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“Relaxing oasis” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Borinquen Mountain Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   P.O. Box 108, Rincon de La Vieja 5000, Costa Rica   |  
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Long Island, New York
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“Relaxing oasis”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We stayed here for two nights during our trip to Costa Rica. I loved Hotel Borinquen and our positive experiences here were so great that they almost made me forget about the negative points. For that, I almost gave Hotel Borinquen a 5. I would definitely stay here again and would highly recommend it.

First of all, this hotel is BEAUTIFUL! It is a little slice of paradise in the middle of nowhere in an already gorgeous country. My husband and I loved our room. It was beautifully decorated and was, by far, the nicest we stayed while in Costa Rica. The bed was so comfortable and I could not get enough of the porch with the most relaxing hammock. I wish I could have stayed in that hammock listening to the howler monkeys for a week!

We did a horseback ride that absolutely blew my mind. The hotel was so accommodating and arranged the ride for us right after we checked in in the afternoon. The hotel owns many miles/acres of land and the horseback ride through their property was incredible. The views in every direction were stunning. At one point, we tied the horses up and hiked down to a waterfall. We saw howler and white-faced monkeys at the waterfall. The white-faced monkeys followed us all the way back up to the horses. Then, as we were riding back to the hotel, we saw many toucans and parrots. We looked behind us and saw the most stunning views of the mountains and were able to get an incredible look at the large "Hidden Waterfall." When we got back to the hotel, the horses literally dropped us off right at our room. I cannot say enough about this experience. The horses were clearly very experienced trail horses who knew exactly where to go and what to do. It was actually my husband's first time riding a horse and even though there was a lot of steep uphill and downhill terrain, he and his horse did great due to the horse's tranquility and experience.

The mud pots, natural geothermic steam room, and thermal pools were awesome. I'm not much of a spa person, but we had a great time trying this out one night. It was just so cool to realize you were in a "sauna" over a volcanic vent!

There was only one restaurant on-site and the hotel is basically in the middle of nowhere. Obviously, this adds to the tranquility of the place, but it also gives the restaurant a monopoly. The food was alright and the prices were high. However, the views at breakfast are really nice and there were some beautiful birds who watched us eat in the mornings.

The one complaint we had about this hotel was not necessarily the hotel's fault, but more of an unfortunate circumstance. The entire reason we came to the Rincon de la Vieja area was to hike the Rincon de la Vieja volcano in the park. However, when we got to the hotel, we found out that the park entrance near the hotel had closed almost a month before because the road had washed out. This meant that we had the choice of booking a guided hike at the park through the hotel for $150 per person (!!!) or paying $160 (plus tip) for round trip transportation to the volcano. We ended up paying for the transportation and it took us 1.5 hours each way to get to the park. The park was great, although the trail to the crater was closed due to volcanic activity. Anywhere Costa Rica had helped us with our initial booking and they were very accommodating and understanding when I explained our disappointment with this situation. Just be aware that if you are traveling here to see the volcano, you will not actually be near an entrance to the park and it could be a significant additional expense to get there.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

And I mean the beds in the bungalows.
We had a very good experience in Borinquen, and all the good comments are true. Only we are a family of 4 with "kids" of 19 and 21 and the beds (I guess 140 cm - referred to as double) are a bit too small for two persons to be comfortable. And that is what we saw several times during our trip in Costa Rica. So it is choosing between sleeping with 2 in a too narrow bed or sleeping alone.

The food in Borinquen was very good and not so expensive since tax and service are included.

The park Rincon is a 50 minutes drive when you take the short cut (well explained at the reception desk). We found the park itself not so extraordinary; we took just the Las Pailas trail - 2 hours, so no comment on the rest of the park ;-)

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for three nights during our trip to Costa Rica. The place is truly amazing. The villas were comfortable and had everything we needed. The views were amazing. The pool and spas were fantastic. The road leading to the hotel was an adventure, as it is located about 30 minutes off the highway on a bumpy dirt road, which is worse when it's raining. The only downfall we experienced was the quality of the food for the price. We wouldn't have minded spending so much on the meals had the quality been better. The service was excellent though. All of the staff we encountered were very helpful and friendly. We enjoyed meeting other families visiting from all over the world. The tours they offer were good.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Our trip came during the beginning humid time of the tour season (June). Since this was not the busiest travel time for summer guests, it made for a quiet stay and an amazing experience!
Beautiful is an understatement! Amazingly gorgeous is getting close. In a few accurate words to compliment this bird’s paradise, it is the most secluded, tropical, couple’s bliss you can imagine!! Once we even found the place off the unpaved and off-the-map road, our breath was taken by the dense lush green forest filled with the musical sounds of exotic birds, monkey calls, and loud cicadas echoing thru the trees. The beautiful architectural bungalows are spread out throughout the hilly property of this resort.
Now let’s get to the guest service. Costa Ricans are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet! We checked in late at night. They upgraded our room, and assisted us with all our needs, including taking us to dinner by 9pm. These people work hard to cater to their guests. We wined and dined ‘til 10 and made it to our room for a good night sleep.
By morning, we were pleasantly awoken by the sound of music at 5 am, performed by the beautiful exotic birds, and all kinds of wildlife. It was our wakeup call to begin shooting. (A harsh term I know ;)
We prepared our photo gear and ventured out for two hours of hunting them down. Much of these jungle creatures were the colorful toucans, howler monkeys high up in the trees, various types of harmless Ctenosaur (iguana-like) dragons, and occasional mini snakes flat out on the road, just to name a few.
Then we came upon the pool side, nearby mud baths, steam saunas from natural hot springs from nearby volcanos, and best of all, we had it all to ourselves. We never saw more than 4 other couples at any random time during our stay.
We had to shorten our morning photo hike thru the resort to break for breakfast, so we could get on with all the property amenities, including the 3 hour ATV tour later that day. The breakfast fruit was amazing!!! Juicy, sweet pineapple, oh so good!!! Following a "typical breakfast" of eggs, rice, tortillas, and beans.
Well-fed and ready for adventure, we gathered ourselves for our ATV tour thru the forest. Wow!! The nearby volcano had a rain storm that blew in a cool mist into our direction from the distance. It was a welcome surprise while adjusting to the humidity.
Our tour guide was so fun and quiet patient with us as we stopped along the way to photograph everything under the sun (ok, clouds). The grazing cows on open farmland were a common site on the green hills outside the resort. Well into the forest, we were surrounded by the largest trees and wildlife of all kinds, i.e., large blue butterflies, howler monkeys, huge millipedes, and big red ants all over the place. Proper hiking shoes are required. It was an unforgettable adventure!
Upon our return, we finally enjoyed a cocktail before relaxing into the luxurious amenities of the tropical architectural pool, mud baths, and steam sauna coming straight from the lava below. Pure bliss before enjoying another quiet night of wining and dining.
Our last restful night was quite welcome following our adventures and comforts of this amazing resort.
Next morn, the rain had come thru just in time to say goodbye anyway. We took our last walk thru the property contemplating our checkout. It was sad, yet just the end of the first part of our week in Costa Rica.
Thank you to all the friendly Borinquen staff for making our first time visit unforgettable!!!

