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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2009
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Central CT
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2009

I was swept up in the idealism of Rancho Margot and floated along on that wave throughout my short stay even though there were some rumblings of dissent during our visit. The focus on sustainability is an attraction and while I don't know sustainability "best practices" it seemed as if the staff is engaged in experimenting with organic and sustainable... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2009

We absolutely loved Rancho Margot. We visited in April 2009 and found the accomodations, service and facilities to be top notch. I would definitely go back, and expect that I will. I couldn't agree less with the reviewer indicating this is not a "real farm" (whatever that means). My wife and kids and I loved the thorough and fascinating tour... More

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2009

Rancho Margot is a gem! Set at the confluence of 3 rainforests, on the shores of Lake Arenal, and very much on the cutting edge of eco-innovation, Rancho Margot provides a fully-rounded and relaxing eco experience, blending pristine nature, great food, friendly, informative staff and beautiful surroundings with a fascinating introduction to visionary energy conservation ideas. My husband and I... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2009

While Rancho Margot is a beautiful resort, it's attempts at being a sustainable organic farm left a bad taste in my mouth. The owner, Juan, seemed almost like a cult figure with our guide repeatedly mentioned how intelligent he is. The problem is that it seems like Juan thinks one can create an organic farm out of thin air and... More

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2009

This was one of the most fabulous places I have ever visited. We lucked out with perfect weather, beautiful views of the volcano, Lake Arenal, and gorgeous tropical rainforest. The temperature was balmy, the breezes relaxing. The staff at Rancho Margot couldn't have been more friendly or accommodating. We took advantage of their all-inclusive package and went kayaking, hiking, and... More

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New York, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2009

Rancho margot is a lovely concept in a beautiful location with well-meaning and nice owners. But it appeared not to be able to keep up with the fame and volume of travelers brought in by the glowing review from the lonely planet. There's a lot of construction and I hope that we just happened to catch it in a rough... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2009

I read with interest the recent reviews of Rancho Margot. As an English traveller seeking an education for sustainable environments I found my stay last year extremely interesting and great value for money. Whilst not yet perfect in all areas of conservation, Rancho Margot is the first eco tourism project which I have seen that deserves high recognition. Its aims... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2009

This is a beautiful location and a very interesting place. The owner is trying to do something very laudable and if he is successful, this will be a wonderful place to stay. But, Rancho Margot is very much a work in progress so here are several things to consider: 1) It is expensive--almost $200 a night for three people in... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2008

This place has its pluses and minuses and overall, I think it is fairly average. For one, it is *not* self-sufficient. The food you eat here is usually bought from town. With the exception of the bananas, yuca, and a few other things like oranges and herbs, it is almost guarenteed that it was purchased and not grown. You are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2008

I agree with everybody writing before. The place is stunning. The atmosphere is excellent - not just the wonderful bungalows, the great food, the overall grand and generous idea - it is like the air there is filled with positive and vibrant spirit. The only regret we have is that we only stayed for one night. We met there people... More

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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
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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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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