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one kilometer west of the school in El Castillo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 21009 Costa Rica
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#2 of 11 Specialty lodging in El Castillo
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Tucked away in the middle of the rainforest, Majestic Properties rests in the peaceful little village of El Castillo with amazing views to the Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano. For your comfort, all our houses offer rooms with air conditioning, WiFi, ceiling fans, orthopedic mattresses and high quality bedding, as well as full private bathrooms for your privacy and convenience. Our kitchens are state of the art and fully equipped to handle crowds! Some of our houses comes with Swimming pool and Jacuzzi as well. Right next door to Majestic you can enjoy the best burgers and pizza in town as well as cocktails and costarican craft beers at Howlers Bar & Grill. This village is packed with adventure if that is what you are looking for! Our private concierge will be happy to book all of your travel activities at no extra charge. Our homes away from home is everything you need to enjoy relaxation or adventure in Arenal!
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one kilometer west of the school in El Castillo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 21009 Costa Rica
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dandeering wrote a review Aug 2021
Parma, MI117 contributions24 helpful votes
We stayed her for 5 days in July. What an amazing place. The view is unexplainable. The driveway requires you to raise your glass each time you traverse it....not joking. We stayed at the Pie in the Sky 1 and 2 wayyyyy up the mountain. What a great choice. We could hear the howler monkeys each morning. A snake a day for anyone who stays in the jungle. They are amazing creatures. The tree frogs were off the hook too!!!! We had a private chef for the first night which I recommend highly. It's a long drive from San Jose and well worth it.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Tacoma102 wrote a review Sep 2019
Tacoma, Washington20 contributions1 helpful vote
We spent 4 nights in the 2 bedroom unit in Nov of 2016. It was spacious and the weather was clear for the time we were here. We were the the only people there so we had the place to out selves. The grounds were amazing. The howlers were active at sunrise and sunset. Definitely need a AWD/4 Wheel to get up the driveway and lots of dirt roads. Fairly remote area but La Fortuna had a decent grocery store and the Arenal area has lots of restaurants too plus there is the hot springs area. We also did some zip lining, which was amazing too.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Barbara M wrote a review Jan 2019
Jacksonville, Florida123 contributions53 helpful votes
Pie In The Sky in El Castillo was beyond our expectations in every way. Our entire family’s of 7 ages 19-73 enjoyed staying in the lovely well appointed home. All rooms had nice views. It was wonderful to wake up to the sound of birds, or watch the sun rise from behind the volcano. It was a relaxing place to be in every way. After a day of hiking and zip lining we enjoyed relaxing in the hot tub. Good restaurants nearby so no need to drive to La Fortuna although when we did drive there the trip was easy enough. Staying here was one of the highlights of our Christmas family vacation to Costa Rica. The host Agustin was most helpful. He can recommend tours and hikes. He waited to greet us and show the house in spite of our unexpected late arrival. By the way, don’t miss the opportunity to eat at Howlers just down the hill or The Phoenix nearby.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Robert H wrote a review Oct 2018
Miami, Florida12 contributions10 helpful votes
It is probably the only high quality accommodations with a panoramic 365 degree view of Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal, and the surrounding rain forests. Walter and his staff make you feel right at home.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Mark L wrote a review Jun 2018
24 contributions28 helpful votes
A beautiful place with room for the whole family. A former B&B so everyone had their own bathroom which we loved. Only gathering place is the deck outside by the pool, but it is covered and gorgeous. The concierge Augustine was excellent and helped us out every time we needed him. It is set in a little town next to the volcano on the lake on a dirt road. We found our favorite activities very close by. There are several little restaurants only a few km away and a little market also. Perfect base of operations for zip lines, river activities, horseback riding into the rain forest, and a 30 min drive to the touristy town Fortuna. We were grateful to escape Fortuna to our quiet village. Howlers next door is a cool little bar for burgers and pizza and a really good soup! Most nights the family took over the entire bar and they were super friendly and accommodating. Awesome time, love to come back
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Scott D wrote a review Jan 2018
Green Bay, Wisconsin2 contributions2 helpful votes
Our group had a great time. Nancy, Dan, and Agustin were fantastic hosts. Nancy answered all of my questions prior to arriving, Dan checked in with us throughout our stay to make sure everything was alright, and Agustin was an outstanding concierge. Agustin met us at the house even though we had a late night arrival to help us get settled in. He recommended things to do and took care of booking activities for us and even arranged transportation for us since we got dropped off at the Majestic via shuttle from SJO airport. The Majestic is clean, beautiful, and if you're lucky enough to be here on a clear day, the views can't be beat. Our first impression was how clean and well organized everything was, or as my wife described it "spa like." Everyone appreciated coming back here after a long day of adventures and being able to take a swim in the pool, relax in the hot tub, or having some drinks while taking in the views from the outdoor dining area. The middle of town is only a 15-20 minute walk which we walked quite often to go to the restaurants or to get snacks/beverages from the store there. There's also Howler's Bar and Grill right next to the house which is open for lunch and dinner. They have awesome pizza and great craft beer. Staying here in this quiet little village was our favorite part of our trip. The Majestic let us break away from the thousands of other tourists and pushy street vendors and just enjoy Costa Rica. If I'm ever lucky enough to visit Costa Rica a second time I would definitely stay here again. I would highly recommend the Majestic to anyone looking for a place to stay in the La Fortuna area.
