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“Well worth the bone-jarring drive!” 5 of 5 stars
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Nepenthe B&B
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
Oslo, Norway
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Well worth the bone-jarring drive!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Well away from the main tourist drag between Arenal and La Fortuna, this gorgeous location and øplrly cabins can't be praised enough. Just wish we could have stayed longer. Manager Aug.ustin helped us when we discovered a flat tyre and was more than helpful otherwise. Fantastc views, unspoilt nature,,,

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Although it's a little tricky to get too (my boyfriend was driving), it felt like we were staying with family. The rooms are spacious and well kept. The first night we were welcomed with free beers. Augustin gave us great recommendations and always asked what we had planned. The views from our room was AMAZING! I loved getting up in the morning and just looking out the window. We only wished we had more time there. The breakfast in the morning was great, it felt like mom was cooking for you and preparing you for the day. Definitely recommend this B&B!!!!

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

This B&B is a little out of the way up rough gravel roads but well worth it. Agustin welcomed us graciously and was very helpful. Charming accommodations and great breakfasts with excellent views of Laguna Arenal. Highly recommend this B&B, 100%

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

I can't say enough about this delightful little place. While the ride up the driveway is apt to loosen a few fillings, you'll feel it is absolutely worth it, standing on the covered porch at the office, checking in, and gazing over Lake Arenal. Agustin, the manager was so helpful and accommodating in the weeks leading, up to the trip. He had all kinds of great suggestions for staying overnight in San Jose, and for making the drive to this place that is off the beaten path of La Fortuna. Just the drive through the heavily touristed town, made us happy to be going to the "boonies" near El Castillo where Nepenthe is located. Agustin even moved the days of our reservation when our flight out of the USA was delayed by 24 hours. And Gordon, the owner, who answered the Nepenthe's US phone number himself, was exceedingly friendly and helpful when we called for information. This B&B is clearly a labor of love for him. He seems interested only in the happiness of his guests and his staff.
The rooms are very warm and homey. Because it was our 30th wedding anniversary, there was even a bottle of wine waiting for us, and a free dinner at the immensely enjoyable Pizza John's restaurant. The view from the long covered porch (filled with beautiful rocking chairs, and hanging basket chairs), is breathtaking. And I haven't even mentioned the infinity pool, yet.
While Agustin can help arrange any excursion or adventure you might be able to dream up ( we went on the 3 hour horseback tour in the jungle), I would highly recommend leaving plenty of time for quiet gazing and relaxing at this little piece of heaven.

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

This place was the best stop on our trip hands down! The views are stunning. I thought I knew paradis before this but I had no idea it could get this good! The village was cute and everyone in it was extremely welcoming. Staff at the Nepenthe were very helpful. Make sure to book a massage at the blue lagoon, get the lagoon special. It's a little piece of heaven! We will definitely be back one day, and this place is forever in our hearts!

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Chicago, Illinois
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

My husband and I spent three days at Nepenthe. The views from our cabin were spectacular. Agustin was a gracious host. The sumptuous Costa Rican breakfast every morning was a great start to the day.

There is no air conditioning. It does get a little stuffy at night, but it wasn't too bad.The approach road is not great. You do need all wheel drive. But Nepenthe is well worth it.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sachse, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

My husband and I honeymooned at Nepenthe B&B in March 2012. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful! We had booked with a different place, but were moved to Nepenthe, and we are soooo incredibly glad we were moved here. Nancy and Gordon treated us to dinner at Pizza John's and left a bottle of champagne in our room! We were their first honeymooners and they made our trip very special and one we will never forget! We would totally recommend Nepenthe B&B! You definitely need a 4x4, but you need one when you visit that area anyway. The views were amazing, the breakfast was delicious, and Augustin was extremely helpful and eager to set up adventures for us.

  • Stayed March 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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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): $
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 (like diferent kinds of monkeys and birds as toucans) 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. ... more   less 
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