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“Return to Paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rancho Armadillo Estate

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Rancho Armadillo Estate
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Playas del Coco
Richmond, Canada
Level Contributor
35 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Return to Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2011

Myself and my girlfriend returned to Rancho Armadillo for our second visit to this Guanacaste hotel/resort. Nothing much had changed in the last 2 ½ years. And that’s a good thing, because Rancho Armadillo feels just like coming home to a good and helpful friend, Rick Vogel. A friend who has the coolest house; with a beautiful ocean view, cozy hammocks, surrounding jungle and animal life and one of the most yummy breakfasts you’ll ever have. Thanks for more memorable times!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank LUDWIG_Wayfarer
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  • Location
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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2011

We were at Rancho Armadillo with a small group for a week, with our wedding smack in the middle. Rick helped us arrange everything via email, graciously answered hundreds of questions from our guests prior to arrival, and took care of every detail from arranging for a notary public to rose petals strewn in the pool. The property is beyond gorgeous and the views are spectacular. The atmosphere is very comfortable and unique, and our wedding was beyond our expectations. Throughout the week Rick and his staff went above and beyond to make sure our experiences in Costa Rica were quality ones. Not to mention he is one hell of a good cook.

Room Tip: Shark room is really nice.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Alison P
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Montreal, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2011

We were looking for a nice place to rest for the end of our trip... and what we found was way beyond what we expected! The room was clean and comfy, the site was beautiful, the pool was appreciated, the place was well located, the breakfast was Mmmm, the host was sooo nice. Perfect getaway for a young family, we felt very welcomed. And the fact that Rick keep is place small (only 6 rooms) makes it personal and friendly. If we go back in this area of Costa Rica, for sure we'll go back in paradise!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Isabelle B
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Columbus, OH
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2011

LIke others have stated, staying at Rancho Armadillo Estate is like staying with a long lost friend. Rick, the owner, provides such a unique and relaxing atmosphere. He is full of great advice and tips on activities in the area. He is also willing to go the extra mile and help you with any issues that might arise while on your trip. He helped us with a small issue with our rental car (FYI Adobe is a great company to rent from while in Costa Rica). Breakfast was great each morning and the pool area provided the perfect view of the coast. I highly recommed staying here while traveling in Costa Rica!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank fkmich999
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2011

This estate was one of the best we visited during our recent trip to Costa Rica. The layout of the place was great and has fantastic views. The owner is very attentive and makes sure you have a relaxing time and provide little hints about must do's and should avoid things throughout the country. The breakfast is not to be missed. We look forward to returning on our future trip to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank R H
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Port Townsend, Washington
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31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2011

We just returned from a total of four nights at Rancho Armadillo. What started out as a simple visit turned into a wedding on the premises!

Clearly, planning even a small, simple wedding like ours took some effort and Rick, the proprietor of Rancho Armadillo, really stepped up to the plate and proved to be an invaluable resource for us. He arranged the attorney for the ceremony, allowed us to cut flowers from the grounds, provided music and a scenic location and even snapped some photos which he later shared with us---all for free! It’s rare that someone can get that level of service in this day and age.

The inn itself is set back a ways on the hillside overlooking the beach. We liked the location away from the noise and bustle of town and an easy 20-30 minutes away from the Liberia airport. The grounds include three separate structures, which house two or three rooms each---a total of six units giving a nice level of privacy. The pool was excellent and there were places for gathering or solitude throughout the grounds. I think this would be an excellent place for a large group of family or friends to come together, buy out the whole place for a few days and enjoy a great vacation.

As mentioned previously, Rick proved to be an invaluable resource. Through something like 15 emails, he gave suggestions regarding auto rental, cell phone usage, white water rafting, SCUBA dive shops, restaurants, travel directions and even recommended that we skip a planned stay in Tamarindo (“Tamagringo”) in exchange for a stay in Samara, a suggestion we followed and were very pleased with after stopping in Tamarindo on the way back to the airport.

On our last night, Rick, a master chef, prepared a private seven-course dinner for three of us for $35/person + cost of food. While we thought that was a bit steep initially, once we saw the level of preparation that went into the meal, along with personal delivery and explanation of each course, we felt like it was a good value. Plus, the food was absolutely delicious!

We highly recommend Rancho Armadillo, Rick’s hospitality and his spot-on advice on what to do, see and eat while in Playas del Coco.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Shark Room, the honeymoon suite. For those wishing more privacy, I'd suggest a...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bill B
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Upper Arlington, Ohio
Level Contributor
161 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2011

This may have been one of the best weeks that our family has had on a vacation. This part of Costa Rica is beautiful, and the Rancho Armadillo is well located for lots of different activities.
Rick, the owner, is an excellent host, with lots of suggestions for day trips and adventures. The hotel operates like a bed and breakfast but with a great pool and common areas.
If you stay here, rent a car and use the location as a base for day trips - Rick will point you to canopy tours, volcano tours, waterfalls, beaches, snorkeling, restaurants and more. The property is just outside of Playa Del Coco - good food and nice beaches are a short drive away.
There is even a full commercial kitchen that Rick let's you use. Also the breakfast is great, with fresh fruits, local breads and a waffle bar.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 43220
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Property: Rancho Armadillo Estate
Address: Playas del Coco, Playas del Coco 5019, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playas del Coco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Playas del Coco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rancho Armadillo Estate, a small private mountainside estate overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo. The estate is perfect for couples, families or groups. Our guests feel like they're coming to visit friends who have a really nice place to stay. Our knowledge of Costa Rica ensures our guests experience the best Costa Rica has to offer. ... more   less 
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Rancho Armadillo Estate Hotel Playas Del Coco
Rancho Armadillo Estate Costa Rica/Playas Del Coco

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