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“Nepenthe B&B”
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Nepenthe B&B
Ranked #2 of 5 El Castillo B&B and Inns
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Bath, United Kingdom
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“Nepenthe B&B”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2012

Amazing location, stunning views of wildlife and sounds of them too. We saw toucans and caught glimpses of some monkeys as we were driving up the drive. It was very beautiful apart from the bathroom was not clean and the shower did not work very well.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2012

The best of both views (Arenal volcano and lake Arenal)! If you want a romantic getaway this is the place for you. Imagine sitting on your deck and watching monkeys swing in the trees. We intented on staying 1 night and stayed 3. The first night we arrived late but they had someone on staff to let us into our room (Thanks Chico!). We stayed in a room by the main house but moved to a suite the next 2. They were the same price and the suite had a mini kitchen and better view. The breakfast was amazing and so fresh (they have thier own fruit trees and chickens). If you are in the area you need to stay at Nepenthe B&B.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Linden, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2012

The rooms in the main house , are very cozy.. all rooms Queen size bed , separate outside entrances , mini fridge , ceiling fan , and shower / restroom... With views of a Beautiful still steaming Volcano... From the corner room!! The 4 Cabinas on a lower level have beautiful views of Volcano Lake and Partial views of the Volcano that is still Steaming through the jungle..
One of My favorite places onsite, is the Day Spa!! With full spa treatment ..

By the Day Spa in the Jungle is where we saw some ghost faced monkeys playing one morning about 9 am.. This B & B is Carved right out of the Jungle! The food is AMAZING !!!!! Nancy & Gordon Really made the 4 of us feel that we could raid the fridge in the middle of the night... LOL.... 5 days was not enough!!!!! i need at least 3 weeks or 3 months........ I wish LOL Such and adventure and soo much fun... That was greatly needed... Thank you so much for all the fun oh and the Hot springs! I have never seen so much natural beauty ! WoW

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2012

Nepenthe B&B exceeded all of our expectations, from the time we woke up in the morning to late into the evening. We stayed in one of the rooms in the main house, the views out of the room window are just spectacular. The grounds are very clean well groomed. The pool was always clean and refreshing at the end of the day of adventurous activities. There are hamocks, swinging chairs and rocking chairs under the cover porch to relax and take in the spectacular views of the lake, volcano, wildlife and sunsets even if it's raining. The covered porch keeps you dry during a good down pour. Our room was nice and clean with a small refrigerator and stocked with juices and cervezas. The Hot tub was great to relax in after a day of hiking.
The food was awesome!!! Fresh eggs from the chickens at the house, gallo pinto, hand made tortillas, fresh local fruit, even local home made hot sauce, just great Tico food. We also had pizza in town at Pizza Johns, thats right pizza in the middle of the jungle!!! Amazing pizza!! John also makes awesome ice cream as well. John is one cool guy to stay the least. You will have a great time at Pizza Johns that is for sure!
Gordon and Nancy the owners are just amazing. They just make you feel at home. They take interest in you and listen to what you desire on your vacation and made it happen!! Their staff are great as well. You can tell Grodon and Nancy selected their staff very carefully to ensure your stay at Nepenthe is spectular. From Agustin the Manger to Chico the grounds keeper they were all very freindly and accommodating. Agustin was wonderful, he set up our activities for the week and we were not disappointed. Zip line, horseback ridding to private 60ft water fall, mineral springs, Jungle hiking ..etc. A very fun and adventurous week of activities. Agustin took time to explain the Tico way of life and emerge us into their culture. Agustin is true asset to Nepentha B&B. Crissa their on site masseuse was the best!!! Never felt better atfer a massage. I definitely recommend you get a massage from her. She is very friendly and polite, Amazing!! Gordon and Nancy hosted a local social event at Nepenthe B&B and we got a chance to meet and visit with the local people of El Castillo. What a great time we had that evening, cervezas,cocktails,local food, muisic just unbelievable. On our last night there we had a superb local dinner in-house with Gordon and Nancy. They didn't have to do this but that is what they are all about at Nepethe B&B, aim to please you to the fullest. What great memories I will take back home with me.
We came to Nepnthe B&B as guest/visitors and left as freinds. I just can't say enought great things about this place. To sum it all up : PURA VIDA !!!!!!!

Room Tip: Have Agustin plan your activites, he will take very good care of you.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012

This was the 2nd B&B we stayed at and if we didn't already have reservations and be charged if we cancelled, we would have stayed here for the rest of our trip! This place takes time to get to, but boy is it worth it!!!! The grounds were amazing the cabina was perfect! Our hosts Gordon and Nancy are truly wonderful people!!!! The staff their are amazing!!!! The food superb!! The massage, look out, the best i have ever had!!!!! Go for the 1.5 hr! One hour is not enough!! Nepenthe is close to everything. Even the best pizza place in the jungle! Tell pizza John Denise said hi!!! The view from here was spectacular!! Of all the places I have been in Costa Rica so far, I will be back to this bit of heaven!!!!! Also see review from EricColley he was with me.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2012 via mobile

Where to begin, everything about this little piece of paradise is everything one could ask for! The 1st thing you will be in awe about is the amazing view!! Once you're settled in you will feel right at home as if you're a part of their extended family. The owners Gordon and Nancy along side of their staff are down to earth, real genuine people who aim to make your stay the best it can be! The rooms are very comfortable, the breakfast is always fresh and delicious, there is a pool and hot tub there if you would like to partake. Last but not least there is a onsite masseuse who is the best at her craft and all guests get 1/2 off and I highly recommend you take advantage of this offer! When I come back this where I will be staying!

  • Stayed April 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012

This is a find! It is way up a winding steep road in already secluded El Castillo, but I promise you it's worth it.

We stayed in the cabinas located just below the main house. They were very spacious and clean. There were 2 beers in the fridge and some popcorn waiting for us when we got there! My favorite thing about the cabinas was the hammock and chairs on the porch where you can sit and enjoy an incredible view of the lake and volcano. It is paradise.

On your way up to the main house, you will see a spa that is run by the costa rican manager's wife, crissia. She is not only a very sweet person, but you can sign up for one of the best massages of your life at half price if you are staying at nepenthe. It also has a hot tub for guests use that we spent way too much time in. People we met all around knew nepenthe for their massages.

At the top of the hill you arrive at the main house where Nancy and Gordon, the owners from California stay along with two side rooms guests can rent. It is adjacent to an infinity pool looking out over the amazing view. It's quite a piece of property. Every morning a large breakfast is served (coffee, pancakes, eggs, sausage, beans, rice, and fruit) in Nancy and Gordon's kitchen.

Despite how much we enjoyed the view, massages, relaxation, and food, our favorite thing about nepenthe was the people! Gordon and Nancy, owners, are hilarious and fun. We ended up spending an hour after breakfast each morning on the porch talking to him. One night, they offered to take us to pizza johns, a friend of their owns. It was one of our favorite nights in costa rica. The owners themselves drove us and ate with us! With pizza johns entertainment added in, it was a blast. Then there is Agustin, the costa rican manager they hired. He is one of the nicest people you will meet and helped us arrange everything we were doing. He is professional, kind, and runs the place great. We loved getting to know him as well.

I didn't want to leave at all when it was time. I was ready to move my wedding that is in a few months there! Stay here! You won't regret it.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Property: Nepenthe B&B
Address: La Fortuna, San Carlos | 100 m este y 1.5km sur de la Escuela, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Region: 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: 7
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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