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El Cafetal Inn
Ranked #6 of 8 Atenas B&B and Inns
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“One of our top three”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2006

We've been in C.R. 4 times and in our travels have stayed in approximately 20 small places, all bed and breakfast. This is definitely the best breakfast we've ever had in Costa Rica.
The grounds are very pretty, our room (the master tower) was large and clean, the owners are very committed, warm and friendly. The coffee is excellent.
The place is difficult to find so get there in the daytime and ask for directions beforehand.

The rooms cannot be locked.

We highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2005

This small hotel is located in a beautiful area. However, the hotel does have a couple of unusual features. First, the rooms have no locks, which we realized was a problem when someone barged into our room to look for something without bothering to knock. Second, although all the rooms allegedly have spectacular views, our spectacular view was of the parking lot. So, make sure to ask not to be put in the room located right behind reception. Otherwise, not a bad place to spend a couple of days communing with nature.

  • Stayed April 2004
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2005

We just got back from staying at the El Cafetal and found it to be a pleasant surprise in Costa Rica. The breakfast was outstanding and filling. Ozzie makes all his guest feel very comfortable and goes out of his way to accomodate special needs. We stayed here for 3 nights and after staying in Montezuma at a dump called the Los Fincas nature lodge, we came back to finish our trip. The best rooms are the new bungalows by the pool. Definitely worth the money. Very quite, spacious and peaceful. Word to the wise, if driving try and get here in the daytime cause it can be hard to find.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2005

hotel has no phones or tv in rooms. mediocre breakfast cooked by stoic native. poor plumbing with gravity fed shower. difficult to find hotel. i consider it over priced for the features offered

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2004

This little B&B is tucked away in the lovely little town of Atenas. Our hosts were truly gracious and welcoming, attending to all the smallest details. The B&B itself is immaculate and very beautiful, the decor was stunning and not what I had expected for a small B&B. Breakfasts were served outdoors overlooking all the lush greenery of the gardens and mountains. Truly paradise! The breakfasts included a nice selelction of eggs and rice and beans etc and of course wonderful Costa Rican coffee grown at the B&B.
Our room was adequate, although I did hear some neighbors complain about an ant infestation next door (although what can one expect when out in the middle of a tropical locale?). I remember waking up to the sounds of howler monkeys, toucans, and taking in lots of beautiful views. This place comes highly recommended, and if I went back I'd stay there again in a heartbeat.

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Additional Information about El Cafetal Inn

Property: El Cafetal Inn
Address: Carretera Sta. Eulalia | 100 mts norte de la Iglesia de Santa Eulalia, Atenas 20505, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Atenas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Atenas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — El Cafetal Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Also Known As:
El Cafetal Hotel Atenas

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