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“Ten days of spectacular beauty, wildlife sightings, and, good food and relaxation.”
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Nepenthe B&B
Ranked #2 of 5 El Castillo B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 31 October 2015

We stayed in the main villa in rooms with a VIEW. Had great breakfasts, swam in the pool, watched and listened to the Howler monkeys, Toucans and all verity of critters. The flowers were of special interest to me and everywhere the eye could take in.

Gordon and Nancy (owners and hosts) treated us like visiting VIP's, and we met other guests from Germany, Holland, and Canada which made the experience even better.
The food at Agustino's Restaurante was sooooo good and varied, I came home with some great ideas to add to my cook book. A few trips to town to pick up some wood carvings and comfortable sandals were fun - but the best was sitting in one of the swinging chairs and watching the steam come out of the volcano.

Wonderful, wonderful place to visit!

Room Tip: Cabinas for privacy perhaps but the single rooms wonderful also.
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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 August 2015

My wife and I spent two nights here. We came in after dark and we awed when we woke up to the incredible view of the lake and the volcano. I spent the first day without leaving the swinging basket chair on the porch overlooking the lake. I was unable to tell time of day and forgot what day of the week it was. Next time we will spend a week and explore the area.

Room Tip: Unless I am coming to stay, take the end room of the main house.
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  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 August 2015 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner at Nepenthe! It was simply delicious! The owner came to our table and visited. He was very friendly. Good wine. Very friendly service! Lovely views! Cute little dog that sat at the bar.

Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
Thank KimberleyB1
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Reviewed 7 July 2015

We ventured up to Castillo and were happy to discover Nepenthe, a place of no sorrows. The setting is lovely, rooms are comfortable. There's a pool, wi fi, breakfast and an amazing view. Agustin, the manager is fascinating and helpful. We saw monkeys in the trees and baby goats nearby,

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2015

My girlfriend and I stayed here in March 2015 for 3 nights and we would both highly recommend this B&B.

It is not the cheapest in the area, but we could not have been happier with our choice.

It sits in the heart of the National Park, in the shadow of Arenal Volcano, and overlooking the dam, so it is ideally situated for all of the attractions in the area.

The National Park is great, with plenty of things to fill our days. The hotel staff are very helpful indeed giving any recommendations/directions etc

The hotel does not have tv, which we enjoyed, but I guess this is not for everyone.

I'm sure it informs you on your booking receipt, but a 4x4 for access is required. I would not have wanted to go up the rocky hills to get there in anything other than a 4x4

Note; we heard some people struggled to find it.....the directions we received from Booking.com were not the clearest. In short, head to the National Park, and enter at the Police Hut. Head into the National Park and its pretty well signed form there

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2015

As advertised the views are just incredible, the service is fantastic, Augustine handles all the details of any excursion, chef Benedict is a master, the best Ceviche ever! The spa is world class, and Señor Gordon is a wonderful host.

Room Tip: All rooms have a great view, rooms 1 & 2 are closest to the pool.
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  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 May 2015

My wife and I spent our 7th wedding anniversary at Nepenthe… really nice, we enjoyed every minute. We got royalty treatment from the staff, the views are spectacular, the amenities are warm and comfortable, and dinner at their restaurant Benedicts Steak House was superb. I recommend either the cerviche or chef salad for starters, and then any of the entrees (the steaks are fantastic), and the flaming bananas for desert. Delightful!!!

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank Glenn B
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Additional Information about Nepenthe B&B

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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