Cabinas Los Tucanes
Millon - El Castillo, Millon - El Castillo, Costa Rica
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Cabinas Los Tucanes Millon - El Castillo Reviews
Well-known quiet, last minute, affordable stay. Feb 18, 2012
This is a great, little, well-known, hard to find cabin property in the mountains outside of La Fortuna. When the clouds aren't looming overhead, you can see Lake Arenal right from the patios of the property. Cabinas Los Tucanes is located within walking distance (about 1 km) to a larger hotel that provides full service food, drinks, and views. Most folks stay here because it is recommended by a local in La Fortuna, otherwise, they would never find it. It is about 30 minutes from town, but worth if for peace and quiet and better lake views. If this review is/was helpful, please vote it as so.
Value: About $40 a night for two people, in a room that easily sleeps about five.
Location: This place was easy to find, but on a dirt road that you have been driving "lost" on for about 20 km. As you wanderously drive, you think you have missed the place or are just driving endlessly. You know you are "going" somewhere when you reach asphalt. [The asphalt is needed to help give your vehicle traction as you drive up the steep roads.] If you go past the reptile (snake) sanctuary, you went too far. The roads are rough, but well maintained.
Cleanliness: The place was immaculate.
Amenities: These cabinas were/are suite style. They can sleep 5 or 6 people. They have a mini kitchen in them, with coffee maker, cooking utensils, pots and pans, etc.
Beds: Clean. Ok. The room we had was furnished with two full-size (double) beds and two single beds. After spending multiple nights tramping around the country and getting beat up with rain, humidity, and heat, the full-size beds were a bit too much for me to share with my hot (and sexy...and irritable) wife; so we slept in separate beds for the two nights that we were there.
Bathroom: Clean. Tile flooring on the floor and walls. Be prepared. Many Costa Rican locales utilize the instant hot water heating systems (not the hot water on demand systems; I am talk about the type that are equivalent to electric instant water heaters people use to heat water for tea) for hot water in their bathrooms. While you get use to this as you travel throughout the country, this locale seemed to have the scariest wiring arrangements!! When I took my showers, I was constantly looking up, with one leg hanging out the shower, ready to leap out...due to my fear factor being high, I could only wash half of my body!! Creepy!!
Service: Ok. The hostess spoke very little English, which is fine for this part of the country.
Now as I read through other people's reviews on other websites, they received breakfast. We didn't. Maybe it was because we were the only folks staying there and maybe she didn't want to get up earlier and cook for only two people. Oh well; we only paid $35/night, for two nights. I can't complain.
I would recommend that you stay as close to the main house as possible. The late night vehicular traffic or people walking the street at night could keep you up. According to Google Maps, there are other cabinas behind the main house; we didn't notice them and were only offered the units up front.
As your new friend, I give you this location as a recommendation. Get your groceries, drinks, or snacks before you leave La Fortuna. The locale makes a great place to watch the sun set with a nice cocktail in hand.
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