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El Paraiso Verde B&B
Ranked #4 of 7 Atenas B&B and Inns
Reviewed 3 January 2013

We chose El Paraiso because of its location and excellent reviews. We were not disappointed. Fredi was an excellent host (Nicole was away). We arrived in Costa Rica in the evening and after picking up our hire vehicle drove to the petrol station in Atenas where Fredi met us as previously arranged and led us to the B&B.
The bungalow (yellow) we stayed in was spacious and well equipped. We wanted to self cater as we had two children of 7 and 9 and this option gave us the most flexibility.There is a modern supermarket nearby in Atenas where you can get all you need.
Breakfast was a total pleasure not only because of the great food but also because of the location over looking the valley and hills around Atenas. This also meant there were many species of bird in and around the gardens. Hummingbirds, tanagers and flycatchers were everywhere and above us soared vultures, hawks and falcons. There was also lots of other wildlife in the garden which gave the children great delight in finding. However the two things they loved most was the swimming pool and the dogs.
We stayed here for the first two nights of our holiday and the last night. If we come back we will stay longer because it is a superb place, great value and well located for looking around the central valley.
When we asked the children where they liked staying the most during our holiday they both said Fredi's.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 May 2012

We stayed at Nicole and Fredi's B&B on the evening of our arrival. It is about 30-40 minutes drive from the airport.
There are couple bungalows on their property so you have the place to yourselves rather than a room in somebody's house. Our bungalow had 2 queen beds and small bathroom. There is a hammock out front which is very relaxing. They provide towels and sheets but no soap or shampoo so bring your own soap and shampoo. Luckily we had a hand sanitizer that we could use. All other B&B we stayed at provided the soap and shampoo.
There are many birds on the property and you wake to the lovely songs of the birds. The breakfast is absolutely delicious - ask for special scrambled eggs :) There is also fresh squeezed juice from their own oranges, different types of meat that they cure themselves, delicious bread and tea / coffee. We had a lovely informative chat with them when eating breakfast. It was like staying with friends :)
Last but not least, they helped us arrange car rental when our confirmed car rental with Europcar was overbooked and could not give us a car. Nicole called up "Target car rental" which is a small Costa Rican car rental company and they were very helpful in getting us a car at the last minute with very reasonable prices compared to quotes we were getting from other agencies.
Highly recommend this B&B !!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Thank TJm0m0306
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

Nicole and Fredi were excellent hosts. They accommodated my last-minute reservations and were very helpful with giving me rides in their car and making sure I had everything that I needed. The cabins themselves were clean, cozy, and well-equipped, and I had a relaxing day in the hammock and by the pool before flying out of the nearby San Jose airport (only a 30 minute drive). I would highly recommend staying in this peaceful and beautiful part of the country over the busy cities of San Jose or Alajuela at the beginning or end of your trip to Costa Rica!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Kaitlyn G
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

What a beautiful place. The surrounding gardens were tranquil, the view was magnificent and we saw more birds there than anywhere else we went while in Costa Rica.

Fredi and Nicole were fabulous hosts. They were helpful and hospitable. The poolside breakfast was outstanding. Our cottage was very comfortable and well equipped. It was always nice to return there in the evening after a long day of sightseeing.

We will stay there again if we are in the area and will definitely recommend it to friends who might visit Costa Rica.

Sonja and Roberta (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

We spent our first night in Costa Rica at this beautifully located B&B in Atenas, a 30-minute drive from San Jose airport. Run by a Swiss couple who go out of their way to make sure you have a great stay, this accomodation consists of 3 cozy and spacious cabins overlooking their beautiful garden and Costa Rica's Central Valley. Optionally, they serve a hearty breakfast: very well worth it! A short trail from their B&B leads down to the Rio Grande river. Make sure to take a walk early in the morning when the sun sets and the hazy clouds vanish in the valley: breathtaking! Owner Freddie even gave us a tour through their garden. It's a shame we were only there for 1 night as I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a piece of Costa Rica's green paradise!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Davidvt1984
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Reviewed 26 June 2010

We have been fortunate to stay here twice........first time with mutual Swiss friends who took us there in March 2008 and we returned again in March 2010, sadly without or friends from Basel who had to cancel at the last moment.
Nocole & Fredi are perfect hosts who go that extra mile to ensure you have a relaxing and interesting time.
They serve the best breakfast in Costa Rica with fresh fruit , eggs and produce mainly from their own garden, or bought fresh early each morning from the local market in Atenas which is only a 5 minute drive away.
You can sit on the terrace early morning enjoying the warmth and having this fabulous breakfast whilst toucans and howler monkeys occassionally break the peace and tranquility.
The cabins have everything you need for a self catering stop, but we dined most evenings with Nicole & Fredi, one evening we cooked for them buying huge fresh prawns from a nearby fishing cooperative down at the coast which is now about 45 minutes drive after a new road was recently opened.
They can arrange any trips or vehicle hire, take you on trips escorted, or they will advise you on best times and places to see and leave you to do your own thing. No pressure to make any decisions, just ask and they will help.......even down to getting some shoes repaired or getting a haircut. Life is easy and laid back there.
It is a great base to leave stuff and venture out for a few days trip up to the Carribbean or down to the Pacific.
We went up to Limon & Cahuita , across to the Nicoya Peninsular to Montezuma, day trips to Poas Volcano or overnight Arenal Volcano.......so much to see and do, and never enough time to do it, so you have to go back again. No problem with that. We will go back again to see Nicole & Fredi and their two beautiful German Shepherd bogs Gino & Tosca who are all a big part of a happy family. Fredi has good music and makes good air dried meats and has just built a new chicken shed.......I have offered to stay in that if their cabins are booked.
A lovely peaceful, welcoming and charming place and their prices are so reasonable. You cant beat it.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank MARKANDJULES
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Reviewed 29 May 2010

We've stayed twice and hope to return every year if we can. We travel from Alaska and for us it's the perfect spot - a true paradise! Our home away from home, and we can always rely on Nicole and Fredi to be the wonderful hosts they are. The bungalows are darling, the pool cool and refreshing, and the view of the surrounding countryside is spectacular. Since El Paraiso Verde centrally located in Costa Rica, we like to use it as a base from which to explore the country. And it is always so good to return to our "home away from home" which offers beautiful sun-filled days and cool restful nights. Thanks Nicole & Fredi - we hope you will be there forever!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Barrio Fatima, 1,5 km sobre Calle Mimi, Atenas 20501, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Atenas
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Atenas
Price Range: $63 - $77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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