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!
- 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