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“Fantastic location” 5 of 5 stars
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Nepenthe B&B
2.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   La Fortuna, San Carlos | 100 m este y 1.5km sur de la Escuela, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 El Castillo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hamilton, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Fantastic location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We arrived at night, just as well given the condition of the road the last few kilometres! A very warm welcome awaited us. The cabins are well appointed and comfortable. Fantastic views of the Arenal Lake andnVolcano ,,,,,when the clouds part. The gardens are lovely, the nearby forest with its bird life is fascinating. Breakfast at the main house is great, and the information provided by Augustin useful.
The near by village of El Castillo is worth a visit, the Butterfly park and the snake park also.
Dinner at Pizza John is a must... Not just for delicious pizza but also the entertaining conversation with John!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

What can we say, we planned on staying two nights and ending up staying for five. Augustin, Gordon and Nancy were the perfect hosts. After doing hours and hours of research it was clear we choose the best place to stay in the area. The views are spectacular, the grounds are amazing, the rooms are luxurious and the pool is well perfect. We can't say enough about this place. It was by far our best part of our two week vacation. Monkeys all around the property and beautiful toucans. It's a nature lovers paradise. The little hamlet of El Castillo is quaint and only a short 5 minute drive down the mountain. Oh and the spa with hot tub is a great way to end the day and relax.
Do yourself a favor and stay here and enjoy!
Ryan and Rebecca

Room Tip: We had room one and the view was incredible. Be sure to ask about a personal dinner service.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

The drive up is rough, but man, what a view awaits you when you arrive at Nepenthe! A wonderful welcome, warm and courteous service and attention to making one's stay as enjoyable as possible, a bountiful and delicious breakfast, and the option to have Odile's delicious home cooked dinner with a bottle of wine if you want to stay in for an evening or two.

This is a place to come to to unwind, relax, recharge, and forget about the office.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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De Bilt, Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

What a pleasant surprise arriving at this location. Spectacular views of both the Arenal Volcano and Lake. Right from the beginning, Agustin presented as the perfect host. Providing important information regarding possible hikes in the area, directions, durations, suitability for kids etc. Perfect, thank you for that, Agustin ! In addition, our cabin/apartment was beautiful, clean and very well equipped. Great value for money !!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Crownsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

One of the best, if not the best, views of Arenal Lake and Volcano. We saw toucans, parrots, and monkeys all while sitting in a swinging chair on the porch. The breakfast is great and you can even make a special request for dinner which is also delicious. The staff is very courteous and were very helpful in pointing out the best places to go for the many activities in the area. I also highly recommend a massasge at the onsite spa. If you are looking for a great place to stay in Arenal, this is it.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Amazing location, stunning views of wildlife and sounds of them too. We saw toucans and caught glimpses of some monkeys as we were driving up the drive. It was very beautiful apart from the bathroom was not clean and the shower did not work very well.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marietta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

The best of both views (Arenal volcano and lake Arenal)! If you want a romantic getaway this is the place for you. Imagine sitting on your deck and watching monkeys swing in the trees. We intented on staying 1 night and stayed 3. The first night we arrived late but they had someone on staff to let us into our room (Thanks Chico!). We stayed in a room by the main house but moved to a suite the next 2. They were the same price and the suite had a mini kitchen and better view. The breakfast was amazing and so fresh (they have thier own fruit trees and chickens). If you are in the area you need to stay at Nepenthe B&B.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Nepenthe B&B

Address: La Fortuna, San Carlos | 100 m este y 1.5km sur de la Escuela, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > El Castillo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in El Castillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Nepenthe B&B 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nepenthe Bed and Breakfast is Beautifull piece of paradise located in the little town of El Castillo of La Fortuna in Costa Rica. Surrounded by the rain forest and exuberant wild life, you can appreciate the magnificent Arenal Volcano and the mistic Arenal Lake, enjoy beautifull sunsets from our infinity edge pool or relax in the jacuzzi or with a Massage in The Blue Lagoon Spa after a day of adventures and fun in the area. ** Also, the Tres Cabras Restaurant at Nepenthe is located on the grounds of Nepenthe and serve a daily prix fixe dinner menu with handmade food and fresh local ingredients. ... more   less 
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