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3km beyond El Castillo | La Fortuna de San Carlos, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brampton
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Now I didn't stay or eat but attended a tour with one of your vendors (Jungle Jug). Oscar did a fabulous job providing a well guided tour and answered all our questions. I was very impressed with the location; the property; the eco aspects from generating your own electricity, raising your own animals (cattle, pigs, chickens), gardens, making your own... More

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you for taking valuable time to write about your Day Tour at Rancho Margot. This is a great perspective for visitors who come by day only, and we so appreciate your visit. ¡PURA VIDA! And Ginger sends her love right back your way :) More

Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had planned to stay two weeks, but extended my stay for a full month. It was wonderful to be a part of this wonderful farm, and to meet so many of the volunteers who make the place hum! Simple and organic meals, no connection to the world (TV radio etc.) A very peaceful remote getaway

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Dearest Krista - Thank you so much for your kind words and for having shared a month-long experience with us here at Rancho Margot. It was an incredible journey and we are so honored to have been a part of this time in your life. All our very best. Until next time... ¡PURA VIDA! More

Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a little hesitant to spend $75/night (on a hostel budget!) but when I realized it included three meals daily and yoga classes, I made a reservation. It's a difficult to get to without a car, but absolutely worth it. Bunkhouse rooms were comfortable for sleeping alone, but of course days were spent hiking and hanging out with other... More

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Hi Tom - Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at Rancho Margot! We are so glad that you made the decision to stay with us here in the rainforest and understood the value of the Bunkhouse Experience. It was a pleasure to have you here and we sincerely hope to see you again in the... More

Paris, France
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Please note that this review is only about the restaurant at Rancho Margot, not about the lodge. My wife and I were staying at El Castillo, so around 15 minutes drive from Rancho Margot. After reading great reviews about their organic food, we decided to go there for lunch. We were both disapointed with the place and the food. First,... More

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write about your dining experience at Rancho Margot. We are sincerely sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience as we aim to ensure that all of our visitors leave happy and satisfied. We definitely understand your concern about the restaurant being located next to the horse stables. That said, all... More

San Diego
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

March 2014 - My wife and I just returned from a fabulous week at Rancho Margot. This is a tremendous life experience. Juan and Liz have created a way of life that's a model for society. We were extremely pleased with the staff, the hospitality, the bunglow in the rain forest, the hikes, yoga, and the food. Since we were... More

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting Rancho Margot and taking the time to write about your experience! It was an absolute pleasure to host you here in the rainforest and we, too, wish that we had had more time with you both. Thanks also for sharing your beautiful photos :) We hope to see you again in the future. ¡PURA... More

Holland
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71 reviews 71 reviews
29 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staying the the Arenal Observatory Lodge, we were attracted by the signs on the road to go to Margots to eat perfect pizza. What a disaster. You pay 20 dollar for the bufet and all you get are a few pieces of dry and cold pizza. The local juice drinks were 80% water. Driving 15 km on a dirtroad....never again.

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

We sincerely apologize for your overall experience, but thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. Sometimes guests arrive with particular expectations that we simply cannot meet. We strive everyday to make the experience of our guests a memorable one. As you can see from the hundreds of previous reviews, most of our guests especially enjoy... More

Vancouver
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's worth the trip to get here! A beautiful, peaceful kind of place that you read about in travel magazines! We stayed in bungalow 7 on the edge of the property. We had toucans outside our window, took an AMAZING horse ride with Aurelio and took in the amenities of the ranch: farm tour, hot/cold pools, and breakfast/lunch/dinner each day.... More

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Hi Julie - Many thanks for your review of Rancho Margot. It was a pleasure to host you while you were visiting Costa Rica and we are so thankful that you decided to share in the Rancho experience. ¡PURA VIDA! More

Ingolf
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wondered if it was wise to stay so far away from Arenal but boy would we have been sorry if we had missed staying here, what a treat. The grounds are a botanical garden full of birds attracted to the flowering plants. The private bungalows are spread out throughout the grounds and have garden doors that open on two... More

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting Rancho Margot and taking valuable time to write about your experience! Undoubtedly, reviews like this are paramount in helping people decide where to stay when visiting the Arenal area. As time permits, if you could please let us know via email what guide book you were using, it would be most appreciated. We would... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful dinner at Rancho Margot one night. For about $20, we had unlimited access to an ample buffet, including salads, pizzas, and several entrees and sides. Both meat and vegetarian dishes are available. You can get drinks at the full bar on site.

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Thank you for your comments about your dining experience at Rancho Margot! Glad to know you enjoyed yourself :) ¡PURA VIDA! More

Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing place in the middle of nowhere. It was my first time traveling anywhere alone and so happy I found this place. Few things to consider: - Trip to the ranch: From Liberia airport, it's a 3.5 hrs shuttle ($57, by local company not provided by ranch) then another 45 mins ride ($30 from Tabacon hotel, someone from the... More

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Hi Tricia! We appreciate so much your taking the time to write about your visit to Rancho Margot. It was an absolute delight to meet you and have you here with us in the middle of the rainforest! We also hope the cold winter wasn't too shocking when you returned home. Please know that we absolutely hope to see you... More

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Additional Information about Rancho Margot

Also Known As:
Rancho Margot Hotel
Rancho Margot Hotel Arenal Volcano National Park
Address: 3km beyond El Castillo | La Fortuna de San Carlos, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > El Castillo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty lodging in El Castillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ALL RESERVATIONS AT RANCHO MARGOT INCLUDE DAILY BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER FROM OUR CHEMICAL-FREE GARDENS. ADDITIONALLY, 2-HOUR GUIDED RANCH TOUR AND TWICE DAILY YOGA CLASSES ARE INCLUDED WITH EVERY OVERNIGHT STAY.On the hills of Rancho Margot, you will find our 17 deluxe bungalows. The Caño Negro river whisper will guide you to the most peaceful rest possible, only to wake up the next day with the loud call of the howler monkeys. Hidden in our botanical gardens are bungalows, equipped to house couples or families of up to 4 people. Each bungalow has its own terrace on which you may enjoy the incredible view while relaxing on your hammock with a great book. Bungalows feature Orthopedic mattresses and are available with two queen beds or one queen bed and two singles. Additional amenities include mosquito netting, rocking chair, table & chairs, and handmade soaps. Each bungalow is equipped with a private bathroom with shower.Our vision is to protect our sustainable rainforest facility but also to make it an educational playground for adults and children alike, where we can inspire a new generation of global citizens to continue ‘closing the circle.’Rancho Margot is a family enterprise where everyone is welcome. We’re living our dream, and we invite you to join us. ... more   less 
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