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“Beautiful birds, friendly dogs, yummy breakfast!”
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Chalet Nicholas
Ranked #7 of 14 Nuevo Arenal B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 21, 2009

We stayed for 3 nights and visited local waterfalls, hot springs, and hiked and rode horses in the rainforest. The location was great, outside La Fortuna and so much quieter than in the city. The grounds of the hotel were beautiful and sitting on the front porch watching the birds was so relaxing. The 3 great danes made sure to have a seat in our laps and get petted. The breakfasts were so tasty, especially the fresh fruit juices. John and Cathy were friendly and knowledgeable about local attractions and helped us make reservations for several activities. If you want to be off the beaten path in a relaxed and inviting setting, this is the place for you!

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 3, 2009

The accommodations were comfortable and cheerful, the owners gracious and very knowledgeable, the breakfasts delicious and interesting (carambola juice!! macadamia pancakes!!) And the colection of birds on the feeder just off the porch was alone worth the stay.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 31, 2009

Cathy's macadamia nut pancakes & fresh fruit were the most delicious breakfast of our vacation. John & Cathy are gracious hosts and happy to share their knowledge. Toucans arrive at 8 and 4 in their backyard. John took us hiking up into the protected rainforest behind their property with their Great Danes.
The rooms were clean, comfortable and decorated with fresh flowers. The front porch has comfortable rocking chairs with a commanding view of Lake Arenal. In the evening the volcano went off in the distance and we could see the red lava. Close to a variety of restaurants for supper. Sorry to leave, it felt like we had made new friends.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank chorister_9
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Reviewed November 6, 2016
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  • Stayed: October 2016, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: May 2016, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 11, 2013
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 26, 2013
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Rte 142 | 2km west of Nuevo Arenal, Nuevo Arenal 50807, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nuevo Arenal
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Nuevo Arenal
Price Range: $70 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Chalet Nicholas 3*
Number of rooms: 3
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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