After a very long day driving from the Caribbean via Cerro de la Muerte into San Isidro and down the Pacific to Ojochal, we arrived in Ojochal. And it was raining. We weren't quite sure where the property was located, just knew it was off the Costenera (Hwy) so we were pleasantly surprised to see a sign for El Buena Vista right after the main road into Ojochal! Going south on the hwy, turn left onto the road. Note: this road is very steep, sharp turns up the mountain and even though it is "well maintained" you will need a 4x4 especially if it is raining. I made it up the hill just fine, even though we didn't get out of 2nd gear!
We pulled into the entrance and up another hill to the parking area. It was raining, although not a downpour. Celine the manager came out to greet us and gave us the room key, so we could immediately unload luggage into our room. She showed us our room, and said we could come up to the rancho and check in after we got settled. Now, THAT was very nice of her considering the weather! Already we were happy.
Our room had a very large terrace with a gorgeous view of the Pacific as well as the surrounding mountains. The property itself is beautiful. There is one building containing 5 rooms. Three on the top and two on the lower level. The building is built into the side of a mountain, so both levels get a nice view of the ocean; however the top rooms (#1-3) have a kitchenette on the terrace, and a better view. Our room (#1) had a small queen/double bed, decent closet area for clothing and luggage, and a very narrow bath that was more than sufficient. Loved the large walk in shower.
The decor was simple. Even though our room was very clean, it could have used some updating. The fixtures were old, and the finishes seemed a little worn. We did not have AC, and even though it gets very hot during the day, the evenings were quite nice with a pleasant breeze. We were quite comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and I think we received more than our money's worth. The rate is VERY reasonable and the view is AMAZING. And Celine was always very nice and accommodating!
It had stopped raining, so we went to the rancho to check-in. The pool was beautiful, with nice views of the ocean. The rancho is small, but quite accommodating for the number of rooms. The owner and his family happened to be there in room #3 that evening and were at the rancho enjoying the early evening sounds of the rainforest.
They have an honor bar, if you take a beer/wine/juice/soda from the fridge, just write down what you take under your room number. Love it!
We decided to have dinner at El Fuego, which is owned by Celine and her husband, and located just down the road. Review will be posted shortly.
The next morning we awoke to the sounds of parrots, howler monkeys and scarlet macaws, not to mention the toucans. At 5:15 am. Which is when everything that moves starts chattering! I am not normally a morning person, but really did enjoy waking to the sounds of nature. We spent some time every morning just watching the birds flying around, vying for a certain tree.
Every morning at the rancho, their was coffee, breads and fresh fruit waiting. The gal who is the cook/housekeeper made this mango ginger preserve that was SO GOOD. Seriously yummy. She also made a great pinto gallo and eggs. On the second morning we didn't have power due to some seriously heavy downpours. (The whole town all the way down to Cortez was without power). When we arrived at the rancho, we didn't expect anything, but even without power, there was hot coffee and the cook made our breakfast on the grill!
The rancho had free wi-fi, so we were able to check our emails and post updates of our trip on Facebook.
Bottom line: We loved our terrace and the grounds were stunning. The room was basic, nothing luxurious, but everything was clean and very comfortable. I would definitely stay there again and would recommend this place to anyone looking for a great value.
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