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Nepenthe B&B
Ranked #2 of 5 El Castillo B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 3 December 2014

Nepenthe is a hidden gem tucked away in the hills with a magnificent view. The road is a bit rough but it is so worth it. If you are traveling at night be aware that is very difficult to see the sign that leads up to this place so get good directions; we passed it twice. This B&B only has 10 rooms, some of them are up top by the infinity pool and the others are down below by the new restaurant they just opened for their guests. I would suggest you try and get a room at the top, you wont be disappointed. The owner of this establishment came out to have breakfast with us guests in the morning and we learned that he originally purchased this place as a birthday present for his wife; how romantic! The breakfast was very hearty and tasty and was included with our stay. This is a very beautiful and affordable place.

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  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2014

Our return to Nepenthe for a relaxing vacation was wonderful. Agustin was a great host as usual. Welcome us with open arms and could not wait to help us in our adventures. We stayed in the main house with the spectacular views and had a great time. The breakfasts were tasty with fresh eggs from the chickens on the property. All of the staff were friendly and helpful.
We got the chance to visit with Gordon (owner), what a nice guy. He made sure our visit exceeded our expectations again. They had added a restaurant to the palce and what great food. Very fresh and made with local ingredients.
I highly recommend Nepenthe. If you just want to relax and enjoy the views or if you want to do some adventures. Agustin can arrange horse back ridding (which we did, Awesome!) zip lines and any other activies in the area.
If you are in the area you should stay at Nepenthe you will not be dispointed.

  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 October 2014

You really need a 4x4 to get there but it is allllll worth it. This is probably the best view we ever seen.... Breathtaking isn't even enough to describe it. You have a great close view of the volcano and the arenal lake. The sound of the mountains and rainforest is so calming you forget everything around you. Cabins were comfertable and you need absolutely nothing more than offered. Breakfast was great with a nice overview of the lake and a very welcoming staff who provided us with everything we needed. We had a very nice chat with the owner and Augustine, just great people who make you feel very comfertable. And absolute recommendation if you want to see a million dollar view and want to forget your daily routine.

Stayed: October 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2014

Nepenthe is a relaxing and welcoming B&B that has a spectacular view and is located right on the edge of the rain forest which enabled us to see a large variety of monkeys, birds and butterflies from the comfort of hammock chairs. Agustin is a knowledgable and hospitable host who helped us plan and book several excursions in the area that suited our interests. Odilie and the other ladies working at the B&B were cheerful and welcoming and prepared delicious breakfasts in a lovely family style eating area. After a day of hiking in the rain forest you can relax with a swim in the infinity pool or, if you plan ahead, finish the day with an excellent massage at the on-site spa. We enjoyed two full weeks at Nepenthe and enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks Agustin and all of the staff for such a wonderful time.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 September 2014

It wAs 2 days in Arenal and it was a great stay . First of all great mention to Agustin the ownr/manager Who was great and very kind in each request from the directions to get there to the dinner arranged out of time . The panoranme is fantastic expecially in the morning when the Sun rises and you can enjoy the colours and the view relaxing and having a bath in the pool. The breakfast delicious and generous. The room spacious and clean but also very silent. The position Frankly not very easy to find cause located in el Castillo which is 30 min from la fortuna . The road to get there is the only bad point cause you should Have a whale drive otherwise it' s a great problem. On the other hand is colse to the main attractions and activity es of the Arenal park such as osservatore lodge and Sky adv . They Have also a little restaurant where you cantaste local food fresh prepared.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

The view from Nepenthe is incredible, but the ride to the hotel is long, unpaved and rocky--it cannot be reached without four whee drive. There were some issues with the rooms--curtain rod fell, forgot to put sheets in our room for an extra bed, etc--but it is a nice spot. You just need to be ready to be well off the beaten path. The restaurant at the hotel, Tres Cabras, is delicious--but the menu is prix fixe, so make sure to let the owners, Rebecca and Ryan, about food allergies before booking your reservation.

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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

You really have to want to get to Nepenthe because you have to drive on difficult roads for over five miles. And that five miles can take half an hour! But when you get there, the view is simply breathtaking, the stillness causes you to relax instantly, and there is Augustin at reception to give you a warm greeting and answer any questions you might have. He was extremely welcoming and even sought us out later on in the day to make sure everything was to our satisfaction. It was. The rooms are very nice, the shower is huge, the bed comfortable, everything was nicely decorated, and it was extremely clean. (My only criticism of the entire visit is that there is no way to read in bed--bedside lighting would be fabulous.) The pool was immediately outside and it is beautiful, although it was rainy and too cool to make any use of it. Augustin's wife, Krisia, has a spa at Nepenthe and you should do yourself a favor and pay her a visit. She is a lovely woman and, more importantly, an excellent masseuse. The spa itself is simply lovely, the Swedish massage was accompanied by hot oil, hot towels, and aroma therapy--not the garden variety massage I've grown accustomed to. A small fitness room is being organized at the spa with a hot tub and a couple of pieces of equipment. That will be a welcome addition since the extremely hilly terrain makes other exercise quite difficult. Finally, there is the restaurant, Tres Cabras. Ryan and Rebecca,the two Canadian ex pats who operate it, are fabulous. The prix fixe dinner menu is fabulous, with at least one option to suit everyone. All of the choices appealed to me!!! Oh--did I mention that you get a free welcome glass of wine or beer when you arrive at the hotel? This gives you an opportunity to go to the restaurant, review the night's menu, and decide if a reservation is in order. I highly recommend it. Ryan is a good conversationalist and enthusiastic supporter of Rebecca's good cooking. Rebecca was busy doing what she obviously does extremely well--making wonderful food. We all had pasta dishes and none of us was disappointed. Breakfast was served the following morning at a different location (Tres Cabras serves only dinner). Although I didn't partake, my husband thought it was excellent. Unfortunately, we had to leave after only one night. We shall return!!!!!! Finally, and importantly, this is a pet friendly hotel and our dog had a fabulous time!!!!! Another finally, and importantly: Great value!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: | 100 M East And 1.6 Km From The School, 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: $79 - $153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Nepenthe B&B 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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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