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“El Rancho Hotel - Heredia (San Jose)” 3 of 5 stars
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EL Rancho Lodge
Calle Rancho de Espanol | Calle El Bajo, Guacima 4005, Costa Rica   |  
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“El Rancho Hotel - Heredia (San Jose)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2009

This hotel is about a 30-40 minute drive from the airport. We stayed here for two nights as part of a small tour group (12 people). The hotel is fenced with a locking gate.
They had welcome drinks for us upon arrival. The building we stayed in had a dining room and kitchen area and then a bedroom and bathroom on each side. Our room had a double bed and a bunk bed (double and single). There was an air conditioner. There was no tv, phone, alarm clock, fan, or wash clothes. There was a small pool and gardens to stroll through. We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel. All were small buffets, but with several choices. Bottles of water were available for purchase for $1. Although, the staff said that the tap water was safe to drink, we only drank bottled water. The internet was available to use at the reception for $3 for the day.
There are not any businesses or hotels around the area. Nothing is in walking distance. If you are looking for remote and quaint this is your place, if you are looking for luxury stay some where else.

  • Stayed March 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Address: Calle Rancho de Espanol | Calle El Bajo, Guacima 4005, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Guacima
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Guacima
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rancho de Español Spanish School and El Rancho Lodge is operated by the Gonzalez Cambronero tico family .Manuel and Clara are the directors and owners, after working for the Peace Corps of the United States, first as a hosting family and then as instructors of their training center here in La Guácima, they decided to start their own business with twenty years of experience and great knowledge accumulated.The directors are both from La Guácima and well known by their neighbors, they saw in this small town a place which provided safety for their students, and this is the reason why they turn their house into a school and started forming the gardens and surroundings and with a big effort they constructed the pool.It has been 18 years since it all began; their three children were still young then, now, the whole family is involved in the business.Veronica, the oldest and Alejandro the youngest are in charge of the administration of the school and with the help of their father who is in charge of the finances, the three of them assure the well running of the school and the lodge.Clara and Manuel Eduardo are in charge of the Spanish part of the school as well as of the instructors.The most difficult part until now has been surviving in a market which is run almost in its totality by foreigners who have bought much Costa Rican business to turn them into big businesses.We are proud to be almost one of the only surviving families in a competitive market without having enough resources to promote the business abroad, however, the quality of our work has been proven and our best advertisement is done by our own clients, who recommend us to their friends and family.Rancho de Español Spanish School and El Rancho Lodge is now a school with great experience and an excellent reputation in Costa Rica.Other Services offer:Volunteer Work in the community.Home stay program with local authentic tico families.Travel Agency - El Rancho Tours, local travel Expert. ... more   less 
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