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El Descanso

San Gerardo de Rivas, Chirripo National Park, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The hotel is very nice, super clean and cozy. The owners are extremely client focus. They helped us with all the processes to book our climb to the Chirripo. The owner drove us at 3:30am to the main entrance and then went and pick us up all wet. The food was extraordinary!!! And the price is very good.

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Trier, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

El descanso is a really nice place to stay! It's near the national park chirripo and the cloud bridge reserve project. The friendly and very helpful owner offers free transfers to the entrance of both. It is also possible to go for a hike through his own land and plantations (coffee, bananas, oranges...)on a mountain nearby, where you'll have a... More 

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

we just stayed in El Descanso for one night. the owner was very helpful and the people working there, were cleaning all the time. so everything was clean. it's all basic but we ha warm shower, internet and a good dinner. the owner also lent us gloves, sleeping bag and a hat for a reasonable price. all in all nothing... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

El Descanso is a modest hotel but covers your needs at $16 a person. Our room had a bunk bed, and the bathroom was shared for all rooms at the hotel. There is also a sauna available for use for $10. The owner, Francisco, was a nice and helpful guy. We heard the food was delicious, but when we visited... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This is a place we'll never visit again and will not recommend to visit to anyone! We called before leaving Parrita after reading about this place in The Lonely Planet. $30,- a room. Afther checking the price with the front office and checking if they had a room availible we went to San Gerardo. When we got there we where... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

Rooms themselves are fine, but in general lack some comfort. The beds are old, shower only has cold water, the parking space is through a very narrow passageway and tricky to get out. That said, the owner is very helpful (though speaks only spanish and some english) and cooks a nice dish. If there are a lot of customers, you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2009

I spent 5 days at the El Descanso, before and after climbing Cerro Chirropo. The hotel is in a peaceful and quiet setting with abundant flowers and a small grassy area in front of the rooms. This grassy area can also be used for pitching a tent if you prefer to camp. Mr. Elizondo and his wife were great hosts... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2008

It was a good location, close to Mount Chirripo Park office, hot springs and town. The food served was great and landscaping was nice. On the down side, our room was box like, bed was sagging in middle and there was no hot water in both bathrooms. Further, they have absolutely no refund policy. For this reason, it is recommended... More 

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