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NYC, NY
Reviewed June 30, 2014

Hacienda Baru is NOT about a luxury resort or retreat with five-star comforts. It's not about $200 massages and $100 facials and sleeping on expensive European linens. Hacienda Baru is about living in the midst of a tropical "jungle" with pretty acceptable, somewhat perhaps modest comfort(s). It is NOT about spending $600/night for luxury. It's about spending a reasonable, modest...

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hdabaru, Manager at Hacienda Baru, responded to this review

Dear RobGNYC, Thank you very much for sharing the experience you had at Hacienda Baru here on Tripadvisor. I am glad, that you enjoyed your time with us. Of course we always try to make the stay of our clients as memorable as possible. I am sure, that all the information you offered, will help future clients to get an...

Key West, Florida
Reviewed May 25, 2014

The property was very nice. Had amazing views. There was so much to do there, but we were very disappointed by the rooms. I know we are in the rain forest, but the amount of bug bites and bugs in the room was disgusting. There were tons of spiders in the room and we found a roach in the bathroom...

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hdabaru, Manager at Hacienda Baru, responded to this review

Hello Tara, Firstly I want to thank you for taking the time to advise for your stay at Hacienda Baru. It’s only through feedback such as yours that we are able to maintain and indeed, where necessary, improve upon the service we provide to our valued guests. We sincerly apologize that you found your stay not entirely positive. I have...

Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Reviewed May 25, 2014

We choose for this place because of the area, and we liked it!! The garden was super, we saw that the people really took good care of the garden. In the morning we did a bird watching tour, what we recommend for everybody! The guide knew a lot, hears a lot and let us see a lot. Not only we...

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hdabaru, Manager at Hacienda Baru, responded to this review

Hello Carolien, thank you very much for your comment and your feedback. We welcome all constructive criticism, as it helps us to get better. Clearly not everybody was performing to our usual standards, and for that I sincerely apologize. I have reviewed your feedback with our staff. We at Hacienda Baru employ almost only locals, who need more education especially...

UK
Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

Having spent 3 weeks in Costa Rica in cabins in various locations, this was by far our worst experience, so much so we left after one day. The cabin and surrounds were ridden with mosquitoes and to make matters worse we woke up the next morning to find ants crawling all over our belongings. The bed linen and towels were...

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hdabaru, Manager at Hacienda Baru, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time for your vaulable review. We sincerly apologize that you found your stay disappointing. I have made sure to share your feedback with the team especially with the housekeeping to asure the quality of the towels and bed linen. Mosquitos and ants are a constant problem in the tropics. We, as an ecolodge, try to...

Oslo, Norway
Reviewed April 30, 2014

We stayed here two nights in laye April in a siperior cabin. They were nice and clean, with good beds, no bugs and nice porch. The restaurant has good food, good fruit drinks and very nice staff. They are very helpful and welcoming. The pool is nice and a good size, but it was far to hot. It gave no...

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hdabaru, Manager at Hacienda Baru, responded to this review

Hallo Maria, Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay in our beautiful natural Reserve. We know that the pool is getting hot, and are searching for an appropriate solution. Trees are unfortunately not a solution, as the roots would break through the walls of the pool. We hope...

Santa Cruz, California
Reviewed April 13, 2014

Highly recommend a tour (we did a hiking tour). You don't have to tour to see wildlife here but you'll see more and know where to look later when on your own. Staff were very helpful and spoke enough English. Because of the second bed in the room we had plenty of space. Ceiling fan and open windows were adequate...

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hdabaru, Manager at Hacienda Baru, responded to this review

Hello Serena, Thank you for your feedback, we are very happy that you enjoyed your stay, especially the hiking tour, because that is exactly what we want for you and our visitors. We will check on the red wine and find a cooler spot to keep it. We hope to see you again soon, probably for a zip-line tour and...

Seattle, Washington
Reviewed April 6, 2014

My friend and I recently stayed at Hacienda Baru for 3 days. I could easily have stayed here for at least a week as this was one of my favorite places during our trip. Not only was our cabin very comfortable (it has 2 rooms equipped with a fridge and cofffeemaker in addition to a stove), the trails and grounds...

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hdabaru, Manager at Hacienda Baru, responded to this review

Hello glaciersea, Thank you for your fantastic remarks, which I have shared with our staff. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed wildlife to the fullest in our National Wildlife Refuge & Lodge. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes Jack Ewing

Ingolf
Reviewed March 22, 2014

First of all , full disclosure, this fantastic resort is operated by my wife's cousin and her husband, neither of whom she had met until our trip to Costa Rica. This former ranch has been allowed to revert back to its natural state and is now a top notch tourist destination. They have also been instrumental in getting the government...

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hdabaru, Manager at Hacienda Baru, responded to this review

Hello Roy, thank you for your feedback here on Tripadvisor. We are very pleased that you had an excellent night in the jungle. We transfered your feedback to Pedro, who was very happy about it. We hope to see you soon here in Costa Rica. Best wishes Jack Ewing

Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed February 11, 2014

This is an excellent place for people wanting to see birds and animals and be in a comfortable, well designed setting. We saw a three toed sloth, close enough to watch it reach (slowly) for food, saw enormous iguanas on the path to the restaurant, had monkeys play on our roof and saw many wonderful and exotic birds. In addition...

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hdabaru, Manager at Hacienda Baru, responded to this review

Hello Volunteer_11, Thank you for your wonderful remarks, which I have shared with our staff. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes Jack Ewing

Cotopaxi, Colorado
Reviewed February 9, 2014

Stayed for 3 days in Sept 2013 and have no negatives to talk about. Comfortable, clean room (near the pool), good food at the restaurant, excellent trail system. We didn't hire any of the guides, as wildlife photographers we have spent a good deal of time in Costa Rica. Lots of wildlife, Peccary on the trail, Humpback Whales literally just...

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hdabaru, Manager at Hacienda Baru, responded to this review

Hello phototraveler81223, thank you for the great review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope that you come back soon to take more photos of the beautiful wildlife of Costa Rica. Best regards Jack Ewing

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free Internet
  • Breakfast included
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Accessible rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Parking
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  • Breakfast included
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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 

Additional Information about Hacienda Baru

Address: 3 Km North of Dominical, Dominical, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Price Range: $82 - $84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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Also Known As:
Hacienda Baru Hotel Quepos
Hacienda Baru Costa Rica/Dominical
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“The cabins are nice”
452davidh452, Mar 16, 2017 | Read review
“Make a point of enjoying the beautiful teak rooms”
311brianh311, Feb 13, 2017 | Read review
“Request the newer cabins near the pool”
PeterHarg, Jan 24, 2017 | Read review
“We rented surfs & boogie boards in Dominical at Patron's and enjoyed the beach right at Hacienda Baru.”
isacote45, Nov 22, 2016 | Read review
“rooms are all similar, we've stayed three times and been completely happy each time”
britt824, Nov 4, 2016 | Read review
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