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“A place for nature lovers” 5 of 5 stars
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3 Km North of Dominical, Dominical, Costa Rica   |  
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“A place for nature lovers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We stayed 5 nights at the Hacienda Baru in November 2012. Cabinas are spacious (we had one of the older ones) with all basic facilities. What we especially liked was the coffee machine and the delicious local coffee we got every day. A nice start into the early morning before having breakfast at 7 a.m. at the very good restaurant just some few meters from our cabina. Friendly staff and owner, competent guides and lots of information about the local flora and fauna. Trails in the rain forest can be done with a guide or on your own, either way there are lots of things to see if you move slowly and keep your eyes open. For us it's a place always good for an "Again".

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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Parker, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We did not stay at this hotel but visited the beautiful grounds and went on the Zipline tour. Such a gorgeous place. Our guide up the hill was excellent, he was so knowledgable and made it so much fun. Definitely wear bug spray for this hike. The guide pointed out a 2 toed sloth in the tree. He showed us bats, monkeys, leaf cutter ants, and lots about the flora. If you are in the area I would definitely recommend it. Great people and great place!!

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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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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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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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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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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Address: 3 Km North of Dominical, Dominical, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The lodge is located at the entrance to Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge which protects 330 hectares (815 acres) of tropical forest, wetlands, mangrove and 3 kilometers of pristine Baru Beach. The refuge offers seven kilometers of well marked nature trails and a bird watching tower for a modest entrance fee. Guided tours with sharp-eyed local guides include two different types of canopy tours, five hiking tours, a camping tour and three bird watching tours. Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge & Lodge is situated on Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Coast. This is a region of distinct natural beauty where forest covered mountains rise up from the dramatic Pacific coastline. The village of Dominical is just 3 km from Hacienda Baru located. Hacienda Baru Ecolodge's bungalow style cabins are large and roomy. Each one has two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with one double and one twin bed. Each bungalow has a bathroom with hot water shower, living room, porch, and kitchenette. For your convenience, they come equipped with fridge, coffee maker, hot plate and fans in all the rooms. They are ideal for families. In addition to the cabins, Hacienda Baru Ecolodge is now offering six new Pool View Guest Rooms. Each of these superior units has a large bathroom, a porch and ample space for beds and other furniture. Each will normally have a king size bed and a twin bed , but they can be equipped with up to four twin beds. Each has a frige and coffee maker as well. The attractive tile roofing is made from recycled plastic bags. A well ventilated design, insulation between the roofing and the polished teak ceiling, and overhead fans all insure cool comfort for our guests. All of the teak and gmelina wood used in the construction came from Hacienda Baru's own plantations. The wood for the pine beams and cypress furniture all came from plantations as well. Not a single piece of the wood used came from a natural forest. Solar heaters provide plenty of hot water for the bathrooms. The outside walls are slate and polished teak. The new guest rooms are conveniently located right in front of our new swimming pool. Our breezy open air restaurant allows you to observe the gardens and natural surroundings as you dine. We have five private ranchos for guests that want an intimate setting perhaps for a romantic candlelight dinner or a special family meal. Our menu is primarily very tasty typical Costa Rican food, but we do offer a variety of dishes for those who either don't like or want a break from rice and beans. We offer a selection Costa Rican fruit drinks known as FRESCOS meaning refreshing, soft drinks, a selection of Costa Rican beer, you must have heard of Imperial, wines and other licors. The swimming pool at Hacienda Baru Lodge is disinfected with ozone produced by an ozone generator which injects a constant flow of this eco-friendly gas into the water. This system of disinfection allows us to maintain a very low concentration of chlorine in the pool. The chlorine level is so slight that it is imperceptible to pool users. The swimming pool is open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Guests from both the cabins and guest rooms are welcome to use the pool during these hours. Bird Watching, Canopy Exploration and Ecological Tours are our specialty. Our bilingual grass roots naturalist guides will help you discover the wonders of the tropical rainforest, such as leaf cutter ants, the sleepy sloths and the nesting site of the Common Pootoo. On our tours you can experience everything from the Rainforest Canopy to Mangrove Swamps or the Jungle at Night. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Hacienda Baru Hotel Quepos
Hacienda Baru Costa Rica/Dominical

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