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“Personal Concierge & Awesome Place to Stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Personal Concierge & Awesome Place to Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

This was our first trip to Costa Rica and we pretty much planned it on our own. Glad we listened to the reviews on Trip Advisor and went with Rancho Armadillo because our trip was perfect! No, Rancho Armadillo isn't a luxury resort but if you want to experience Costa Rica in its "Pura Vida" form, this spot is the way to do it. Rick is AWESOME! On the first day he sat with us to chat about what we wanted to get out of our trip. He gave us some great suggestions and every morning greeted us with an itinerary and directions ( not to mention a smorgasbord of fresh fruit, smoothies and coffee) to help make our adventures a little bit easier to conquer and enjoy:) It was such a great way to experience our first vacation here. The grounds are quiet and peaceful - there are other guests of course, but everyone pretty much does their own thing. The hammocks are great for relaxing and to enjoy the sunsets and sounds of the monkeys and birds that surround you:) We also had in-room massages that were amazing and super REASONABLE! Overall, this trip was great and we were so bummed to leave! Hopefully we get back to Costa Rica and Rancho Armadillo soon!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Columbia, PA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Rancho Armadillo is a "Low key" friendly spot where the owner truly looks after you. He is a professional chef and knows food. He also understands people so he makes good recommendations. It is not a deluxe property, but the view and friendliness make up for it. We stayed for 3 nights and had a very nice time of it. Rick not only recommended where to go, but kindly drove us to the destinations. He also recommended a masseuse who gave us each a wonderful massage on the terrace as the birds sang. The property is clean and well cared for. The staff seems to be happy to be employed there. All in all, it was a "Feel Good" experience.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carlsbad, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We stayed at Rancho Armadillo for a total of six nights. From the very beginning, Rick the owner was very helpful with trip planning and recommendations. This was our first trip to Costa Rica so the help in figuring out where to go and recommendations for tours, rental cars and restaurants were extremely helpful. Rick also does not take commissions from the places he recommends so there is quite a bit to be saved. The property has a lot of charm and personality. Rick obviously has a love for the country and animals and the place has a lot of animal residents and visitors.
The breakfast spread is one of the best you will encounter in Costa Rica. The layout of the common areas is also very condusive to meeting and comparing travel notes with your fellow travelers. Overall a very enjoyable property and highly recommended for all.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

From the very first communication with Rick the owner, our experience at Rancho Amadillo was handled professionally and with aplomb. We received terrific discounts on car rental, cell phone, restaurants, canopy tour and more from Rick, he did not steer us wrong once. I will say it was a highlight of a great experience, if you want the old school Costa Rica experience look no further. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: All rooms are suites!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

If you're looking for relaxation and tranquility within a short driving distance from the restaurants of Playas del Coco (5 minutes) and nearby beaches, Rancho Armadillo is the place!

Upon arrival, I was immediately welcomed by Rick and given a quick tour of the property and amenities. As it was already dark when I arrived, I was unaware of the surroundings. When I came out of my room (incidentally, the Buena Vista) in the morning, I was immediately struck by the fabulous view overlooking the dry forest out to the ocean. The property is located on a hill with an amazing view!

The room was clean and comfortable with a small fridge and coffee maker. Breakfast (included) consisted of fresh fruit, breads, waffles, juice and coffee. The pool was very inviting. Rick has also thoughtfully included a number of extras: suntan lotions and bug repellents, a fully loaded iPod for music by the pool and a filtered water cooler. Beer and non-alcoholic drinks (for a small fee) are provided. Kitchen facilities are available should you wish to prepare your own meals (I didn't).

Rick takes his role as host and owner very seriously and truly makes you feel like a guest. He can provide detailed information on day trips and activities in the area. If you're looking for true hospitality, skip the impersonal resort stay and enjoy some pura vida at Rancho Armadillo.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Camas, Washington, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

from the moment I got out of the car and was greeted by Rick, owner and operator of Armadillo, I was instantly welcomed and immediately felt right at home. The amount of information and concierge services he offers his guests far surpass many of the high end resorts I have stayed at in the past. The accomodations are island rustic, comfortable, colorful casitas surrounded by views of the ocean, flowering trees and sculptures/art in every nook your eyes glance to. The multitude of bird species was a constant delight, and the breezes that visit the property every day really help with the humidity and heat you endure in town. The staff is amazing- long time emplyed by Rick, their quality and dedication to their duties, represent their love for the property and all those who visit. I personally felt like I was leaving my new family when I departed, and can't wait to visit again next December. Rick's recommendations of restaurants, points of interest and places to visit are spot on- no guess work needed, and whether you are looking to do the "tourist" thing, or simply want a REAL local Costa Rica encounter, his suggestions will enhance all of your adventures. If you want the best of Coco Beach, I highly recommend this to be your hacienda- quiet and comfortable, with the hustle and bustle just 3 minutes down the hill. Rancho Armadillo's attention to detail, and the individual needs of their guests, is far superior than I expected, and I thank all of you for making my first trip to Costa Rica one of the most memerable vacations I have ever had-see you next year!!

Room Tip: be sure to tell Rick if you have special needs- he will place you in a room that bests suits you
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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chicago, il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We were lucky enough that when our airline changed our tickets, they gave us an extra night in Costa Rica. So, we wanted to move closer to the airport, but still be near the coast, and Rick's place - Rancho Armadillo - was perfect! The location was close to Ocotal and Coco, so that we had a nice easy dinner and shopping in Coco that evening, and managed an early-morning snorkel at Ocotal, before a leisure breakfast and easy trip to the airport. This small, charming place was totally accomodating, and had an outstanding view of the Pacific. Our group of 7, totally loved our brief visit, and will definitely stay with Rick again, on our next trip.

Room Tip: I think all rooms are equally good, and Rick will help put you in the best one for your needs.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Playas del Coco, Playas del Coco 5019, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playas del Coco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Playas del Coco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rancho Armadillo Estate, a small private mountainside estate overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo. The estate is perfect for couples, families or groups. Our guests feel like they're coming to visit friends who have a really nice place to stay. Our knowledge of Costa Rica ensures our guests experience the best Costa Rica has to offer. ... more   less 
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Rancho Armadillo Estate Hotel Playas Del Coco
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