If your idea of travel is staying in a 5 star Mariott with concierge service & cookie-cutter suites, you need to look elsewhere. But once you drive up the tree-lined driveway and the beautiful home of John & Cathy Nicolas appears with the birds and the flowers and the views of Lake Arenal, you will be convinced you have made the right choice to stay here!
We spent 4 nights here in February and wish we would've come earlier in our trip so we could've stayed even longer!
You will begin your day with a delicious breakfast of fresh fruits, eggs & gallo pinto, freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee...and if you're lucky, you'll be there on a Macadamia Pancake Morning! I
f you wish to have a real treat (and a workout!) after breakfast, you can join John & the dogs on their daily trek through their beautiful old-growth forest while John wows you with his wealth of knowledge on the trees, plants and flowers on the property. You didn't bring hiking boots? No worries! There is a collection of all sizes of hiking boots for guests to borrow, and John will even outfit you with a homemade bamboo hiking stick!
Later, you can spend the afternoon watching the windsurfers on Lake Arenal from a nearby park, dine at a local eatery in the quaint little town of Nuevo Arenal, and watch the sun set over the lake. Or...you can while away the day in one of the front porch rockers while watching the tropical birds flock to the feeders within a close proximity to the porch! You might even be fortunate enough to hand feed a banana to one of the toucans sitting in the nearby trees.
We managed to do all this and more thanks to the wonderful hospitality and absolute wealth of local information provided by John & Cathy Nicolas. It is clear to us that they have a true love affair with this area of Costa Rica and are eager to share it with all their guests.
We will most definitely return here again and again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chalet Nicholas, a non-smokers only establishment, is currently recommended by many guide books, including Fodor's, Frommer's Guide to Costa Rica, National Geographic 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 Beautiful Tropical Gardens and Spectacular birding. The chalet has 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. John takes guests on a Free Guided one-hour Hike right out of the back yard in an old growth rainforest down to a jungle river with the great danes - everybody appreciates this 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. As a bonus, it has comfortable beds with orthopedic mattresses, private baths, and plenty of hot water and towels. Many of the guests said this was their favorite place to stay during their trip. COME AS STRANGERS, LEAVE AS FRIENDS. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chalet Nicholas Costa Rica/Nuevo Arenal