We are travelling around Costa Rica for 3 weeks. We had researched the Rancho Margot previously to travelling and loved the sound of what the Eco lodge stood for,so we booked 3 nights there with the expectation of being the highlight of the trip.However, we came away with mixed feelings.The positives are : The ranch is set in beautiful surroundings,with spacious wooden bungalows.
As part of the package you are given a tour around the ranch which is really informative. They do yoga twice a day, which we loved. The food was good but was very much the same at lunch and dinner.Now the negatives: our allocated bungalow looked beautiful initially ,however when the Windows and doors were shut there became a overwhelming smell of damp. Neither of us slept on the first night because the smell of damp from the mattress and bedding was so strong. We went to the reception first thing in the morning to move rooms. We were allocated a new bungalow, however found this to be the same.(luckily we had sleeping bags which we ended up sleeping in for the remainder of the stay.) we understand the challenge of the damp rain forest environment, however we did not expect to pay so much for substandard accomodation.The second thing that we both really struggled with was the fact they say they have a animal rescue centre, which being a animal lover I was really interested in. We were told on our first day about a monkey that they looked after, which we were welcome to visit.We were told that the monkey had got out of his enclosure , so was in a temporary cage until it was fixed. When we found the monkey it was in a small cage with no water. On visiting it for 2 days in a row and it still being there I started to raise my concerns with various staff.We were given numerous reasons, from being, it had escaped his main area so this was until it got fixed, to the monkey letting itself into the small cage,because it liked it there (instead of being in the large enclosure?) on numerous occasions we queried why it had no water. We were told that we must have visited when the water was in the process of being changed. At one stage we were told not to visit it. The location is sold as a working eco ranch and being self sustaining and caring for animals. They were due a inspection the day after we left ( star rating). We left with
the impression that despite being paying guests, we were tolerated but our views and
needs, came second priority to the ranch putting on a show for the inspection.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Rancho Margot Hotel Arenal Volcano National Park