bored or run out of things to do. As it was we zip lined, went white water rafting, and sightseeing. Most attractions were no more than an hour drive a way and you are about 2 hours from Liberia Airport which is modern and easy.
Yes, the breakfast is awesome and filling so we didn't have to have much lunch. The local fruits and juices are amazing.
The owners have their own section of the house, and the guests share a living room kitchen area. the downstairs bedrooms are nice and standard with their own baths. The loft is roomy, but a little less private with a half bath upstairs and a full bath down. It would be best for a couple with children or 2 or 3 persons traveling together. In the end most of the time at the Chalet was spent in a rocker on the wonderful covered porch.
Not really any negatives, you are in the jungle so there are always a few critters, you probably should have a car, more of an early get up and go place than a stay up late place. They have WiFi and the phones work. Pro or con?
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Chalet Nicholas Costa Rica/Nuevo Arenal