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“Service without a smile.” 3 of 5 stars
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Hacienda Baru
Dominical, Costa Rica   |  
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amersham
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15 hotel reviews
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“Service without a smile.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Whilst the room was spacious and facilities adequate, we were disappointed at the attitude of the reception, both a check in and check out. The staff appeared disinterested.
Our room was well equipped with a good sized bathroom and shower, fridge and coffee making. The pool was fine although the parasols did not have stands to offer shade on the loungers. The hammock hangout area was a good idea.
We chose not to use the restaurant for dinner (neither did anyone else - it was empty!) and drove into town. Breakfast was fruit (no papaya available until the following day we were advised!) and scrambled egg.
Overall not bad for the price but let down by service.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We had Pacific Trade Winds Travel Agency plan our Costa Rica vacation for us, with birds and animals are focus, and they did not let us down. Hacienda Baru was the first place we stayed and it was perfect for us, as we like informal places with privacy. We had our own little very comfortable bungalow, with pool, glorious flowers and birds right outside our door. The food was simple but excellent, and the staff very helpful. We took three guided hikes, the morning bird hike, the mangrove walk and the night hike. All were fantastic, with very impressive guides. We loved our time there and will definitely return.

Room Tip: We had the last bungalow right by the pool, which gave us a bit more privacy.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Pittsburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

If you never have zip-lined before, than this is the trip for you. So much fun. Our guides, Olman and Pedro, were so patient with us 60 year olds. They have an extraordinary knowledge of the rainforest and we saw a two toed sloth and chestnut mandible toucan while climbing to the first zip line platform. They were very thorough with the safety instructions and safety checks. The first zip line was so exhilarating and it was worth the heat and the climb. We then climbed upward through the canopy to the other platforms. Extraordinary beauty and an excellent staff. A perfect day. There is a garden near the office, a restaurant and cabinos (if you are looking for a place to stay). Hacienda Baru is right outside Dominical, where there are lots of restaurants, bars, and places to stay and surfers on the beach.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Belwood, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Had a great time with Olman and Victor. They were funny and a great wealth of information on our tour up to the zip lines. We saw sloths, bats, ants, monkeys, frog...etc. I would highly recomend this tour to anyone. Thanks guys for helping make our vacation a wonderful experiance!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

There are bungalows and rooms here. We stayed in a room which was comfortable,extremely spacious and well maintained, equipped and clean – the fridge was most welcome. The outside porch, which is screened was a particularly nice touch. The grounds here are extensive and there are several well signed tracks which you can walk in your own time at your own pace and observe the wildlife. We took one of their guided tours which was quite disappointing as the guide was clearly just doing a job and showed no real interest or enthusiasm in what he was doing. The restaurant was also a bit of a disappointment -breakfasts are very limited , not even fruit juice, and the dinner which was included in our accommodation package consisted of a main course only.
Just at the entrance there is a 24 hour garage which has a small shop attached. This proved very useful for snacks and drinks etc. While you are staying here visit Manuel Antonio Park –the wildlife is excellent and there are walks, nice beaches and safe swimming. However, you will need to survive the attentions of the numerous parking and guide touts first.

Room Tip: The rooms are all together by the pool and all identical as far as we could tell.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Heathfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

On the steamy Pacific coast, Baru is a delight. We stayed in a Superior room which looked out over the pool and gardens.The pool was probably hotter than most jacuzzis! The rooms are generous in size, have super strong showers and a huge fridge. The grounds here are lovingly maintained, and are a haven for birds and butterflies and Iguanas! The food in the restaurant is perfectly OK, not stunning, but you are really here for the guided birding, not the food (there are a selection of restaurants a few Kms away in Playa Dominical). The tours were fantastic, the guides are all very knowledgeable, true enthusiasts, with an easy manner and sense of humour. Hacienda Baru should be commended for providing such high quality people - we would have spotted very little without their help! This place definitely delivered more than it promised.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Petaluma, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We stayed at Hacienda Baru for 5 nights in mid February and had a pleasant, relaxed experience. If you are looking for luxury, this is not the place for you. But, if you are interested in experiencing the rain forest, hiking, and searching out birds, this is the place. The rooms (more like attached cabins) are clean and comfortable. No A/C, but ceiling fans, bring your own toiletries, and a flash light for evening or a night hike. There are trails for self guided hikes, several hikes available with knowledgable local guides at 6:00 am (everyone should do at least one with a guide), and a zip line (Be aware of steep trails and steps to get to each platform.) all with no crowds to scare away wildlife. The meals at their restaurant were good. The pool was a nice place to cool down in the late afternoon before dinner. For a change of scenery, we took a taxi (about $2 dollars) to Dominical one afternoon, had lunch, and took in some surfer beach culture. Jack Ewing and his friendly staff do an excellent job of running this lodge and educating people on how the rain forest will regenerate if Mother Nature is left alone.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hacienda Baru

Address: Dominical, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 19 Specialty lodging in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Hacienda Baru Hotel Quepos
Hacienda Baru Costa Rica/Dominical

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