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

So, I have mixed emotions. Had my husband not gotten sick on our honeymoon (from the FOOD. a bacteria that added him to the list for the DPH when we got back. Campylobacter, check it out - from poor food handling), I would have given this place 5 stars. We spent 5 nights there, and he didn't end up getting sick until the last night, and subsequently spent the rest of our honeymoon in bed at the Westin at Playa Conchal. HOWEVER, this place is unique, has amazing adventures and tours, and you are literally surrounded by paradise. Prior to getting sick, we went horseback riding up the mountain and zip-lined down (if you don't zip line here there is ZERO point in going - it is the most incredible experience), we did the ATV jungle tour, and went white water rafting. We did a couples massage (highly recommend), and the volcanic mud, thermal springs, and steam rooms were really cool. You end up going to bed super early, as dinner is over by 10, and getting up early too (helllllo monkeys). Talk about off the grid - the wifi barely works (I think we got it one day), and road there is about an hour from the airport (and mostly not paved, hope you don't get car sick). Service was excellent. Private villas were too. And come on people, brush up on your Spanish. We barely spoke English there ("multilingual" is a loose term). Like I said, had he not gotten sick - it would've gotten more stars, but it definitely ruined the rest of our honeymoon. :-/

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Liberia, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

One of the best places in the North Pacific of Costa Rica. One of the best properties located in the volcano area and surrounded by an amazing nature. Once you get there you realize you are in the middle of the jungle. The adventure activities are amazing and the zip lining is one of the most amazing canopy tours in Guanacaste. The staff, service, food and facilities are more than excellent. This place is the perfect place for relaxation and adventure! Highly recommended!

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in early March as part of an Air Canada Vacations Ecotour. The last 30 minutes of the ride from the Liberia airport is quite bumpy as the road is not paved.

We arrived at the hotel late-afternoon. We checked in and were driven to our room in one of their trucks. The villas are spread out over a large area, with several large trees, bushes and flowers dotting the landscape. Our room was a decent size and did had a balcony, although there was no seating. It had have a table and chairs at the front entry, which was nice to sit out in the evening.

After checking in, we ventured down to the pool area. We were surprised to see that we were the only one's there! The pool bar is a little dated, but it did the trick. Beer prices were decent, although the signature drink prices were a little pricey. We walked around the resort, checking out the mud baths and sauna, both of which we took advantage of. It was pretty amazing that the sauna is entirely natural steam. There is also a pathway that runs from the sauna area, along the back side of the resort through the woods and comes out near the mud baths. A nice stroll. Lots opportunity to see monkey's around the resort. The trees near the mud baths was a popular hang out for them, and we spent a lot of time here listening to them and taking some photos.

The restaurant food was very good, although it was expensive. It have you the fine dining experience, which was great for the length of our stay, but it you were staying for a longer period of time, another option may be nice.

We booked the horseback ride excursion, which was fantastic. We were on tour for nearly 3 hours, strolling through the mountain area just outside of the main resort. Highly recommend this excursion.

The resort was very quiet and secluded. The grounds are gorgeous and the staff very friendly. If you're looking for a relaxing get-away away from it all, this is the place for you. If you're looking for something more upbeat, I would not recommend that you stay at this resort. After the dinner hour, there is very little activity, other than taking in the amazing beauty of the resort.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Address: P.O. Box 108, Rincon de La Vieja 5000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Rincon de La Vieja
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Rincon de La Vieja
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Borinquen Mountain Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hot Springs Spa at Borinquen Mountain Resort is your exclusive vacation spot located in Guanacaste in the North Pacific Region of Costa Rica.The Hotel was designed and created in 1999 with the sole purpose of unlocking the exceptional beauty of the Rincon de la Vieja countryside and bringing it to the world. When you visit Hotel Borinquen you are literally stepping into a world apart. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel Borinquen Mountain Rincon De La Vieja
Resort Borinquen Mountain
Hotel Borinquen Mountain Resort Costa Rica/Rincon De La Vieja

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