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Cabinas Los Tucanes
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Chicago, Illinois
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

Best way to end my 2 week trip to Costa Rica. Cabinas los tucanes was an incredible escape. My boyfriend and I were only planning on staying 1 night in El Castillo and 1 night in La Fortuna, but we liked the hotel so much that we decided to stay an extra night. The hotel was clean and the room was huge! We stayed in the triple room on the top floor. I loved sitting on the balcony watching the hundreds of parakeets and toucan who lived in a tree down the hill. Also, amazing view of the volcano! On our second day in el castillo, we went fishing and our hostess cooked the fish that we caught - delicious fried Guapote with potato puree, pintos, and she even gave me some maracuya fresca (passion fruit juice squeezed fresh from the fruits she grows on the balcony). This place is not at all touristy, just relaxing! I highly recommend it!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

This place was great! It's basically a bed and breakfast with spacious, clean rooms. The views of the volcano are amazing. The triple room on the second floor has especially good views and a balcony that faces the volcano. The hostess was helpful with brainstorming things to do (hot springs, hikes, etc). We had the typical breakfast (fruit, rice, beans, eggs, plantains) and loved it, but there are other breakfast choices if that's not appealing.

As others have mentioned, Castillo is a small town and is a little bit out of the way, but we were very happy to have stayed there instead of La Fortuna.

This place was our favorite of all the places we stayed in Costa Rica and, if you have a car, I would highly recommend staying here instead of La Fortuna.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Glendale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2014

This is not a tourist hotel but rather a very comfortable place to stay while you check out the Lake Arenal area. The accommodations are excellent and roomy. Breakfast is a treat. The little town is very local and hence a fun experience. The price was very, very reasonable. As non-tourist as the place is, it was a highlight in our trip's accommodates. I would highly recommend it.

Room Tip: we had the upper room, out of three and it had a wonderful view of the lake and volcano.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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San Ramon, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2013

Outside the very touristic La Fortuna, El Castillo is a very little pueblo. At Las Tucanes, we almost lived with Fanny and his family and we like it! The room was big with a little kitchen. We can sat on our balcony and check at the Arenal volcano. The typical breakfast was include and we like it! In front of the hotel, there is a Snakes place; it's a bit expansive but really interesting visit, a lot to see, the kids was so happy! The only thing is that you won't found a lot at the little El Castillo grocery; you better do your shopping in La Fortuna if you don't want to eat fastfood at the local restaurant!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2013

This place was a great value. The roomw were clean, the woman who runs it really nice, and very accommodating. The apartments (more than rooms) have a coffee maker and sink, and are very spacious. The view fabulous and, best of all, the town of El Castillo is really laid back and much more quaint and off the beaten track than La Fortuna. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Ask for an upper story room to get a better view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2013

Very nice cabinas i Castillo, large, clean, even towels on beds in a shape of swans :-), great view of Arenal. Family is very kind, can give you good tips for tours / even discounts/, restaurants etc. Good price. Thank you very much.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2013

A great stay in Castillo with a beautiful view on Arenal volcano. The family that runs the 3 rooms is so kind and nice and they are very helpful if you need any suggestions for trips around. The rooms are very big and clean with separate bathrooms and shower and some kitchen facilities too; what I really loved during our stay was the hand made breakfast too, with fresh fruits and Costaricans traditional dishes. A very good stay in a fantastic corner of Costa Rica.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Cabinas Los Tucanes
Address: El Castillo, Costa Rica, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 24791076, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > El Castillo
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 8 Speciality Lodging in El Castillo
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Number of rooms: 3
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