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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divinghamster wrote a review Dec 2017
Hong Kong, China3 contributions
We stayed at Pie in the Sky 1 - The room was beautifully equipped with a small kitchenette, flat screen TV (with netflix!), great wifi and with huge windows that give unobstructed views of Lake Arenal and the Volcano. The location is great for exploring the area while avoiding the commercial, hectic touristy feeling - Arenal volcano national park, various hot springs and adventure parks are just a short drive away. For food, we enjoyed our meal at Howler's, the restaurant onsite, and for more options the small town of El Castillo was less than 5 minutes drive away and has fantastic food options for great value.The hotel staff were extremely friendly and really made sure we had a great stay. Absolute paradise!!!
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Date of stay: December 2017
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karacederquist wrote a review Nov 2017
Pensacola Beach, Florida54 contributions12 helpful votes
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On the drive we passed by massive commercial hotels and high volume stays, we zoomed right passed them and headed straight to Majestic Properties. Set on top of a hill overlooking Volcano Arenal you will find your oasis -- just as we did. Lucky for us we went during November which was off-season, and we had the entire place to ourselves and enjoyed views from the infinity pool all ours for the taking. Equipped with a personal porch, full-kitchenette and private bathroom, we easily fell into the laidback luxury lifestyle. We couldn’t wait to grab our suits and jumped in the pool! After my sister and I shared a pizza and beer at the restaurant attached, Howlers. Chatted with the locals (playing pool) and relaxed. At night we fell asleep to the sound of ranas (frogs) on top of our personal mountain and in the morning woke up to a view of Volcano Arenal that can’t be described better than.. majestic. This is the pure life. Pura Vida.
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Date of stay: November 2017
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Dan wrote a review Sep 2017
Aptos, California4 contributions4 helpful votes
This property is amazing, especially the Pie in the Sky properties on top of the hill. I do know that they hired new management after a couple of disappointing reviews which pointed out the previous management's problems. I found the service to be excellent and attentive to all of my needs. If it did have issues in the past, they are all sorted out now because my trip was perfect! This place is run very well and the properties are amazing. You are literally across the street from the Lake and there is plenty to do right nearby. I want to bring my employees down here for a corporate retreat because it is the perfect combination of serene and quiet with peaceful views, but also close enough to Howler's for a quick bite or a drive to La Fortuna. Lake Arenal and the volcano are awesome and Majestic has fantastic views of it all. This place is very unique and really is a gem. Highly Recommended!
