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Hacienda Guachipelín

At a Glance

    Pros

  • near park entrance
  • lots of activities
  • excellent value

    Cons

  • caters to lots of large groups and day visitors
  • no air-conditioning in some rooms
  • vegetarians may have trouble finding meat-free dishes

Fodorite Reviews

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Hacienda Guachipelín Review

One of the best values in the Rincón area for hair-raising adventure and nature tours, this hotel also gets top billing for its comfortable rooms, excellent restaurant, and friendly service. The 1,500-hectare (3,706-acre) working ranch is famous for its horses—more than 100 of them. Rugged ranch hands swagger around, giving the place a real cowboy flavor. Guachipelín is also famous for its wildlife and the nature trails that wind throughout this vast, partially forested property; they lead to several scenic waterfalls, hot springs, and mud baths. Older rooms are comfortable and homey, with screened windows to let in cool mountain air. Try to get a room between 32 and 39, all of which have volcano views from their front terrace. The newer rooms, numbers 32 and up, are larger and very elegantly furnished, arranged around a garden with towering trees and a gaggle of guard geese. They also have air-conditioning but you rarely need it here. Avoid Rooms 24 to 31, right beside the corral, unless you enjoy the aroma of horses. Hearty buffet and à la carte meals feature authentic touches, such as hand-rolled breakfast tortillas made on the spot, and beef and dairy products fresh from the hacienda's own herd. The pleasant open-air restaurant has valley views by day and a marimba band plays softly at dinner. The hotel's spa offers an array of treatments, from mud wraps to massages.

    Hotel Details

  • 52 rooms, 2 suites.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
Updated: 04-05-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    There are better choices

    We stayed here 1 night as part of a guided group tour of Costa Rica. We experienced horseback riding and tubing. The tubing was fun, but the ride was uninspiring. The trail we took was through dense bush with little to see.
    The room was clean but basic. You had to keep the drapes closed or you had no privacy. The room had TV and AC, but we couldn't use them because there were no remotes available. Hot water was iffy.
    The ranch is patrolled by armed security. We did not see this at the 4 other hotels we stayed at.
    Most staff do not speak English and are not very friendly.
    I lost the key to the safety deposit box during the tubing and was charged $100.00 USD to get my valuables from the box. I felt robbed. This greedy policy goes with the desperate feel the whole place has.
    There are many better places to stay in Costa Rica.

    by Zag, 3/7/09

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