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“Fantastic Visit”
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Villa Decary
Ranked #2 of 12 Nuevo Arenal B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic Visit”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

My wife and I spent only two nights at the Villa Decary in May while looking at possible retirement locations and we wished we had more time to spend there. Dan and his staff (or two) were wonderful hosts, not only in the marvelous breakfasts that they provided but in pointing us to the local expats who had lots of good information for retirement seekers, like us.

My wife wasn't feeling well when we arrived so they prepared a special breakfast for her.

Great food, great bird watching and a beautiful location and lake Arenal views. We'll be back for a longer stay next time.

Room Tip: Good lake and bird views from any room. We had an upper floor room in the main hotel with no complai...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Carrboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

After traveling for over a month in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, we cam through the Arenal area and stayed at Villa Decary. Dan was very helpful with our phone call/reservation and guided us to stay with our two kids in a cabin.
Upon arrival, you could see the hotel and property were well kept. The cabina was perfect for us and would be for many other travelers as well (not just families). Excellent furnishings, nice bathroom, cute kitchen area (bigger than "efficiency" size - just right for the space).
The porch looks out over Lake Arenal, the grounds have a great hiking trail, and the location, near Nuevo Arenal, it terrific.
Great place!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
Reviewed 26 April 2014

My wife and I traveled to Arenal and stayed at this hotel, as a lesbian couple, for our honeymoon. The view from our room was spectacular. We woke up every morning to singing of birds followed by a delicious breakfast. The owners, Suzie and Dan, are tremendously helpful. They even booked our activities for us and provided us with a map of the area. The bed and breakfast has a nice trail on the property to hike. We even took their dog, Oliva, with us on the hike. The rooms are very clean and spacious. I would highly recommend this place for any couple wanting a romantic getaway.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rose City, Michigan
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

There are so many reasons why this was our favorite stay in Costa Rica: The views - gorgeous sunsets, with lake and mountain backdrop. The vegetation - well maintained and lush. The birds - lots of them! The Zombia-Studio Bungalow we rented was very clean, nicely decorated and comfortable. The owners - Suzy and Dan were extremely helpful. Their food and entertainment suggestions were right on! Thanks to them our visit to Lake Arenal was absolutely fantastic! We look forward to a repeat visit!

Room Tip: We recommend the zombia - studio or casita's.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

Ah yes, the call of the Golden Pendulum birds nesting just beyond the balcony, Olivia the gentle wise dog, Dan and Suzy's warm and generous hospitality, the opportunity to visit Elkin and his dear sweet mother at the family's farm, the scrumptious breakfasts, the best restaurant in the world right next door (immodest Israeli chef A El's spectacular Gingerbread), the Jews, the gays, the Ticos, the families and the children, the friends to be found in this wildly creative ex-Pat community and the gorgeous landscape combine to make this the most magnificent spot in Costa Rica. We will be back again, of this we are certain.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Peace River, Canada
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

What a wonderful little gem! We loved the privacy and independence of our little casita which was kept spotless every day. Dan and Suzy are wonderful hosts and a great wealth of information, they were very gracious about answering our many questions.

They birds were amazing, we had a pair of toucans working on a nest behind our place that we took great joy in watching every day. Elkin took time everyday to point out birds, frogs and plants for us. What a gem they have in him!

We would absolutely stay there again!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gardnerville, Nevada
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Dan and Suzy are wonderful hosts and breakfast with their local birds is a delight. Their staff are friendly and welcoming too. We also enjoyed Olivia (their dog) who is a sweetie and will walk with you sometimes as you trek along. Easy walk to Gingerbread, a restaurant renowned throughout CR for its great food, so no need to drive after dining and wining there. This B&B deserves to be #1 in (1 in = 2.54 cm) the area.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Villa Decary
Address: Mile East of Town 1 | Route 142, Nuevo Arenal 50807, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nuevo Arenal
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Nuevo Arenal
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lake Arenal's most beautiful hotel. Botanical garden and rain forest setting, spectacular views of Lake Arenal, the Tilaran Mountains and the rain forest. All accommodations have private entry, private hot water bathroom, private deck, orthopedic mattresses. Rates include scrumptious breakfasts, beautifully served. Casitas with full kitchens available. Monkeys, 140 species of birds. Peaceful, private, serene. Close to many activities: kayaking, fishing, hot springs, volcano, birding, canopy tours, windsurfing, horseback riding, nature walks and more. Great eateries nearby. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Villa Decary Hotel Nuevo Arenal
Villa Decary Costa Rica/Nuevo Arenal

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