We stayed at Chalet Nicholas for 6 nights. Catherine and John were very hospitable hosts who made you feel so at home. They had lots of helpful suggestions and were most knowleadgable with facts about the Costa Rica, especially about the surrounding area. We loved their great danes. They welcomed us every night we came home after our daily outings. It felt like we had found the garden of Eden, with the beautiful gardens of flowers and the patio where we could sit on the rocking chairs outside with a cup of coffee in hand and watch the vast variety of birds. At the back of the house there is a vast forest where you can go hiking and hear the howler monkeys. The rooms are very cozy and comfortable. They are located about a 45 minute drive from La Fortuna, but the drive is very scenic and the town of Neuvo Arenal is just a few minutes drive. The town has a wonderful restaurant called Moyas that we frequented during our stay. The breakfasts that were served each morning were exsquisite with fresh fruit and a variety of fresh fruit juices, along with a variety of bread and either their wonderful macadamia nut pancakes or an omelet or scrambled eggs, along with the typical gallo pinto which is a rice and beans dish that is typical here in Costa Rica - and of course a great cup of coffee to start the day. Our next visit to Costa Rica will most certainly include another stay with Catherine and John. It will be like coming back to visit friends.
- 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