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Date of stay: August 2017
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carson m wrote a review Jul 2017
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My wife and I got married in Arenal May 2017. The wedding was at the Springs Resort but we stayed at the Majestic/Pie properties. We had a group of 30+ friends/family staying with us at the properties. We rented the full lodge plus all three of the Pie in the Sky homes. The entire experience and the properties were incredible. First I want to say that the people who were managing the properties, Nancy and Z, were incredible. Throughout the booking/planning process I was always speaking with Nancy and then when everybody was arriving Z was always around to help any time we needed him. He really went above and beyond any expectations. For example, the mother of the bride and a group of 7 other friends/family were the first to arrive. They were only going to be arriving at the properties about 9-10 pm due to flight times and drive times. It was raining heavily when they were arriving and because he was concerned about them getting their safely and getting situated Z waited for them to arrive, made sure they were able to access the home they were staying in without issue, and hung around to make sure everything was suitable. He continued to meet every group as they arrived over the next few days and was always just a text message or phone call away if we needed anything. He helped to arrange tours and transportation as well. He and Nancy are husband and wife and they live a short drive from the homes so they are always available to help if you need anything. As for the properties, the pictures really don't do them justice. The homes look nice in the photos but a little plain in some ways but that's deceiving. The quality of the building materials and workmanship is extremely high and you can't really tell that from the photos. There are two pools, one by the lodge at the bottom of the hill and another up top that is shared by the three Pie in the Sky homes. Both pools are great with really cool stone work around them. The bottom pool has a hot tub that is surrounded in stone as well as a stone edge around the pool where you can sit. The lodge also has a huge porch adjacent to the pool that has a long bar counter top, a full size refrigerator, and a great sound system with outstanding speakers. The bedrooms are all nice and have their own bathrooms in the lodge. We spent the majority of our time hanging out on the porch and in the pool/hot tub. The three Pie in the Sky properties are up the hill. Z and Nancy both recommended we have a 4 wheel drive vehicle if we are staying up top and I would concur. The driveway is lined with stones and you can make it up without four wheel drive but if it is or has been raining heavily it could be tough. You also definitely want to have a car staying in the Pie homes for a few reasons. One, getting up and down the hill (especially up) walking is not easy. Two, the majority of things you are likely doing in the area are going to involve you driving somewhere. As far as the homes themselves, the Pie properties are newer than the lodge and are even nicer. The view is absolutely incredible. You have a great view of the volcano and lake from the lodge, but being higher up definitely makes a difference, the view is expansive and incredible. There's also a covered pavilion that sits about 6-8 directly next to the pool plus a really large outdoor/covered pavilion just above the pool. There's a two-story bird's nest as well that is the highest point on the property. As far as the homes, the 5 bedroom home has a long porch along the back side with an incredible view and all of the bedrooms have a door leading to the porch. Each of the rooms are a large size with their own bathrooms. The 2 bedroom home also has its own porch and can sleep up to 6 with the queen sized futon in the living room. The kitchens are nice in both homes and there is space to sit for dining. The one room cottage has a nice front porch with a great view and its own bathroom, plus huge windows looking out from your bed at the volcano and lake. But there isn't a full kitchen, more like a kitchenette with a mini-fridge, and it is relatively small inside kind of like a small studio apartment. The lodge has a laundry room with a washer and dryer and there is also a laundry room at the Pie properties that is under one of the pool gazebos. In terms of the area there is a bar and restaurant right next door to the lodge named Howlers. It's a fun little spot and convenient if you just want to grab a bite to eat or drink without driving anywhere. The town of El Castillo is a short drive away and the zip lining/Sky Trek is also just a few minutes away. Arenal Observatory Lodge, which has great hiking trails you can access even if you aren't staying there is about 10 minutes away and Tabacon Hot Springs is about 20-25 minutes away. Although if you want to go to Hot Springs I would recommend the Springs Resort over Tabacon. Although Tabacon is incredible the service there is really bad for such a highly rated resort and the pricing is much higher. We were there during a low season for travel and people were literally waiting for 30-45 minutes at times just to get a drink from the pool bar and several people were given bills that were significantly incorrect. I highly recommend the Majestic properties if you are looking for a vacation rental. I was in charge of finding a property where our group could all stay and I spent a ton of time searching on multiple websites and of all the options in the Arenal area the Majestic/Pie properties were by far the best choice. Then we arrived there and were blown away at how much more it was than what we expected. Every person in our group felt the same way. Thanks again to Z and Nancy for all their help throughout.
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Date of stay: May 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions about Majestic Properties
What are some of the property amenities at Majestic Properties?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Majestic Properties?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Majestic Properties?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Majestic Properties?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Majestic Properties?
Conveniently located restaurants include Essence Arenal Restaurant, La Ventanita, and Phoenix Restaurante.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Majestic Properties?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Majestic Properties located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of El Castillo.