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Finca Buena Fuente Residence Hotel
Reviewed December 30, 2013

We stumbled upon this place by sheer accident. We were staying in Tamarindo and exploring nearby beaches and spent the morning at Playa Grande (a great beach). We then decided to head up to Playa Conchal to see it and saw a sign off the dirt road which said pizza restaurant and decided to try it. The words pizza restaurant were misleading as it was a fabulous restaurant and nothing like a pizzarea. The couple who run the restaurant are not from Costa Rica. Livia Scarlatti, the head chef, is from Milan and the cuisine was as you might find in Northern Italy. We had homemade pasta with various sauces, each one wonderful - spaghetti with lobster; fettucini pesto; and spaghetti with eggplant in a freshly made tomato sauce. There were other choices as well. My wife had fresh fish, we had a tuna carpaccio appetizer. It was a culinary slice of heaven set outdoors under a shaded patio with ceiling fans. The ingredients and spices were all fresh, the host and hostess were great. We were a group of 8 and everyone wanted to go back for dinner the next night, which we did. And another great meal, coupled with some very nice wines at reasonable prices. We did not stay at the hotel itself, but the grounds were wonderful with bougainvillias in bloom, a nice swimming pool - you might have thought you were in Tuscany. It is a 5-10 minute drive to great beaches, but not on the beach. If you ever wanted to get away to a quiet, unhurried place away from the crowds this is it. Both times, we dined alone with no one else eating at the same time as us, although there were others there enjoying the pool nearby (quietly.)

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

I went in CostaRica with my wife and five of are friends, at this beautiful Hotel and i found my self in a paradise,best food i ever eat in my life (and i am a chef, and i am really picky about my food),the hospitality was really great , the owner's did a really good job with the property. The room are really clean and comfortable, like i sad i'm big in hospitality and and is the first place i go in a long period vacation with out a necessity of anything i had all i needed. i personally enjoyed the best 3 months of my life. i disagree with the bad review, i think this people don't know what they talking about and are just ignorant and don't have nothing else to do then ruin a really good place like this with poor wards . i loved the Finca Buena Fuente Residace Hotel and i'm going back next year. i recommend this place to every age's you going to have the best time of your life.

Room Tip: The best room for a large family is the big villa i think is number 2 but also the small rooms are g...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

I stayed at this hotel with my wife, my 2 kids, and my mother-in-law. We based our reservation on the Hotel website, and we were very disappointed. This isn't a horrible hotel, but it certainly isn't what's being portrayed by the website. For instance, most of the pictures on the site show sunsets on a beautiful beach, but this hotel isn't even on the beach.

Pros:
1) The pool was clean, and had a kiddy section.
2) The hotel restaurant (actually more of an on-demand kitchen) made pretty good Italian food.
3) We were in "The Villa", and it was very spacious, and had a private room.

Cons:
1) The hotel is "near the beach" only if you have a car. Walking the 2 miles back from the beach along dirt roads after spending all day at the beach is not exactly a fun thing to do.
2) The cabs they booked for us were awful. When I stay at a hotel, I expect that I am paying for more than just a room; I'm paying for a relationship with the local community, and local expertise. I don't want the cabby to try to charge me $40 for a 5 mile round trip after showing up an hour late. I don't want the hotel to call an unofficial cab without enough seats, and then try to tell me that my infant son can ride on my wife's lap without any kind of safety seat.
3) I could stick my pinky between the top of the door and the door sill. If the lights were off in the room, I could see daylight from outside on all 4 sides of the door.
4) The shower stalls were not slopped properly, so water didn't drain correctly. This meant that there was standing water in the shower stalls for hours.
5) The on-demand water heaters that heat up the shower wouldn't turn on unless the hot water faucet in the sink was also on.

Other notes (neither good nor bad):
1) This hotel felt more like a back-packer's commune. That's not a bad thing, it's just not what I was looking for on this trip.
2) The restaurant seating is all outdoors. This isn't a problem, given the pleasant weather, but on hot days I can see how it would make lunch something of a problem.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 25, 2017
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Room Tip: las habitaciones difieren dependiendo de la ocupación doble, triple, 8 personas
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  • Stayed: January 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 11, 2015
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Room Tip: Je nach Zimmer reicht das Wlan nicht, ist jedoch kostenlos bei der Receptionnähe. Es gibt auch 4-er...
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  • Stayed: December 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 4, 2014
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 27, 2013
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Address: From Matapalo 2km north road to Playa Puerto Viejo - Conchal | 2 km north of Matapalo, Camino Playa Puerto Viejo, Playa Conchal 50308, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Conchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Playa Conchal
Price Range: $84 - $219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Finca Buena Fuente Residence Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
FINCA BUENA FUENTE is a residence-hotel-farm located in Costa Rica in the Guanacaste region, on the northern Pacific coast. Recently built and open, surrounded by 2-hectare natural park, is 5 minutes from the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica, such as Playa Conchal, FINCA BUENA FUENTE-Residence Hotel offers accommodation in two villas: The largest, innovative architecture and welcoming, is divided into three comfortable apartments very bright and spacious (2 70sqm and 1 100 square meters), including 2 with kitchen, for 2/4/6 persons. The smallest, and 'consists of 2 apartments with kitchen for two people, and a double communicating standard home with a third apartment with kitchen forming an apartment for 4 persons. All homes and apartments are equipped with private bathroom, hot water, orthopedic mattresses, wireless, A / C, fan, SKY-TV The total beds are 25. In the large apartments you can add more beds and get up to a total of 30 people. The swimming pool in the center of the property, and 'really lovely, surrounded by a beautiful forest of different species of plants and fruit trees, with multicolored flowers and a soft carpet of grass. The Italian restaurant, which overlooks the pool, offers a special express cuisine featuring all the organic produce from our garden, the chickens from our own production, made from the dough by hand, from the fabulous fresh fish and typical Italian pizza. Swimming and aqua gym courses, horseback-riding, fishing, diving, sailing, canopy tours. Tours all over Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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