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Lucky Bug B & B
Ranked #1 of 14 Nuevo Arenal B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

So happy we chose Lucky Bug. Less than 3 hour ride from Liberia Airport, which was so easy to go through. Monica and daughter Alex were a delight. Delicious food! Our room was spacious with hot water and balcony. Waking up in the morning hearing bird calls and howler monkeys was great. Beautiful gardens on walk from room to restaurant. Enjoyed breakfast with hummingbirds and many, many beautiful birds eating from nearby feeders.While eating and overlooking their lake i saw a kingfisher catch a fish. Visit the well stocked gallery if you're just passing by. Close to Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna waterfall. We did the Sky Tram/Trek ziplining. We're sorry we didn't stay another day, but their advice to head to Manuel Antonio was a winner and we loved it there.

Room Tip: Butterfly room and balcony, view of lake, next to rain forest.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

We happened upon this charming place with a tip from Lonely Planet. Run by Monica, this is a one-of-a-kind bed and breakfast! The "front" of the establishment is a restaurant and art gallery next to the road along Lago Arenal. Out the back deck/terrace of the restaurant is a sumptuous view of a small pond in the regenerating rainforest. It is quiet and so, so relaxing -- one could sit and sip coffee or enjoy a meal for hours watching the birds fly up, or watch the lighting change over the pond. Food in the restaurant is mostly locally grown and delicious. But that is just the beginning -- behind the pond is a building converted from a horse barn where Monica and her daughters have created an art gallery also providing rooms for guests. The place is fabulous! Color in all directions, with art embedded in tiles and on the walls, and in the furnishings. It is a celebration of Costa Rican art with European sensibilities. Everything is spotlessly clean and the bed was wonderful -- what better way to sleep with the sliding glass door open, a ceiling fan above, and listening to the light rainfall and birds outside. A little slice of paradise in an otherwise scenic pastoral setting in the Arenal area. Monica is a charming hostess who easily friends her guests. This is a no-brainer.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

Wow what an amazing find this is. Monica and her girls are some of the most creative people.
True Artists. They created a piece of heaven and share it with you in every sense of the word.
When you enter their property, you have arrived home. You will receive all the comforts
a traveler needs. We stayed in the frog room and we thought it was the finest. Clean and Roomy, King Bed super comfortable- enchantingly decorated, nice large bathroom, good coffee for your first cuppa.
The views from your terrace are breathtaking or just sit up in bed with a coffee, you are at tree top level for great birdwatching. They honor nature as we do and somehow that is hard to find these days. For this we are thankful.
Their home cooked meals are over the top delicious.
This Family makes you part of the family. My only regret is we had to leave.
A huge hug to Monica, Alex and Catherine,
Kathleen and Chuck
Vancouver BC

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 15, 2012

This gem of a place made us wished we'd booked more time here. Monica, the owner, and her lovely daughters are what really make the place wonderful as their artistic touch is evident in the rooms, the gardens and landscape, the meals, everything here. They have planted a beautiful garden all over the property which blends together nicely with the natural forest surrounding them, which, together with a good sized pond just below the open air porch which serves as the principal eating area for guests, makes a wonderful habitat for the countless species of colourful birds that habituated the spot. Personally I loved the real artwork of every description all over the place. The food was wonderful and we really felt a nice and easy connection with this family run place and these women.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

You won't meet a nicer owner than Monica and her daughters who all show such caring, kind attention to their customers while featuring such delicious food as well as a beautiful atmosphere. Incredible birds to watch, take photos while sitting on a charming patio and lake with a lovely view. The boutique is unique and the best local artists ever with many hand-painted ceramic pieces and Alex's fabulous artwork. You won't want to miss this great experience while visiting or staying in the area and their hotel is equally as wonderful with lovely rooms.
Pam B.

Room Tip: They are ALL beautiful!!
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

This was our first international vacation traveling backpack style with our kids (age 5 and 8). The Lucky Bug B&B seemed like a beautiful oasis. The owners welcomed our family and particularly our children to use the canoe, play with their dogs, and explore. The property has a path that circumvents the pond and up to the rooms. Our kids loved exploring along the path, throwing sticks in the water for their dog, Rusty, and taking out the canoe to look for the turtle. We enjoyed the large complete breakfasts, the variety of bird life that came to the feeders while we were eating, and the incredible art gallery. Most of all, we enjoyed the owners company and advice for traveling in Costa Rica.
We were traveling by the public bus system this trip and were happy to find out that the bus into Nuevo Arenal came by the Lucky Bug at various intervals. All we had to do was flag it down! As a side note, for seeing the rest of the sights around Lake Arenal-we'd probably rent a car next time.
Lucky Bug was a great bed and breakfast in a beautiful location.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

My wife and I were first timers in Costa Rica this past week (2/13 - 2/19) for my cousin's wedding in Quepos. Lucky bug was a perfect fit for us and was a true gem of a B&B in the Arenal area.Monika was so gracious, kind, and informative. Breakfast was great and a perfect way to start the day - not to mention all of the birds that surround you...and the delicious coffee. A great value and a great place to stay. Didn't need A/C in room with the cool breeze flowing through the screen doors at night, and the ceiling fan.

Room Tip: Butterfly was great!
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: W of Rio dos Bocas 2 km, Nuevo Arenal 50807, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nuevo Arenal
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Nuevo Arenal
Price Range: $89 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lucky Bug B & B 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lucky Bug B&B, art gallery and restaurant Caballo Negro is located 2 km from the town of Nuevo Arenal. The b&b has 5 great rooms with decorations with art from Costa Rica.The area around the B&B is all rain forest with a private lake, excellent for fishing. The restaurant, owned by a German chef, has an international menu. The art gallery is well known for fine Costa Rican art. ... more   less 
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