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Hacienda Guachipelin
Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 reviews
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“Our favorite stay in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

My favorite place that I stayed in Costa Rica! I would absolutely recommend staying here! They have adventures, relaxation, great food, beautiful scenery, and wonderfully friendly staff. Considering the price we paid, we couldn't have done any better. I wish we had stayed longer to fully explore all that the hacienda offered. There are so many things that we didn't even have to pay for such hiking to beautiful waterfalls. My top memory that I will take with me of our adventures was the tour of the Rincon de la Vieja national park which is only minutes away. Our guide Cesar was amazing. He will not only teach you about the park and nature verbally, but he will help you to listen/taste/feel all that is around you. I have never had more fun and more learning than on his hike :) All the staff there made us feel absolutely welcomed and would always stop to ask how we're doing and help us find our way. Thank you for making our trip to Costa Rica so wonderful and making us want to come back!!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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jose b, Manager at Hacienda Guachipelin, responded to this review, 26 April 2012
We feel soo Glad you enjoyed your stay at our hotel, defenetely the location is very convenient if you want to visit this beautiful park, Rincón de la Vieja, I will tell our staff you had great comments for them and that you felt very comfortable. We work hard delevering the best service we can. We hope to see you again soon.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

Everything was awesome. The best of this hotel is their people, very friendly and nice. I don't give maximum rating only because the administration seems to not care about controlling smoking. Even though my room was marked as non smoking and was clean it smelled to cigar. We also had to deal with the next door people who smoke right next to us, in the restaurant same thing. We have the right of clean air, please respect that.
Tours are expensive. Room should have at least a small fridge. I do recommend this hotel, employees are the best, food is good, surroundings are awesome.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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jose b, Manager at Hacienda Guachipelin, responded to this review, 26 April 2012
Thank you very much for sharing your comments, is the only way we can improve every day.
In one hand we are glad you enjoyed the food, the staff and sorroundings, on the other hand , we are sorry for the inconvenient of people smoking near you, we will revise our smoking policie to se what we can do in the benefit of guests.
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LeRoy, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012

Great place interesting surroundings. Nice place to visit Rincon volcano and trails, come back to hotel for swim at springs and rest at pool and eat! Thanks for making our vacation special! Would have loved a frig in room and better mattress!

Room Tip: Splurge for superior rooms well worth the expense!
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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jose b, Manager at Hacienda Guachipelin, responded to this review, 16 April 2012
Hi, thank you very much for your comments, will analyse regarding mattress, we are happy that you enjoyed your stay. Hope you can come back soon.
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Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

We went to two beautiful waterfall hikes on the hotel lands. These are special-- copper makes the water blue. The thermal hot springs that are included in the hotel price are also nice, with monkeys making a visit when we were there. It is very close to Ricon de vieja-- and we loved the short loop trail with the mud pits (and my husband enjoyed the longer waterfall hike).

The staff were very nice, both in the resturant and hotel. I speak a little Spanish, but didn't really need it here. Our daughter had a very bad ear infection and we didn't have a car to get to Liberia, so they arranged for a doctor to visit the hotel and bring antibiotics. One of the staff, Omar, brought ear drops the next morning.

The rooms were nice and we had air conditioning-- which my older guide book said they didn't have. there is a longer walk to the rooms, so it might be hard for someone who couldn't walk well.

The included breakfast is very good. Our only complaint was the cost of the restaurant for dinner and lunch. There are no other close places to eat-- so you are a captive audience. There is a good and reasonably priced pizza and some sandwiches for around $9 or $10. The buffet was only ok, and at $18 is not worth it. We judge a restaurant's price here by the "casado's" price-- here it was $15. Even at nice restaurants in other tourist areas the highest we had previously seen is $10 (and we have been here for 4 months).

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Kirsten S
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jose b, General Manager at Hacienda Guachipelin, responded to this review, 1 January 2013
Thanks Kirsten S for your review.
We are happy to know that you enjoyed the waterfalls, specially the blue ones. We are not sure if it is copper what makes them blue. The area has lots of waterfalls, the park and Guachipelin, one of the main reasons to create the park was to protect the water resources.
We are happy to know that Omar helped with your girl's infection.
Yes there are some guides that are not up to date with the info from the property, so asking for the services is a good option. We are trying to improve every year.
The food is always an issue, and their is a small soda in town, and a drive there can be arranged, where prices are a bit different, there is also a soda at the parks entrance with better prices on sandwiches and beer. Just to finish, we find it hard to lower our prices for the buffet with our cost structure, but we are working to see how can guests find more options so they can choose, from the menu, buffet or local "sodas".
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

If you want to experience another side of Costa Rica then the Hacienda Guachipelin is for you! They offer tubing, ziplining, thermal springs, waterfalls...you can even milk cows!!! Some people stay at other hotels and pay nearly $200 to experience in one day what we experienced during our entire stay at the hotel. The Rio Negro Hot Springs and volcanic mud as well as 2 waterfalls are included in the price of the hotel. Otherwise pay $85 for an adventure pass and do the tubing, horseback riding, ziplining, etc

But -- the hotel is isolated -- so if you do end up staying there -- you'll be spending your time only there -- eating there, laying poolside, etc! This is why I think its good to stay there for a few days and then move on to another hotel so you can experience the beach and other sites within Costa Rica. They do offer shuttle services to the airport or if you want to go elsewhere --but I found it to be expensive -- for example $60 one way to go into Liberia if you wanted to shop there. So its $120 roundtrip just to go into town and back!

Breakfast is included however and its a buffet that I enjoyed -- especially the fresh fruit juices. Lunch and dinner you have to pay for and I know the dinner buffet was $18 per person. Its good for a day or two but then the food starts to get monotonous -- another reason to keep your stay short.

The have free internet and the staff is super helpful and very very nice! The rooms are lovely as well and offer a/c, a fan/ queen sized bed and a large bathroom shower! I would definitely recommend it and would stay there again!

Room Tip: Many people on trip advisor have suggested getting the superior rooms b/c of the cattle smell -- I h...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Hacienda Guachipelin

Property: Hacienda Guachipelin
Address: Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja, Rincon de La Vieja 208-5010, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Rincon de La Vieja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Rincon de La Vieja
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,671 - ₹ 13,070
Hotel Class:3 star — Hacienda Guachipelin 3*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hacienda Guachipelin is a comfortable hotel with 54 rooms, each with private bathroom and hot water. The best Costa Rican ecotourism lodge for adventure travel and nature lovers, located at the entrance of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park. This is the most visited National Park in Guanacaste. For the adventurer, there are many activities like horseback riding, the Canyon canopy tour, Rio Negro Tubing, canyoneering, bird watching, as well as trekking to the crater of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Free transportation to the National Park and the hot springs. ... more   less 
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