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Nepenthe B&B
Ranked #2 of 5 El Castillo B&B and Inns
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Frankfurt, Germany
Level 5 Contributor
41 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great views”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

The views down to the lake, with the pool in the front are amazing. The rooms and the lounge area in general are good. A bit negative is, that they were not 100% clean. We stayed in 2 rooms (the first one was probably the one they need to use when they are fully booked - but all the others are very good and we could change after the first night without problems) and noticed in both some spider webs, old fly screens and bed sheets with some holes. For such a great "hardware" it's a pity that they spoil the Wow-effect with these details.
You need a 4-wheel-drive to get there. And you are also bound to the car if you look for places to eat. Having in mind that some attractions open up early the breakfast could start a bit earlier.
Overall still good, but price-value was better in some other places during our holiday in Costa Rica.
Advise for the day excursion: we loved the Observatory Lodge with the hikes, the restaurant and the birds you could watch from the terrace.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We loved this B&B. Augustin, Gord and Nancy made us feel very welcome and the room was very comfortable. The views of Arenal Volcano and the lake down below are amazing and the sunsets each evening were spectacular. There is an infinity pool to cool off in and lounge chairs and hammocks to relax in after a day of sightseeing. Yes, the road is steep, but just over a kilometre long and very do-able in a car. The B&B is handy to many attractions including the Skytrek tram and ziplines (what a rush), Arenal Observatory Lodge trails, Arenal Hanging Bridges and the National Park trails. We are already talking about going back..

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Montana
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

The drive to Nepenthe is long, and in some spots, challenging;but, the views are incredible and there are amazing opportunities for monkey sightings, hiking, waterfalls, relaxation, views of the lake and Arenal Volcano. In El Castillo, John's Pizza is everything it is reported to be and the Art Gallery a delightful visit. We did not meet the owners, but Augustin, the manager was prompt and thorough in all our communications before and during our arrival. There is a nice trail to a waterfall easily accessible from Nepenthe and the neighbor has horses to rent.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vienna, Wien, Austria
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

we had the most amazing time at nepenthe... the view is simply amazing, and it IS an infinity pool, with a view of volcanoes and arenal lake... totally overwhelming! everyone there is simply great and trying to make you feel good. the absolute highlight of our trip :-)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bloomfield HIlls, Mich USA
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

This was the best part of our trip! The setting is wonderful - perched atop the hill with fabulous views of the lake & volcano, and a wonderful veranda made for relaxing with its hanging swing chairs and hammocks. This was the owners home until they decided to open it to guests, and so it's feels like you are staying with friends. Great breakfasts and B&B charm.

Despite the many comments about the rocky road, this is a great location - close to Arenal Lodge for hiking, the Butterfly Observatory, the Skytram and the park. So glad we stayed here instead of in La Fortuna!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Zürich
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

We didn't expect much when we booked this place. The view looked great and the prices were very fair so we decided to stay here for two nights.
So when we drove here - without a 4x4 I don't think it's possible to get here - we were totally amazed. The view is spectacular, the pool and the surrounding is stunning. The staff is so nice. And try to book a massage at the blue lagoon spa (a little house belonging to the b&b) it was the best massage I've ever had!
We def. coming back. At the moment they build a restaurant which is great because you have to drive a bit to reach the next restaurant. And the streets in the night are quite adventurous.
The breakfast was delicious - looking forward to try the dinner once the restaurant is here.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Oakland, California, United States
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

We didn't intend to rent a car in Costa Rica, but when we read about El Castillo and Nepenthe B&B, we decided to go for it. Best decision ever. We loved Nepenthe and El Castillo. Augustín, the manager, was a gracious and informative host. He let us know about the options in the area without overselling or pressuring us into anything. The breakfasts were delicious every morning. The view from the infinity pool over Lake Arenal was enchanting and it was hard to tear ourselves away everyday. The rooms were spacious and simple, but you won't want to spend time in your room while in such a beautiful place.

Definitely recommend. Nepenthe was a highlight of our trip and I hope travelers appreciate the unspoilt area of El Castillo.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Nepenthe B&B
Address: | 100 M East And 1.6 Km From The School, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > El Castillo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in El Castillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Nepenthe B&B 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nepenthe Bed and Breakfast is Beautifull piece of paradise located in the little town of El Castillo of La Fortuna in Costa Rica. Surrounded by the rain forest and exuberant wild life, you can appreciate the magnificent Arenal Volcano and the mistic Arenal Lake, enjoy beautifull sunsets from our infinity edge pool or relax in the jacuzzi or with a Massage in The Blue Lagoon Spa after a day of adventures and fun in the area. ** Also, the Phoenix Restaurant at Nepenthe is located on the grounds of Nepenthe and serve a daily dinner menu with handmade food and fresh local ingredients. ... more   less 
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