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Hummingbird Nest

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 2 January 2017

I really wanted to like the Hummingbird nest, it is obvious that this guesthouse used to have a glorious not so distant past based on previous reviews. It is very cute, has a beautiful garden, well located in el Castillo BUT we had an unpleasant experience for the following reasons: -There is no hostess on site. When we got there,...

1Thank dal0ula
Monroe, Louisiana
Reviewed 20 September 2016

We enjoyed our stay. The owner went out of her way to be helpful with us and other staff was great. Our accommodations were very clean and suitable, another guest had leaks. The grounds are gorgeous and the views spectacular from the upper level. Rooms are on the ground level and while there aren't long-range views, we enjoyed the tropical...

Thank Tobager
Norwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 April 2015 via mobile

We would like to mention that Ellen has not sold the B&B as stated in an earlier review and she is still there. We arrived to find spotlessly clean bedrooms and bathrooms and plenty of hot water. The huge panoramic windows in the rooms gave a fantastic view of the garden. One minor niggle is that the curtains didn't completely...

1Thank MBSuffolk
Groton, Massachusetts
Reviewed 9 March 2015

A far cry from a trendy or chain hotel, this B&B gets high marks for it's tropical setting and amazing volcano views! If you are looking for an authentic stay in a rainforest paradise you'll find it here! My favorite thing was sitting on the upstairs porch looking out at the impossible view of arenal volcano.

Thank Anne D
Oberrieden, Switzerland
Reviewed 4 February 2015

a special place with a special host: PAN AM ellen's b&b. spacious, clean rooms, unique veranda with view of the volanco. overlooking lush garden with exotic birds. help yourself with her kitchen (a few dollars if you use her dishes). you might have to hurry, she's abbout to sell her place!

Thank urs e
New York
Reviewed 5 January 2015

I booked a last minute trip to Costa Rica, including a stay at the Hummingbird Nest. I used a third party booking website to secure the reservation and arrived with a printed out copy of my confirmation number. Only the caretaker was on site, who said there was no vacancy (despite a sign saying vacancy out front and my booking...

3Thank honoluluw2015
Hummingbirdnest, Owner at Hummingbird Nest, responded to this review

Unfortunately, this incident took place in Dec. 2014 and in checking the bookings, we were full the month of Dec. If a 3rd party booked for this guest, it was without my knowledge nor confirmation. Despite there being papers to confirm, we get many overbooked rooms in the height of high season....this happens everywhere. Had I been there at the...

Reviewed 20 December 2014

Volcan Arenal could be one of the most beautiful gifts of nature I have ever seen. Classic in its majestic cone shaped mountain, Volcan Arenal breathes life and purpose to the entire region, in particular the village of El Castillo. This tiny village is highlighted by wonderous views of the volcano, the beautiful Lake Arenal and a group of very...

1Thank richcw
Portland, Oregon, United States
Reviewed 2 November 2014

We had a great time staying with Ellen at the Hummingbirds Nest in El Castillo. It is situated in a great location with easy access to lots of activities. Ellen knows everyone in the area and was able to give great advice on places to see and try out. The room was clean and the beds very comfortable. Bathrooms were...

1Thank Sullivanscoffee
Houston, Texas, United States
Reviewed 4 September 2014

Large picture windows frame a magnificent garden of variegated flora and fauna. From the balcony, a perfect view of the Arenal Volcano. Even as it rained, the view was spectacular! Each morning a delicious typical hearty Costa Rican breakfast was prepared and served in the charming kitchen/dining room. All the organic produce is locally grown. I can still taste the...

1Thank John R
Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed staying at this place. We came here by night and only saw dark forest and hearing jungle sounds. When we woke up the next morning we were overwhelmed by the beautiful surrounding. The owner Ellen is a very nice and lovely woman

1Thank Erika B

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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Quiet, private, 3 bedroom home nestled among the trees w/ lush vegetation, immaculate gardens buzzing w/ hummingbirds & butterflies...direct views of Volcano Arenal & panoramic of Lake Arenal...soak at night in the hot tub watching the volcano and sounds of wildlife. We have a spa onsite with holistic services and massage for your convenience. We can book all your tours to local attractions. Central to the village of El Castillo, just a short drive from La Fortuna. We have restaurants close by and many activities and tours to choose from. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hummingbird Nest

Address: El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica (Formerly Hummingbird Nest B&B)
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > El Castillo
Price Range: $86 - $116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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Also Known As:
Hummingbird Nest Hotel El Castillo
Hummingbird Nest Bed And Breakfast
Hummingbird Nest Costa Rica/El Castillo
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