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Nepenthe B&B, El Castillo

2.5-star2.5 stars
El CastilloEl CastilloAlajuelaCosta Rica

El Castillo B&B with outdoor pool, restaurant
  • Free full breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
Tasty breakfast
Fantastic service
Great room
Great pool
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From 187 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Nepenthe B&B, El Castillo

from $89
  • Standard Double Room, 1 Double Bed
  • Superior Double Room
  • Standard Triple Room, 1 Bedroom
  • Superior Villa

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 7 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-8 PM
  • Check-out time is noon
Guests planning to arrive after 9 PM must contact this property in advance to arrange check-in. Please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free full breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Fitness facilities
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Multilingual staff
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace

In the room

Home comforts
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board
Things to enjoy
  • Balcony or patio
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator (on request)
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Tres Cabras at Nepenthe - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves dinner only. Reservations are required.

Nepenthe B&B, El Castillo’s small print

Also known as

  • Nepenthe B&B El Castillo
  • Nepenthe B&B
  • Nepenthe El Castillo


Reservations are required for spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Nepenthe B&B, El Castillo

Top spots nearby

Recommended by this property

  • Butterfly Conservatory (9-minute walk)
  • Arenal Eco Zoo (9-minute walk)
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures (11-minute walk)
  • Cerro Chato Lake (4.2 mi / 6.8 km)
  • Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park (4.8 mi / 7.7 km)
  • La Fortuna Waterfall (5.5 mi / 8.8 km)
  • Ecotermales Fortuna (6.2 mi / 10.1 km)

Getting around

  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) - 165 min drive
  • Free self parking

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.8 From 21 reviews

Nepenthe B&B, El Castillo
Nice hidden gem.
Awesome B&B! Wonderful views!
John, us2 night family trip
Nepenthe B&B, El Castillo
Very Good8.0
Breathtaking views and surroundings
You will not beat the view and the surroundings. Breathtaking.
Kyle, usRomance trip
Nepenthe B&B, El Castillo
Very Good8.0
Pretty view, not so pretty room
This hotel was peaceful and has a gorgeous view of lake Arenal. The common spaces are lovely and the restaurant was delicious - we had 2 of our favorite meals here. The downside is the hotel is located up a steep drive that we were reluctant to drive on at night - which means we were confined to the hotel once the sun set. The room was a decent size but with old bedding, thin pillows and bugs were able to crawl freely into the room from under the door. No TV or Internet in room. 25 min drive on an unpaved road to Volcan Arenal park.
A Traveler, usRomance trip
Nepenthe B&B, El Castillo
Very Good8.0
great views with a price
The service was superb, the views were incredible. The only negative detail was the road leading to the hotel.Visitors should consider renting a 4x4 to get there because its a good 20+ miles on a poorly kept dirt road.
A Traveler, usRomance trip
Nepenthe B&B, El Castillo
Very Good8.0
Beautiful view, awful road.
My husband & I went with my mom & cousin. Wonderful breakfasts. Loved the view. Beautiful pool. We never swam in it because of time constraints. The road was horrendous; deep potholes! Hot tub was smelly. Hot water system for the shower didn't work properly in our room. They needed to reset it and it took awhile to do so. Overall nice place if you can handle the awful road to get there.
A Traveler, us2 night family trip

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