I recently stayed at Chalet Nicholas for the second time. Liked it so much the first time I had to come back. It's a wonderful, warm homey place. We stayed in the upstairs bedroom with two double beds and a bathroom upstairs and downstairs! Love waking up in the morning, getting a big mug of Costa Rican coffee and sitting outside and watching all the amazing birds eating the tropical fruit. We were always joined by their beautiful friendly Great Danes. Owners John and Catherine are very knowledgable about the area. Catherine is also a realtor and showed us some properties- as we'd like to have our own little piece of paradise there. Breakfasts were huge and delicious - especially the fruit juices and macadamia nut pancakes. We'll be back!
- 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