We first stayed at Rancho Armadillo Estate in April of 2012 and returned this year from July 20 – 25, 2013. It was just as wonderful our second time around!! This is truly a hidden treasure. It is away from the main drag of Playas del Coco, quiet and serene. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and well kept. But THE most wonderful thing about Rancho is the owner, Rick Vogel. This guy SO obviously loves Costa Rica, his hotel, and people. He is always ready and willing to help you with whatever you need or want. He is friendly and gregarious yet unobtrusive. He’s always there when you need him but isn’t when you don’t. The rooms are basic but spacious, comfortable, and very clean with AC and ceiling fans. We enjoy having the mini fridge and coffee maker. The communal veranda is a wonderful area with hammocks, rocking chairs, a couch, and a computer for guest use. The view from there is amazing, and it’s a wonderful, relaxing place to hang out at any time of day. The pool area also has a great view of the Pacific and is clean and well maintained. As you can see from my pictures, the breakfast is one of my favorite things about Rancho, and it is included in the price of the room. Your first morning there, Rick gives you the instructions and run down for making your own waffles with lots of choices of add-ins (chocolate chips, almonds, walnuts, orange zest, etc.). There is a choice of thick or thin waffles using two different irons. In addition, he makes THE best fruit smoothies made with fresh fruit and mango juice. If that’s not enough, add in the incredible assortment of breads from the local German bakery, three cereal choices, and wonderful fresh fruit including mangoes, papaya, pineapple, watermelon, lychees, and passion fruit. We looked forward to the breakfast each morning. In addition to the food, it was a good opportunity to visit with Rick to learn more about Playas del Coco and Costa Rica. He has owned the hotel since 1999 and has much knowledge and information to share. One of the services I really appreciate is his restaurant directory. He keeps a notebook with menus from many of the local restaurants, and each room has a detailed map of Playas del Coco and the locations of the restaurants. He is also a great resource for recommending his favorites and will give you an honest opinion on them. There are also books on Mammals of Costa Rica and Birds of Costa Rica on hand at the bar for reference use. Although breakfast is the only meal served daily, Rick will make dinners on request. A selection of sodas and beers is always available in the cooler behind the bar on an honor system basis. You simply write down what you take in a notebook and pay for it at the end of your stay. In summary, I can’t say enough about how much we enjoy our stays at Rancho. I highly and unequivocally recommend it.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Rancho Armadillo Estate Hotel Playas Del Coco
- Rancho Armadillo Estate Costa Rica/Playas Del Coco